That being said - I really do feel good about my art. It is what I do. It is who I am.
I did meet up with five other CZTs - Deb Thingvold, Carolyn Thomas, Kelly Ashton, Susan Maes and Veronica Ward - in Kansas City metro last week at a wonderful retreat center in Spring Hill, Kansas, owned by Kelly Ashton (The Creative Place, 118 S Main Stree, Spring Hill, KS). A wonderful place to hold a retreat - with overnight accommodations for 15. We had a lot of fun playing with creating backgrounds using shaving cream and inks. More to come on that as I go, Here we are playing.
First of all, though, I did my Exercise 4 in the Primer for the Journaled and Tangled Group. I am really enjoying doing the basics and getting grounded in the principles of Zentangle. I think over time some of us kind of forget the cornerstones of our art. Here is my page for Exercise 4.
The Square One focus pattern was Shelly Beachum's Mak-Rah-Mee. I always find this a fun pattern to play with. I added printemps, Meer and some Joki.
Here is one of the pieces I created using the backgrounds we created with the shaving cream and ink sprays. On the left is my original tile. I accented the tile with white gellyroll and graphite.
I am working through the book Creating Art at the Speed of Life (by Pam Carriker). Unfortunately, I don't create it that fast. Here is my start on Lesson 4 - we are working on monochramatic colors. The objective is to use a variety of media in only one color to create a cohesive, monochrmatic journal page. I don't know why I chose blue - but here is my start. I had a gelly plate piece I had done in blues that I adhered to the page and I found this wonderful lady with a Victorian hat that I thought would be fun to work with. So next, I will start working with other media to add more blue hues around the pages.