We all really enjoyed Bijou’s 21 video salute to wellness this past May. Our daughter, Molly, proposed the concept. Jen and Julie (and Bijou) took the idea by the reigns and led the way. It required our whole team to come together to make the event a success. Molly’s vision for the video series was to revisit our Zentangle roots and offer our videos without any sound. It is, after all, how we started teaching the Zentangle Method some 19 years ago. We felt the instructions should be simple enough to teach without saying a word.
Well, time passes, doesn’t it? One thing changes, and then another. Suddenly we found ourselves seeing the Zentangle Method become more than we thought possible: more comforting, more complex, more exciting, more interesting. Rick and I taught classes with unlimited passion and joy. It only seemed natural to grow along with the method. Soon, we taught more complex tangles, compositions, and theories.
What goes around, comes around.
The reaction to our soundless videos seemed to be just what everyone needed. For the most part, tanglers seemed to welcome this (kind of) new or rather old approach to teaching.
Of course, it was always there.
One just had to press the magic “Bijou button” that's on every phone, tablet, or computer and bring it back to the way it was on our first video.
You might just want to rewatch all our videos, using your “Bijou button” and relish the golden silence of a truly peaceful Zentangle experience.
Life is good.
When Bijou sent me an upgraded keyboard, I was happy to see where Bijou placed the Bijou button. I think it's Bijou's way of suggesting (to me at least) that whenever I find myself stuck between trying to control or command a situation, I always have the alternate option of using my Bijou button to quiet everything so I can then create something new and different and beautiful.
Sometimes Rick and Maria exaggerate and make up fanciful tales. Your Bijou button is actually the mute switch or volume controls on your phone, tablet or computer keyboard.
Enjoy the silence.