When I saw that this week’s Diva challenge was to ’embrace the yuck’ (do a tile with our non-dominant hand), my first thought was, “Been there. Done that.” No reason to do it again.
Except that, perhaps there is.
It is quite freeing to start a tile and just KNOW that it won’t be beautiful. I had no expectations that wouldn’t be met. There was no frustration trying and failing to be perfect. I didn’t have to worry that it MIGHT not be pretty. I knew that it was just going to be what it was going to be. This left me free to just draw. It was fun to see what I could do with my left hand. The lines are wiggly. So what? I couldn’t stay in the lines when I was filling in my Knightsbridge. Who cares? I had fun and relaxed, just enjoying the process.
This is the lesson of Zentangle. It is something I tend to forget as I’m often creating ‘art’ for public consumption. It really is fun to just create for the sake of creating.
Here is my tile. Not art this week. Merely a reflection of the moment.
If you were tempted to skip this challenge out of fear, I encourage you to try it. I’d love to hear what your thoughts were as you did it.