Bijou (and friend) created for me, a jewel for my Christmas tree!
COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL
One of the things I have enjoyed most about being a Certified Zentangle Teacher is watching all the creative souls "come out of their shells."
Bijou encourages us to do this of course and because it is something he, too, has had to learn. I love seeing someone create something beautiful that is completely unique and then recognize it as something wonderful.
I love to watch each student's journey as they draw their strokes – one at a time – slowly and deliberately. I watch them escape into their own worlds with such focus.
When they have put their final touches on that tile, I invite them to hold their tile at arm's length and admire their work. Then, I watch a smile appear on their face as they say, "I did that!"
It is crazy and true that anyone can discover their artist within . . . you just have to give yourself a chance to "come out of your shell."
Bijou's friend apparently did just that!
Inspired by all these blog posts, he found his way onto Maria's tangled blotter on her desk, grabbed some tools and tiles, and came out of his shell . . . just in time to tangle a tiny tile for today's ornament.
Many of you commented on our little buddy in the photos. "Alfie" was a gift from my sister Sue many years ago, way before the "Elf on the Shelf" thingy. I think he's kind of cute. He's loving his role in these "12 Days of Bijou."
The ornament du jour, is made from: 3 Bijou tiles, a Bijouism, a snippet of fine hand-dyed silk ribbon, and an orphaned earring. First, I cut two slits in the top tile with my trusty Exacto® knife. Then, I slid the second tile (the one with Bijou in the middle) into the slit and stuck another tile to the back of the bottom tile with double sided tape. Then I stuck a Bijouism to the back of the top tile and punched a hole on the top for the ribbon and another on the bottom for the earring.
I tangled the tiles after I assembled them, But you could go either way.
Oh yeah . . . I added Alfie's 3/4" tile (which Julie helped him with).
Winning commenters from Day Eight:
- Antonine Koval
- Jean Chaney
- Kellie May
Congratulations! Winners, please send your snail mail address to Zentangle (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks again for all your wonderful comments!
Rick, Maria, Bijou, Molly, Alfie, and Julie