- When you run out of time?
- When you get bored?
- When the world tells you so?
- When you don't have the energy?
What if you got to decide when enough was enough?
Although I find the Zentangle® method of creating artwork relaxing and enjoyable, I have learned that I cannot work on a project before bed. Here I am at 2am having just finished two projects that inspired me, and I am wide awake. I was too excited to share my creations with you.
Erin at The Bright Owl challenged Zendala lovers with a new template this week. Instead of working on a Zendala tile, I opted to use my brand new Strathmore Toned Tan paper. I traced my template, and went at it. This paper arrived the same day as Erin's new challenge, so it seemed meant to be!
I had an amazing time watching the tangles come to life when I shaded with my new Prismacolor pencils. The white highlights in Purk are much more impressive in person.
I completed the entire center and was in love with my work. Was it enough? Was it finished? Was I satisfied? Enough wasn't enough.
Sometimes I worry that in wanting to do more, I may go overboard and not like the end result. Even as a CZT, I have to remind myself that the Zentangle method isn't really about the end result--it's about the journey.
I stepped back, put the piece down for a few hours, and looked at it again. It wasn't enough. I wasn't done playing with this piece yet. I drew the circle around the inner Zendala thinking I'd fill in the full circle. That wasn't enough. I was so in love with this new paper that I wanted to do something different. I thought about doing a background tangle to make the Zendala pop in the center. I considered N'Zeppel but ended up with Ibex. It's not a pattern I use often, but I had a blast doing it (hence being up at 2am). I shaded Ibex, added some shading around the inner circle, and voila!
Hmm, maybe one more post before bed....