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)
- if you haven't seen the slideshow for Week #12 - you can see it here
- To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tab above, or follow this link
- Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
- 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...
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.
that's a lot of science for this little sleep.
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. :(