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.
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No immediate group classes scheduled (I'm always open to hearing about a good venue in the Cambridge-Somerville area). 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
Skillful Meditation Project