On the theory that a very brief practice is better than no practice at all, I tried out tangling on a black tile (yes, this tile on the left below started out jet-black) by first using an embossing stylus to "draw" the lines invisibly, and then using Prismacolor colored pencils to coat the tile. Gold pencil was the main theme here. It didn't take long to do this, and it helped me remember a lot about this technique which I will be exploring more. It was relaxing to do after a not-so-good start to the day (see comments on that after the picture--or skip that bit).
After doing the one tile (left) I stopped, but then later I couldn't resist trying this on a white tile (right). For that one I used my three-in-one multicolored pencil; I love the effects I get with those cheapo kiddie pencils. Once again, very relaxing. The embossing can be a bit of a challenge--pressing hard enough but not so hard you go thru the tile, seeing the almost "invisible" lines...but then when you apply colored pencil, the magic happens. Fun!
Spent the morning (nearly 4 hours) at the Toyota dealer due to the airbag recall, having work done. And of course, they can't tell yet--not blaming them for this--whether the "fix" they did this morning will permanently fix the airbag. I am reading in the news that it could take up to 5 years to straighten this all out, if we all need to replace further equipment...as I suspect we all will. Ugh.
I just loved getting a "defective airbag recall" last year, calling Toyota and being told, "We don't have the parts to fix it yet; just keep people out of your passenger seat while we wait for them..." WHAT??? That was at least 6 months ago. No passengers for 6 months? I don't think so.
End of today's rant. Maybe.
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