This was a fun late-night ZIA attempt. ZIA stands for "zentangle inspired art," and in this case--in case you don't see it at first--you are looking at a crown.
I took a video class with Midori Furuhashi, CZT.
You can find her on Facebook or @midorifuruhashi on Instagram.
She wowed me by teaching simultaneously in both Japanese and English. Oh, to have language skills like hers!
There were a lot of tangles in this piece that I rarely use, and that is what drew me to it. It's actually too busy for me, but it was terrific practice in both tangling and shading. It's traditionally done on a gray tile, but I discovered I didn't have one, so went with white which isn't as striking as the gray. I had to make do.
THE MIDWAY POINT
This was the point where I finished the drawing only--pre-coloring, pre-shading.
Makes me stop and think when I look at the contrast between this and the finished tile above.
After all, what is life without shade as well as sun? And life is better when it isn't just black and white--adding all the colors it comes in, no matter what, is our best chance for a full life and wisdom.
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