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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bar Tangling (& P.S.)

This was too good a story not to share right away. MH emailed us this morning to say . . .
Rick & Maria,

So I'm at this bar last night downtown having a beer with my hubby and two step-sons. I get bored (usually happens to me in a bar) and pull out my Zentangle kit.

A guy sitting next to me at the bar starts watching me draw. I get about halfway through my Zentangle and he starts asking me questions. What is it? How long have I been doing it? He thought it was "really cool!". He continued to watch as I tangled on, sipping my beer.

As I'm finishing up the edges, he timidly taps me on the shoulder and asks if there is any way he could have the Zentangle when I'm finished. I say sure! I add some colored ink and shading and give it to him. He fairly glowed.

Another Zentangle Seed Planted! Thanks, Folks! And Keep On Tangling!
Thanks for that story, MH. We'll also use Zentangles in restaurants - sometimes as part of a tip - sometimes to send a note.

P.S.
Here is Maria's contribution to Laura Harms' second challenge . . .


. . . complete with a subtle tint of morning coffee.

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10 comments:

Enthusiastic Artist said...

Wow, gorgeous! I especially like the tangled 'column' in the lower left, and the feather that's quietly observing in the background.
What pen do you use to get the lines of varying widths?

Carole Ohl said...

Cool story! It is fun to leave them places! I've left them in the grocery store checkout amid the candy as well as in restaurants. It's like finding a lucky penny, only better! I love that the guy in the bar just couldn't help but ask her for it.

Zentangle said...

Margaret, It's all done with pressure. I can write light as a feather (...) or be very heavy handed. Try an exercise on a scrap of paper to go from light to dark and back to light in one stroke. Then mirror that again and again with a rhythm in your repetition . It is something I use often in my lettering....but works well with the micron on the soft Zentangle paper.AND Carole, I had a Z experience last week. I was walking down the street and this young woman says hello to me, rather catching me off guard. I said hello and she said, "ya know, I am just having a real bad day and I just had to talk to someone." So I said, hold on just a second, and handed her the Zentangle I had just done in the coffee shop. I hope it brightened her day just enough to get through it. maria

Phine said...

This one again is amazing – as all of your ZTs are ;-) !
The area in the middle is my favorite here: Two strings overlap translucently.

Heinani said...

There are so many techniques to learn from your example today. I'm still working on letting my string be a suggestion rather than a line that must be followed. I see the faint lines of pencil that you chose to ignore. There are many areas of my life that I could use that advice ~ just let it be ~ and have fun!

kass said...

I have a Zentangle framed behind the bar at my favourite NY bar - VYNL in Chelsea.

i am the diva said...

what a great story! and a great tile, Maria!! (as always)

Shelly Beauch said...

Love your tile! This year I put tiles in with my Christmas cards for little surprises.

Jerry Sommerville said...

I have a number of tangles I would like to post, but I first would like to know how do you get your close-up pictures of your zentangles? I have a canon point and shoot. Will that work?

Zentangle said...

Jerry, that should work fine. M