So, because I should really be cleaning my house to impress Janice when she arrives in a couple of days - because sod's law has it that we are back in a state of total chaos just as my visitors are due (my mum arrives on Tuesday too!!) - of course, my blogging fingers have suddenly become irresistibly itchy. Janice won't mind if things aren't absolutely immaculate, I'm sure. She told me she doesn't mind what the weather is like either, which is good as it's forecast rain for the weekend (boo!) so just for a few minutes or ten, I'm going to share some pages from my notebook.
I have been seriously bitten by the Zentangle bug. (I'm suppose to put a little copyright symbol next to that word but I can't find it right now. When I do, I'll go back and put it on...) It's basically doodling with style and intent. It's something I have always done - repetitive, attractive patterns to make borders on pages or to fill the time in boring meetings. I found rather a nice one in an old work notebook that turned up in one of our many boxes - dating back to 2005 - so to discover that there are lots and lots of folk out there who also do this thing is quite a revelation. Especially as it's possible to become a teacher of it! CZT indicates a person is a Certified Zentangle Teacher....
I've spent time in front of the computer screen looking at the hundreds and hundreds of patterns for ones I particularly like and want to try, filling scraps of paper with complex patterns. I've started to put them all into one book so that I have them all together. Some people create individual cards with instructions on each one and then list and file them beautifully but I do feel that perhaps life is a little too short to catalogue one's doodles. Possibly if I'd started 30 years ago it might just be OK but it feels wrong at my stage of life...
Anyway, without further ado and with apologies that acknowledgements of where the patterns come from are only where I can trace them - Pinterest is brilliant for capturing things you like but not always easy to establish the origins of things - here are some of my Zentangle-inspired doodles, made in order to use in more complex pieces. Just a word of warning - if you are remotely interested in doodling and drawing, advance with caution. This is highly addictive!!
|The circles are called 'Cruffles' and were created by Sandy Hunter. Not sure if 'Helena' is the creator of the border or whether that's the name of the tangle... Don't know where the shell came from but I've used it quite a bit.|
|The 'Schmoozy' flower is by Kelly Yackel and Joanna Fink is the inspiration for the column tangles.|
|This one is called 'W2', created by the originators of Zentangle. |
It includes a note to self!
Watch Maria doing it to really see how it can flow.
|These beautiful stacked ribbon petals are by an incredible artist, Helen Williams, whose blog is entitled |
'a little lime'. Check out how this can really look. Not sure where the budding thing came from on the right but the one on the left is called 'We three' by Cindy Pope. Also here is a bunch of 'Cruffles' and something else that I can't name...cos I don't know.
And this is 'Tiger Horns' - yes, I know, I need to think of much better names if I'm going to name them. I took a bit more time in colouring this one though I'm not sure if it's made much difference.
Anyway, indulgence over. Somehow, when I look at them onscreen, rather than in my book, they come to life and I can take a more objective view. I am blown away by some of the work that people have created and this style of art really does appeal to me - lots of intricate detail and complex-looking patterns. I have started seeing patterns everywhere I go now - in the countryside, in the street, in architecture and just around me.
This may not be the last you hear of me and Zentangle!