I was able to spend the late afternoon tangling in one of my journals. I was working on the Inktober challenge which has been so inspiring. While I don't think any of these were entirely new to me, there were four I've never done more than once. Here is the progression:
On a pre-strung Zentangle® jounal page, I started with Yuma, a tangle by CZT Tina Hunziger:
Next I added Ixorus to another pre-strung section.
I still had time and there was plenty of room on the page:
Actually, I realize I'd never done this tangle, Patience, before. Surprisingly, it did not require Patience but did require a high focus. I will use it again.
Below is where I parked the project at the end of the day today.
There is plenty of room left on the page and I'll continue.
Very hard to believe Inktober--er, OC-tober, is almost over. Already.
JEEZ. Six miserable days in bed, coughing and hacking away. Too sick to tangle. Ok, end of whine...let's just say the last week was memorable and not in a good way, but it's in the rear view mirror now and I'm thrilled about that.
Finally today I was well enough to sneak in a tangle (or rather, 3 of them). Ahhhh! Feels great. Textile work will have to wait a couple of weeks, for unrelated reasons, but I look forward to getting back to that as well.
Did this today on a 2"x2" bijou tile. It was all I could manage as I'm down for the count in a major way with a severe chest cold and lots of coughing that reverberates right down into my toes. The kind that makes you exhausted. I've been mostly sleeping for two days. The good news is, it's a cold and I'll recover. Unfortunately I'm missing some exquisite weather--cool and sunny, the best of autumn. But eventually I'll get better and get myself out there.
Glad I had the energy to do this tiny tangle.
There is really no time to write today so I am just posting this tile which was so relaxing to do. That is, after all, the point of Zentangle®. Ahhhhhhh...
A couple of beloved friends are struggling right now. How helpless we feel when time and distance conspire against our desire to be present and helpful.
There is not much I can do from here at this moment, except send love. With that in mind I did this tangle last night, and dedicate it to all who are suffering right now.
I've been pondering this quote from an anonymous source (I've seen it attributed to several people):
"Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives."
...and also this one, from Georges Braque:
""Art is a wound turned into light."
May it be so.
Now the head cold is really starting to kick in. After waking up at 2.15 in the morning and being unable to get back to sleep, I did this tiny tangle on a Bijou Zentangle® tile. Bijou tiles are 2"x2" only. It's my version of the tangle Copada (not the classic version), done on a white Bijou with an 05 black Micron, graphite, and General's Watercolor Pencils. Part of Inktober2018, day 11.
Looks like I'm coming down with a cold, but I'm still into drawing and managed to get a bit ahead on Inktober2018 (Zentangle® version) so here are two more of the tangles on one tile, representing Days 9 and 10:
...Dedicated to all those in the world tonight who are dealing with suffering in any way, shape, or form. Two much-loved friends are going through very different things, and I know there are so many more than just two. This is where I had a wand to wave to make things better. Oh, how I want to make things better.
A hasty post in the middle of a too-busy day. Did this last night just before bed. I'm not keen on either of these tangles, but this is part of the Inktober2018 challenge, days 7 and 8, so I gave it a whirl--on a round black Zentangle® tile.
This isn't one of my favorite tiles but I'm choosing to work on quantity on the theory that quantity improves quality. Not sure you can tell that by this one! Black Zendala tile with gold gellyroll and white gellyroll, gold and white chalk pencils. Freehanded. Tangles are: Onion Drops as the border, and Cockles and Mussels inside the white 'nzeppel.
And just for fun, a friend traveling in Thailand, on her way to Bhutan, sent me this close up picture of the dashboard of the vehicle she was traveling in on her visit to Chiang Mai.
Below is my version of a tangle called Pais, which is the Day 6 tangle in the Inktober2018 challenge. I'm curious as to why I seem to be keeping up with this challenge when I rarely can with others. Maybe because I'll be teaching a class soon and want to practice as much as I can, or maybe just because these tangles are "monotangles" (only one tangle requested per day, although there's no rule saying you cannot use as many as you wish). At any rate, I'm having fun.
Pais (the tangle name) used as a string with many other tangles inside--some Wud, Crescent Moon, Tipple, Striping, a hint of Diva Dance, Meer, and others. Done on a tan Zentangle® tile with a brown Micron 01, blue and white colored pencil, some chalk pencil. I had fun with the background on this one also.
Yesterday was an odd day. It's been a tough week politically (to say the least) and then I had a few additional major concerns about friends. I just couldn't settle myself, no matter what I tried.
Finally I dragged myself out of the house and went to see this wonderful art exhibit by Jen Luck Hale, below. I had seen the publicity and knew that colors would help me cheer up. And they did. If you are anywhere near Western MA in the next month or so, don't miss this one. It's not just "snowflake-y" cut paper, it's cut paper in great colors with nature as the theme. Plants, birds, fish, insects...it's all there. And oh, the colors! What a talented artist she is. From what I have read, she does NOT draw on the paper, but just "cuts by eyeing it." Wow. Read about her process HERE. Details and a couple of photos below.
Don't you feel better just looking at those colors?
This (below) is only a small portion of what is on display.
Can't decide whether to leave this here or keep going. This is my Inktober2018 Day 5 challenge response--Fleavy. I did it on a used coffee filter, a technique I learned with CZT and fabulous artist Cheryl Cianci a few years back. I thought I was going to fill this in with additional Inktober tangles, but I like this so much I'm not sure. Hmmm.
PS, I need to iron it a bit to get the wrinkles out.
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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