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Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings

Julie Willand

Julie writes... We have been enjoying our stroll down memory lane as we go Back to Basics this summer. A few weeks ago, we invited you to visit our old blog, BLOG Zentangle, and peruse the entries and comments. Today, we are sharing with you a blog from 2017: Humble Beginnings. Please join us as we look back and where we our Zentangle journeys stated. Enjoy! --- + --- Julie writes: [Previoulsy] I wrote about how we need to stop comparing our Zentangle art to others and embrace our practice. Well, Maria liked the blog (and your responses) so much...

Molly writes... When we talk about the Eight Steps of the Zentangle Method we often talk about the concept of The Elegance of Limits. This concept was integral in the development of the method and its eight steps. It was important to Rick and Maria to create a structure that nurtured and guided creativity with subtle suggestion, but also allowed room for artistic exploration. The Zentangle Primer Vol 1 describes “the elegance of limits” as a supportive matrix that paradoxically inspires creativity with gentle boundaries and limited options. Let’s take a closer look at the Eight Steps; how they offer...

Early Zentangle Thoughts

Early Zentangle Thoughts

Maria Thomas

This week in our Back to Basics series, Maria reflects on some early ideas they had about the Zentangle Method.  Enjoy! --- + --- Maria writes:In the early days, when Zentangle was just a smile in our hearts, Rick and I knew that this new thing we happened upon, would be totally and inexplicably magical.  We were obsessed with sharing this drawing system with whoever would dare to listen.  I had dreams about how it would grow, by leaps and bounds. But my initial thoughts about who would love this new artform was …  wait, wait, get this … children. ...