Row, flow, row your Zentangle

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.”~Oscar Wilde, Irish poet

As a scrapbooker, this week’s Diva Challenge #126 is right up my paper alley. We are challenged to use a stencil as the string. Well, it just so happens that I have an upcoming advanced Zentangle workshop that focuses on using stencils and stamps, so this is perfect motivation to create class samples.

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This was my first attempt, and I was not happy with it while I was working. I have been in a funk all day for no particular reason, and I think my mood affected my outlook. I wanted to follow the stencil but not follow it, so I broke the rules and broke up the string. The clustered look did not appeal to me. Again, great expectations…un-met. It wasn’t until I started my second tile that I appreciated the beauty of this one.

I actually do not have a lot of stencils. That facet of scrapbooking passed its heyday by the time I joined the archival revolution. Since I am a writer, it is not surprising that most of my stencils are lines for storytelling. My friends and anyone in earshot tire of my soapbox tirade about scrapbook journaling, so let’s just move on.

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This is the journaling template I used, one of my favorites you’d see in older scrapbooks if you rode Mr. Peabody’s WABAC Machine.  It was hard to get a clear picture of it, but I used the undulating offset waves in the middle. I forgot just how fun these lines were, heck, even the idea of just using funky lines to journal. I have missed that in my scrapbooks. How nice to rediscover.

You can tell I was feeling better because I used colors on this tile. I wanted to have a color example for my upcoming class, but you can’t fake a color mood. I had fun, so much fun that I had to stop myself from tweaking and over-blending.  I couldn’t stop myself.  My colored pencils took on a life of their own.

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This time I flowed along the lines, keeping the horizontal/vertical aspect ratio.  I was not necessarily attempting a rainbow, which is obvious by my cacophony of color.  I wanted to keep movement rather than the explosion of tangles above.  Turns out I liked them both.  I like the subtlety of the lines in the first tile, peek-a-boo style.  I enjoy the evenness of the second tile.  I had no ambitions to create a rainbow; I went with whatever colors attracted my eye at the time.  I have a disparaging lack of green paper in my scrapbook stash, but I find I’m enjoying that color’s brightness and its in-your-face calming effect. 

Take a moment today and appreciate something, anything.  Enjoy its unique qualities and shading and colors.  You’ll find yourself in color-full mood, too, I bet.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annemarie
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 00:17:12

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, I think both are lovely.

    Reply

  2. LonnettA
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 02:33:14

    I agree with Annemarie, don´t be do hard on yourself. In my opinion a challange should be to have pleasure. Both are lovely!

    Reply

    • dwhirsch
      Jul 13, 2013 @ 21:07:07

      Thank you, both. It really is amazing what I learn about myself thru these challenges. Even the difficult ones are enjoyable as long as I leave with a new perspective. That’s what makes the challenges challenging, and why we do these.

      Reply

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