If you saw yesterday's post, you'll probably have a sneaking suspicion as to the first entry in my Book of Firsts 2013.
It's a zentangle...
Yes, I've doodled before now and I've even drawn some tangles in my art journal pages but I've never produced a proper Zentangle. Officially, they are created within a 3.5" square format (normally on a piece of good quality, thick card) and incorporate a String (a random shape intersected with other lines). The shapes inside are then filled with tangles (doodles).
The Zen part comes from deep focused breathing and relaxation as well as the slow, careful deliberation in the creation of the doodles.
How do I know so much? Well, one of my presents, over the festive season, was "One Zentangle A Day" by Beckah Krahula. And I've gleaned all this from her introduction to the practice. And the Zentangle above, is my creation for Day 1.
Rather than on pieces of card, I'm drawing mine in a moleskin journal. I'm hoping, as time goes on, to completely fill my book with all the exercises. Not sure I'll do it in six weeks or manage one a day, but I hope to complete all the chapters eventually. It's a six week course, so only another 41 to draw. As if I need to give myself any more challenges for my self-discipline lol.