FROM RETICULA AND FRAGMENTS
I am proud to present my From Reticula and Fragments to Mandalas classes. If you have never heard about Zentangle’s Reticula and Fragments concept, you might be in for a treat. If you know about if but feel insecure about how to use it, my new class might be just the right choice for you.
Just before I discovered the Zentangle method, Zentangle founders have published the Zentangle Primer book, which is still my favorite resource. I was introuced to the Reticula and Fragments (R&F) concept through that book, and later during my CZT certification seminar, in November 2018.
Although I was familiar with the concept, I wasn’t really crazy about using it. I attribute that to the fact that I considered R&F something to be used inside the geometrical grid. Contrary to that, my personal style leans much more towards the organic designs. However, I do like creating mandalas and suddenly I realized that mandalas and R&F are a match made in heaven. 🙂
My first live online class was Build Your Mandala Building Muscle in April 2020. So mandalas were in my focus a long time ago. I liked to approach it in a way that combined organic Zentangle-inspired shapes with typically geometrical basic mandala structure. You can see some of the mandala designs from that class in the photo below.
Later I created several more project-based Zentangle-inspired mandala design classes.
The meaning of the world Mandala in Sanskrit language is circle. The typical mandala is circular and radial, where the whole design extends from the central point to all sides of the mandala. The easiest way to draw it is with a help of a compass, starting with drawing parallel circles of various sizes.
From Reticula and Fragments to Mandalas
Reticula and Fragments seem to be the perfect elements that we can use to easily build mandala designs. All it takes is a paper tile, a string that you can create with the Mandala Builder or a Markus Operandus or even with no tool at all. A compass or a ruler might make the process easier and more precise but it’s not necessary whatsoever.
By simply dividing the basic mandala shape into a reticulum (grid) and filling the triangular, rectangular or circular shapes with fragments (elements of different shapes), the potential to create mandala designs become limitless.
In all the classes, I explain the R&F concept and show you how to apply it to the mandala design.
For a deep dive into this subject, you can buy a bundle that consists of two mandala designs. If you are interested in learning to design only one of the two mandalas from the video lessons, you can also purchase individual video classes.
As always, all my classes include a downloadable and printable PDF eBook that offers insights into the topic. It also shows step by step instructions for future reference and explains additional examples.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy the classes as much as I enjoyed creating them and exploring the topic by drawing numerous examples.
Written by Anica Gabrovec CZT
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