I am deliriously excited about guest blogging for the diva herself while she takes a much-deserved vacation from stimulating our creativity and pushing our Zentangle boundaries! Thank you, Laura, for the opportunity and to all of your for your participation!
The dog days of summer are long and hot here on the east coast of the U.S., but there is so much to celebrate this time of year. Beautiful big shade trees, swimming pools and beachside fun, summer flowers, and (for the kids in most areas), no drudgery to take away from blissful hours of outside carefree fun. My kids are lucky enough to go to summer camp--one as a lifeguard, the other in his last year as a camper--and I am delighted that they can have an experience they can carry with them for a lifetime.
Of course, in other parts of the world (looking at you, Australia) it's winter, some of us work in air-conditioned (thank goodness!) offices with little access to nature's bounty, and some of us flat out hate the heat and humidity.
Whether you're outdoors-obsessed or indoors-indignant, you can enjoy THIS challenge which celebrates all things natural and organic. I've always been drawn to tangles that imitate nature, even though Zentangle is, of course, meant to be non-representational. I simply like the curved lines, the impression that tangles that "grow" make that bring tiles or ZIA pieces to life, and the colors that can be brought into the artwork that evoke feelings of joy and wonder.
My tiles are all black and white, of course, but I may post color-enhanced versions on my own blog (ZenHenna.com) by the time this posts on Laura's blog.
I did one that focuses on the sea using Mooka, Aquafleur, and Angelfish (truth be told, this was on sketchbook paper).
The second is on a standard Zentangle tile and features Verdigogh, Pokeleaf, Msst, and Ripple.
Then I decided to tackle a black tile using Hennadrum (which I especially love because I also do henna) and Squidoo.
So, choose tangles that feel organic or natural to you and let's see what beauty you can grow! I can't wait to see what you all post!
Cari Sultanik is a digital marketing director for a large software company by day, and a mother, wife, dog and cat-lover, reader, artist and Certified Zentangle Teacher by night. Her website, ZenHenna (http://zenhenna.com) is the fusion of Zentangle-inspired artwork and designs along with ancient and modern interpretations of henna designs and symbols. In formats ranging from paper to skin, ZenHenna art seeks to adorn the world with elegant, simple, and sometimes sacred designs.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zenhenna
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 have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), 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. ;)