Next week, I will celebrate my 5-year anniversary as a CZT. And this year, La Diva challenges us to look back to our first Zentangle and do it in our current style. How appropriate.
When I first heard of Zentangle, there were no teachers in my area. There was a single book, Totally Tangled, in the library. No one in my area had heard of it. So, I checked the book out of the library, found a sketchbook, and got started. It took me a while to find that sketchbook, but here it is: my very first Zentangle.
I was pretty surprised when I saw it because I thought my first one was a pumpkin.
Fast forward to today. Despite the challenge to recreate the tile, all I could make myself reuse was the string, knightsbridge, and a string of pearls. And now that I see this thing enlarged on my computer, I think I got the string wrong!
My first ever Zentangle class was with Rick and Maria when I went to the CZT training class. Boy, was I surprised when I realized that Zentangle is more than just drawing pretty pictures. Before then, I was doing a lot of representational art. Look at a few of the pages from my first-month tangling. I did 1-2 every day. I was completely hooked.
I still really like some of these first pages. Going to the training completely changed my style. It took me several months to be able to merge what I learned with my own style and make art that I liked again. Perhaps I should not admit this for the whole world to see…
Back then, I did not know much about shading. Now, I have written a whole book on the topic. And realize that there is still more to learn. Back then, I could see a whole lot better, so much of my work is super detailed. Now, I look at the big picture. Back then, I was focused on the product rather than the process, so I was often frustrated and tense and had to take breaks from my art. Now I use Zentangle to take breaks from other frustrations in my life.
Thanks for sharing this this short trip down memory lane with me. Wherever you are in your Zentangle journey, I encourage you to take time to enjoy it. Keep growing and changing, but never forget where you came from.