Saturday, April 11, 2015
Diva 212, ABC, SQ1 - Working Hard?
For the past few weeks, I have been working really hard on my Tangling. I've done multiple challenges, put a lot of thought and planning into each design - light/dark balance, composition and flow, Zendala complexities, practicing dewdrops (coolest thing ever!) and more.
As I went back through my old tiles, I expected to see quite a dramatic improvement over the past couple years. As it happens, though, the very first tiles were indeed kind of clunky and lacking in sophistication. But after a few months, I saw some things that surprised me. I was tangling on my own after having taken one little intro workshop. I followed tanglepatterns.com for new patterns and just went with it. I didn't try to imitate anyone else, didn't agonize over rules or standards, didn't judge. I just tangled, and by gosh, I did some pretty awesome tiles just by letting them flow.
Now, I feel like I must be overthinking all of this. I look at the blank tile with a bit of dread - akin to stagefright. My grandmother used to comment about singers - "She used to sing so beautifully until she took singing lessons!" I recently started some very rudimentary yoga workouts. One of the best things the instructor has said is "Less determination and more observation." I know most people doing yoga can do more than I can. So what? I can do more now than I did six weeks ago. Six weeks from now, I'll be doing still more. It will happen without pushing myself. Yoga has no "no pain, no gain" philosophy. You just "do". I think that's how I should approach Zentangle, too.
So this week, I just took a step back and did tiles however I felt like it. The Diva challenge was to use Fanz. I did them plain and simple in a big fat section of the tile and then added two other patterns I like. Here it is for better or worse. Like the overtrained singer, it may take a while to get the easy flow back.
The Square One: Purely Zentangle page has exploded into about ten separate focus pages now. I'm overwhelmed! Really! It's fun to see everyone's beautiful work, but I certainly can't keep up with each one of them. I did a tile here for the basic page with the original rules. In this case, the focus was Man-O-Man. I have tried this one before, but it doesn't seem to blend well with other tangles in general. I like it, though. Here, I thought I would do a few rounds on the tile with different embellishments, etc. But when I finished the first one, my pen took off on its own (as it should) and this is what I got. I'm happy with this!
There was another challenge out there for patterns starting with A, B, and C. I'm so hinky right now, I don't even know whose challenge this was, so sorry, I won't be linking up with the website. I fell in love instantly with the new 'Brella pattern, and added Allium and Cabana. I felt like adding red, so I did. No masterpiece, but I loved doing this tile.
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