a commitment to regular practice

Everyone who has discovered Zentangle has a story about it. Zentangle founders Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts have their story about how the idea and process of Zentangle unfolded for them. They also share their stories of how others react to and enjoy learning it. All of the stories show what depth and meaning there is in this simple art form, with a plot that includes meditation, focus, and beauty.

My own story is about a post card that arrived last July. When I wrote about experiencing Zentangle for the first time, I was thrilled. I still am.

A few years ago, I attended a painting workshop at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Wendell Arneson, a true gem of an art instructor, reminded us of the importance of a regular practice. It doesn’t matter what you do, but to keep creative energy flowing and growing, you must commit to making art every day.

I knew this was true, but it wasn’t until Zentangle came along that I was able to put it into practice. Now, new ideas happen all the time. Each small tile is the seed for new ideas and new things to try.

Beckah Krahula’s book, One Zentangle A Day, is one way to experience new tangles and have an excuse to draw. On day eighteen, which is about curvilinear geometric patterns, she challenges us to draw three new tangles: gneiss, cadent, and huggins. I combined them with knightsbridge, flukes, printemps, and yincut in this tile.


And then, Beckah covers the idea of using perspective in a tile. I think that’s a really tall order (especially in one small portion of a chapter), but I enjoyed using curved lines to carve out an imaginary foreground and background.


I departed from the tangles introduced in the book so far and used n’zeppel, xyp, tagh, shattuck, flux, many moons (a new tangle by Margaret Bremner), jonqal, paradox, and eye-wa.

Have a look at what the other virtual book club participants thought about day eighteen, and the tiles they created. Always inspiring!


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