Tuesday, March 2, 2010

First Post!!

This is the very first post of my Zentangle® blog. For those of you who don't know, Zentangle is a great and highly creative yet relaxing art form.

from the Zentangle Website:
Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.

I got hooked on zentangling just before Christmas this year, and have done a Zentangle almost every day since.

After struggling with anxiety and depression this year - a friend of mine sent me the link to the zentangle website. I was instantly attracted to it, because the repeating patterns and intricate line work seemed to have been lifted off the pages of my own doodles.

The idea of drawing or creating with a purpose, with intent, really appealed to me - and within the course of the next couple of days, i devoured everything i could find that was remotely related to zentangling. I signed up for the eNewsletter and read all the back issues, i read all the back posts of some great zentangling blogs, I purchased the start up kit, and started zentangling on my own in my own sketch book.

Since i began this journey into zen, i really began to notice a decline in my anxiety attacks, and my over all mental health seemed to be stabilizing.

My one and only Resolution this year was to Live More Creatively in whatever path that takes me. Zentangling has helped me in that.

I remember thinking that I would love to be able to teach this skill to other people! The VERY next day an eNewsletter went out announcing the dates for the next Certification course. And it was the week after my 30th birthday!!

I decided to take advantage of this coincidence - and call it an early birthday present. This was life giving me a nudge. much needed. So, i held my breath, signed up for the course...

The rest...is about to come!!

I hope to post fairly regularly, and i'm really very super excited that i will be going to the Boston area this May to become certified as a Zentangle Instructor!! And i believe, so far, there's only one other in Canada, and she lives in BC... (While i live in the Skatch!!)

4 comments:

  1. Hoping to get to see or hear about Zentangling from you during your trip to Boston. Will be keeping an eye on this site. :)

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  2. Hey I just found this, which rock have I been under?

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  3. Congtatulations on your blog and becoming a CZT!

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  4. @teeni, i guess we never really got into it while i was there, but if you are interested, we should chat. lord knows there's enough CZTs in the New England area!! :)

    @Suzi, i haven't really advertised it yet cuz, well, i hadn't done anything with the blog yet.

    @Shelly, thank you!! i'm very excited!

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tangle me some zen, baby!!