This blog entry begins with Maria's contribution to Laura Harms' weekly Challenge #17.
This week's challenge is "15 Minutes of Fame" -- complete a Zentangle tile in 15 minutes. When we were first designing Zentangle, one of our choices was how large to make a Zentangle tile. One reason we chose a 3-1/2 inch (89 mm) square tile was you could complete one that size in about 15 minutes.
Here's Maria's contribution:
Recently someone asked us, "How long does one of those pens last?" (We use Sakura's Pigma Micron black 01 pens in our Zentangle Kits.) We looked for the same pen we had used for an earlier test. We found it hanging vertically on our bulletin board. (You should always store these pens horizontally for best performance.) Maria used that same pen to create today's tile.
We went to our newsletter archive page to find out when we had done our test. We had done it 34 months ago! You can read about it in our June 2008 newsletter (which also has some great pictures from our "Backstares Gallery" and a cool tangle). Here's a picture of some tiles from that pen.
Today's Zentangle is the 33rd Zentangle created with this pen. This is after that pen was stored for 34 months. Not bad!
Maria noted that its line was finer -- more like an 005. But it still had fun enjoying its 15 minutes of fame!
Click images for larger views.