Thursday, April 21, 2016

Exploring other things ...

I've been trying to add some other crafts to my repertoire.  Before I became obsessed with knitting, spinning and the fibery goodness I did paper crafts.  I worked with pencils, ink and papers.  I've made holiday cards in the past (I'd like to do that again this year) - I don't send them to everyone, I make about a dozen and send them to those I know will appreciate the handwork.

So ... a while back (a year I think) I picked up a book and some Zentangle supplies - which is really just micron pens, pencil and artist tiles and viola!

This is my first official Zentangle on a tile - I've dabbled in a sketchbook, but this one is an actual Zentangle.  Its a meditative art form that is very relaxing - since you are using repetitive patterns and there's really no wrong way to do it.  You can color them too of course, but I do like the simplicity in tools and materials.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.
We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.
I'm not quite sure what "almost anyone" there means, LOL!  Perhaps there is a wrong way to do it!

I found the most delightful concoction recently - I am TERRIBLE at drinking water and I drink coffee, or soda or alcohol ... all very dehydrating things.  Then I wonder (I don't actually, I am aware) why I have muscle cramps and repetitive muscle motion injuries ... 

This is cucumber, lime, strawberry and mint leaves.  I tried lemon water before, but I wasn't a huge fan, this is more my style.  It gives it enough flavor that I feel like I am drinking something, but its not those water flavor things that contain dye - dye is for yarn ... not for eating!

The weather has been lovely here and we kept wondering when the local seafood/ice cream place would open up.  My hubby drives by it every day and I told him to keep his eyes peeled ... they're open and we got some fried clams today ... they even have live entertainment while you are waiting for your order!


Wanderingcatstudio said...

I've been "zen tangling" since I was little - you should see my school notebooks. I love that they gave it a name and it has a following though. You can do some really cool stuff with simple doodles.

Anonymous said...

I bought a couple of coloring books, but I think it's "not my thing". I gave most of them away. I much prefer knitting or cross stitching.

That water combo sounds GREAT! I'll have to give it a try. I cut out soda a couple of years ago. Don't really miss it much. I do drink a latte almost every day and rarely alcohol. But, sometimes a margarita or daquiri (or maybe even a beer) is a real treat!