Welcome to my Zentangle filled world. After two and a half years of creating Zentangles and more than a year and a half after becoming a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher), I’ve decided to take a flying leap into the blogosphere. I am not very computer literate, but I am very passionate about Zentangle, and I do enjoy writing (I even had an article published recently in a children’s magazine). So the plan is to handle the tangling and writing end of this blog, and turn to my very computer savvy husband when I need assistance with the rest.
I will be the first to admit to being addicted to Zentangle. Now the term addiction usually refers to something problematic, and often is linked to a 12 step program for recovery. Well, my addiction is not problematic, except when it keeps me up at night with thoughts of a new project I’d like to work on, a new class I’d like to offer, or what my next blog post will be about. So I am not in need of a program for recovery (other than the kind that my melatonin provides). But I did come up with a 12 step program laying out exactly what I should do to nurture my addiction. Here it is, in no particular order of importance:
- Keep busy tangling in order to stay out of trouble. After retiring from teaching elementary school two years ago, I was a little worried that I would be bored with nothing to occupy my time. Boy was I wrong!
- Make new friends. There is an amazing online community of Zentangle enthusiasts who are friendly, sharing, and caring. And they provide inspiration to further my addiction.
- Divulge the joy of Zentangle to my local friends. Now I have an excuse to get together with them and spend even more time tangling.
- Be creative. After leaving behind past endeavors such as stained glass and beading, I welcome this new outlet for showcasing my creativity.
- Tangle to decrease stress and worries. Zentangle helps me to relax and refocus my attention, and since I worry about everything (just ask my husband), this step should go a long way towards fostering my addiction.
- Create a beautiful piece of art. I still often look at my finished work and say, “Wow, I did that!”
- Tangle to lower my blood pressure. My doctor should be happy about this one.
- Teach classes in Zentangle. This allows me to continue to do something I love, even after retiring from my full time teaching job.
- Make handmade gifts. Results in more time tangling as well as thankful recipients.
- Decorate my home with…what else but Zentangle inspired art? And it goes so well with the black and white theme in my house! Some might even think I decorated my house to go with my art.
- Show off my Zentangles. My self-esteem gets a boost each time someone says how “cool” it is or tells me I have so much artistic talent (I sure have them fooled, don’t I?). My daughter is my biggest fan!
- Attend Zentangle related retreats and workshops around the country. Not only does this give me the opportunity to meet new tanglers and learn new things, but it also gets me fired up to go home and do more of steps #1 – 11!
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