(Zentangle is a meditative art form. If you want to read more about it, start here.)
We finally had some real winter weather here in Philly complete with at least some measurable snow. It happened on Saturday, which meant most people could stay home and enjoy it. It was very pretty, inspiring me to brave the cold to try to capture some of the beauty with my phone camera. If you don’t mind
and I guess even if you do, I’ll sprinkle some of my photos throughout this post.
Here it is the 9th of January 2017 (!?!?!) and I haven’t yet made any New Year’s resolutions. I mean there are the usual: exercise, eat better, sleep better, write more, tangle more, decide what I want to be when I grow up, yada yada yada, but I haven’t actually committed any of them to paper.
The first Zentangle Diva challenge of the year is a “Use My Tangle”. We have been asked to use Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam. Anneke does her tangling and tangle deconstructing in the Netherlands. However, like so many of her countrymen (people?), she writes in English better than I do. Monolingualism is soooo yesterday.
Orbs-la-Dee immediately reminded me of elements of three other tangles, Purk, Inapod and Akoya. The element they have in common are the graduated sized orbs. However, I can see potential for using Orbs-la-Dee for filling in shapes and backgrounds; whereas, the others are constrained by the particular shapes within which they are encased as part of the tangle.
Consistent with my
completely made up theory, I used Orbs-la-Dee to fill in some of the “leaves” of Flux (Maria’s version). I filled in the alternating Flux “leaves” with Shattuck and Sand Swirl. This left me needing a background. I didn’t want too dense a pattern, so I used a tangle I think I deconstructed which I named Aurabead (similar to Nipa, but different, IMHO). Lately, I’ve been using color making Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) bookmarks, so it felt good to return to the pure Zentangle method for this one:
Speaking of ZIA bookmarks, one of them led to an opportunity for me to share Zentangle with one of
Mr. Dr. Excitement‘s patients. He usually volunteers to work covering one of the inpatient pulmonary services over Christmas so the docs with young children can have time with their families. He was very impressed with one of the patients on his service, a young woman who has had a life full of serious, chronic medical problems. He said she was the only patient who never had the TV on when he saw her on rounds, preferring to read and listen to music. Since he largely financially supports my tangling habit, when he asked me for a bookmark to give to her, I was happy to oblige.
He told her a little about Zentangle and she was interested in learning more, so I sent some Zentangle information and supplies for her. She wrote me a lovely note and has shared some of her tiles. I felt very gratified that she found Zentangle helpful and fun. It helped underscore for me the potential for this meditative art form to be a comfort and joy for people who are suffering.