WoW: Tangled up in Easter

“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.”~Zora Neale Hurston, writer

Eggs make me think of Zentangles.

Other things that make me think of Zentangling:
–Sticky notes
–Plain t-shirts
–White wooden lawn chairs
–iPhone sleeves
–Outdoor trash cans
–Driveways and sidewalks
–Flower pots
Any plain surface is my playground.

Before this week’s Diva challenge, I bought plastic Easter eggs to fill with candy and decorate with tangles. Seems I’m not the only one with eggs on the brain. This is your brain; this is your brain on drugs; this is your brain not on drugs but covered in Zentangles

First of all, these suckers are slippery. Never thought about that much? I didn’t until I tried drawing patterns on them. I used a white paint pen and Sharpies that are blue, black and metallic.

The round surface lent itself to squiggly and beautiful strings. I gave myself permission to draw any pattern that appealed to me, not just official or unofficial Zentangles. What a thought: granting myself permission to be unstructured in an activity that should be unstructured. How unlike the philosophy of Zentangle, and yet here I was for the first time since learning named tangles just doing whatever flowed. It felt good. Freeing.

What did I learn?
— I like working the paint pen. It covered easily and quickly.
— It’s okay to not be exact.
— It’s fun to play on different surfaces.
— The Sharpie actually came off on my fingertips. Note to self.

— Some egg colors are better than others showing the patterns.
— Sharp dark/light contrast patterns work beautifully on this medium.
— I love how these transparent eggs show the pattern on the back, thus making it 3-Dimensional.
— Looking at Zentangles in color is coooooool.
— Plain ol’ playing with pens is fun!

This reminded me so much of drawing with a wax crayon on hard-boiled eggs before dyeing them. I used simple patterns, much like I will do when we color our eggs this week. The joy of childhood, and adulthood if we are lucky. My joy will be seeing the reaction Easter morning.

Even if the ink runs off on fingertips.  Maybe more so.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammi
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 22:34:40

    Pretty cool. I agree, I really like how the effect comes through the transparent eggs. Nice :)


  2. Tina
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 03:39:26

    I enjoyed using the wax crayon that came in the egg dye kit. My daughter and I colored eggs together this year. My son felt that at 13 he was too old. Happy Easter to all.


  3. Sande
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 05:40:57

    They are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the photos and technique. I haven’t seen any others like them!


  4. lutkaandco
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 20:47:39

    What treasures they would be for egg hunting – Nice!


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