One of the most rewarding parts of Zentangle®. for me is being part of the Travelling Tangles Project. This project allows you to interact with people all over the United States and the World. The originator of the tile. will complete just part of the tile. Then after sending it through the mail. it is so much fun receiving letters from so many people. The recipient then completes the tile.The tiles are posted on a group page dedicated to the Travelling Tangle Project. Sometimes it takes a little while for the tiles to tell you where begin. Some are easier than others, but they are all enjoyable. I finished a lovely black tile started by Linda Brown Levin.
She left me plenty of room to complete the tile. Sitting the garden, the finish became a joy to complete.
After beginning to play with the Delph Delights on 3Z tiles, I decided to keep going. 6 tiles later and I have a mismatched complete plate. Of course the way to make it a proper palate is to decide this is what you are going to do and put the same string on all the tiles. When I began this project I actually only planned on one or two. Well mismatched...but I like all the sections..When they are put together it looks OK.
Recently I acquired information from Marguerite Samama Who lives in Amsterdam. The Netherlands. On how to create art that looks like the beautiful Delft China. There is a Facebook group which showcases Delft Delights™ To create this art you need blue pens, and blue colored pencils that you can use to shade.. It is a beautiful technique, and I think it will become quite addicting. My first attempt, after studying the technique.
The beautiful tan tiles known a Renaissance, had always been intimidating to me. After attending the CZT seminar. and training course, which was an intensive 4 day training with the founders of Zentangle® Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. The taught the use of these tiles and how to get the subtle coloring needed. These tiles respond to brown pens and are shaded with both graphite and white charcoal.. Slowly I am becoming more comfortable with them.
This week the Diva Challenge #134 was given By Jessica Davies CZT. She asked us to tangle hearts to be thankful. I used a renaissance tile again for the challenge.
The purely Zentangle challenge for this week was Coffee Cups by Simone Hassel. the actual tangle was not that difficult to draw. However the difficulty came with how to integrate the tangle with other tangles.It seems to be very much a stand alone tangle. As thought about how to do this, a local teashop called SpecialTeas. While the tile I made didn't really look like the beautiful interior of the Tea Shop, it keeps the essence.
There are so many challenges, to say nothing of my travelling tangles. There is a little summer project, weekly challenges in many Facebook groups which I am a member of,. Sometimes it seems so overwhelming. So, while I am on vacation from school, I am planning to do as many challenges as I can, and also learn some new tangles. This Week the tangle from Purely Zentangle was Camreap. This tangle was created by as group of Malaysian CZT's It was certainly a new tangle for me. I used Camrep ans a border, and then incorporated Laura Harms challenge 322 Aquafleur.
Recently on the Zentangle® Mosaic App, Rick and Maria called for people to post their very first tiles in "humble beginnings" As I look back through my body of work, I was able to locate the very first tile I ever did. Back in 1995, when I first discovered the art of Zentangle®. The first tangles I learned was Crescent Moon, where I learned how to aura a shape. Hollibaugh, a tangle which teaches the the skill of drawing behind. The tile was rounded out by Myst, a simple tangle which looks a little like rain, and a BB which looks rather like like a row of books on a shelf. " Here are my "humble beginnings".
Later as my skills increased, I redid this first tile. I used the same tangles. BB now became the border. Myst and crescent Moon nestled inside the Hollibaugh. I learned how to shade without the whole tile becoming a dark mess. The second tile was done early in 2017.
I have been tangling since 2015. I found out about Zentangle from a colleague who had taken a class. Unfortunately, the person with whom they took the class, lived a considerable distance from me. Searching the Zentangle Website I found a Certified Zentangle Teacher much closer to me. After classes with her, for the best part of a year. She showed me that this was an art form I could feel comfortable with and find the creativity that I didn't think was there. The rest they say is history. In April 2017, I traveled to Providence RI to attend the training to become a certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). I am privileged to be CZT 26.