Maria and I recently had guests visit. After tea and some great conversations, we walked around our home, telling them about all the art that covered the walls (and the woodwork and the furniture and the windows and the . . . you get the idea).
As they were getting ready to leave, one of our guests asked, “What’s it like to live in a museum?”
My first thought was to say, “Create some art, hang it up, and you will find out for yourself!”
But I second-guessed myself. Would that come across as too blunt and harsh? So, I answered with something generic like, “It’s wonderful.”
After she left, I thought, “What a missed opportunity!”
So, with the benefit of hindsight and more time, here is what I could have said.
"So, this is my challenge to you.
"First, create something yourself. This is the beauty of the Zentangle Method . . . you discover that it feels great to surround yourself with your creations – like a gardener would feel walking in his garden.
"Second, figure out a way to present it with respect and gratitude. Perhaps you find a beautiful old frame for it. If the frame is damaged, well, you can make that beautiful as well!
"Third, find a place of honor in your home and hang it up.
"Repeat. One beautiful creation at a time.
"Soon enough, you will have the answer to your question, 'What’s it like to live in a museum?'”
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I heard that George Weiss, CZT, displayed his Zentangle art in his home. I asked if he'd share some images from his "museum." I know I had high expectations, but what he sent blew those away. Thank you so much, George!
"The value of framing and hanging your Zentangle artwork at home is in its presence as a decorative reminder that you can bring beauty and soul into your daily life – no admission ticket or fee required. You’re the curator and only you can add, remove, and replace each creation ("no mistakes"). Each of them is helping you refurbish your Zentangle house – one picture at a time."
It was always a dream for me to live in a museum. I mean . . . really live in one. Maybe I should have been a docent, visiting the artists as I pleased, guarding the art like it was my job.But now, here I be, living and loving the dream. Who knew it was so easy? You just need to dream it and create it, one piece (peace) at a time. (And . . . be willing to have lots of holes in the old walls!) I find moving them around, from room to room, sometimes turning them 90 or 180 degrees makes me see them in a different light, changing my own perceptions of each piece. And it’s a great way to entertain visitors. I highly recommend this way of life.
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So, dear reader, please tell us in the comments below what it's like to live in your museum!
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Thank you to everyone who shared your heartfelt stories with us on our last blog, Pulling at My Hearstrings. We have randomly selected commenter Molly Siddoway King to receive a Zentangle surprise. Please send your snail mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Love the idea of a museum. For some time, I’ve enjoyed adding my Zentangles as illustrations to stories and poetry from my daily reading plan. I rarely start with a particular end in sight. I think it’s especially cool when an abstract tangle or tile describes an idea like hope or joy in concrete terms. The last step of The Zentangle Method, (Appreciate), is so important to finding a match. Sometimes, I queue up some tunes and match tiles to descriptive song lyrics. Scripture – music – tangling — all my favorite pastimes wrapped up together. All that to say my journal is my “museum.”
Linda Dochter on
Thanks to you both for sharing a glimpse of your museum! And also thanks for reminding me of the museum I live in! There are drawings, tiles and paintings on our walls, made by my husband and myself, there are artworks we brought back from our travels, there‘s one of my quilts and some fibre art too. We do the curating, framing and hanging together and love showing it to visitors. What a great way of living!
Meanwhile I created my own museum in my studio where I tangle and teach. Love it myself as do visitors and students.
Maria Vennekens on
Hello zentangle.com administrator, Keep up the good work!
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Miriam Zimms on
How wonderful and inspiring your museum must be! I love it when I do frame a bigger piece of artwork I am very proud of and then it adorns my walls. My current piece is framed and going into a local Art Award and I love it. If it does not sell, then it will gladly be added to my museum of artworks that I love on my walls with pride. I have much gratitude for all that the Zentangle Family has given me, the addition of an extension of my skillset, now teaching, sharing and connecting with others both locally, nationally and internationally is just mind blowing for our global museum as much as our “home museum”. Thank you to all the Zentangle Family.
Veronica Hodges CZT #37 Australia on
I am slowly building my museum as I build my confidence in making the Zentangles. When I go to my children’s homes, I see their museum growing with the Zentangles that I have sent them. What a thrill it is for me to see ‘my artwork’ displayed in their homes. Thank you for this wonderful way to relax and, at the same time, share my joy.
Zipporah Rosenblatt on
Just a thought. Meanwhile, I’m back to a fresh tile and my trusty Micron!
It’s my home with lots of remenbrances all around. Love it.
Linda Ziegler on
Clara Brunk on
I currently have a few of my completed tangled pieces framed and on walls of our apartment along with my other artwork (and my mask collection).
I also have the artichoke art and the piece we all worked on at CZT38 hanging in my office cube! In the corner is the cartouche frame I made with our picture I gave to my mother for Mother’s Day. When she left to join the Choir Invisible in 2022 it became a cherished office picture.
When all the work on my mother’s house is completed and we unjunk it enough to have room to move into it, I already have plans to have most of the walls covered with my works, some of my small jointed doll collection, and gifted works. I have a box of frames waiting for the cartouche Project Pack pieces but I have no energy to frame them right now. Work fries my energy by the end of each workday and I must sleep all weekend to recover.
We believe books and artwork make a house a home and we have both ready to unpack and place.
bakayaro onna (Debbie Smith) CZT38 on
I have some tiles I created as well as birthday tiles from a dear friend displayed on a marquee board laying flat. The tiles fit perfectly in the slats and new tiles can be added easily. The first piece that I will frame and display is the tangle wheel jigsaw puzzle currently under construction 💜
Thank you, as always, for the inspiration and joy you send to all of us!
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Jan Albright on
After years of being a ‘closeted’ artist and by that I mean I never hung my art anywhere, never showed it to anyone and didn’t think of myself as an artist. Then, about 4 years ago I discovered Zentangle through a class at our local senior center. Now I can refer to myself as an artist and have hung my art thought the house. My very early paintings, pen and ink drawings and most recent Zentangle art all hang together and/or slip into unsuspecting places to make me smile every time I pass. I tease my friends that if they sit still too long I may tangle them! Haha It’s all to the love and support from my teachers here and fellow artists and all of you at ZHQ. My heart is full with gratitude to Maria and Rick and their team for bringing this to all of us. Thank you.
Joyce Schieltz on
When I completed a 60” long piece of botanical tangles on silk, which I hand dyed, my husband loved it so much he had it framed and hired an electrician to install an art light for it. It hangs in our front hallway among works from other artists. I’m now a part of my home museum. It’s a great feeling.
Christine Gott Dickemper on
What a lovely idea! Thank you!
Barb Bradley on
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Linda Rios CZT 27 on