Are we having fun yet?

When I’m teaching a tangle pattern like Printemps or Tipple, I often ask my students, “How do you know when you’ve drawn enough of them?  When you don’t want to draw any more!” There are two reasons for this – one is that this encourages you to listen to your artist’s...

Start from where you are

Imagine this, what if someone suggested taking a trip to a new exotic place.  This place is somewhere you’ve never been, but you’ve always wanted to go.  It looks so enticing, you’d love to see it yourself.  What would you say? Would you say, “Well, I’ve never...

Art Imitating Art

I love “Steal Like an Artist,” by Austin Kleon. What an eye-opener this book was.  We often get stuck in the idea that our art must be entirely original, that everything we create has to be something never before seen.  So not true! The problem with that is if we deny...

Taking the Plunge

Fear of the blank page.  It’s why we buy notebooks and sketchbooks and never use them. It’s why we always think about what we could create, but we never actually do it. It’s why in Zentangle, we start with four pencil dots in the corner of a tile. Before we start, our...

Making Mistakes

The other day I accidentally shortchanged someone in a financial transaction.  As soon as I realized it, I corrected the mistake and apologized.  The other person thanked me for rectifying the situation and that was the end of it.  Until I realized something. In the...

How many tangle patterns are enough?

How many tangle patterns do I need to know before I can start doing Zentangle?What if I can’t remember the patterns I learned in Zentangle class?Which patterns are the right ones to learn?These are all great questions, and questions I have asked myself at various...