Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Small (class) is Beautiful

13th December, 2015, Bangalore.

The workshop had balanced representation of both genders! Two each.

Usha Pk, a home maker, says in her feedback,

" Enjoyed the workshop. Would love to come back for another one.Learning never ends. Thanks a lot for yummy food ma'am. Thanks a lot Dilip and ma'am for every thing"

Krishna Mohan, a Civil Engineer found it as 'an excellent course' and wanted to have a formal prayer/meditation added...

Deepak Tiwari says, " Session was awesome and it was a great learning experience"

And Urvashi Bakhru, a health care professional summed up her feed back saying,

" Excellent learning with the teachers.Absolutely fun art, lot to learn in the coming days! And the food was fantastic"

Though a small group (last minute drop outs were rather high), it was a very satisfying  experience. Truly, small is beautiful!

Here are their 12 tiles-

Engrossed in tangling!

Pride of Creation!


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

ABC of Zentangle...L

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

I am very happy to present here the next edition of the series with letter L

L stands for Love, Life and Liberty.

And the Zentangle art presented here is created using four L tangle patterns-Laced, Leaflet, Lokomotive and LUV-A. The video gives hand holding demonstration of using these patterns.

While Laced has a potential to dramatic 3D effect with a large scope of white space, LUV-A can fill any space being an organic pattern. It also produces random  black and white balance making the space magical. Lokomotive provides rhythm where as Leaflet creates 3D effect. Over all, all these patterns are interesting and effective to create Zentangle art.

The L video

And now some zen...

Love unites all universally. No boundaries of geographic nature, nor psychological kind can prevent love from casting its magic. The problem is, for love to find its place in one's action, it has to cross the hurdles of ego, excessive desires, anger, selfishness, greed or envy. Practicing meditation is said to be driving one towards overcoming the above mentioned hurdles. And since practicing Zentangle  is credited to create a meditative state of mind, it would be reasonable to say that practicing zentangle would create more love in the nature of the tanglers.

Life is either governed by Love, or Fear, or by the combination of the two. Thus enhancing love would enhance the life! And what could be more liberating situation than the love enhancing life??

Happy tangling,


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Mono Tangle Trees by my students and other tanglers 2

And here are some more trees..
for Diva's Challenge no. 246

By Nidhi Aggarwal:



Mono tangle trees by my students and other tanglers

Diva's Challenge no. 246 has attracted some of the Zentangle enthusiasts in India to create trees. Since they do not have a url, I have offered to host them here.

Please encourage them by your feedback.

1. By Aditi Parikh:

2. By Dipti Jois:

3. By Vijaya Geetha



Zentangle® at Mentor Conclave, 2015

2nd December, 2015 

A new experiment. I had a great opportunity of introducing Zentangle® method to nearly 200 school principals and educators from across the country at an annual program called Mentor Conclave, at Bangalore, organised by an exclusive magazine for principals called Mentor. The two day event attracted over 300 registrants. The title was 'Zentangle in Education; Education in Zentangle'

The challenge was to make an effective presentation within 20 minutes!

I decided to even add a small experiential process.

We created 6 tiles with different tangle patterns used but left one segment blank in all the tiles. Got them printed out on card thickness board. We distributed one tile each to every participant along with a black ink pen.

After introducing the concept and benefits, we made every one in the audience to complete the tile by filling up the blank space with Tipples.

They all experienced silence, concentration and no other thoughts! I rested my case! A huge interest was generated, if I have to go by the questions they all put up. We have to wait and see how many of them invite us to teach Zentangle their teachers and students in coming days.

I must admit, though, that 20 minutes was too short. I had to over run my time by about 5-7 minutes.

Here are some visuals.

Listening with rapt attention

The pre-drawn tiles with one space left blank

Participants engrossed in completing the tiles with Tipples

Completed tiles they all took home.
And at the end I would like to leave you with the following link which gives out 7 reasons why you must learn Zentangle..

D I L I P, CZT09


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