This is Sonya Yencer CZT's lovely tangle SOULSTAR. Sonya created it when one of our other CZTs lost a beloved husband and a home because of a senseless crime resulting in a housefire and his tragic death. They caught the person responsible, but that is cold comfort. A sad story mitigated just a bit by this thoughtful gift of Sonya's tangle. I've tried a variation of it here which is like SoulStar "extended." I have done this tangle before, but it was calling to me today for some reason.
And here is the original linework, pre-shading. You can see I added some additional linework after the initial shading was done and then I shaded that. It is fun to see both the non-shaded work and then the end result. Sometimes I don't know which I like better.
I did this for Diva Challenge #368, in which Laura-the-Diva focused on drawing straight lines as one of the most meditative and soothing parts of Zentangle®. I totally agree with her on this and often remind myself that just doing plain linework is incredibly relaxing. Doing this tile certainly was. Thanks, Laura, for the reminder. And thanks to Sonya Yencer CZT for her inspirational tangle. Our thoughts of love and hope are still with Chris S-LT as she adjusts to her new circumstances.
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