Sunday, May 18, 2014
Coming Soon ...
So, you have probably heard of "Zen Tangle" or "Zen Doodle" by now. There is a blog called Rainbow Elephant that has an associated community called the Line Weaving Community. [http://www.rainbowelephant.com and http://www.lineweaving.com] where Cindy shares downloadable pattern sheets that are a fantastic resource for those interested in repeat patterns; Cindy also has some very good vids over at YouTube. There are also many other resources (on the internet and in books) related to the Zen Tangle/Doodle art form.
I have only one problem with this art form -- many of the patterns have been around for a long long long time. And I have a little bit of a hard time accepting that someone recently "invented" them. However, what they have accomplished is breaking down the shape into steps that make it easy to reproduce and repeat that pattern.
I have been doodling since 1971 -- back in grade school, in science class. We had to keep a notebook of lecture notes. The teacher expected us to write things down and he collected our notebooks each quarter to make sure we did take notes and even graded us on them.
**HUGE SIGH** The teacher tended to wander the room as he talked. I watched him and listened and ended class with lots and lots of ... blank pages.
I don't mention his name because it is embarrassing to tell this about him -- he had some kind of white gunk at the corners of his mouth and it stretched as he talked and I spent my time watching to see if the line of gunk would break and smack him or splatter and it was gross but fascinating to watch.
So, I decided the only way I would ever take notes was to stop watching him.
I picked up my pen (a Bic ballpoint, a Flair or, if I was lucky to have one with me, a Bic Banana felt tip pen -- am I dating myself there?) and stared at my blank notebook pages. And made a mark and added another and when the teacher said something interesting, I moved to a clean spot on the page, wrote that down then went right back to adding lines to the other set of lines on the page. My art form was born.
In an "understanding art" type course at the University of Minnesota in 1996, each student had to stand up in front of the lecture hall and present something about their art form. I held up a paper airplane, made from paper I had doodled all over. It was a poorly constructed airplane because, well, I was never very good at paper airplanes to begin with and for some reason I had totally forgotten about the assignment until about 2 hours before class :-( And declared that my art form was "Conscious Doodling" because I make conscious decisions concerning the lines and shapes that I use together. And the airplane symbolized a hope that the art would one day make its way to others. Hmmpf.
My series of Dover ClipArt books and other source material where I found inspiration for the shapes I used have gotten lost. [I let hubby shelve them somewhere in the many bookshelves he has set up in almost every room of the house; I have no idea where they ended up last and neither does he. **sigh**] So I am happy to find the Zen Doodle/Tangle resources on the web. Though I often, recently, tend to return to the same few design elements in my doodling. I need to spend just a little time every so often looking at the design resources available to me to feed the creative juices.
Ah, you ask, "What has all that malarkey have to do with a 'coming soon' type announcement?" Great question. :-)
As I have stated in previous posts, I have really gotten 'into' digi-stamping. I really need to post more of my cards, rather than just the 2014 Christmas Challenge from DigiStamps4Joy site. But I also LOVE drawing fish and owls, monograms and names and other things. So, in the next two weeks I will be opening my own digi-stamp store.
In the meantime, I am offering a fish that was drawn sort of in a hurry today, as a freebie for you.
There is a third image -- the one I colored in using Sanford Prismacolor pencils and Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils; I think there might be the stray Royal and Crayola colored pencil in the tin too and may have added to the finished fish. I made an alteration to the fins since I prefer smaller areas to color in rather than larger areas. This does have a watermark since I hope you will prefer to color your own fish.