Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekly Challenge #13

Happy Monday everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:

  • If you're NEW here (and there've been a lot of new additions to the party!) I'm working on creating some tutorials to help you out.  You can click on the links above or:  See "Getting Started"  and "Tutorials" (<--more to come)
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  • and i want to say a very extra special big heart felt thank you to everyone who donated funds last week.  I continue to be amazed by the generosity of spirit of this wonderful community.  HUGS!

Thirteen.  Lucky Thirteen...

Last week's challenge introducing colour into your Zentangle®'s really pushed some of you out of your comfort zone, but you rose to the challenge anyway and the result was amazing.  The proof is in the pudding, so they say.

Do they actually say that?

IS that a saying?

I'm running on about 3 hours of sleep and i think i might be slightly delirious right now.  phew!

Everyone ready?  Grab your favourite drawing utensil in your hand, and hold it in front of you.   If you're right handed, slip that pen over to your left hand.   If you're left handed, slip it to the right.

Prepare yourself.... for a very challenging challenge.

Challenge #13: Non-Dominatrix*

The Challenge is to complete a tile or Zentangle inspired piece using ONLY your NON-DOMINANT hand.

Dunn DUNN DUNNNNN!!!!!



*I hmmed and hawwed about whether or not the title of this challenge is too racy, but i thought that dominatrices are about control, and this challenge is all about giving up that control.  If you find this title a tad on the risqué side, sorry 'bout that.  :)  Feel free to re-name it on your own blog posts. 

Anyway, I'd like to invite you all to hop in my time machine.  We're going to journey back....

Waayayayayaaaayyyy back to before we judged ourselves.  Back when our self confidence was just brimming and on the verge of overflowing...

Back to....

Age five.  (this journey may be longer for some- ha!)

Remember how it felt to grab that marker in your hand and to bring the pen to paper and make art.  How your awkward lines came together to create something you were proud to put on your fridge! You never doubted that your trees looked like trees, they just WERE trees.  You never worried about what other people would think about your work, you created because you love to create.

Let's go back to that time before we met our inner critic, our most harsh judge, our censor, our belittler, our back seat driver to creativity.

We can't get to this place of vulnerability with our dominant hands, at least not easily.
It will be difficult, because the pen WILL feel strange in your hand.  You will wonder how to move the tile, or how to shade... or how to even start!  Take a deep breath.  This challenge really IS... all about LETTING GO! 

and don't worry, we're all doing the same challenge! We are ALL going to have shaky lines, and messy tanlges.  Don't let that scare you, let that FREE you.

This is your permission to make a mess.  I give you license to create Zentangle MAYHEM! ;)

i'm not going to lie, this challenge was hard for me too...

Writing with your non-dominant hand has been a creative journaling technique for years.  When we use our dominant hand, we primarily use our dominant hemisphere.  Our non-dominant hand is linked to our non-dominant hemisphere of our brain; switching it up forces us to use both sides of our brain together. 

Hooray!

that's a lot of science for this little sleep.

zzzz.....

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here)

Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address)

The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.

I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. :(

78 comments:

  1. My goodness.....this should be interesting. Not once have I broken an arm or been forced to use the left hand and her I will be doing it willingly. Sounds sort of fun! Thanks!

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  2. I wish I could correct.....bu that was supposed to be here.

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  3. Ewww! Bet I only do one of these :)

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  4. The new challenge is awesome fun. I had to work with both hands for years.Picking mushrooms with my left, cutting the stems off with the right hand. I wonder if it will make a difference while drawing.
    Please Laura don't overdo yourself ,get some sleep; this may not be easy if your children need you.But we,tanglers, can wait for a while if neccesary.
    Take care of yourself and thanks for all you do.
    Jeannine

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  5. Oh my...maybe I'll call my entry a comedy piece :P This is going to be very interesting indeed!

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  6. Oh man, my left hand is worse than useless!! But I will give it a try and I'm sure it will be fun :) if a little bit messy, lol!

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  7. http://www.shockwave-sound.com/sound-effects/scream-sounds/cri-d-effroi-scream.wav

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  8. @TimeToTangle: may I just say.... Literal LOL! Pure genius. :D

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  9. Rockin' awesome idea, Laura! And thanks in turn for the mention on your Getting Started page - you even spelt my name correctly! Wow! (knew you were a gal of many talents...Heheheheee).

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  10. Sixty-five years ago, everyone kept taking my pencil from my left hand and putting it in my right hand. Sixty years ago I could write almost as well with my left as I could with my right hand. In the last ten years, I have lost much of the dexterity of left hand. I had a total shoulder replacement last April. So this challenge will be most interesting!

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  11. I look forward to seeing what everyone's tangle looks like. I loved the wiggly lines… Had a harder time and found I had to constantly tell myself to relax as I was coloring in the black areas.

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  12. This was more difficult than I thought it would be. I used to use my non-dominant hand a lot more. Great challenge!

