Saturday, April 25, 2015

A bit about Tangling

So many mornings I pop up my little piece of creativity and hope that it encourages and inspires you to take a few minutes out of every day and come up with something creative, whatever that may be or mean to you. Creativity fuels creativity and adds so much to life. My little gift to you is hopefully the push that you will use YOUR gifts to enrich your life.

Today I want to talk about tangling. That's what I did this morning. I took less than 5 minutes, I sat down with my cup of tea, I focused myself and I tangled. I used the time to reflect on my day, and on my creativity challenge and how far we've come! I'm so proud of each and every one of you that has joined me on this journey.
See my little bijou? Isn't it cute? They're so perfect for morning tangling!!!

As you can tell I come to this with some art background and I've had people ask me "Why Zentangle? What is it about Zentangle that you love so much?"

As a CZT my brain kind of goes into overdrive when I hear that because there is SO MUCH I want to share with EVERYONE about it, because I've seen amazing results with literally every student I've worked with....
I like Zentangle because it let's me share.
It lets me take a few minutes  create something beautiful, while calming myself as well.. or it lets me take a couple of hours and open up a whole new world to someone who never thought they were artistic.

Trust me when I say that ANYONE can do this. Anyone.

If you are the type that tells me you draw lousy stick figures, that makes me happy because it means I am about to open a new door for you, one that you may not visit often, or that may become a new favorite destination, but one that will allow you to see that this IS something that you can do.
I love to watch someone's eyes light up when they hold their tile out at arms length for the first time and see that THEY DID THAT. They made that beautiful piece of art they are holding in their hand.

There are some that didn't love what they did at first, but they trusted and continued, or they put it aside... and yet every single one has told me that when they took it out later, they were amazed at what they had made.

Perfectionists take a bit of time to realize that this is an art that allows you to embrace the parts of you that make you unique. That yours SHOULDN'T look like mine any more than your handwriting should be a mirror of anyone else's. It should be exclusively yours and part of what makes it beautiful.

I love tangling because it lets what's in you shine out.... all while coming together piece by piece. It's like growth and life and discovery in a tile no bigger than your hand.

If you haven't tangled yet... you should. :) I'd love to share it with you. If you are far... well, let me encourage and inspire you and if you want help finding someone to teach you in your area, let me know. I can probably hook you up.

Remember. You are awesome. Whatever you make is awesome.
Trust in that.

1 comment:

  1. You have summed up why I love to teach. When I learn something cool, the first thing I want to do is share it. :)

    A change of pace for me today. I made a necklace with some of my hand-painted wood beads.