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People ask me all the time, “What do you do with all your tiles?” I don’t have a prepared response. Each time I’m asked, I think about it and I’m certain that the answer is different each time. I usually respond with something like, “I collect them.”
Truth is I have some of my favs framed, some are pined to my bulletin board (yes, I have lots of cork in my studio!) some are in albums, and some are in a box. I pull them out and go through them from time to time. If I attend a Zentangle related art retreat I like to bring some of my best work in an album to share with my fellow artists. I update it each time, so the work is current.
I try to practice the Zentangle Method (drawing) and although I don’t always manage a tile every day, it has become a part of my life and I’m so grateful! The ceremony of the Zentangle Method is magic and the first step which is Gratitude and Appreciation is my favorite step. I slow myself down by focusing on my breathing, and then I think of something I’m grateful for in the moment. Occasionally I will also set an intention, a prayer if you will, for someone I care about who may need it. If I’m able I’ll give that tile to them. I love the feeling I get when I give someone a tile I’ve drawn. It really is better to give!
Lately I’ve been drawing Embedded Letters. I’d drawn Embedded Letters before. I drew the letters in black ink. They were okay, but I didn’t get excited about them until I started drawing the letters in Metallic Gold Ink. Now I love them! I love the look of the gold letter surrounded by black & white tangling! It makes me think about the Illuminated Manuscripts and the beautiful decorated lettering they contained. Of course, mine are much simpler, after all a 3 ½ inch square tile is not very big (thank goodness!)
The more letters I draw, the more I want to draw them! Thus, the question about what I do with all my tiles. I started to think about what a nice gift a tile with someone’s initial or another letter that’s meaningful to them. In this day when it can be difficult to know what to get someone for a gift, especially if they “have everything already” or like my dad used to say, “Don’t get me anything, I have enough!” Now I can give them a tile I drew with them in mind.
Doesn’t it feel good to hear from someone who tells you they were thinking of you. I know it always makes me smile! How do you think they would feel about receiving a small representation that reminded them you were thinking about them? Like a little bit of your heart right there in their hands! It makes me smile to imagine it that way!
I gave my sister 2 tiles for her birthday, one with her first and one with her last initial. My sister-in-law did something special for my dear husband and me and I gave her one as a thank you. I can’t wait to see who gets my next one (I already have a list!)
Til next time,
Be You & Be Happy!
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