I'm sort of stepping away from parchment craft in this post to share something I discovered nearly a year ago. It's called Zentangle and instead of me trying to explain exactly what it is, I will simply ask you to follow the link and learn first hand what an awesome technique this is.
As I stated, it's been nearly a year since I stumbled upon this meditative art form and every time I would try to get back to it, "life" got in the way and my adventure got delayed time and time again. As it happened, the recent outbreaks of disastrous tornadoes in the southeastern US (the worst in my states history) kept me away from the computer much more than usual because of seemingly endless tornado warnings, so during this "down" time, I found myself going through some things I had put in my to do folder and rediscovered where I had left off in my learning process of this creative form. Long story short.....I began doodling again and I began, and finished, four days later, my very first ZenDoodle Sampler!!!!! The images to follow will show the progress of each day.
Now, at the beginning of this post, I said I was sort of stepping away from parching to share this with you........well, not really!!!!! I made this particular 'ZenDoodle Sampler' on standard weight card stock, at a full A4 size so I could get my mind back in a meditative mode (which is the true purpose of this art form) as well as to refresh my memory with regard to some of the patterns used in Zentangle. I accomplished both of those tasks and you see the results :)) Another wonderful thing you should know about this art form is it's not just for very artistic people (anyone who can hold a pen or pencil can do it) and it's not just for doodling in a bunch of squares to create what you see here. You can create anything your mind wanders to: totally awesome mandalas and free form creations that are truly one of a kind designs. You can find much more visual information on YouTube.....just do a search for Zentangle and then follow lots and lots of links from there. Take a peek and see if it might be of interest :))
I believe by applying parchment techniques, primarily embossing, and maybe some perforating and cutting, ZenDoodling would take on a whole new dimension, sooooooo stay tuned because I'll be making another project shortly and good/bad or indifferent, I will post my results upon completion!! My project may be in the form of a free form ZenDoodle.....or maybe a ZenMandala....or maybe even another sampler.
My next personal challenge is..(drum roll, please!!)..convert this awesome craft to parchment!!!!!!! I admit, I'm quite anxious to see what I can come up with, so wish me luck and if it works the way I feel it will, we will all have another 'new' way of adding some new life to our beloved parchment craft!!!!