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Monday, October 31, 2011

An Artist's Cushion

Maria decided that this tapestry pillow she made twenty-something years ago needed a Zentangle makeover.


Using a black Sakura IDenti®-pen and a grey Fabrico® dual tip marker, she tangled away . . .


Here's a close-up:


One of our favorite Zentangle themes is that "Everyone is an artist." When you are an artist you can do things differently and people will admiringly explain it to themselves with, "Oh, that's OK, she's an artist!"

For example, if you look at that second picture above, you will notice that our couch cushion is patched. It's a wonderful couch and a comfortable couch. It's also an old couch. When a cushion was stained, we didn't want to get a new couch so Maria "fixed" it with a piece of tapestry.

Everyone who visits thinks it's a great idea and quite okay because, after all, we're artists and artists do that sort of thing.

And with Zentangle's method, you also have a justification (if you need it) for all sorts of creative inventiveness, like patching your couch cushion or bringing life to a tired old pillow, because after all, you are an artist!


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17 comments:

crotnem said...

Oh, I absolutely love that idea!!! What needs tangling in my house??? I already did some of my switch plates, so hummm.

Carole Ohl said...

Wow, love the Knightsbridge on the teapot, too. Very fun and inspiring.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Awesome!!!! Wonderfully convenient to be an artist!!! Thanks for sharing.
xo,
Heather

Diane Lachance said...

Love it! When I read about the couch, all I could think was that your couch had an "ouch." Great fix....

grbev said...

when can I buy these pens locally? I'm having trouble finding the Fabrico pen.

Zentangle said...

we have the pens for sale at zentangle.com, if you cannot find them elsewhere. m

Lois Heinani Stokes said...

I remember someone saying that "no surface is safe" ~ so true ~ just love what you did to transform that pillow.

ToujoursSoleil said...

Wow, wow, wow! I would definitely buy that fabric if I saw it in a shop! Beautiful!

Cris@TangledUpInArt said...

Beautiful. I'm impressed that your lines are so beautifully drawn on the tapestry. Does your pen help with that or is it just experience?

Zentangle said...

The tapestry was amazingly easy to write on....I used the IDenti-pen, which is pretty black when it goes down. It went very fast, for me even, and the 20"square was done in about 2 hours....maybe less. But I did tangle quite large. Remember to work proportional to the piece. Had I tangled smaller....it would not have shown up. maria

Dana B said...

omg. this is wonderful! Michelle Zindorf referred her readers to your website for info on Zentangle and this is just wonderful :) I love the Zentangle concept and this pillow :)

Karen Lynn said...

I love the idea that we can do these creative things because "after all, you are an artist!"

Zentangle was one of the first "art" forms I ever worked with because I was alway intimidated by a blank paper. However, I've always been creative around the house and people seemed to give me much more latitude than they gave themselves because I was "creative". Isn't it wonderful to have that artistic freedom?

Those pillows look so much better after than before! Beautiful.

Judi said...

The pillow looks great and I love what you said, Rick, about being an artist being a good way to get away with being yourself. Pretty sad statement on our society in general, though, huh? Well, as you say, no problem for us. LOL

Carolyn said...

I continue to be inspired by you. This is exquisite.

Styx and Stones said...

Love all things tangled... I want to do leather ...what pen do you reccomend?

Zentangle said...

styx.....you'll have to try different ones out on some scraps...I tangled my corkese platforms (suede) and some old FRYE cowboy boots with a Sakura "Graphic one" . You might want to test this with a spray fix of some sort.....but I have no guarantees for you.....I take lots of chances with my art, but I cannot promise you perfection. Maria

matratzenbezug said...

Truly a great artist. I am sure that this creativity is done by him with great personal touch.