Pen on Paper

More Zentangles

And here are my best ones so far…

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A feather on a CD
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Mother & Child
Pen on Paper

Untangling life

So, as I mentioned in my previous post, I discovered Zentangles.  Not very recently.  It’s been a couple of years.  I did a few tiles in quick succession and then I got distracted.  Because that’s what I do.  I procrastinate and then I get distracted.  I’m not particularly proud of these traits (or are they habits?), but it’s these little quirks that make me me!  And I kinda like me.  So I’m going to leave me alone 🙂

Meanwhile, here are my first few tiles.  They aren’t extraordinary or anything.  I was just tripping on finding new tangles and throwing them together without giving much thought to what worked and what didn’t or how and where they should be placed.   You might see my progress through the first few tiles as I got a sense of what I hoped to get from this whole process.

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My First
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I believed I HAD to cover every inch of the tile…
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Learned to fill in as needed to create some effects
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Discovered the shoelace and the rope and loved it!
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This one is the darkness before dawn…

 

Me

Catching Up… 

I have been gone 3 years and I admit, I’d very nearly forgotten that this space existed.  Anyway, I happened to stumble upon it today and thought I should get back to it.  So here I am.

Skimming through my previous posts from 3 years ago, I learned that I was about to embark on an exciting parenting journey.  I had started the Orange Rhino challenge.  I wanted to do art projects with Ka as a way of bonding (and calming down as and when needed!).  I had great big plans of turning this blog into a collection of art projects and ideas.

A lot has happened since then.  Funnily enough, I discovered that she is not really into art.  So that plan of mine didn’t pan out too well.  I also failed miserably at the orange rhino challenge.  After a few tries I gave up.  And incidentally, I just took it up again a couple of weeks ago.  I had Ka make me some orange rainbow loom bracelets (Yup! She’s into that big time) to serve as a reminder to not yell but I kept forgetting to wear the bracelets.  Now Ka just brings them to me every morning.  So now I have no excuse 🙂

I also earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and visual effects.  Now I am a budding graphic designer and I love it! I’m still not really convinced that working for a company is the best route for me to take,  so I’m working on some pet projects while learning new techniques and honing my skills.  I’ll decide later whether I want to look for a job or not.

I also discovered Zentangling and fell head over heels in love with it.  It’s perfect for someone like me : high strung and always on edge. I did a few tiles and a couple of meaningful compositions.  After that,  as always,  I got distracted with other things.  My tangling journal collected dust and my pens dried up.  Then,  I recently discovered the zentangle weekly challenges.  They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to get really good at something.  That’s intimidating but I’ve dug out my journal and bought myself a new set of micron pens. I’m going to go for it.  One day,  one tile and one tangle at a time…