Lots of great stories, treats, comments and a new take on our tangle 'nzeppel in this issue.
Virtues of a Wandering Mind
Yesterday's Science section in the New York Times had an interesting article, "Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind."
Here's a brief quote:
To encourage this creative process, Dr. Schooler says, it may help if you go jogging, take a walk, do some knitting or just sit around doodling, because relatively undemanding tasks seem to free your mind to wander productively. But you also want to be able to catch yourself at the Eureka moment.
"For creativity you need your mind to wander," Dr. Schooler says, "but you also need to be able to notice that you're mind wandering and catch the idea when you have it. If Archimedes had come up with a solution in the bathtub but didn't notice he'd had the idea, what good would it have done him?"
That's why we suggest people keep a pad of paper nearby when they're creating a Zentangle. If no other paper is nearby, just turn your tile over and capture your insight right then and there.
|Zentangle Styled Name|"M" writes:
Patti Euler, who just finished your CZT course in May suggested I send you a copy of the piece I just finished.
I've been doing Zentangles about a year now (very soothing on bumpy airplane rides) and wanted to do something special for my 9-year old daughter. (I always look forward to the new tangles in your newsletter)Thanks "M"!
|Zentangle on Expedition to Kamchatka|
I am a teacher who has been selected as a PolarTREC teacher this year. PolarTREC teachers are people who are matched with science research expeditions that go to the Arctic and Antarctica. In a few weeks I will be going to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Far East Russia for a month to take part in an archeological dig. I will be traveling east from New Jersey and travel by planes, land vehicle, helicopter, tank and boat to reach our remote destination. Needless to say I am being very selective about what I will pack for this expedition since it has to go a long way and I basically have to carry a lot of it with me. I am happy to report however, that to pass the time in airports and other areas where I will be waiting, I plan to pack some Zentangle supplies. They are small, lightweight and in a plastic sealed baggie they are weatherproof, as we will be living in tents. It's hard to go a month without art, so I figure I can create Zentangles while I am out there - in my free time and certainly during travel time.
We look forward to seeing what you create!
|More Comments|"ER" writes
Dear Rick and Maria,
As a new convert to tangling, I want to thank you so much for creating this amazing avenue. I completed basic 101 with Patsy Monk [CZT in Florida] on Saturday and haven't stopped tangling. As a retired teacher, I find myself extremely active and very bored normally just trying to relax. So when I sit and can concentrate on my sketch pad for hours, it's AMAZING!!!!!!! Look forward to moving beyond the basics and developing my abilities.
I'm off on vacation to Greece in 2 days, and have packed my "zentangle equipment" in a little plastic bag in my on board for the long journey. Again, thank you so much.
Just wanted to tell you again that you & Molly did a wonderful teaching job at the Zentangle workshop in North Uxbridge. It was the best 3 hours I've spent in many years. Couldn't wait to get home & create another Zentangle. You & Rick are brilliant to have created Zentangle & make it into a new world-wide art form. It's also a philosophy & a meditative exercise & an artistic experience & a pile of fun. Zentangling reduces stress for sure. I was having a very rough day before coming to the class. In minutes I had shed the stress & felt creative & alive & almost like I was doing something forbidden it was so much fun.
I've gone up to the Zentangle site. Spent over an hour of pleasurable activity on it & vowed to return tonight for another round of learning fun.
Again thank you (which hardly seems enough for the rewards I got from both of you).
I got my \"kit\" last night when I got home from work - All I can say is \"WOW\" this is amazing. I watched the DVD today at work during lunch and all I can think about is the endless possibilites and how I want to share this with everyone I know!
I love all of the Zentangles I have seen on FLICKR and on other sites - amazing and no two alike. I love this and know that I will become a frequent shopper!
|To 'Nzeppel and Beyond!|
By way of a delightfully accidental discovery . . . we found that 'nzeppel
can be done without a "formal" grid. (See here
for our original introduction to 'nzeppel
Just draw many random crossing lines (as in hollibaugh
, but single lines rather than double lines).
Then proced with 'nzeppel
to get that beautifully "inflated" result with not much effort. Enjoy!
First a string . . .
Then some lines . . .
|Registration Full for October 2010 Training|
Well that was quick!
We filled our class in about one week. We are still accepting registrations to be wait-listed. We've used these lists before, so it's worth getting on this wait-list. Please don't send funds until we let you know there's space available.
Thank you again for sharing in this wonderful adventure!
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Rick and Maria