This is a tangle I was introduced to today: Arabel, by Helena.
Thanks to CZT Cari Camarra for showing me this and a lot of other "Gridiculous!" tangles this morning. (Be sure to check out her website for samples of her lovely work)
I notice that Helena's stepouts are slightly different from how Cari taught it, which is one of the things I love about Zentangle®--there are many ways to approach the same pattern.
This was my very first practice with Arabel. For shading and coloring I used my favorite Rainbow Lead Pencil. (if you are interested in Rainbow Lead Pencils, see the right-hand sidebar, scroll down to "Categories" and click on Rainbow Lead for previous posts on my experience with them. When you get to the bottom, hit the tiny "previous" category to go back to the 8/30 post where I gave some instructions on selecting and using them) I spent a tranquil evening working on it. The grid I drew was wonky, so the result is wonky.
This one was fun, and I look forward to exploring more of the other grid-based tangles I learned from Cari. In the past I've felt less interested in grid-based tangles and more drawn to the organic, "flowy" ones. But today I found myself charmed by grids as Cari taught many that were new. That's just one example of how this process is constantly surprising to me, and forces me to reassess. It keeps things fresh.
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 Western Massachusetts. I am always happy to teach 1-1 and/or in a small group in your home.
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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