Oh, how I love black. I have a black couch. I wear a lot of black. And in my art projects, I am always drawn to things with very dark backgrounds. The darker, the better.
But give me a black tile to tangle on...suddenly it's not so easy! It's very strange that I hardly ever tangle on black. The paper on these tiles feels very different to me, much softer than that of the white tiles, almost "tender." I find it more challenging to work with then the white. Today I did a quick tangle-on-black in order to "warm-up" to working on the black Zendala® tile that I'll be doing next.
I'm so glad I decided to begin by just practicing, rather than starting right into the Zendala tile. It's been quite a while since I have worked on a black tile and I had forgotten just about everything I ever knew. (It may be time to focus on black and Renaissance tiles for a bit.) Here is the result of my practice session today. Many mistakes, and many lessons learned!
The tangles are: (top to bottom)
I pulled all of them off my iPhone's Tangle Library App, created by Sandy Steen Bartholemew.
I was also trying out my new Uniball Signo Angelic pens, which have a thinner line than the Uniball Signo Broad I have found in many stores. I'm liking them a lot. Also in the picture are Prismacolor pencils for some shading.
More practice definitely needed. I'm glad I chose the word "Practice" as my theme for 2015. It's working for me on every level: art, meditation, and life.
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.
NEXT INTRO TO ZENTANGLE CLASS:
My next Beginning Zentangle® class will be for a private group in October. That class is full.
I'll be teaching another beginning class at the Greenfield Community Center in the spring of 2019, date to be determined. They do not have a website so please call them for more information.
I am always happy to teach 1-1 and/or in a small group in your home.)
Come and amaze yourself!
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society