I was onto something and didn't even know it.
This is what I found on Pinterest:
Found on m.tinyrottenpeanuts.com
A Zentangle is an abstract drawing made by using repetitive patterns in black ink on white paper. There is a real, honest-to-goodness Zentangle Method, with instructors and copyrights and everything. According to Wikipedia, the definition and process of Zentangle is very deep and includes getting in a meditative state as you work on the project. There is no real pattern and no right or wrong (not entirely true, and I'll get to that). Plus, it's simple, requiring nothing but a pen and paper and a little bit of imagination (or you can sample from the many examples found on the internet). It differs from a doodle in that it requires the full attention of the artist and should be done in a quiet place. While doodling may be similar, doodles are done when the person making them is having trouble concentrating on an activity, like a phone call or a class (or a church service).
Since I am NOT following the teachings of the Zentangle Method and don't intend to, I guess you could say I made a fancy doodle, but it was a doodle that took me a couple of hours to do, it was really fun, and there certainly was a Zen quality to the whole process.
The Pinterest pin I found suggested starting by tracing circles, some of them overlapping (and making it look like a drunken Venn diagram), to create the base for the picture. I did so using a cd and the lid from a mason jar candle.
|I got so excited about this that I forgot to take a picture|
of the template before I started decorating it. Sorry.
Then you just start filling in patterns in all the spaces. I looked at some of the ones from the Pinterest pin, and I also checked a few other sites for inspiration.
The best part of this is you really can't do it wrong. If you hate it, throw it away and start over. IT'S JUST PAPER. In fact, the real Zentangle Method stresses the use of a pen instead of a pencil is because life can't be erased (I TOLD you the Method was very deep).
One little exception to the "can't do it wrong" theory: one of the spaces I decorated went horribly wrong. Horribly.
Instead of a unique pattern, I drew what appeared to be a vagina.
I tried to fix it. I added tiny polka dots.
It made it worse.
When Emma got home from school, she was very impressed with my creation, until I showed her the vagina.
She clapped her hand over her mouth and laughed. At me.
When the picture was completely done, I tried once again to fix the vagina.
|Hopefully, the sea of striped boobs will distract the eye |
from the poorly disguised vagina.
I think it's lovely! AND I can now add pornographic illustrator to my resume.