When tangling, do you ever start a tile, think "meh," and then put it back down?
This has happened to me in the past. I would start a piece and feel unmotivated to finish it for some reason. Maybe I got hung up on a pattern or didn't like my initial string. Maybe I just couldn't focus and enjoy the process enough. Whatever the reason, I think I did the right thing by putting the tile down.
I'm a librarian by day, and I've never believed that we have to finish books we don't like (with the exception of school assignments, I guess). There are so many wonderful books out there to explore. Granted, I do try to get through them even if I'm struggling. I try to find a character or plot that is interesting enough to keep me going, but if I can't find anything redeeming, back to the library it goes.
I have the same philosophy about tangling. I love learning new patterns, trying challenges, and experimenting with new ways of creating my Zentangle® art. I'm not at all ashamed to admit that I get frustrated sometimes especially when trying something new. I try not to beat myself up about it and move on to something else. If a pattern is causing me to get frustrated, that's the signal for me to put it down until another time. If I try again and still get frustrated, I don't force the issue. Instead I pick a pattern that I love or one that comes easily to me. Challenges have to stay fun for me to stick with them; if I feel like I'm forcing myself in some way, I lose my zen.
For this week's Diva challenge, we were tasked with creating a 2-pencil string. I had done this ages ago for her second ever challenge back in my earlier tangling days.
I found a tile that I had started in 2010 after I took the challenge the first time (see below). I had done the 2-pencil string but never tangled the tile. I remember being frustrated about how the lines came out and feeling unsure about where to go from there. When I found the tile this time, I immediately wanted to tangle it! I am in a different place with my art and my approach to tangling. The other good news is I didn't throw out the tile. I always try to keep pieces even if I don't like them. There's always the chance to work on it again in the future or to find something I do like about it when I'm in a better head space.
I saw my 2010 string and knew I wanted to tangle just the inner areas leaving plenty of white space. Here is my 2013 entry for this week's challenge:
Here is the tile I created back in 2010 in response to this challenge. I even used some of the same patterns without knowing it! I love to see how my tangling has evolved over the years!