I believe in trying patterns several times, and if they don't sit well (ha!), I put them aside for a while. I come back at a later date to practice them again rather than giving up on them completely. Some patterns make it into my regular repertoire, and some are occasional visitors. I think Well just might be one of those "on occasion" patterns for me.
I don't mind if a pattern requires a bit more thought. Sometimes it's fun to give myself a challenge and to work on a piece that needs a little planning. If patterns become frustrating or have too many requirements, however, I find that they interfere with my creative process. I don't want a patten to harsh my zen!
For this week's Diva challenge, I enjoyed playing with Pea-nuckle, but I wasn't too sure about Well. I decided to give it another go.
I used a tangleation of Pea-nuckle using C-shapes rather than the full S-shapes. I love how the pattern ends up looking like laces.
Next I added a few bands of Well in the background playing with the fillers. I like the largest one with the extra petals and auras. The more I filled in the squares, the more I liked it. Well, isn't that swell?
Here's my third attempt at Well and my 11th ATC for the swap:
Normally I believe in trying something new and practicing until it feels comfortable. With patterns, like books, I tend to believe that there are many others out there to experience. If I don't enjoy a book after giving it a valiant effort, I switch to a different one. I tend to do something similar with tangle patterns, although I do try to come back to experiment with them again another time.
I don't look at this as quitting. I see my choice to switch to other patterns as a way of reducing barriers to my creativity. If I'm not enjoying the process, I'm missing the point!
I love that there are different approaches to creating Zentangle® art. We can make our art and process individual--choosing techniques and patterns that inspire us. It's wonderful to enjoy something that has so much freedom!