It's like a halo.
It's like ripples that radiate on calm water
Aura-ing is a good example of drawing in a Zentangle way for two reasons: (1) you don't need to figure out where to draw, you just trace what's already there; and (2), you can't usually tell what the shapes of the next few auras will look like so you just enjoy the one you're drawing at the moment.
Aura-ing is a basic component of many tangles. That's why we teach crescent moon first in our introductory classes.
Aura-ing is a great exercise in awareness, control of pen and focus. It's a good reminder to rotate your tile as you tangle. It encourages a tangler to not pre-plan the outcome of a completed Zentangle tile.
We call aura an enhancement because it can be added to any tangle and it enhances that tangle. Aura enhances with complexity, fun, and the unexpected.
In this blog we suggest that the concept of aura can be applied with a further creative Zentangle flair of the unexpected.
How about adding a different shaped aura?
Or try different shaped auras one after the other.
You could tangle the space between two auras.
You can aura with a tangle.
These are just some ideas that rippled out from a few tangle studies.
We are sure that you will be able to come up with many more!
Have fun trying these on your favorite tangles and savor what happens next.
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