And so to 2nd July 2013 - I'd been teaching myself to tangle from a book. This was Day 5, tile 5. I had a handful of tangles at my disposal, a basic pen, pencil and some tiles cut from thin white card stock. But I could see something I liked in the way these strange shapes started to rise up from the paper as I drew.
Things I would have thought then -
- that Printemps is harder to draw than you'd expect
- that I didn't really 'get' Isochor
- that I didn't really believe in all the 'talk' about certain pens, tiles etc
- that shading seemed a bit like putting a load of graphite over something that looked neat until you did
- that I couldn't imagine this Zentangle holding my attention for more than a few weeks
|Then and now - the evolution of a tile|
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Fast forward to now. The same tangles, a similar string. And a world of difference. And the differences mainly come about from confidence, commitment and community.
What I know now -
- that Printemps is still a challenge, and Isochor is a odd one!
- that better materials do help - not least because they make you value yourself and your art
- that shading makes the ink lines come to life
- that nearly three years later I tangle almost every week, and can't imagine ever stopping