This is an easy pattern with a lot of possibilities for tangleations and fun. How could a pattern inspired by Charlie Brown's shirt not be fun?
I used the new Zentangle Renaissance tile for this piece because I'm enjoying playing with different colors and effects even if they don't always scan that well.
I started with creating two bands of Charlie in the middle. Next I added some bold black stripes for a lot of contrast behind the brown. I added Paradox inside Charlie for some delicate line work against the black. Even though I like white space, the white gaps seemed a bit too bare to me, so I filled in with some Jetties. I have a feeling that every Renaissance tile I create will have 'Nzeppel in the background. I love this pattern anyway, but I like how it looks even more like stones with the white highlights.
I will be honest. I did not like this tile one bit when I created it. I loved making it and playing and filling in the different areas. I typically enjoy trying new patterns. I just wasn't thrilled with the outcome, but I did like it more after I added the heavy shading around the center blob.
What I love about the Zentangle® Method, is that it doesn't matter if I am passionate about this particular piece. This was a small tile and a great mini canvas for experimentation. Do we all get things right the first time? Do we always master something new when we first do something? Let's think back. Were you nervous when you first got behind the wheel of a car, or did you just hop in and drive beautifully? And even if you know how to drive, do you ever get nervous about driving to a new area?
When my daughter (or all of us!) first walked, did she just stand up and go, or did she stumble and fall on her rear end a million times? Even now that she's an expert walker, jumper, and dancer, she still approaches some new situations with caution. Good thing or she'd dance off the stairs!
Sometimes learning new things, even if we have some experience, can produce unexpected or undesired results. I think it's important to remember that life is a learning opportunity. Just because the first try at something might not be to our standards (gasp, am I showing my perfectionistic tendencies?), it doesn't mean we give up.
With tangling, we can always pick up another tile and start again. I never let it get me down when I create a piece and feel "eh" about it. Instead I just feel inspired to try again and to practice more. Sometimes I never feel fully comfortable with a pattern or a technique. As long as I enjoy my journey and the relaxation I achieve while tangling, that's all I think really matters.
I say, tangle on!