Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Purely Zentangle

When I first started practicing the Zentangle Method, I was so relaxed and calm. I would sit and draw tangles for 2 or 3 hours a day -- just draw. Then I started noticing social media with the Zentangle theme. I learned so much from seeing others work and reading about their methods of mixed media. I tried everything and had a blast doing it.

 I started comparing my work to others. My lines wouldn't be straight enough, the space between the aura and tangle wouldn't be consistent..... on and on and on. I soon realized that I had lost the peacefulness of Zentangle and didn't enjoy the process much any more.

There is a reason the Zentangle Method emphasises "there are no mistakes". Zentangle is a personal art and the art created is personal to the creator. I also realized that I needed to stop being so critical or comparative of my creations and start enjoying the process again.

I have returned to the practice of pure Zentangle -- soft, meditative music, comfortable environment, a tile, pen, pencil and 30 to 60 minutes of uninterrupted time. Pure rejuvenation!

When I feel the mood strike, I get out the watercolors and colored pencils and have a little fun,too.

Enjoy your day!