Thursday, 25 September 2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

ABC of Zentangle..I

A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

I for Interesting, Inspiring, Intuitive, Impromptu...and I.

There could be many words beginning with I, but I want to associate the above mentioned words with practicing Zentangle. In the last 3 years that I have been practicing, and teaching Zentangle, I have come across the above words being used by the students to describe their experiences with Zentangle. The last word, 'I', of course is added by me here.

For me, the word I stands for individuality to egoistic attitude. Harmless state to highly difficult one! The word 'I' is very complex. Can practicing Zentangle help simplify this 'I'? From my limited experience, my answer would be, 'May', or 'May not'. It does have a potential, but it is also just a tool. How you use a tool determines the end result.

If you use Zentangle only as an 'art', to be monetized, then perhaps you are heavily under utilizing its potential. When you cross the commercial temptations, you enter into the realm of can then begin to 'simplify' this 'I'.

I would love to have your views too.

And in the meanwhile here is my Interesting (hope so), inspiring, intuitive and impromptu Zentangle Art using some I tangles, followed by the demo video to help freshers to learn tangling.

ABC of Zentangle..I, Tangles used are- Ing, Indy Rella, Ixorus, Inapod and Insydout

And here is the demonstration video:

ABC of Zentangle...I video

Do send in your comments/suggestions/views...We will appreciate your involvement.


Friday, 19 September 2014

ABC of Zentangle...H

A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

H for Healing, Happiness...

There was a gap of a couple of weeks in continuation of this series as the season for Corporate/Govt officers training began and we were off to the lovely campus of Initiatives of Change at Panchgani, a tiny hill station in Maharashtra, near Pune. Two weeks of hectic activities and we are back to Bangalore for a breather. Hope to make up for the two weeks, and work out to adjust with the coming weeks when we will be in and out of Panchgani.

So, I have chosen Healing and Happiness for H.

Here is a zentangle art created using some randomly selected tangles named with H as the first letter-

ABC of  Zentangle..H, Tangles used are Henna Drum, Hollibaugh, Huggins, Hi-Cs and Heart Rope 
And here is the video demonstrating the creation of the above zentangle. With this, we have put up 32 tangles in 8 videos including this one. 

ABC of Zentangle..H video:

You may like to see the other videos and posts on A,B,C,D,E,F and G HERE.

And now some Zen on Healing and Happiness..

The Zentangle World is rife with the stories of healing and happiness. From my experience, I would like to recount the story of one of my students, Mrs Prabhu, who had gone through a major surgery, post chemo, found indulgence in Zentangle on her hospital bed 'healing'. You may click on her name above to read more.

Another elderly student of mine, a 78 year old lady had just lost her husband. She was plunged into loneliness and there for a sort of depressed feeling. She learnt Zentangle, and got hooked on to it. Reason? well she found pracicing Zentangle kept her in the 'here and now' state. The happiness, and so also sadness can only be experienced in the present moment. Those who have tendency to get plunged into sadness or regrets if they dwell into past, or get into anxiety mode if they focus on future (this could happen often to elderly people), must be helped to remain in the present moment as far as possible. Practicing Zentangle does that.

Await the next post on I, untill then,

Happy tangling!

D I L I P 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Diva's Challenge 184

Simple response to the new tangle ING

Here is my response to Diva's challenge no. 184 on my this blog.

Normally I reserve this blog for more of Zen oriented posts, and I have recently initiated 'ABC of Zentangle' series here where in a weekly post combines some Zen, a few tangles and a demo video showing randomly selected tangles. The series up to the letter G has been published here, and post on H is coming very soon. So, stay tuned. You may click here for the entire series...



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