Happy Monday and welcome to the third guest post in a series of guest bloggers while my family recoups from Artoo's surgery!
This week's challenge is brought to you by newly minted CZT Elisa Murphy, who i met while i was in Providence this spring!
Weekly Challenge 194: “Embracing the Yuck”
Hey there, Zentangle Nation!!! I’m Elisa Murphy, CZT 15. I am ridiculously excited and honored to be your guest blogger this week. I’m practically shaking about it!! Either that or I’ve had way too much coffee. One quick disclaimer before we get started: I’m a huge fan of sentence fragments. I apologize in advance to any grammar police out there.
This week's challenge is inspired by the circumstances surrounding why Laura needs guest bloggers. Many of you know that Artoo just had eye surgery. Any parent would feel unsteady and plain scared about their kiddo needing surgery. It’s an even more profound experience of fear and powerlessness when your kiddo has unique circumstances and is prone to throwing medical “curve balls”. Learning how to cope with these events becomes it’s own unique art form. Like The Diva, I speak from experience.
Here’s my idea. Let’s show some Zentangle solidarity and support for Laura and other fellow “Zentanglers” fighting the feelings that come with being forced to sit with that unsteadiness and powerlessness. My clinical term for this is, “Embracing the Yuck” (I’m so fancy).
With all of this in mind, your challenge is to tangle with your non-dominant hand (including shading and blending). Cue the collective groan. For those uniquely lucky souls who are ambidextrous, please hold your pen, etc., like you’re singing into a microphone.
Let’s return to the foundation of Zentangle and focus solely on that process, celebrating the imperfection of the product. Can you find the beauty in the discomfort? What happens when you tap into that shaky feeling as you navigate your tile? Did you find a way to adapt?
While I was creating my example I decided to write my thoughts and feelings on the back. I welcome you, if it feels comfy, to do the same.
My "journal entry" of what I was thinking and feeling while completing this challenge. Yes, this is how my mind works. This is why I can never find my keys.
Time totally warped for me. When shading I became a little disoriented of where I should put my pencil next. I almost let my ego take over and use an eraser. Horrors, I know. But I didn’t do it!! Finally I reverted to my go-to coping mechanism, sarcastic humor: “Wow. Cool. I just created the Hollibaugh version of ‘bridge to nowhere’.” and the inevitable, “Ummm, what the heck was I thinking there?”.
The closer I look at this, the more I see it's imperfections. Hello self doubt and insecurity.
Honestly, the experience became unexpectedly powerful and thought provoking.
But I have the power to change my perspective. I can chose to step back and see that in the big picture, I'm doing just fine. Lines soften and things seem to flow a little more smoothly.
And THIS is why I love Zentangle.
One last note. I told my eight year old kiddo about my idea and showed her my tile. Her adorably honest response was,
“Woah. Mom, are you sure you want people to see THAT as your first Zentangle on that Lady’s blog?”.
Ugh. Thanks, kid.
So.........Are you with me?? Can you throw perfection out the window with pride and let your Zentangle freaky-line flag fly?? Let’s do it for The Diva!
Bio: I’m a mom, a wife, a survivor.
I’m a classic “New Englandah” from Massachusetts. In other words, I’m a huge fan of sarcastic humor, waves crashing on a Cape Cod beach, and school cancelations during a good (wicked cool) snow storm.
I found Zentangle® while trying to reconstruct my life after the devastating, sudden loss of my 13 year old daughter. I completed my first Zentangle tile on October 11, 2013 (exactly one year and one day following her death) and rediscovered a creative, peaceful light within myself that I thought was lost forever.
I felt a crazy pull to share the “Zentangle Effect” with folks around me so I registered, and this past June became a proud member of the remarkable CZT community and the CZT 15 family (hey, guys!!) .
Elisa blogs at: Elisa's Now and Zen
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. ;)
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you!
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com) [not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________
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. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
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. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??