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 #16 - 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!
- Due to an AMAZING TURN OUT each and every week - i'm going to have to cap the amount of entries PER PERSON to 4 per challenge. (This doesn't mean that you can only post 4 entries - no no noooo, it just means that i will only download 4 entries for the slideshow, of which i will download the first 4 presented to the challenge. i hope that makes sense, somewhat.)
- 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!
One of the obstacles we put in front of ourselves as creators (of art, literature, baking, crafts... what have you) is the ever elusive "Time".
We say things to ourselves like "I'll finish my novel when i have time" - or "if i had time, i'd learn to bake the perfect shortbread" or "If ONLY i had the time to devote to my watercolour". What i've learned, especially being a new mom, is that if you don't make the time - it will fill itself. With work, or laundry, or television, or checking your facebook account one more time. (That's my biggest time-suck!)
When Rick and Maria created Zentangle®, they designed it to be completed in 15-20 minutes. Everyone has 15 minutes. How many times have you watched a program on TV that you weren't even interested in watching, only because it was on? Or, how many times have you checked your email today?
Fifteen minutes is really such a small amount of time over the course of any given day.
If you think of those Fifteen minutes as your gift to yourself, it can yield amazing results. What can you do in fifteen minutes?? You could write a poem, or sketch the trees in the yard, you can do a Sun Salutation or enjoy a cup of coffee in the sun. You could do a Zentangle.
Week 17 Challenge: 15 Minutes of Fame
The challenge this week is to do a Tile or Zentangle inspired piece within fifteen minutes. Dots, Border, String, Tangles and Shading - all in fifteen minutes. It's tricky! I never actually realized how much time i spent 'thinking' before 'doing' when i create a tile.
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I admit, i started getting a little bit stressed out because first i made a really loopy string that gave me a lot of sections, and i started thinking "how am i ever going to fill all of these in fifteen minutes" - and i started to worry that my tile wouldn't be "done" in 15 minutes... then i thought: "So what if it isn't? What does it matter?" I had to give my inner perfectionist a fifteen minutes coffee break just so i could focus on my tile.
The result was me falling back on my old reliable tangles, the one i do most frequently and the ones i often teach. i gave up the notion of a 'pretty' tile and just tangled. In fact i enjoyed the feeling of doing Keeko so much that i filled three spaces. (Keeko is the pattern that looks similar to the basket weave, and it's the first tangle i ever did where i actually felt that zen-like state and felt calm) - in the end, it gave my tile the appearance of something floating over a woven mat.
Zentangle is an unusual approach to art because you have no idea what its result will be when you begin. Your creation is not restricted by your expectations. - from the Zentangle website
If you're an overthinker, simplify to save time. If you generally do a tile from start to finish in ten minutes, keep adding to your tile with embellishments or more in depth shading. As long as you use a full 15 minutes.
Every day has fifteen minutes just waiting for you...
So - get your supplies ready - find yourself an egg timer, or a stopwatch - set it to fifteen minutes, and get crrrrackin...
**Cookie raises a good point in the comments, a traditional Zentangle tile is 3.5" square - so you might want to limit yourself to this size if you tend to do a bigger piece each time.
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. :(