Friday, February 3, 2012

Uncharted Destinations Tour Begins in the Land of Zentangle

Altered Art Journal Page-Horse of a decidedly different color.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? That question was asked of me (and possibly thousands of others) recently by Kandee Johnson

Yes, it’s cliché but clichés are often used because they’re often true. I believe I try new things frequently. I’ve decided to put my belief to the test and track some of my first time experiences. Of course, I have to add a codicil because it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t over-think. My codicil is that first time is defined as brand new or something I haven’t done in a quarter of a century.

Since the whole last time doing for the first time question is a bit complex (although catchy) I’ve renamed this journey as the “Uncharted Destinations Tour.” As the year moves along you can search on this term in the blog and check out my explorations.
My first Zentangle

Art Journals are not a new adventure for me; however, art journals are a great place to explore uncharted destinations. I posted a short piece on my Facebook page about making a Zentangle. You can find out more about the Zentangle process here There are some enlightening You Tube videos on the topic too.

After I finished the black and white one in my journal I decided to see how much fun I could have doing the Zentangle techniques within an existing picture. I started small with the Arc de Triomphe and my Samsonella doodle dolly. Next I created my horse of many decidedly different colors from Raphael’s St. George and the Dragon.

Samsonella and the Arc

I am cheerfully accepting recommendations for my “Uncharted Destinations Tour.” If you know of a place where no Artful Tourist named Norma Anne has yet to travel, leave a comment or send me an email. Even better, tell me about your explorations and enjoy the moments.

Tiny 2 color zentangle spells a word