another angle on zen…
June 4, 2011 § 11 Comments
Still “taking” journaling class tho’ have missed several due to work. What? How can work interfere, you ask.
Ah, well, it just does, I answer. It’s been … busy. Terribly un-zen-ish.
So, tying together what’s mentioned so far, that is, journaling class and work and zen, here is something I learned in one journaling evening that you will think, at first blush, has nothing to do with journaling. And yet, somehow it does. Cheri Remington, our beloved journaling leader, took a workshop’s time to intro us to “zentangles.” We talked about them, watched an excellent DVD demo and then, we got to work creating our own.
Nor and I were lost in it as soon as we began. Mine are typically simple, quick, tossed off in order to detox a little.
Take a look at some of these, complex, simple, beautiful. Beyond doodling ( I can hear you muttering about it being doodling – but that’s OK!)
I find myself zentangling in certain meetings (not out of disrespect, though.).
I create them when I cannot write (not time or place).
I am painting them all over a wood barstool in our kitchen.
And have offered to do them all over one of Snarl’s bicycles in black and white “tangles.” He remains skeptical.
I will do more, maybe even a quilt. Not just to affect a complete project but because I love the deliberateness and at the same time, the “lostness” of doing them.
There are books on doing it. Though some of you will find you are already creating them. High-end doodling? Perhaps. Junk art? mmmm….perhaps. The new “wallpaper” in my home office? Yup, I think so. Only several hundred more of them to go.
Intrinsically simple, zentangles can go whacky with intensity and detail.
Use a 3×3 inch square. Put dots in each of the four corners, about 1/2″ in from the paper’s edge. Connect the four dots to form an inner square. Now, within your square, draw one line through it, in any direction and touching any of the 4 sides of your square … or not.
And now you have “sections” within your little square. Using an extra extra extra fine (gel) pen, draw any sort of repetitive pattern within each of the sections. All in all, this can be considered a 3 to 4 minutes “exercise.” Typically these are done in black ink on white paper. No reason to listen to any rules, though!
It is relaxing.
It slows any frantic-ness.
It offers something on which to concentrate.
It does not set out to be creative, necessarily. It sets out to do a focused “exercise.” The result, however, is fun, possibly dynamic.
It gives one something to do in time that seems otherwise…oddly or unnecessarily spent?
Just try it.
this one was done during a meeting
You might find a book or two on the subject interesting, at least to jumpstart your zentangle art.
And this is a wonderful site to read prior to inking your art!