It’s interesting you know, I speak with so many people who say to me, “I could never do what you do.” or the ever popular, ” I cannot even draw a stick figure.”
My usual response is well, one step at a time. One line at a time- it all seems to work out in the end. So yesterday- I decided to start a piece and document the process.
This piece employs graphite (which I did not document), watercolor and ink.
As you can see- it’s one step at a time.
I began with a compass, on a piece of mixed media weight paper. Added a bit of watercolor.
then I added a bit of detail with ink. I am fascinated by zen-tangle, how it makes me feel- the transformation of spirit, The process is simple each line added to the next , on to the next
As you can see no real “talent” is required,
it is simply a case of being patient and consistent with the process.
filling in the details, one line at a time
I wanted some detail in the center. Most Mandala work begins with the center and works outward. Much like our own lives. We start inside and we bloom on the outside!
I feel like the inking changed the entire dynamic with the piece. I am not a “fan” of oranges typically, but paired with the inks, I think it works.
Now time to add more detail. just simple lines
starting from the center, working outward, things seem to be clearer. I almost cannot keep up with the lines I know I should be putting down. It was an exciting process – I couldn’t wait to get to the end!
simple lines added to create beauty.
The other thing worth noting is that this did not take all day. This piece was a matter of a couple of hours. I sat in my wonderfully warm studio, enjoying each step. taking a moment to document them so I could share them with you
this piece was exactly what I needed. Art restores my soul from the stresses and strains of every day life. As you can see – this did not require any sort of amazing talent. While it might sound cliche – you need only an open heart and willing spirit. The rest of it takes over. I promise!
I invite you to attend my next watercolor zentangle workshop on March 21 at 1PM. To reserve your seat for the workshop email: Susan@CreateArt4Good.org
blessings to you-