Evolving Creatively

For several months I have been exploring the world of Zentangles. I happened to see a post on Pinterest that mentioned the word. I liked the accompanying picture so I did a search for what “Zentangle” was. It is an art form created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts.

I read the rules and decided that it was something I would like to try. I bought some paper, grabbed my favourite pen and went to it. This was before I found out there were specific patterns to this world of Zentangle. So for a while I was happy doodling away; although inspired by the idea of Zentangles, I wasn’t really following the rules too precisely…or at all.

Then my birthday came around and my lovely husband gave me a book on Zentangles, a workbook of sorts, teaching some of the patterns and basics of the art. I worked through that book as quickly as I could. Voracious for more I surfed the web looking for more patterns, more ideas, more inspiration.

I have been posting my creative exploits on Instagram, but am now coming to the point where this passion which is consuming much of my time needs to be more than a hobby.

So I now begin to sit this art of zentangles and zentangle-inspired-art comfortably alongside my other creative endeavours, which I still enjoy and do on a regular basis. In my life, variety is definitely a spice!

To bolster this creative turn of events I have even sold, via Facebook, a new design I completed yesterday. My “zentangled” profile of a woman is destined to hang on the office wall of a lady in Christchurch, New Zealand. So much of a buzz when people appreciate the hours you put into creating a piece of art that they both pay for it and display it in a public place.

I am sure there is a lot more to evolve in my creative world and I continue to pursue these wonderful acts of artistic expression.

Cal the Giraffe is an example of ‘Zentangle inspired art’.

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