Friday, 6 July 2012
I decided I would post this - though it seems a very ordinary creation to me - as it might encourage others who are setting out upon something new. It is based upon the first tangle (Crescent Moon) in Suzanne McNeill's Zentangle Basics book. I started out with something else in mind & tried using a stamped image but quickly discovered that I was trying to run before learning to walk - something that I have been reminded of time & again over the last week.
In the past an aspiring artist learnt by serving an apprenticeship & copying his Master's work, he didn't just dive in & produce his first painting, but learnt about his materials & went on from there working on a sound foundation (aha! That's why Art Degrees have Foundation Courses). So, why do I expect myself to be able to produce a stamped or complex piece of artwork with tangling just by looking at the directions & jumping in? Some may find that a congenial approach but I find I am discouraged - that is one of those important lessons that I have been re-learning this week.
So, I have to start from where I am, serving my own apprenticeship & in that way I will relax & learn systematically how to create the complex tangled masterpieces that I see in the blogosphere. Correction: learn how to create more complex tangled pieces according to my own style! Systematic practice is the key coupled with knowledge of materials - I was reminded that the relationship between different papers & pens will give varying results as I wandered away from using the recommended Sakura Pigma Micron Pen on smooth paper.
I had to laugh for as I started to write the above I saw this post, became distracted & began to skim it through but stopped when I came to the story about Maria & Rick testing pens & papers for I wanted to write the above first. I have now avidly read Erin's Zendala Dare 13 through & know from a little experience that what she describes is absolutely true.
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