To plan or not to plan, that is the question. I’ve been doing Zentangle for almost 5 years now, and so am quite used to starting art with no plan. I love sitting down with just my string and tangling and being surprised by the result. It is so relaxing. But, like the Diva and so many others, I have been lured by all of the Zentangle Inspire Art, especially the gems. At this time of year when it is so gray and gloomy outside, these little pops of color are like tiny rainbows of cheer.
They are beautiful, but they also take SO long and require so much planning. If you saw last week’s post, you know I am doing an art journal again this year. So far, at the three-week mark, I am still keeping up. The three entries are half as many as I produced all last year. I spent most of my time lurking in the facebook journal group, but I think I must have learned something because this year’s pages look a lot more like art journals.
Here is week 2: “Rules of the Road, by royal decree.”
I started with a gem on the a Bijou tile, but did not leave enough room for the directions of the compass rose. Poor planning. Not a huge deal, but it did stress me out because I really liked the gem, but not what it was attached to. After some good advice from the other journalers, I cut it out and pasted it to another tile. Problem solved and the rest of the layout was so much fun.
Week 3: “Year of the Butterfly”
Lack of planning really bit me here. If I had started with the background and worked forward, I probably would have been done in half the time. As you can see from the photos, this page went through quite a metamorphosis. I easily spent 15 hours on these pages. Click the pictures to see the captions for the whole story.
Back to the Diva Challenge.
After spending all weekend on my butterfly pages, it was a nice change to be “challenged” to just doing basic Zentangle tiles. I decided to do some samples for the beginner classes I’m teaching this month.
I can’t wait to see my students’ faces when they take home something like these. It is the best feeling.