After I posted yesterday I found this Bijou (2.2") tile. Truth be told, this was the very first Map Tangling tile I did at the workshop yesterday. I had tossed it aside because 1) I did it "wrong," (normally a black Micron is used for the tangling; I used red) and 2) I thought it looked terrible
But a big Zentangle® guideline is, "There are no mistakes in Zentangle." And I had ignored that.
When I found the tile while cleaning up and putting materials away, I took a second look. I added a few black center dots and a tiny bit of chalk pencil shading, and voila. Suddenly I liked it a lot better.
Many lessons here.
The first is about the randomness of Map Tangling results--just like the randomness of what happens to us in life.
Then there's the typical immediate adverse reaction to something that didn't meet expectations, with a later softening of that reaction, and then a final change of mind. Just like life.
Also, there's the experience of allowing myself to experiment and put a little more effort into something to see if can be salvaged--and it can. Just like life.
Finally, even if I still disliked this tiny tile, still felt disappointed with it (although I quite like it now), I know I would still be happy to have made it because it was an important first try, an important learning, an important session of practice.
Yup, just like life.
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