My daughter provides me with new inspiration on a daily basis. She's such a happy, funny little toddler!
Like most 2-year olds, her favorite snack is Goldfish crackers. She asks for them often, but unfortunately she doesn't always eat them. She likes to dump them out all over the floor, crush them with her feet, and decorate our home in Goldfish art.
I'm a pretty laid back mom, but this practice can get trying at times. Once while she was putting her fish into the bowl and out of the bowl, losing them all over the floor, I started to tangle the experience. I started making various Goldfish looking shapes but wasn't pleased with them. Sure, they were fairly easy to do, but they weren't worthy of all of the amazing tangle patterns that people have created.
I picked up my fishline attempts and decided to try again. This time, I started with the straight line as the tail fin and added the teardrop fish body shape. It started to remind me a bit of Flux, so I added lines, a dot like an eye, and sometimes bubbles. Even though the Zentangle method is not for representational images, I still thought this pattern would fit. I was not trying to recreate fish, rather, I was inspired by the shape to make something fishlike.
I think the end result looks like a variety of things--Japanese lanterns, leaves, lights, and more. They can be created with a straight or curved line to start.
The name "Feesh" comes from Rico on Penguins of Madagascar, a show my husband and I both enjoy. Rico always calls his fish "Feesh!" hence the name of my new tangle.
I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to share some of your Feesh creations with me!