I mention at the beginning of my Texture class that my "Texture Doodling" (copyright 2010) on clay is based on Mehndi and Henna Designs. Now that the class is up on CraftEdu, I feel that you might like to see the kinds of designs that I've subconsciously been influenced by.
I had already been working with texture for a while when a few months ago, I ran across some images on Flickr and was mesmerized by the complexity of the designs. Soon after, I realized how much some of the shapes and designs were working their way into my polymer textures.
I finally sat down with a two sided sharpie (fine and extra fine tips on one pen) and a piece of copy paper. When I began, the intention wasn't meant to make such a large design, but I just couldn't stop. I've worked on for the past 4 days and I'm pretty happy with it! Okay, I'll admit that I'm VERY happy with it. I even went out today and bought some spray adhesive (I already had some black poster board to mount it on) and a cheapy black frame.
I discovered that I still have a very steady hand. I used to do a lot of watch and some jewelry repair in my younger days selling fine jewelry, and I remember a customer telling me that I must have the hands of a surgeon to be able to work with such tiny parts in watches. I had forgotten that I could actually draw a pretty straight line!
But, I have to tell you...please don't say this looks like a "Zentangle." Of course I've seen the black and white drawings and heard of the method, but I have no idea what the rules or constraints are supposed to be.
Anyhow, now I feel like this could be a new addiction for me. All I know is what I'm influenced by and luckily, I had a piece of white paper and black pens to help me express what is in my head. I know, pretty scary isn't it? ;o) It looks like a bird to me...