Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tagh, You're It!

Oh, these Zentangle jokes are just coming at ya, aren't they?
If you just think I forgot how to spell, which is highly unlikely considering my highly-functioning OCD or a comfortable reliance on spell-check, then start here. There isn't much on how-to-do "Tagh," considering it's an "official" Zentangle tangle. In fact, while trying to find out what a Tagh is, I mostly found WHERE Tagh is. here or here.
Cool stuff that was good for many minutes lost in the weird wide spidey web, but failing to help my goal-oriented brain from drawing seed-like pods of "Tagh" for last week's String Thing.
Sigh.
I sat down to draw. And draw. And draw some more.
And toss out a bunch of drawings.
Eventually I settled on a couple worthy of the light of day. And submitted one to the keeper of the IAST before the official deadline passed.




I also practiced "Chillon," which I never use as it seems unfinished or something. But here, it looks like quilting and I like that.

This week's IAST:


I have blown through a few Diva "globes" while waiting in waiting rooms for appointments. The charge this week was to create grids in the round and I've been meaning to do something a little Op-Art, so now is the time! In Zentanglish the pattern is called Knightsbridge, perhaps in reference to marble castle floors? The only things missing are the heraldic banners on the wall.






The EIM word for the week is fish. It wasn't that long ago that I was playing with fish for the 2x2, so I only did one. Tuesday was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich day and what goes with that better than tomato soup and...?
Go Fish!
I've been feeling well; therapy is allowing me greater range of motion. I can drive, which is a plus considering how far to the doctor's office. (Honestly, anywhere from here is far). The doctors prognosis is good, making me happy.

My physician asked about the sketching journal I carry with me everywhere and I was able to share with her the joy of Zentangle and other artful pursuits that allow me to be focused, and as a result feel less pain, for a time. I like non-medical (and non-medicinal) interventions and that I have something to show for the time spent. She saw the value in it and wants to share the concept with her patients, one in particular suffering from immobilizing depression.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I wrote a thesis paper on behavioral management of depression. You know the NIKE ads? "Just do it." Well, my thesis was essentially: "Just do SOMETHING." In that regard, artistic endeavors are at their very least mindful distractions and can become conduits to therapy and recovery.

My daughter is finding that making potholders is just the right amount of distraction to work on a broken heart. It pains me to see her so disconnected, but there are glimpses of happiness when she shows me her new work.


And one of our own is having challenges. She wants to take control of her circumstances and infuse her life, particularly an upcoming birthday, with more artful joy. She put the call out to obtain some supplies to make that happen and she was able to happily inform me that a patron has graciously stepped forward in answer. That doesn't mean there couldn't be more happy in her Happy Birthday. Pop on over and say so.

Tag you're it!

22 comments:

  1. tell your daughter I love her potholders, I never could make them, but I really wanted to. I love all the tangles, you have so much more patience then myself. I love the Chillon piece. I also love the idea behind the fish. I dont like tomato soup myself but goldfish are nummy

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    1. Thank you Free, I will share your thoughts with my daughter. I wanted to snap up some Goldfish when we did "goldfish," but that didn't happen and I'm glad to have saved it for this! c

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  2. Oodles of lovely tangling :-) and I love the cheese fish, made me giggle that one! I personally like the cheese goldfish that my grandchildren eat as a snack....always sneak a few from them when they are munching lol.

    I know what you mean about "doing" it sure helps in tough times to just "do". Those pot holders of your daughters are also very pretty, not something I've come across before but definitely useful art! Hope her heartache is easing a little....

    Sally

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    1. Gotta love the Goldfish, right? And if you're sneaking them from the kiddies, no calories! Are these potholders just an American thing? I've made them since I was in grade school, they've always been around. Only time will take care of the rest. c

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  3. Knightsbridge globe. Simple and bold. I like it. Great potholders too!!

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  4. Love the potholders with those sunny colours.
    It is so nice that we can talk with each other, all over the world, thanks to Zentangle and the Challenge. I like your globe with knightbridge: uncomplecated but well done!

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    1. Thank you, Maria! It is awesome that we can have a global conversation over shared interests. And almost instantly! Who would have thought this twenty years ago? c

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  5. great drawings and I love your fishies - terrific idea for the inchie word - those potholders are very nice - how are they woven - loom? by hand?

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    1. Thanks oo much, Kia! I had to do the crackers! The potholders are loops on a small metal loom. I'll have to share more information on those...next time! c

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  6. Wow, that Knightsbridge globe is so very impressive! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Danke, Annemarie! Glad you liked my work and my meanderings. c

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  7. I love the strength of your Knightsbridge globe, and yes, it does conjure up images of heraldry! I really like what you did with Tagh and with Chillon. Now that you mention it, I haven't used it either, probably for the same reason. Now that you have demonstrated so ably that it can look really great, I am bound to give it another look! And, oh, days of weaving those potholders! What a nice memory of a favorite pastime of my youth. Your daughter chose such beautiful colors. Just looking at them should soothe her heart a tiny bit. Hugs to her!

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    1. Many thanks, Antonine. I am so glad you stopped by and were able to comment. I know that has been a teensie troublesome, the commenting part. Ah, technology! And if I could inspire you, then I'm quite happy. c

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  8. You are showing nice little art works. Love your finsh inchie.

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    1. Danke, Trillian! Thanks for the challenges, always a good artistic workout! c

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  9. The way you've done chillon in those tiles is wonderful. I have never really liked that pattern; like you, I think it looks unfinished...but putting those "stitches" just makes it! And the drama of your String Thing entry is terrific. Love the auras!

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    1. Thank you very much, Heidi Sue! I was quite determined to do something with Chillon...glad you think I accomplished something with it and the other works! c

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  10. Love everything but your IAST tile was incredible! You did some awesome things there! Take care! Sarah.

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    1. I better do that again! Thanks, Sarah1 c

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