I first saw zentangles online. I began seeing them on Momentile where Kit and Heather began posting their work as their daily photos. I was taken by the lovely drawings they were making. The simplicity, clean lines, and patterns pulled me in and I began to think that MAYBE I could try my hand at such things.
So, I added a few sketch books and pens to my wish list hoping that maybe I'd get some for Christmas. My husband got me the sketch books, I got some pens and I was off! At first I was just wondering in the dark a bit. I checked Kit's blog for inspiration, the official Zentangle web site and blog for guidance and set out.
Totally Tangled by Sandy Steen Bartholomew from Amazon. The book gave me the basic starting points, how-to for patterns and the confidence I needed to move forward. While this first tangle doesn't follow the standard for a zentangle, I was happy with it. I learned how to get started and how to make some tangles.
From there, I was hooked and now I can't stop! I draw almost every day and often too late into the night. I'm hooked on the sense of accomplishment the tangles give me. Knowing that I have tackled a new pattern that I didn't think I could do is empowering. Completing a new tile gives me something that I can hold in my hand and show others what I have done. Of course, the feedback from friends, family and the zentangle community is ADDICTING! Talk about validation! I am a total junky now and I have no regrets.