There are a lots of challenges in zentangle-world and in life. Most of the time I appreciate challenges. Sometimes they stress me up. Starting with a blog about zentangle is such a challenge. Why do I do it? It is certainly not because I want to display how clever I am or how talented. My zentangle-journey started a little bit more than a year ago. Since I was acquainted with zen-meditation and what that has meant in my own life I was curious about what the zentangle-method would be like. And a little suspicious too, because I have also learned that talking about zen doesn´t always fit in the zen!
I was stuck though. I love the zentangle-method. It makes me focus, it makes me feeling relaxed. And during my last year as a teacher (I am now retired) I have found out that this method also suited my students. And they were students with learning difficulties. My experiences of the method and my own development during this year makes me feel grateful and I will take the chance to tell others about it. Now when this is said I start to relax blogging. I take a deep breath and go for it! The first tile I show here is from yesterday. A personal challenge of mine is to work through all strings on Tanglepatterns.com. This is string 96. Lori Byerly is doing this challenge as well and she is ahead of me. Actually I got the inspiration from her! It was fun, because when I published this I saw her tile too and they are connected! But I didn´t peep on hers before I made mine! Here beneath the string you find our tiles! It may not be obvious, but we both used her pattern Bublz in the outer space of the tile! Things like that happens and make me smile! The other patterns are: Shnek (Hanny Nura) and Yah (Emily classon).
When it is about zentangle I have learned that challenges can work two ways. It doesn´t depend of the challenge, but it depends on where I am at the moment. If the challenge make me plan, I am almost sure I won´t get the satisfaction and relaxation I need from tangling. The stress comes around and I have to make a result! But very often a challenge makes me focus and just be there in the zen- mood. This was the case with I am the Diva´s challenge no 264 this week. Very simple rules, just make a Spring-string and tangle on! I did love to do this and the patterns just showed up! I used Leaflet (Helen Wiliams), Ipso (Jennifer Hohensteiner), Nipa and Tipple. Here it is: