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Spark(le) Your Creativity with Zentangle®

The Five Minute Christmas Card

CHRISTMAS CARD

Do you ever look around and see all this fabulous hand made stuff on Pinterest, in gift shops, in people’s homes, everywhere and wish you could do something like that?  Well YOU CAN!!!  No, really you can!  When Laura and Ellen over at untapped asked me to do a guest blog during their 12 days of Christmas, I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about.  I’m going to show you how to make a Zentangle inspired Christmas Card in FIVE minutes.

What is Zentangle you may ask – and if you just typed the word into Pinterest to see – MIND BLOWN!

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Zentangle was created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts to make art accessible to everyone – here’s their description of it from http://www.Zentangle.com:

“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.”

I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in October, 2011, quit my big corporate job in January 2012, and began teaching Zentangle in March 2012.  There are currently over 1,500 Certified Zentangle Teachers in 25 countries world wide, and Zentangle has been around about 11 years, so good is spreading ya’ll!  I’ve taught Zentangle to almost 2,000 people – all ages, backgrounds, and interest levels – it’s truly amazing!

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You can use Zentangle as a form of meditation, to aid in relaxation (that’s how I started!), as a path to mindfulness, just for fun, or a million ways in between.  But what I really love to see with the people I share Zentangle with, is how it really sparks inner creativity!  I have had so many people say to me – I’m not creative,  I’m not artsy, I won’t be able to do that.  Friday night, I was teaching a Beginning Zentangle class.  There was an 11-year old boy in the class, and he was asking what we were going to do, so I showed him the completed paper “tile” and he said, “oh, I don’t think I can do that.”  I told him to just wait and see how great he was going to do.  When we finished working on it, he held it at arm’s length and said, “I never would have thought I could do something like this!” I love it!!

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Do you ever think about and plan something you want to try? I mean you can spend hours in thinking about what you want to do, how you should do it, researching how others have done it, planning time to do it, not having time to do it, thinking about how you’ve got to get better with your time management or you’ll never get to do it, oh but you’ve got to do the laundry now, so you really can’t do it now, maybe you need to think some more about how to do it, maybe more research and you’ll be ready to do it,- feel familiar?  It’s doesn’t even matter what the “it” you’re trying to do is – we can all fall down the FEAR rabbit hole. Yep, that’s what it is!  The hardest part is taking that first step over the fear threshold!  And THAT is what I have seen Zentangle do to help people step over the creativity threshold!!  It’s like once they actually put a pen on the paper and see what they can do with the simple “one stroke at a time” process of Zentangle, they have the courage to try something else.

One of my favorite stories of one of my students is of B.  B is a retiree who came to class after she saw someone doing Zentangle at a faith based conference she had attended.  Up to this point she had not experimented with any art, because she was raised with a belief that it was a waste of time, time that could be spent in the service of our Lord.  She took a Beginning Zentangle class, and felt she liked it, then she took my Six Week Zentangle class, and watching her bloom was the greatest gift I can receive as a teacher.  She has taken many more classes, but she has also developed her own style of these lovely scenes inspired by her faith.  So she is praising the Lord with her drawings AND (the best part) she has been asked to contribute illustrations for a book!!!  Yay B!!

Ok, so here’s our no more excuses – jump right in and make a lovely card in Five Minutes!!

Here’s the video

 

Have fun!  Merry Christmas!

Darla

 

 

 

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Life's a journey and it might as well be fun! I love to create and design. I'm a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), a potter, and I love to work in alcohol inks and nuno felting. I think and overthink a lot of things, I just try to be authentic. Come along and see what's on my mind!

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