Five years ago, I picked up One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula and I haven’t stopped tangling since. I’ve told this story many times before, so I won’t reiterate it here (you can find out more here).
Now in 2020, it’s time to go back to the beginning for me. I’ve decided to revisit this wonderful book, and go through it again, one page at a time, one day at a time.
The first time through I decided I would only focus on learning the tangles and the basic steps. Beckah has a wealth of other information in this book about colour, mediums, Zentangle Inspired Art and so on – but I needed to keep it simple. Just black on white, please. No frills, no extras, nothing to distract or discourage me.
I also promised myself I wouldn’t stress over doing one lesson each day – I’d work on the lesson until I was ready for the next one. As it turned out, I deviated around Day 37 (monoprinting) but I kept going anyway and finished the book in 6 ½ weeks.
This simple approach has allowed me to explore other elements when I felt like it, and the Zentangle concept of ‘no mistakes’ and appreciation have allowed me to stop judging myself. When that happened I started looking around with different eyes, appreciating others’ work without judging my own, and trying things out just for fun. I dipped my toe into colour, mediums, ZIA – all of it, gradually trying out one thing and another. My only rule has been – are you having fun?
Now, after over 1800 days and 2000 tangles, after 1 CZT seminar and 4 Zentangle conferences/workshops, after 45 classes and countless tangling get-togethers, I’m really interested in seeing what else “One Zentangle A Day” has for me to try. So I’m going back to the well, right to the beginning with Week One Day 1.
So where will this journey take me this time? I can’t wait to find out!
My first tile
It’s not about talent. It’s about doing over 2000 tiles.
No judgement. Curiosity. Appreciation.
Fine tools (micron and good paper).
Anyone can do this!