Tomorrow, April 1, 2014, tanglers from around the world are sending out tangled tiles in square envelopes with letters telling what the practice of Zentangle means to them. The recipients? The CBS Sunday Morning show. The idea is to have them do a segment about the art of Zentangle. Here is my contribution:
I decided to return to my community photos this week and got a bit excited about a new tangle that emerged for me last February from this bell tower at our local university branch campus. Here are the photos.
Here's the tangle on a tile. It seems to have some depth without shading.
Here is the step out:
For now, I am calling it Bell Tower. I'm open to suggestions.
Three hints for creating this tangle: First, think S curve when doing the bell shape. Second, mirroring is good to keep in mind in many tangles. It is simply making a stroke near another as if holding a mirror to the first stroke and drawing what is in the mirror. Keeping that in mind helps with the shaping and placement of the S curves. Also, turning your tile helps with the mirroring in this one. Third, when starting and ending the S curve, trace the line you are starting the stroke on as you begin and the one you are ending on as you finish the stroke. Rick Roberts explains this as thinking of a plane taking off and landing on an airstrip.
I love the challenge that comes in creating variations on a tangle. So, here are a few. I especially like what happens when the straight lines are made curvy.
In my introductory Zentangle classes, I always tell how I use tangling as a method of personal relaxation.
I tangle in bed to unwind from the day. I need to do it in bed because it is not uncommon for me to doze off tangling at that time of day.
I tangle on airplanes because flying stresses me out. Tangling helps me relax. I almost forget that I am on an airplane. The time goes by very quickly and tangling often leads to interesting unforced conversation with the person seated next to me.
I tangle in the doctor's waiting room. Sometimes it's a very long wait. Tangling helps keep my blood pressure down.
This week I took my Tangle a Day Calendar along to my doctor's appointment. Below is a combination of night time and waiting room tangling. By the way, I am 5mg short of being completely free of blood pressure medicine. I can't state it as a fact that tangling is the reason. Healthy lifestyle has a big part in that. But I believe that the doctor's office tangling at least helps with what is called "white coat syndrome" in which blood pressure tends to be higher at the doctor's office.
Tangles Used: Chainlea, Luv-a, Coil, Zinger
The wrapped fibers-like post and leaves on the right are something I've seen in some of Maria Thomas' (co-founder of Zentangle) work. I consider it more of an artistic technique than a tangle.