If we were to humanize our tangles. . . which one would you be?
When we first started speaking about Zentangle, one person spoke out and said Rick was surely Zen and I, of course was tangle. I kind of liked that. You know. . . "Sonny and Cher,” "Burns and Allen,” "John and Yoko,” "Mickey and Minnie,” "Fred and Wilma.” I could go on and on. (but Rick thought maybe it was enough. . .) I love being "Rick and Maria".
Lately, I started thinking about the personification of tangles, giving them character, images, and a history. I soon realized my Zentangle Doppelgänger is, of course (duuuuuuh!) Mooka. I gave it a capital letter, just like me and my chop.
I feel if someone were to describe me and Mooka, there would be lots of overlaps: like being fairly curvy, exuberant, short (but wanting to be taller), we both have a history of art in our lives, we're both move quickly and in unexpected directions, and, we are most definitely a bit loopy. It is my "go-to" tangle, my "mac 'n cheese" tangle, the one that seems to just pour out of my pen, and one I cannot control.
Rick, on the other hand, is without a doubt, Paradox. I was going to write why here, but I asked him to do it instead. (mine would have been funnier). His version is nowhere near what I was going to write, but, Hey! That's cool. Here it is:
I love that by drawing a simple series of straight lines in a particular way, a beautiful curve results. I love that I thought I had come up with this tangle only to discover that it is a generations old quilting pattern. I love how when you put paradox sections side by side a meta-shapes reveals itself; and if you do adjoining sections in different directions different meta-shapes reveal themselves. I love that you can take almost any familiar repeating shape and "paradox" it and discover fresh meta-shapes. I love that paradox's meta-shapes all result in tessellations or repeating shapes that neither overlap nor leave any gaps. I love that you can't predict what those tessellated shapes will look like until you draw them.
And, I guess that says a bit about how I approach the world.
I asked Indy (who is now 8) and she said Pokeroot, because a few people commented on Zentangle Mosaic that she was the pokeroot queen. Mazzy (6) said she would be pokeleaf, because, after all, they are sisters.
Molly, immediately said Tripoli, Martha, Mooka. . .she is my first born and all, and she's just recently got the mooka bug and cannot stop drawing this voluptuous tangle. And Nick, well let's just say Hollibaugh and leave it at that.
Soooooo, my dear Zentangle family, what tangle would you be, if you could be a tangle and why? I cannot wait to hear the stories and reasons for your choices.
We will choose a name at random from the comments and send goodies your way. So please give me a way to identify you somehow in your comment.
Give this some thought. It might surprise you what you come up with!