Obstacles get in the way of doing what we want. With Zentangle®, I love that the obstacles are removed from the process, allowing me to enjoy, relax, and create whenever I want to.
I liked Erin's Zendala Dare 39 post about "ZenDon't" and thought I should try it this week. The challenge, in addition to using a particular Zendala design, is to stop the resolution madness. Instead of pledging to do a long list of things that will never actually be completed (ok, let's face it, started), Erin talked about "anti-resolutions" from Jenn at Girl Defying Gravity. The "anti-resolution" is a way to take off the pressure by reducing the load on each of us rather than piling up a bunch of unrealistic expectations. Rather than saying, "I will do" to various goals, it may be easier to say, "I won't do" to things that could be pared back.
I usually do ok with resolutions, but I'm game to give it a try. :-)
Here is my anti-resolution list for this Zendala Dare:
- Don't not start the Zendala Dares just because I'm joining midstream.
- Don't let an obstacle or misconception get in the way of creating.
- Don't use black pen.
- Don't use my usual or familiar patterns.
I'm quite pleased with my end result and the way I responded to all of those "Don'ts."
- Don't - Jump in.
- Don't - I used my Mandala Stencils from Genevieve Crabbe to create an approximation of the string. I had to tweak the design to fit in a few places, but I think it still works.
- Don't - I used sepia tone Microns throughout the design. No black pen here at all (even though it looks like it because that never-used sepia pen was nice and juicy).
- Don't - I have never before used any of the patterns seen in the tile. I used: Flutter Pie, Venetian, Vermal, and Eye-Wa.
Thanks for making me think outside the box this week and for making me find the positive in "Don't."