I woke up this morning knowing that I wanted to go to the studio and spend a good bit of time on the new rug. And I did.
New rug. New start.
A thrashing-around time. A sense that nothing's coming together yet.
I did a lot of "reverse hooking" today, taking out parts from my first attempt that I thought were far too garish. Then I re-hooked those parts in a more muted color and the result was...gray, gray, gray. Not really...but that's how it's "reading" to me. In short, it's way too muted now. So tomorrow I go back in there and reverse hook some more.
...Thrash, thrash, thrash...
That's how it is when something new is underway: very challenging.
Yet somehow, it was all good. The day was sunny (now there's a good start, after all the gloom, rain, and cold) and warmish, with a strong breeze. The light was great as it came in the studio windows. I opened the windows and the breeze flowed in and the trees were singing as they danced in the wind and I could hear kids shooting hoops in the park across the street. I listened to a dharma talk during the first hour and the work was very meditative.
I trust that I will figure this out, that this creative process will emerge into something intriguing. And I plan to enjoy every loop along the way.
Meanwhile, the ArtLounge got in touch to say another 15 people have signed up for next Thursday's class. I am thrilled and can't wait to meet them. What fun!
Last night I experimented more with the scratchboard tiles I was talking about in the last post. Unlike my previous attempt, this time I actually did manage to find both a gold underlay tile and a silver underlay tile. I had promised someone on Facebook that I would show her what those two looked like, so I did a quick tangle on each and set about taking a picture to upload. OMG--these tiles are so hard to photograph. The highly reflective gold and silver surfaces resulted in a lot of color distortion. In actuality, there is no color distortion on the tiles at all. Here they are:
Now having played a bit with the scratch board tiles, I realize that I am not that keen on using a stylus to tangle (even after I realized I could sharpen it in a regular pencil sharpener). And in the end, I prefer using gold or silver metallic pens on black tiles, rather than scratch board tiles. But they were fun to try, and I think kids would totally love using them.
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