I've been a little absent lately... getting totally "tangled" up in a new obsession... Zentangle! It's something I'd seen and tried about 2 years ago and never really got too far. But then I saw that they were offering a beginner class at my local scrapbook store with a CZT (certified Zentangle teacher) so, since I've been trying to get out of the house more, I signed up.
What a difference a class makes!
I learned why I wasn't successful my first time around... my impatience was making it so that I didn't take the time to approach the patterns correctly. Our teacher, Lori, taught us 8 different patterns to get us started. We did some practice tiles for those, and then we used the patterns to tangle on 2 "real" tiles.
I had a few books already at home from my previous foray into Zentangle, and then ordered a few more including one called One Zentangle a Day that gives you daily exercises and teaches you new patterns and ideas on how to incorporate them into tiles and ZIA (Zentangle inspired art.) I've been doing that pretty much daily since I got it and I'm really having fun. In between those exercises, I've also started doing some ZIA in my sketchbook. It's a total 180 from my attempts two years ago, and I'm loving it!
Here's the first one I did:
Then, after going a little nuts pinning stuff to my Zentangle Pinterest boards, I decided to get a circle template to use in my designs. (Of course, the size of the piece plus the use of a template and colored pens is part of what makes this ZIA instead of a true Zentangle tile. I learned all the lingo in my little class. lol.)
I also decided that I'd like to do a really large-scale piece to eventually frame and hang somewhere. I thought I'd do a practice run for one of the main elements to see how it would turn out - I love it! As you can tell from my friend the sea dragon here, I'm thinking of an underwater theme. (I sketched him and then tangled inside of the sketch.)