I remember a few years ago I was working on a contract and a colleague (one I quite admired) told me how most people have more than one type of career in their lives and it’s rare for people to stay in one particular line their entire lives. At the time I did not see my line changing in any way (well not without a lottery win or something similar). Now, here I am starting to steer life in a new direction now and things are changing a little.
I have a health condition that I have lived with for a long time (that I don’t really talk about on here), but it does effect me from time to time making me feel a little like I am trying to wade through molasses rather than ambling along which is my usual and preferred pace to life. In April this year, I stopped working and last month I went back to university. I have chosen two potential forks in my road and I am currently (before the forks separate too far) tentatively checking things out along these paths, and I am hoping to make a more definitive decision about which way I am going soon.
Both paths add to my current skill set but both would also mean taking a step backward which is scary.
As per usual I have also discovered and started dabbling in some new creative activities. Yes, that does mean that I have not yet finished my table runner and also that the quilt for my nephew Connor is still an idea in my head and uncut yardage in the craft room. The Dollhouse is nearly in one piece (only the roof needs to be added), but I have not been doing anything on it recently. My Vignette in Stitches BOM is still waiting to become re-acquainted with me.
So while I am investigating new choices in life, I am also investigating Zentangle®. If you have not heard of it, I will not go into great detail as there are plenty around to describe it in far better and greater detail than I could. (The official Zentangle® site is here, if you are interested in finding out any more). There are like a lot of other crafting and art virtual communities a lot of generous friendly people sharing their work and guidance in the area.
After investigating a few options I am working through a book called One Zentangle A Day – a 6 week course in creative drawing for relaxation and fun, by Beckah Krahula who is licensed to teach the official Zentangle method.
I am including what I have done from the book so far. I am not exactly following the one a day approach, but doing tangles when I have time so if it’s a light day I may work through multiple exercises from the book and if it’s a tight day I may not do any.
Part of the original Zentangle method includes a philosophy about mindfully focussing on the tangling you create which does help with a lot of areas in participants lives. This is helping me to be a bit more mindful about my current life choices, so feel free to stay tuned, or start your own adventure!
Good Night, Wherever you Are!
I am not using official Zentangle tiles (yet) am doing all the exercise from the book in a sketch book (Quill A5 Visual Diary) with 125gsm paper. The photos of the sketches are just done using my phone and in some case you can see the previous page shining through, this is not as evident in person and there is no visible bleed from the UniPin pen. I could not easily purchase a pigma micron pen (the recommended pen to use) and tested out a few at a local Officeworks including Artline Drawing Method pigment ink pens, Staedtler Uniliner, Pitt Artist Pens and a few others and liked this the most during in store tests.) In Day 4’s tangle I meant to use Jonquil (a chevron check pattern, but I started doing knightsridge so kept going with that). In Day 5’s Tangle I used a ‘string’ from TanglePatterns.com – String 006 by Sandy Hunter. As far as I know, all the tangles I have used are official Zentangle® tangles created by Rick and Maria (or their daughter Molly).