Do you know Zentangles ? I’m pasting what is said on the official Zentangle website:
Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.
It’s beautiful pieces of patterns put together.
I’m not a patient woman and I don’t like taking too much time on tiny little details… and because of it, when I first tried Zentangles (after seing Milliande’s videos on Youtube), i nearly threw away my journal of anger. Oops.
But this week, I received so many signs about Zentangles that I couldn’t just ignore it and that’s why I decided to give it another try.
Thanks to Kerri on Twitter, I found some amazing patterns ! It really helps to have a kind of “patterns bank” somewhere when you don’t feel inspired, when you don’t know what to add and/or how to do it.
I started by tracing a 7×7 square on my journal page, and then with the biggest pen of my PittPens set I traced intuitive shape. When finished, I thought it looked like a kind of weird lotus flower, which I loved. And that is where the magic happened: I took every space alone and worked in it, not thinking about what will come next, what if I mess it up, just enjoying the repetition of the pattern in the area. And I filled it entirely, I didn’t give up, I liked it.
I love the fact that it taught me to be patient and calm with myself and with what I create. And that it was good not to stay on a bad experience.
PS: I am starting to fill my FlickR photostream so come and have a look if you want; it’s there => http://www.flickr.com/photos/nolwennp/