Thursday, 14 January 2016

something simple

What truths from the mouth of the Diva this week.  How easy it is to lose our way when there are so many paths to choose from.  How powerful it is to turn back and begin again from where we started.

Two and a half years ago I drew my first tile.  It looked like this -

Today, I sat down, with an Official tile , the recommended pen, a pencil and two and a half years of confidence and community and drew this.

I did it by the book, from the basic Zentangle principles.  No pre-planning, no thought as I drew, other than following the flow of the pen and my sense of what to lay where.  I drew with whatever tangles came to mind without needing to look up their step-outs or trying them out first.  I even left the smudges I made as I worked on the tile.

And for that it's wonderful.  And as I inevitably get drawn back down all those fascinating and fanciful by-ways I will remember to come back home once in a while.


  1. How fun to see your 1st tile and your current tile! A nice journey!

  2. Great tile and thanks for sharing your journey;-)

  3. Beautiful tile. I especially like the Shattuck against the Printemps like that.

  4. You have certainly grown in this period of time!!! Nice to sit and look back now and then :-)

  5. Dear Ray,
    Adele Bruno quoted you in a mail she wrote to me last week. That's why I clicked on your entry today in the morning :))
    I did the same thing. I started tangling about two years ago with the same book as you. My first tile ever looks much like yours. And I did it again, just static, tipple and crescent moon. My experiences and feelings while tangling and then comparing the process and the outcome with what it had been like two years ago are quite similar to yours!! It was a joy to read your entry and see my own feelings reflected.
    thank you