Yesterday I finally got back into my studio, after nearly ten weeks of enforced absence, due first to heat and humidity, and then to the Back Episode of the Century (which is now 99% better). I was only able to stay 90 minutes, so don't yet have much to show, but it was fabulous to be there, and wonder of wonders, my two studio roomies were also there. We had a great catch-up session. I hope to get in there again tomorrow.
Today I taught a 1-1 Zentangle® class to an absolutely lovely woman. You meet the best people doing Zentangle!
Last night and today I hauled out my Tangle-a-Day calendar and created some first-time practice tangles. Here are the first two. In the first one, you can see me trying a completely new tangle, Rosewood, in the calendar. And in the second one, you can see what I did with it on a tile. It's for this week's Joey Challenge. These were done between 3 a.m. and 4.30 a.m. as I had insominia. After completing them, I was able to go straight to sleep. Here is the first-ever scribble:
...and then I went straight to trying this as a monotangle on a tile for this week's Joey Challenge:
Practicing in the calendar first was a big help. It was a challenge to use this as a monotangle, and shading with a Rainbow Pencil is always dicey, but I like the way this turned out.
Later today, after getting home from teaching, I wanted to tackle two other tangles that are totally new to me: Zenith, which has just been released by HQ, and Tri-Bee. So once again I pulled out my calendar and gave them a trial run. At the time I had no access to a Micron so I just used my handy Bic Pen. I was interrupted before I had a chance to shade this and wasn't that excited about it, but later this evening I did get to add shading and I really like the results. I hope to get a more practiced version on a tile tomorrow.
Here is my first scribble with both of these tangles, Zenith around the border and Tri-Bee in the inside.
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