There seems to be a light, just barely visible at the end of the tunnel. I sure didn’t think it would take this long but we have a lease and have been approved by the city of Calgary for a change of use permit. This means we can now submit permits, get the construction happening and have a potential opening date for the centre. This has been an incredibly challenging and stressful endeavor, where as you know I have tried to remain optimistic in the face of crazy road blocks. It’s very exciting to think that we may actually be moving forward!
In attempting to keep myself busy over the last month, I have become obsessed with Zentangle and line drawing. If you don’t know of or have never heard of Zentangle and you are not looking for a new addiction, don’t look this up. Zentangle was created by Ron and Maria, as a means of creating beautiful imagery with relaxation and simplicity in mind. To me, Zentangle is a sort of prescribed way to create imagery without having to think too much about it. You create works of art using structured patterns. To do one of these drawings, you create a “string” or a line that will go all over the page or tile. This line will intersect others and give you a space to draw in the structured pattern. If you Google this, you will find that there are hundreds, and I mean hundreds of pattern examples to use. Each section gets a different pattern and at the end, the result is stunning. I have also found people using dice or other means to choose the structured pattern so you don’t even have to think about making choices, which I think is a great idea, especially for us perfectionists out there. If you would like more information on Zentangle look at www.zentangle.com or www.tanglepatterns.com for more info.
Not being one to stay in the box, I prefer to use full pages then to use the suggested 3.5″ square tile…but to each his own. Here are a few examples of my Zentangle images… I used Pigma Sensei Magna drawing set of markers to make these. Such great markers!
With these Zentangle inspired images, I used stamps at the centre and then drew around them with the structured patterns. I then used watercolour paints to highlight the stamped images. In both I also used stamps to create some of the open areas. I feel like the sky is the limit to creating these types of images.
I also made this piece with using Adirondack alcohol inks as the background colour, I stamped an image in the centre and then did a Zentangle inspired imagery around the stamped picture. For this one I used Faber-Castel Pitt Pen marker kits. Also a really nice selection of markers for line drawings.
I recently joined a group of others who enjoy Zentangle as much as I do. I would love to be able to offer this type of drawing to people at my art centre, maybe as more of a journaling or relaxation program most likely pared with creating mandala images. I love how adaptable and freeing this medium is and would like to see how it could develop and be used with people with disabilities. I think it will be fantastic!