What is all the hullabaloo with erasers? Can we really erase something we have done?
When I look back at why we included this principle in the Zentangle Method eleven years ago, nothing exacting comes to mind. Although, as an artist, I tend not to do rough drafts or purposeful sketches. I do think about my work before I start. I have a sense of what I want (or need) to be in the composition. I like the idea of creating as I go along. This has served me well. It has given me a space that allows growth and unexpected change in my art over time.
Rick and I agree that Zentangle tiles we create with no plan in mind, and which include so-called "mistakes" that happen along the way, shine above all others.
Zentangle provides, aside from other fabulous things (!), an opportunity to take chances, try new approaches and forge ahead, no matter what happens.
I love how this has meandered into my private everyday life, helping me not to schedule too much, or be upset by the inevitable "plan B" that sneaks into our days.
Our motto used to be "Embrace Plan B," but now that has changed to a more accurate description,
"Embrace Plan Z!"
Often I start a tile like I might plant a seed. When I plant a seed (tangle), I know where I put that seed in my garden (tile, border, string). Then I watch it grow and take its own twists and unexpected turns . . . much like I imagine some authors feel as they write their books, not knowing what their characters will do until a decision point arrives.
Maria and I recently enjoyed reading this article from the BBC, "Are erasers in school 'instruments of the devil'?" and we thought you might enjoy it, too.
I can remember times in my life when I wished I had an "eraser." But now I feel so grateful that I did not have one. Otherwise I might not find myself here/now with Maria and our family . . . and our extended Zentangle family.
Please share with us your thoughts about erasers. We will randomly choose a commenter (for whom we have contact info) and send that person these two tiles from us both.
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