Valentines is a special time of year where we all have the opportunity to show, give and receive love in some form. In the Zentangle community we often tangle to relax, calm down and measure our emotions.
Its interesting how there can be an amazing global art event and somehow only a small portion of the population hears about it. At the end of March, I saw a post on Instagram from someone saying they were going to take part in the #the100dayproject. I checked the link she posted to learn that it is an effort at global art and creative encouragement.
We can all use a little encouragement, right? I dug a little deeper and found one of the groups I follow on Facebook @ZentangleAllAround run by Alice Dean Hendon. was also supporting the 100 day project. Yay!
I just experienced a wonderful Zentangle related Valentines season through the Valentangle 2018 challenge sponsored by Marguerite Samama, CZT 16. Her mission was "to take two weeks to discover how we can put hearts into our tangles and let the tangles flow back into our hearts. We do this by appreciating making a small work of art, nourishing creativity and connecting to each other."
I love looking at Mandalas. There is something about the symmetry and consistency, and sometimes the color variations that draws my attention. Have you noticed any cool Mandalas in art or nature?
The very best way to take advantage of the meditative effects of Zentangle is to follow the standard 8 steps suggested by Rick and Maria. These simple steps allow the drawing to take shape without pre-planning the outcome. Relaxation is quickly achieved and the outcome brings a wonderful sense of satisfaction.
One of the keys to this process is the String. During CZT training, Rick Roberts referred to the string through a story of making rock candy with his grandmother. The string, dangled above the table and gently released creates a layered shape of many sections delicately encased by the string.
We can use the string concept with simple pencil marks on a tile or in a more formal manner by using a predefined template. It is fun to use many different types of strings, and when we control the outcome or plan the tangles we will use, it is called Zentangle Inspired Art.
Did you know that the story of Zentangle™ is actually a love story?
It’s about the love of flourishing, flowing calligraphy lines and the love of a simple lifestyle making calming musical tools. The love of humanity and a desire to help people realize their desire to draw beautiful designs.
Two different views that converged into an amazing method of teaching the average person to draw interesting and seemingly complicated repetitive patterns.
Since this is the very first blog post for a new site, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself and let you all know more about me as a person and artist.