At first I was totally daunted by this week’s challenge.
But then I thought about it a little.
Then thought a little more.
And started to feel excited.
Let me explain: the brief was to draw a tile without using any existing tangles or any variations of any known patterns (AKA tanglelations…if I got that right…??! I am still learning Zentangle jargon – bear with me).
“Impossible!” was my initial reaction… “I can never do that, I’ve got no tangles of my own”…. *panic*
But after I had drawn my string, it gradually dawned on me that being ‘banned’ from using anything ‘known’ might actually open up a whole new realm of possibilities, but ones that could only be explored once the door to anything familiar was firmly closed.
There’s a quote that goes something like this:
“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
I do believe leaving the shore did me good today.
The ocean looked scary at first – but once I was on it, it turned out to be a rather pleasant, fun day out!
At least a couple of new tangles were born in the process too. And my pesky little Dandy seeds are back. I’d call that a win-win situation, wouldn’t you?