This week’s Diva challenge (#305) used Molygon and Marasu, two official tangles from Zentangle HQ.
A blog-o-chronology of my personal and professional Zentangle journey
It has been a very, very long time since I blogged — not to mention post photos of the tiles that I do for the Diva’s Weekly Zentangle Challenge. Laura’s (aka The Diva) weekly challenges were key to my beginning Zentangle practice almost 7 years ago.
This week’s challenge, Laura talks about the new official tangle that Zentangle announced this last week called Waybop. It’s a tangle that came out at November’s gathering of Certified Zentangle Teachers, that I was psyched to attend. It was again inspiring and rejuvenating AND restful. Any event that Zentangle headquarters has hosted, I have felt totally nourished inside and out.
I answered the Waybop challenge by turning my Waybops into shamrocks — getting ready for the season of appreciating my Irish heritage!
The I Am the Diva Zentangle challenge this week was to recreate one of our tiles from the past.
I have had a tendency to fill my tile–really fill it. When I first started doing Zentangle, I also worked really small, overfilling all space with small detail. Recently, I looked at how I do this in life — filling every moment of my day, unknowingly avoiding just BEING.
In Zentangle, I’m working bigger and being more conscious of how much I fill the space.
I love both of these tiles. The tile on the left was for the Diva Challenge #104. I can see how my technique has changed a bit from 3 years ago. Neither is better than the other. Just slightly different. Practice creates change. Practice is inherent in life.
An intro class today
I taught an intro to Zentangle today to 7 women. They all picked it up naturally and their tiles were beautiful. The class was also a reunion of sorts for friends I hadn’t seen in years. It was wonderful!
Here are their incredible tiles.
I’ve been super stoked about getting my mandala coloring book out into the world as of Friday Dec 11 (haven’t seen it? Check it out here: www.mandalacoloringjourney.com)
I’d like to offer a freebie – a coloring page of festive boughs and berries (based on Zentangle’s official tangle “Verdigough”). (If you landed here from the I Am the Diva weekly Zentangle challenge, here is my Zentangle gift to YOU.)
(Click on the image before downloading the original size – 10″ x 6″. Image is a png and for your personal enjoyment.)
When I learned about Zentangle almost six years ago, I didn’t know how much it would change my life.
I began slowly and curiously. I played with tangles, papers and pens. I took a couple classes. I tangled when I felt like it, and didn’t when I didn’t feel like it.
Zentangle is a release of pent-up creative fire inside me. It’s a place where my imagination runs on the page. It’s experimental. It’s expression. It’s unplanned.
Zentangle, most of all, boosted my “creative confidence,” and through it, I feel encouraged to stand up and call myself an artist.
This all comes up for me at this special time. Very soon — perhaps within the next few days! — I’ll be announcing that my self-published mandala coloring book and journal will be available to purchase through Amazon!
This book is the fruit of the many mandalas I have drawn over a few years as well as the substantial work on practicing (individually and with groups) a form of therapeutic writing, where we look at our sensations to learn more about what’s going on deeper within ourselves. This method has been extremely transformational for me! And now, I’m presenting that side-by-side 22 hand-drawn mandalas so you may color your way beyond your worried-mind-space and into the core positive place within you — your BEING!
Years ago when Zentangle came into my life, I worked through each week of Diva Challenges. Through the gathering of people and blogs Laura brings together, I see how much of a community element Zentangle has. You know the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”… well, I think in another way, it takes a village to raise each other up. The Zentangle community will remind everyone that we’re all artists, all capable of creative expression. We ARE creative expression, and we’ve got to let it shine!
Wonderful winter blessings to all!