Monthly Archives: February 2016

Zentangle Helps

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with a young woman who recently entered the Zentangle world. She had been in search of something to calm her mind, help her focus, yet be creative. Her aunt mentioned my books and handed one to her to spark her interest. Not sure this would be her cup of tea, the young woman opened the book and was immediately taken with the idea of tangling. Her work is stunning, and I wish I had a picture to share with you. She’s been tangling for such a brief span of time, but this art form has taken hold, left her calmer, more focused, and has eased her mind. What more could I ask for?

Not often do I have a chance to personally chat with people who have taken up Zentangle, to hear the reasons they’ve done so, or to hear the benefits they have gotten from it. I came away from our brief encounter with the knowledge that what I do, and what Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas have done, has impacted the life of someone who sought an art form that would lighten their load. I was so inspired by this woman’s story, that I came home, pulled out my own tangling supplies and got busy.

While I’m unable to share her work, I can show you how tangling works for me. I also hope it works for you. Until next time, tangle away, it’s good for the soul!

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February Blues

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We all wonder when spring will arrive and look forward to the changes coming up sooner than we think, or hopefully so. Since we can’t do anything about the weather, we could look at winter in a different way. While cooped up inside, we can be creative. Let’s take the time to try our hand at things we’ve always wanted to do, but never quite got to.

I’ve begun to draw and color gems on inchie and twinchie squares. What’s an inchie square? It’s a 1″ square of pre-cut mat-board. These little darlings come in a variety of sizes that appeal to those who might find an entire sheet of paper/canvas daunting. I don’t have that particular issue, but I do like to work small on occasion. Here’s the link to view inchie products: http://www.inchiearts.com I’m sure you’ll find the sizes intriguing.

What prompted my interest? I happened to see Eni Oken’s art work online and thought inchie products would fit the bill, for my purposes, that is.
Here are some images of the mini-canvases (not really canvas, but I call them that) I’ve created lately. I’ve also begun to assemble a PDF for those who would like to learn the how-to of it,and using various media to do so. Once I get started, time flies, my enthusiasm grows, and I can’t do enough gem squares. As you can see, I like a textured look, using different products, and adding a tangled trim to each design and backdrop. I finish them up with a smooth, shiny gloss that makes the stones pop. I’m still perfecting my handmade easels. Most of the squares end up at 4″x 4″ inches and sit on a small easel to show them off nicely.

What are you working on???