This falls into the "you never know what you are going to get" category.
When your ScratchArt tiles are all ten years old or older, you can be pretty sure that over time the black coating will have adhered itself like super glue to the surface of the paper and scratching will be about 40 times harder than it should be.
Such was the case here.
Using an extremely dull piece of wood was also a factor.
As was lack of practice.
Result: a vibrant candidate for the Museum of Bad Art. (Which is one of my all-time favorite places to go when I need a mood booster. Do check out that link--it's a real place.)
And I am still laughing.
It's similar to meditation: the process can dig up some very stuck stuff and the results aren't pretty at times (even when run thru an iPhone filter, which, alas, no meditation app can do).
A sense of humor really helps.
Yup, I'm gonna keep on practicing. Stick with me, ok?
PS, if you'd like to try your own hand at ScratchArt, click that link to get the cheap stuff at amazon. Note that my set is so old it doesn't even look like this anymore but it's by the same people. If you prefer to work with better quality materials, just google "scratch art paper" and you'll find some high-quality options that will make a huge difference in the quality of your finished product. Tools really do make all the difference. Search the web and you'll see some stunning art made this way, using better tools (and more consistent practice).
Ok, that title is WAY more dramatic than what is actually happening. In fact, I'm doing well in real life but am just barely beginning to think about doing anything other than reading. My little "medical adventure" took 2.5 MONTHS away from normal life, and the single thing I could do was read. 50+ books in 8 weeks. But as I heal, I hope to be back on track.
I have been extremely eager to tangle or do some textile work over the past month, but have been unable to get comfortable enough. Only in the last few days did I think I might be able to draw soon, and today I sat down and gave it a try.
This is what happens when you are unable to practice for a long time:
Wonky wonky wonky!
After nearly 3 months, it's just wonderful to be tangling ANYTHING, even if I've lost a lot of aptitude. As I said in the header to this post, you gotta start somewhere.
Very similar to meditation--after a time with little to no practice, you gotta start somewhere. The big lesson of meditation is "Begin Again. And keep going." It's the same with Zentangle®. Just start again, and keep going.
Practice will never make perfect, so give up that idea. But practice will prove itself to be worthwhile over and over. Practice makes for noticeable improvement.
I'm on it!
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society