When I pick up a tile to start tangling, I usually just reach for a blank tile. I have nothing against the pre-strung tiles but I always savor the act of putting down 4 dots, a border and then my own string. I feel like it is an extension of me. The only exception is when I am tangling on the 3Z tiles. I love the pre-strung 3Z tiles. There are six different strings, and my favorite thing about them is that they all fit together.
It was for this reason that I chose the pre strung 3Z tiles for a class I was teaching at the European CZT gathering in Montabaur, Germany in October. I thought the pre strung tiles were a good analogy for how Zentangle artist from all over the world fit together.
There were 57 CZTs from 10 different countries at this gathering and each one had 1 of the 6 different strings on a 3Z tile. We all used the same 4 tangles on our tiles, but because we all had different strings, the composition was a little different. Despite the difference in the strings and placement of the tangles, when we put all of the 3Z tiles in a mosaic, they all fit together.
Just like all 57 people in the room came from different countries, had different backgrounds and spoke different languages, we all fit together. When you looked at the mosaic, you could not tell which tile was created by someone who spoke German, Dutch, Spanish or English. You could not tell who was a teacher, an IT specialist or worked in hospice care. You could not tell who was male or female, younger or older, a new CZT or a seasoned one. Instead, you saw people (and tiles) who were all different, fit together perfectly.
The way the Zentangle Method brings people together is one of my favorite things about this art form. This was my first time to Europe and I was the only American in the group but everyone there made me feel so welcome and at home. The global Zentangle community is unlike any other and I am grateful for the friends that I have made.
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