Finally, on December 26, 2912 I was ready to try tangling for the first time. Of course, I did not have any of the 'official' zentangling equipment (micron pens, official tiles, etc) but I did have some ATC cards and needlepoint pens. My first Zentangle was done on a 2 inch square on an ATC card. I look back at this first ATC and still like it. . .
On December 27, 2012 I tangled my second artwork. Again, it was in a 2 inch square on an ATC card. . .
I had to skip a day, but on December 29, I created my third artwork, again in a 2 inch square. For some reason, I thought these always had to be done in a square frame. This third ATC is still among my favorite attempts. As a matter of fact, three months later, I recreated this on a 5-1/2 inch square heavy weight paper with the intent of framing it to display it on my wall. While the enlargement did not exactly repeat the original, it is close and I still dearly love both of them. This is my third ATC. . .
That did it! I was hooked! I was able to create a small work of art, even though I was not really an artist! I was not only pleased by my attempt, I was thoroughly in love with it!
My Christmas gift to myself that year was to buy my first book about Zentangling: "One Zentangle a Day" by Beckah Krahula. I still think that was a wise decision. Every night I worked on one 'chapter' before going to bed. This allowed me to learn several tangles and how to put them together in my own way, with no pressure.
Later, I donated several times to the "tanglepatterns.com". With each donation, I was able to download one of their e-books. The more I tangled, the more I became enthralled with the feeling I had while tangling and with the results of my efforts!
More to come . . . :)