Since my life is a Disney movie, I must quote a favorite song from Winnie the Pooh in my title.
This week's Diva challenge was an easy one for me--playing with the official Zentangle® pattern Rain. I like this pattern and think it can be a good one for tangleations or variations. The construction is fairly easy, and it's a wonderful way to relax with some very simple auras and lines.
I picked up my tile and immediately pictured a Rain-styled border. I drew the structure but didn't fill in the triangular shapes until I saw how the rest of my tile developed. I then knew I had to draw one of my favorite patterns, which starts out with a mini Rain, Cat-Kin by Mimi Lempart, CZT. Next I filled in some big pearls in my border and loved how those came out!
I think I should have stopped there. I'm not always good at knowing when a piece is done. I know it doesn't matter as long as I am having fun and enjoying my sense of relaxed focus and creativity. I think I got hung up on the fact that I was using a Renaissance Zentangle® tile and thought I should manage to fit some brown in too. There are no rules, Emily! After drawing my first brown background line, I knew I'd taken it one line too far for my taste. I was having fun exploring, so I kept going (that's a good thing!). I added more skinny Rain and filled the centers with tiny lines. Still not knowing when enough was enough, I thought it needed more contrast and added some white Rain bolts without the aura since the white pen was thick enough.
I think the piece is interesting, but I still wish I had trusted my instinct to stick to the border and Cat-Kin. Maybe I could have created an inner border with Rain in the brown pen to satisfy my idea that the Renaissance tile had to have brown. To quote my daughter, I was just being silly.
I sometimes have to remind myself to let the rain wash over my preconceived notions sometimes and just let the tile take me where it wants to go. Or when I do let it take me, like in this tile, I hope I can remember to enjoy the journey even if my ideas get a little wet along the way.