I'm always looking for new ideas for texture for my metal. I keep a book with pictures I've collected, patterns, and my own drawings. I needed some way to pull all these together into cohesive designs. So I am taking a continuing ed class at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Zentangle. It's an 8 weeks session on Saturday mornings.
I refer to Zentangle as structured doodling. Launie (our teacher) calls it creative meditation. I was a little tense at the start...as I am with all classes. I always have this fear of...."what if I suck at doing this" when I take a class. I don't relax until I get my hands moving.
I used to draw when I was a kid, but haven't drawn for a long time. Well, we got to drawing right away and it is a lot of fun....and meditative...very relaxing. It's amazing that that tiles came out looking great. But then, drawing patterns is a lot easier than drawing a person or a bowl of fruit...at least for me.
So I'm spending the next seven Saturday's at the CIA doing Zentangle. One of the sessions we will be drawing on t-shirts and canvas bags. Another week we are going across the street to the Cleveland Museum of Art in search of patterns. In the end I hope I can take all the patterns I've collected and to create some unique designs.
Here is one of the tiles we made today. All the same and all different.