Of hearts and moods

Diva’s Zentangle Challenge #8: Draw a heart and also use two of the previous challenges.

My heart was not in this.

I’ve been moody and broody all week. Since I entered the challenge world three in, I decided to do the two I hadn’t done: “draw a double string” and “simplicity.” I knew the string I wanted to draw; well, I had the idea. It did not come out at all the way I wanted it to:


It was sloppy, indistinguishable, messy. So, I thought, what can I do with this? This is why this exercise is called “challenge.”

Simplicity. Simple lines filling a shape.The big heart was easy. The smaller ones were more challenging. And then what to do with that big open space? I love the contrast of black and white, so I wanted that. What was simple? Circles. (And thus a third previous challenge of “orbs” became integrated.) Then I went on to create the contrast space.

I colored. And I colored. And I colored more. Then I touched up a circle and colored more. Then my pen slipped, so I had to touch up another circle by coloring more. Then my perfectionist side kicked in, and I colored more. …You can see where this is leading… Simplicity was tossed out the window. And I really didn’t like the creation. I was tempted to stop and call my work Unfinished Challenge #8.

Then I stopped to look at it. (Breathe.) It had promise. Maybe. I could see potential, so I let my perfectionist side rule my pen. I concentrated. I held my breath to steady my hand. (Anti-breathe.) This whole process took a couple of hours throughout this afternoon to finish. In the end:

I rather like it. No shading. Just as it. It was nothing like I expected, yet everything I had imagined it could be.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daniele O'Brien (Danni)
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 23:46:30

    Love it. I really enjoyed seeing the progression; from the squiggle to a beautiful tile for Artoo!

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  2. ledenzer
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 06:20:49

    I love strings….you made yours sing!

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  3. Tina
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 06:59:01

    Reminds me of the beautifully designed envelopes you mailed me many years ago. Happy Valentines Day!

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  4. TinkeredArt
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 10:26:15

    love the outcome and enjoyed reading your process – thanks

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  5. Christina Vandervlist
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 14:28:35

    Congratulations on sticking it out. One of the best pieces of advice I ever read about Zentangle is to NOT QUIT ON IT; if you don’t like it, just keep pushing through and see what happens. Some of my favourite work as come about because of this. I think, in the end, your drawing hits the mark right on!

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  6. Kit @ Dreamscribe
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 02:09:02

    I love your comment, “It was nothing like I expected, yet everything I had imagined it could be.” That encapsulates so very well what Zentangle is all about… even for those of us with a tendency toward perfectionism [grin]. Your post helps me think in different ways about my own attitude toward designs I ‘don’t like’ too – thank you!

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