What the heck is this? Something called a Flextangle. Why did I make it?
I'm kind of wondering that myself. I made it and now have no idea what the heck to do with it. I like things that have a use. Here's the story:
In a few days I'm getting together with some other CZTs (Certified Zentangle Teachers to hang out and explore new techniques together. In planning the upcoming meeting, someone mentioned wanting to make an origami-type project. In casting about for one (people have now come up with some exquisite ideas), the only thing I could find was this template: Flextangle, which is basically a toy for kids. We didn't have any other project in that arena at that point, and I volunteered to bring this template.
At which point I realized I should make one myself first.
Out came my Micron 01 pen and my colored pencils; I copied the template onto light cardstock in yellow and went to work.
Well. This item might be for kids, but I found the directions less than helpful. Even the video (on YouTube) and the troubleshooting page were not helpful to me. I even complained and kvetched on the the troubleshooting page, and then later revealed what finally made the difference for me in a second, follow-up comment.
I finally "got it" and managed to make the thing. It's cute, but now what? If I were teaching kids--no interest in that--this might be a fun project.
"Perseverance furthers," says the I Ching. I really had to persevere to get this flextangle finished, but sometimes, the effort just isn't worth it. Live and learn!
"Many experiences are bound to be failures, and sometimes I regret them before they even happen... it's very good to have regrets, to learn how to live with them." (Keren Ann)
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project