Today’s happiness is brought to you by receiving the very first present for my upcoming 48th birthday! No, I didn’t open it… I was warned that it was coming and instructed to leave it until January 1st, so I’ve tucked it away and will try to forget about it until then. But just receiving it made me happy – there’s nothing quite like the anticipation of opening a gift to make you feel like an excited kid again!
There’s only a few weeks to go until the big day. I can wait that long, right?!
A few weeks ago, hungry for new tangle patterns to learn after finishing the last of the Zentangle®1 books in my possession (which happened to be AlphaTangle: A Truly Tangled Alphabet by Sandy Steen Bartholomew), I went on an internet hunt and came across a treasure trove of inspiration sketchbooks on Etsy from the same artist. I purchased The Tangles of Kells to start with, and have tucked a reminder about the others in the back of my mind for when I’m ready for more. Fun stuff!
You know, I actually ended up putting aside the 8″ x 10″ ZIA I started a few weeks ago (there’s an in-progress picture in this post, in case you missed it), as I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m not sure why, exactly, but perhaps I’ll have more success when I return to it at some future point.
In the meantime, though, I started a new 8″ x 10″ ZIA which is really clicking with me, and which I’m having a tough time NOT working on in every spare minute (leading to complaints about my oh-so-stiff neck)! Here are a few in-progress photos (no shading yet) so you can get an idea of how it’s developing so far.
No idea why this piece is working out for me better than the last one did, but I suppose that’s art for you!
When I learned Arukas, I only did one stand-alone design in each practice box, so for the challenge I decided to try including multiple designs on one tile. Here is the result:
As always, it was a valuable exercise. Though it didn’t turn out quite the way I’d hoped it would, it was great to play around with this particular tangle pattern, as I realized several missteps that I wouldn’t do again when combining multiple designs on one piece.
Previous posts in this series are all tagged Tangled Tuesday.
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So… what made you happy today?
1The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.