Not much has changed except for the fact that many of the more current ideas and inspirations I have come across have forced my older finds into some of the deeper recesses of my brain. I had read about using your non-dominant hand to tangle pretty early in my Zentangle journey. It was brought up again in my CZT training and I have seen many people do it on various blogs. It was even a challenge from the Diva at some point before I started doing the challenges (and I read all her archives), so I know I have stumbled upon it there as well.
So the obvious question is "Why haven't I tried it yet?" The human nature answer is, because nobody made me. We all have things we put off for one reason or another. The feelings it may bring up, the fact that it is undesirable to us, or in my case (and probably other people's as well) the fear of failure.
I have been tangling for just under a year now and I think my tangles have improved significantly. The thought of putting something "ugly" in my book was not something I wanted to do, and I would never have the heart to throw a Zentangle away, so the non-dominant Zentangle remained undone.
Imagine my surprise (dread, apprehension, and nausea) when I read this weeks Diva challenge, Non-Dominatrix! I must not be the only person who has had some trouble with this because the Diva even commented about it in her post.
So I sat down, got out my pen and tile,.......and sat there for about 15 minutes. The hardest part was getting started, and not just with the tile, but with each new tangle. I felt like each time I started something new I had to get back "in the zone", but once I did it was much easier than I thought and the end result was definitely a surprise to me.
|My first Zentangle done the "right" way!|
Tangles: BB, Rain, Flux, Scena, Nipa, Amaze
The biggest surprise came when I turned the tile over and tried to sign my name, and it was a pretty embarrassing effort. So how can I complete these intricate patterns with my non-dominant hand and still make them look pretty good but when I attempt to do something simple like sign my name I fail miserably? I guess that's a question for all the neurologists and psychologists and scientific types out there but it makes me wonder, "What is Zentangle really doing to my brain?" All good things, I'm sure.