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  13. This sounds like fun using your non-dominant hand. I'm left handed, too. A long time ago not long after I started school (maybe kindergarden to first grade) one of my Teachers, Mrs. Jones told me I started with using my right hand, but switched to my left hand by the time I finished first grade and never went back to my right hand. I could have been two-handed (forget what you call it when you're capable of using either hand). I can knit and crochet using either hand. I learned to crochet and knit right-handed since my sister who taught me showed me with her right hand. I taught myself how to knit and crochet using my left hand much later just to learn intarsia in crocheting and entralac in knitting.
    I think I'm left hand when firing a rifle and I know I'm left handed when firing and pistol. I'm right handed when I bowl. This challange sounds fun to try.

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  14. Did one - that's it. NOT left-handed. It was a true challenge though.

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  15. I think you stay awake nights thinking up a new and different challenge, Ms. Diva!! No wonder you're tired! This was a corker! lolol.... and very fun. Thanks, Laura.

    Now I am working on the challenge of properly hooking-up with Mr. Linky. We seem to have a bit of a challenge in our relationship! (sorry...)8-}

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  16. Oh. My. Gosh. Love this. Brilliant idea!

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  17. I don't have an account with any of the profiles, so I'm thinking I can't leave a comment???

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  18. I thought I was ambidextrous, but this was difficult. Felt like I was in First Grade learning to write all over again. lol but a great challenge for sure!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruthart/5526923959/

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  19. dang, you are sitting back laughing I am sure. I don't even know if I will try, LOL! Hey what of those that are ambidextrous, do they have to use their feet! LOL! This is gonna be so much fun to see what people come up with?

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  20. OK, this was HARD. I enjoyed it though. My hand was so tired when I finished. Actually all of me was so tired when I finished. Must have been a mental workout too!

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  21. I liked it. My right wrist has been getting very sore from all of my computer and Zentangle work. It was actually nice to give it a break :-) Thanks for the fun challenge.

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  22. Oops, created two links, in error :( Feel free to delete the second one, Laura - it's last week's challenge.

    Well, it's rather pants but I have finished a left-handed tangle.....look n laugh, fellow tanglers :P

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  23. Please don't kick me to hard, but i think it would be fun to do another challenge like this.

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  24. OH MY GOD! My first try was terrible! (Look at my blog to see a glimps of mister potato-head *shame*)
    The second try was better. But I just can't believe all the great resuts you guys have !!!

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  25. What a laugh! It took a while to loosen up but quite enjoyed the exercise in the end!

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  26. Talk about challenge - I never felt very zen or relaxed. Glad we're all experiencing this together.

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  27. Thanks for a wonderful challenge, Laura. It wasn't easy, but when you use the non-dominant hand, the mantra of relax-smile-breathe really helps. This challenge made me realize and appreciate the difficulties people have in re-hab after having had a stroke or an injury. Have a new appreciation of these miraculous tools we call our hands!!!

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  28. Howdy all,.... I posted my tangle before looking at yours. I think I'm noticing something, but can't quite put my finger on what it is. I think it's that when we use our dominant hand our tiles have more of a distinct personality. I can actually recognize many of the tanglers just by seeing their tiles. But with our non-dominant hand, our individuality seems to have been erased to a great extent. It's like we're all beginners. Not a bad experience, but humbling..... Does anyone have any other thoughts on this?

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  29. Laura, this was so difficult! I think the hardest part was not really being able to fix it when I messed up. I doubt I could even draw a "bronx cheer" with my left hand. It was quite a mental challenge this time - a worthwhile exercise.

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  30. What a great challenge! I am so used to using my computer mouse right-handed (even though I am left-handed), I thought this would be relatively easy... NOT!

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  31. It was more difficult then i had imagined. Certainly the lack of controle on the lines was hard. Sometimes it seems as if the left hand has a will on it own. But i am sure that with pratice it would go better after a short time.
    jeannine

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  32. Second (and definitely last) image uploaded! I did have a lot of fun with this and it was really interesting to see how untrained my left hand is! I ended up doing patterns I'd never have done, all because I was trying to hide overdrawn lines and excessive wobbles....thanks Laura :)

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  33. Hey, can someone name a few of the challenges that are already done? Thanks!

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  34. I practiced several times and then submitted my tile. I used new and old patterns, just like I would have done anyway.

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  35. 'About me', click on the weekly challenges tab and all the previous challenges are listed there :)

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  36. This really was a challenge!! I'm surprised that using my right hand I actually made something I could see. I thought that hand was just a usless apendage. Thanks for another great challenge!

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  37. I see that most of us are in agreement about our "other hand". The thing is, after I relaxed a little the hardest part was actually posting it. Thanks Laura for an awesome challenge.

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  38. Weekly challenges- Oh silly me! I should have seen that! Hehe.

    Thanx!

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  39. Mine is called, NonDom - The Movie (for reasons that are possibly obvious). This was fun, Laura!! And, like hitting your head with a hammer, it feels so good when you stop (and go back to your dominant hand) [LOL].

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  40. Not advisable to keep hitting your head with a hammer, Kit, regardless of the relief when you stop :P I'm sure that splint gave you an advantage, lol ;P. Beautiful work m'dear :) x

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  41. it was hard especially because i usually use my non-dominatrix to vibrate the notes on the violin,lol...you did v well! loved the challenge!

