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A Zentangle Challenge Reminds Me that Practice Doesn’t Always Makes Perfect

I have been writing a lot this week about marketing plans and using the color wheel as an analogy for creating a visual marketing plan that is fun and funtional. I have been having fun being creative and exploring this topic. Now it’s Friday and time to have fun being creative with art projects. I have been working on Zentangle® Challenge #177 from the I am The Diva weekly challenge all week.

These challenges are always fun and often stretch me to try new things with my tangling. This week’s challenge was to play with the new pattern Truffle, created by a junior in high school and one of the youngest certified Zentangle teachers, Caroline Brody. Check out her blog Zenticed. Way cool!

At first glance, this pattern seemed pretty simple and quite pretty. Here are the instructions for drawing it.

My first attempt was a total disaster, I ended up tossing it. I tried again a few times and was happier with result that I shared in the image above.

One of the things I love most about Zentangle® is also something that I teach my coaching clients – persistence matters but perfection doesn’t. I let go a perfection a long time ago and I am more focused on enjoying the artistic journey for its own sake. If I don’t like the outcome of a piece I am working on, I let it go and move on to the next piece.

I also realized that while I am quite comfortable winging it with lots of things, tangling requires practice. I love taking out my journal and just drawing a particular tangle pattern over and over until I figure it out to my satisfaction. I am also comfortable trying out new tangles directly on a tile or other piece of art but after working with Truffle this week, I was reminded that sometimes it pays to practice first. Practice didn’t make it perfect, it just made it better and more fun.

Zentangle® draws me in for a variety of reasons but maybe the most important is the reminder to slow down, take my time, and enjoy the process. If you would like to learn more about this meditative form of drawing that will bring out the creative spirit in you, check out my post here on What is Zentangle.