A Zentange Challenge

What is Zentangle

What is Zentangle

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.

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  1. elly stornebrink on July 26, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for sharing Minette. I love this part what you wrote: “…I am more focused on enjoying the artistic journey for its own sake.” It reminded me when I was studying Expressive Arts Therapy. Their philosophy or belief was that the process or journey of the art was MORE important than the end result. I loved that and have remembered it since. 🙂 <3 And I have yet to check out Zentangle: it looks deliciously delightful! 😉

    • minette on July 26, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Expressive Arts Therapy sounds right up my alley, Elly. It took me a long time to let go of that inner critic and not worry about what something looked like. Zentangle was a perfect way to do that.

  2. vishalbheeroo on July 26, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Zectangle seems the mental exercise we all need. Would like to try it some day. Thanks for sharing:)

    • minette on July 26, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Thanks, Vishal, it’s very freeing for the mind when we don’t have to focus on outcomes but just enjoy the creative journey.

  3. Lily M. on July 26, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Very nice tile 🙂

  4. Donald W on July 26, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Like the roundness you created with your shading and lines. Adds a nice dimension to the tile. As an LCSW I meet people daily who are working on letting go of the critic. I have used the practice of tangling as one tool they can use to work on this.

    • G. G. on July 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Book suggestion that I found interesting: Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
      by David Bayles (Author), Ted Orland (Author)

      I am working at turning off the critic within.

      • minette on July 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

        Thanks G.G., I will definitely check that book out, sounds great!! And glad you are working on turning off the inner critic.

  5. 1 Art Lady Kate Tangles on July 26, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Very pretty! I like the mooka between the truffle and also your dangles.

  6. G. G. on July 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

    “persistence matters but perfection doesn’t”—YES! and the result shows the persistence. Like the the way the different tangles fit together…. Natural and organic…. Flowing and alive not tight. You are obviously enjoying the journey.

  7. Betsy Wilson on July 26, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I like how the Mooka hides behind the rolling Truffle hills!

  8. Sue Clark on July 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I love this tile, and how your shading makes Truffle look like soft quilted pillows! The Mooka is lovely too! Enjoy your time in Estes!

  9. Alana on July 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I heard about Zentangle recently from a different blog. I know it’s not the same thing, but it brought back memories working with Spirograph when I was a teenager. It was so relaxing.

    • minette on July 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Alana, I loved the Spirograph and it definitely gives me a similar feeling!

  10. Kia on July 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I like your truffle very much. I really goes well with mooka.

  11. Annemarie on July 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Lovely, this Truffle together with Mooka.

  12. Nathalie on July 27, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Lovely tile and thank you for sharing your journey. Cheers. Nathalie

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