Less Is More N° 145

This week’s challenge is a one layer card, with the theme of a Thank You card… and as soon as I saw the theme I knew what I wanted to do. I have been very taken with Zentangling recently. This is a type of doodle that I have been doing on and off for years – I used to do it during rehearsals when I did amateur dramatics…I have a script which I doodled (or, as I have now discovered, “zentangled” !) over the entire cover of. It was a script for “Ophelia” by Bryony Lavery, I think…

 

I was in a really b-o-r-i-n-g and tedious AGM this morning, so I started zentangling in my notebook. At the end the woman who had been sitting next to me asked if she could see it, and another woman asked if she could have the page! One said she would like it as a picture on her wall, and others suggested I put some zentangles on cards to sell…Well, I had been thinking about it!

 

Recently, zentangling has become “officialised”, if you like, with named patterns, and clubs, and entire blogs dedicated to zentangling, and even teachers taking courses in zentangling. And for all these years, I thought I was just doodling!

 

Since my “Opening Doors” course in September, Ange has been encouraging us to try to take time for ourselves, to do something we enjoy, to take a moment to breath. I find that zentangling really helps me to relax, to empty my mind and to concentrate on something while also being concentrated on myself. Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I don’t…but I have found this a brilliant way to spend time for myself and with myself.

 

Here are two of my designs:

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Sorry they’re such rubbish photos – if you click on them you can see them better, & they look better too!! Here’s a close up of the circles:

 

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I knew I wanted to send a Thank You card to Ange – I need to send her a cheque (it’s coming, Ange, honestly!) – and as the zentangles have featured so heavily in my Opening Doors time, I thought zentangling was the right thing to do.

 

One of the inspiration cards by Chrissie also featured zentangling – and I thought I was being so original! – but no matter, here is my effort (another bad photo…I really need to improve!):

 

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What do you think?

 

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10 Responses to “Less Is More N° 145”

  1. Chrissie Says:

    We’ll I think I need to investigate zentangling further!
    Super card!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Less is More

  2. Michelle Says:

    You’re the second of my blogpals to feature zentangling on her blog; before the other one did, I’d never heard of it before!

  3. Laurie U Says:

    Doodled or zentangled – either way it’s fantastic!

  4. mistys mum Says:

    A great zentangle & I love all the thank you’s around it.
    I love zentangling just cannot get enough.
    x

  5. karen h Says:

    Awesome tangling! I only just discovered it recently – it really is fun and calming. I love how you sentiment frames the zentangled flower!

  6. Connie MacFarlane Says:

    Love this! Very intrigued, first time I have come across zentangling as well.

  7. Bananastamper Says:

    This is gorgeous artwork! Love how you did the sentiment too!

    Shanna 🙂

  8. Dena J Says:

    I have loved doodling this way also! I had no idea is was an art form – now I will need to try it out on nice paper! Thank you for the inspiration. Yours are quite intricate and lovely.

  9. Julia Says:

    Love your Zentangle card and your doodles, like you said, its a great way to relax.

  10. Skye Says:

    Love the zentangles. I have tried it once, for a Less is More challenge, and mine were hopeless.