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19
Jun
13

Zentangle Weekly Challenge #123

This week’s challenge is thought-provoking.  It has to do with defining “Zentangle”, and working a Zentangle out of the parameters of what defines  “Zentangle.”

From I am the Diva, CZT (http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.ca/)  :

The challenge for this week is: can you do a Zentangle without  using existing patterns or tangeleations* of them? And what are your experiences while doing so?

*patterns and tangeleations as far as you know”

These are my thoughts:

People design patterns all the time. So, is this challenge to make a Zentangle with one’s own patterns, created just for this challenge?

The Zentangle method was crafted specifically to help anyone have a creative experience that is meditative, aka “the zone.”  As an artist, I am familiar with this state of mind, and I did not need Zentangle to achieve it.

Zentangle patterns need to be non-representative, and achieved “one stroke at a time,”  3-1/2 inch square, and in black & white with shading. Anything else is “Zentangle Inspired Art”, which is what most of us end up doing after we get the hang of it.

You CAN certainly experience the creative/meditative state of mind without the Zentangle method. You can also create a Zentangle with original patterns, although it may take a while to come up with them, or it may be similar to what a lot of us did on our own before we ever heard of “Zentangle.”

So, for this challenge, I resorted to the way I would doodle and draw before I ever heard of Zentangle. I had the same experience, the “Zen”, but I did not have my catalog of patterns that gives me endless possibilities. I felt somewhat limited.Litter.1.laura.sanders.2013

This is the first attempt. I call it “Litter.”  I wanted to try again…

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This one I call “Wurmz.”  Nah…..

Fish.water.1.laura.sanders.2013

This is the last one I did. “Fish Out of Water.” The “fish” was not supposed to be a fish, but when I finished, I thought, “That looks like a fish!” So, I worked a few details into it.  What I really noticed about working this way, the way I do my fine art, actually, is that I draw on the natural world for my lines and forms.  I realized that when I drew the first one, which is why I added the “litter” to it: pull tabs, bottle caps, cigarettes…

Is it a Zentangle?  No, but it could be called a “ZIA.” Did I experience the “Zen”? Yes, I did get “in the zone!” It was not as much fun, though.  I kept thinking how other patterns that I know and love would fit in this.

Good challenge! Thanks, Diva!




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