March 1, 2010

My First Zentangle!

Whoo-Hoo!

Whenever we go away for an extended length of time, I always miss my studio. I usually pack an art kit filled with a glue stick, scissors, water soluable crayons, a few Prismacolors, Pitt pens and a small journal - just in case inspiration strikes. Unfortunately, I never seem to find the time to create or journal when I'm away, and my kit remains unused and untouched.

For our recent trip, I decided to pare it down a bit and filled a small, zip lock sandwich bag with a few black Pitt pens, a couple of black Sharpies, and some white cardstock signatures folded to 4" x 5 1/2". This tiny bag of goodies went straight into my handbag, and proved to be just the thing to fulfill my creative spirit whenever I had just a few spare moments.

While waiting for dinner one evening, I tried my hand at creating a zentangle. I must say, it was great fun, provided quite a challenge and was a nice a change of pace from my usual, colorful style. The old adage is true, "Less IS more!"

Hope that you take a bit of time to simplify!

33 comments:

Mara Spires said...

this is FANTASTIC! i only recently discovered zentangle-ing [if that's a word] and i'm totally hooked...what a great way to keep the creative juices flowing, even when you only have a few minutes to work on something. :o]

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I have never heard of zentangling...until now...

i just might give it a try!

ciao

Julia said...

Your zentangle is fantastic. Seeing yours inspire me to go zentangling one of these days!

Healing Woman said...

I've only seen a few zentangles and I must say that yours is the best yet.

Janine said...

What is a Zentangle?
I never heard of that before,
I like what I see, but I wonder if you can tell ma what a zentangle is.
Have a great week
Janine

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

While you were gone, I created my first (and more than likely last) zentangle. Yours is fantastic. You seem to have inspired a whole lot of people. This beauty may be black and white, but it's full of lovely goodness. Besides, it matches your landscape.

Tracey@glitterbugstudios said...

Zentangles are great for focusing your mind! That's where the "zen" part comes from. The zentangle group on flickr has some really intricate ones. They are also great practices for the doodling you can do in your journals.

Diane said...

You know, I love Zentangles, but have never tried them--but that is such a good idea. When I go out of town for my shows, I always bring something to work on--this would be the perfect place to try these.I'm afraid that I'd run out of doodle ideas :)

*jean* said...

terri, i could totally see that frame you've made digitally removed and added to your colorful works! i think this kind of doodling is so relaxing! great work!! you could also print it out and color it in with your lovely colorful style!

icandy... said...

This is great, Terri!
You are talented in whatever you choose to do!!!
Wishing you a beautiful day!
Hugs,
Christina

Lynn said...

Terri, this is amazing, I can't believe it's your first.

I made an ATC size for the first time on Saturday but I wouldn't dare show it to anyone LOL

Sherry Goodloe said...

Oh oh . . . is someone going to get "hooked" like I am? LOL Nice . . . very nice :)

And thanks for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday. It was on the 9th but I celebrated the entire month of February!

sharon said...

It's wonderful Terri!! I love black and white and how striking it is! Great job!!

Amy said...

very cool. I have not tried one of these yet..but would like to sometime

Heavens2Betsy said...

Love this zentangle - it looks such fun. Must try it myself sometime.

indybev said...

Beautiful first zentangle, Terri! I keep a little home-made journal by my computer, and when I'm on the phone I zentangle in it. The Flickr site reveals some beautiful ones, and also zentangle.com is fun to browse.

Debby said...

Very cool!!!! Hoe fun!
Debby

gypsy said...

Terri, Your doodlicious designs are wonderful! It's soooooo easy to grab pitt pen, paper and go! ~ Tammy

Michele said...

Awesome zentangle!

I just tried zentangles for the first time last November, and boy are they a lot of fun. Of course I couldn't stick to black and white like everyone else, I had to colorize it. :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Super Zentangle! Glad you're back; you were missed. Hope you enjoyed your vacation time! xxoo

Eden said...

Wonderful zentangle you just did! I hope to see more! Yah! Yah!!

Vintage Blue Studio said...

I've made a few zentangles and they are so much fun! It's nice to take a break from the usual and they are also great when traveling because they require so little. Love your zentangle!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Your Zentangle is fabulous Terri!
Wonderful in every detail!
Love it!
oxo

Dezinaworld said...

Love your zentangle Terri and its d inspirational to know that no matter where we are and how few art things we have we can still make art ... well you certainly can
hugs June xxxx

Janny said...

Welcome back;o) It's great to make zentangles, it turned out beautiful!

Kimmie said...

bravo Terri! you're a natural!!!!!!!!

thekathrynwheel said...

Cool! What a great way to pass time :-) I'm sure it was very therapeutic.Kate

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You rock!!!!! Never are there boundaries in what you can do! You try and it always makes joy on the screen! Love it. You should make some designs for stamps!!! Blessings friend.

LiveArt said...

Great zentangle Terri, and I love your black and white journaling too!!

Linda

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

I think I need to give zentangles a go......

Ozstuff said...

Congratulations on your first Zentangle which is fabulous!! This week I read about a 16 year old schoolgirl here in Perth who spent 300 hours of her summer vacation, doodling beautifully all over a white cow sculpture (life size)in pencil. She then persuaded her fellow students to help her trace over the pencilled design in black acrylic paint and the result is amazing. It is a project for an annual "Art in the Vineyard" exhibition where artists from all over the world paint cows which are then placed among the vines.
I mention this because I expect you to graduate to a full sized Zentangled cow in the not too distant future!!

Marit said...

Oh my goodness... I keep stumbling into zentangles lately... been doing them for a few weeks now and it's addicting, so watch it! LOVE yours!!!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Fun, I have never heard of the term untill today. I usually take a kit of stuff,,,just in case the mood or moment strikes. Good to be prepared!
Love
Marcie