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  42. Wow that was harder than I thought!! Challenge is the word! Thank you Laura, for pushing us outside our comfort zone and making us think outside our box...that's what creativity is all about.

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  43. Zentangle mayhem...the best kind.

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  44. This was definitely the most challenging one so far!

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  45. Indeed this was a challenge. I realized that circles and filling in spaces with black were patterns that I had difficulty in doing with my non-dominant hand. So... I had to release and let go ~ I was Amazed at how this affected me.

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  46. Hey, can some one tell me how to put my name up here instead of the "about me" always comin up? Silly question, sorry.

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  47. Hey @aboutme (i'm thinking you're Deb? from Deb Tangles?) It seems like your actual BLOGGER profile name is 'about me'... to change that you'll have to go into your blog settings and edit your user profile. Then scroll down to your "display name" to change it. once you've put your new name in, be sure to save your new settings (at the bottom on the left) and hopefully that will work. good luck.

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  48. This one is really a super challenge!! :))
    I'm sorry that I wasn't able to participate to the last challenges, but I had to concentrate on my Etsy shop, because I was leaving it too much alone... :))
    I'll tray to participate to next week challenge. I just need to organize myself (and this is a very hard task...).
    Hope your Artoo is getting better.
    Hugs and kisses!!

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  49. I teach crochet, and some of my students are (obviously) lefties. When I pick up the hook in my left hand and attempt to make a stitch to demonstrate to them, LITERALLY my hand will not move. I get frozen. I think I might try doing a tile or two like this on a regular basis so that maybe I'll "defrost" my left hand a bit.

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  50. This was my first challenge, and boy, it was a hard one. I think I have that frozen hand problem, too, and it never really relaxed. I had to consciously stop myself from grabbing the pen with my right hand! My comments are posted by Jenna but my real name is Ellen... just trying to go for a little anonymity in my blog, and will probably fail miserably. Oh, well.

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  51. OK, just posted my first attempt at a challenge. I figured this would be a good one to start with, since everyone will look more like a beginner, like me. :)

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  52. I had another try at this, felt a 'bit' easier, but there were still problems with my hand not feeling like it was under 'my' control!!! Drawing lines is not the problem (ok, I like wiggly lines) but coloring within the lines is tricky!! Will have to practice more. Great challenge and so good to see all the lovely people joining in like this.

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  53. I love this challenge!!! Trying to do some activities with the non-dominant hand is an exercise a like a lot…
    Thank you again :-* .

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  54. Flippin' heck my hand was still well more there the next day, think it at least enjoyed the exercise. The brain was less sure and acted as if it was being put in charge for the first time! Good workout for brain/hand coordination definitly need to work with the left more Thank you. XOXO Zoe

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  55. This one tackled my fears head on. I did it though and I have to say that while my left hand is usually just decorative, I was able to pull it off. Not beautiful but OK.

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  56. It was easier than I imagined, but harder at the same time to control the pen. Does that make sense? :>))

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  57. I just posted my Challenge 13 in my Blog. Using your non-dominating hand could be challenging with some of the tangle patterns. The hardest for me is making a perfectly strait edge when I fill in something a solid black or color. My edges looks like "stinging-ants" nibbled on my edges, but when you move back away from the drawing, it still turned out not too bad. Plus I drew my zentangle much slower than if I was using my left hand, but it was still fun to do.

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  58. Though drawing with my left hand was a little slow, I enjoyed the challenge.

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  59. This was a hard one! Wow. My right side hurts now! This really was a challenge though. Keep'em comin'! :D

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  60. Am not exactly sure why I tackled a second tile, but this challenge was easier the second time. I really had to slow down and find the inside place where the easy flow might be hiding ;-0

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  61. I discovered patience and the SLOW burn doing this challenge. Nice!

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  62. This really was a challenge for me! I won't say it was fun, but I finally did it.

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  63. My first entry - yay! I am in awe of the talented people who post here, and it's nice to see some names I remember from CZT Class V!

    Trisha Rice, CZT-V
    Texas

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  64. Boy this was difficult, but what a terrific experience! Yes, definitely a Challenge.

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  65. I've looked at most of the other art, and I think they're lovely. I agree with everyone's statements above. My struggle--besides straight lines, that is--was that my dominant right hand wanted to jump in and save the day from my non-left. I had to mentally pin my right wrist down. It felt "left" out, so I know it will be happy with next week's "right" challenge.

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  66. What a workout, however I discovered lots of interesting things about using my right hand. Once I sort it out coherently I'll blog about it.

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  67. fun challenge! Thanks for reconnecting me with my genetic talents! :)

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  68. Very slow this week, Hope I made it time. Last week you got my name wrong. That's OK Love your blog.

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  69. That was fun... and it really does look like mine was created by a five-year old!

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  70. I finally drew zentangle "I Walk a Line" #4 that makes my heart sing. It is raining here and I thought why not diamond shaped rain-drops?

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  71. Yikes! I can't look at this because I'm such a perfectionist. It's hard to be okay with it even though I know it's pretty darn good for working with my left hand. I think my left-handed signature is better than the drawing! ;)

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tangle me some zen, baby!!