I am participating in the Butterflies & Friends fund-raiser project again this year. I had a lot of fun with it last year, so I wanted to do it again. And this year I wouldn’t have all that angst and stress that goes along with doing such a project for the first time. But I have been so busy that I have been procrastinating a bit too much. Now the clock is ticking and time is slipping and I have got to get the work DONE!
I had sanded the butterfly and primed it and put the base coat on. Now I just needed to sketch out the design and start painting! That is my favorite part! I love painting. I wonder why I don’t do more painting on a regular basis? Hmmmm……
Because of my love of Zentangle I did a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) butterfly last year called Zen in the Garden (photo above), which I loved! Since then I have gotten my CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and am now teaching Zentangle. I absolutely wanted to do another ZIA butterfly this year. The challenge was still to create a ZIA but do something completely different from last year. So I chose to just create one pattern and use it overall. I really like how it is coming along. I have one side of the wings finished, now I need to do the other side. And then some touch-up of course. Dropped my brush full of black paint once and it bounced all over the butterfly leaving black paint where it shouldn’t have been. I suppose that sort of thing happens a lot. 🙂
I love the Zentangle experience, the notion of mindfulness in the drawing of patterns, the meditative process, the idea that there are no mistakes. I am creating my butterfly using the Zentangle process. Which means no rulers, no templates, no math to make everything exactly even. The pattern is drawn free-hand. There is no taping off the edges to make the lines sharp and perfect. Everything is done slowly and with deliberateness, but completely free-hand. Sometimes the edges aren’t sharp or even, the wings aren’t identical, the paint is thicker in some spaces than others. This year’s butterfly is titled “Finish Line”.
I wonder if the people who will be buying the butterflies will appreciate the Zentangle process? Ah, but I appreciate it, and that has to matter. You can find more about Zentangle at www.zentangle.com.
- Call for Artists! Butterflies and Friends! (bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com)