This week’s Diva Challenge #254 is a little less “pure” than some of the other recent challenges in that it’s a holiday theme challenge and we’ve been given “permission” to let our imaginations, pens, and pencils flow, however the mood strikes us.
In the class I taught yesterday, one of my students asked whether color is used in Zentangle. My reply was that a true meditative Zentangle doesn’t use color, but it is used in Zentangle® inspired art, or ZIAs. After working on this tile, I was reminded why color isn’t part of the official Zentangle process. Suddenly our little tiles are opened up to many possibilities including which media to use – pens, paint, brushes, pencils? And then there’s the whole world of color possibilities! Let’s not forget the decisions about shading before our tile is completed. It can be overwhelming, and a very un-Zen experience.
Luckily this theme self-limits the color choices. Tangle decisions are always part of the process and I spent a little time mulling that over, although not too much time. For the past two weeks my Tuesday class has been working on Heartrope, since I had a similar Valentine theme in mind for class. I added Florz as the background tangle and then decided my heart needed a small, seasonal bouquet popping up in the middle, which was created with Pokeleaf and Fescu. This was a fun challenge and I can’t wait to see what the rest of Zentangle community has created in response.
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