Friday, 1 July 2011

Zentangle Challenge

I really wasn't going to do this week's challenge
because I just couldn't seem to get "Tripoli" to work,
then I read that ledenzer had written about this,
"For some reason this challenge does elude me....but challenges are meant to be done..."
Now anybody who sees ledenzer's work will know she is a master,
and I realized that I wasn't in her league as much because I was ready to give up easily 
as for any other reason. 
Thank you ledenzer.

So I had a go, and again couldn't get it to work. just kept losing my way.

As I realised the way I was thinking, and the terminology I was using I just let go,
and let the little triangles bunch and drift as they would. 
It wasn't tidy. It wasn't what I wanted.

Little pathways opened up where I wasn't expecting,
and things I thought would go one way went another as
I began to connect with the "zen" of Zentangle.

Then came some colour, 
 and without taking you through every stage I took the paper 
through layers of colour almost to destruction. 
(I often work that way, 
and a friend once suggested I should be psychoanalysed,
because sometimes I just leave work at the destruction level). 

Then I began to bring it back,
highlighting ways through the pattern and generally letting it emerge as it would.

It dawned on me for the first time that this reflects the way my life has gone. 
Often feeling on the brink of destruction and then, 
the return to health and wholeness before the cycle seems to repeat itself.
And I'm still here.
So, not a great tangle, but great zen perhaps.

God Bless


  1. It looks like a garden....where all the lovely little flowers just bloom where they are. Pretty!

  2. As you have said a lot of us have troubled with this one well done on letting it go the resulting tangle is lovely. XOXO Zoe

  3. It turned out to be a masterpiece. And life is just that when it is all said and done. Thanks for your kind words!

  4. Neat! And very well said. I'm going to have to try this one again myself, but this time let it go a little more than I did. Thank you for the inspiration :)

  5. It turned out beautiful!