I received Robert Genn’s newsletter today. In it, he adapted Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing for painters. As he said, “Rules are meant to be thrown, poked, and reshaped to suit yourself.” I was inspired to reshape them for tanglers. Here is what I came up with.
2. Put your first stroke down and move on with another stroke. Work your strokes and let your strokes work you.
3. Keep tangling until you like what you have done. If you don’t like it, you aren’t finished yet.
4. Put it aside and tangle something else. Keep your tiles so you can look back on your journey.
5. Remember that critics are not welcome, especially, the one who lives inside your head. No judgement.
6. Perfection in tangling is not possible. Attempting to be perfect is the surest way to rob yourself of the Zen of tangling.
7. You’ve got style. Let it show. Tangleations are your friend! Play with them.
8. Remember when you tangle you can do whatever you like. “Let go and let Zentangle.” I’m not sure there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.