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This blog was supposed to be about my attempts at creating art. But I realised that it's not really possible to talk about just one facet of my life without other bits leaking in. If I tried, it may result in a very flat, boring blog listing my latest project without putting any of it into context.

I'm not planning on writing entries about my love for tv shows like Bones or House or How I met your mother anytime soon (~aw~ I know, right?), but I figured that I could let the reins go a bit and just generally chat about other things as well.

At the moment I'm also reading up on methods to crafting better blog posts. Of course, blogging about journal pages should come in second to actually creating journal pages, but that doesn't mean that I should make a shabby job of presenting them either.

I hope to be able to hone my blogging skills a bit more, to take my time in actually crafting my posts as opposed to just banging them out. It should result in a more pleasant reading experience to my subscribers - no longer would you have to put up with my randomness and my phases of inactivity (I hope).

If you would like to keep track of how I go with this new resolution (so to speak), feel free to subscribe to my blog (or click the "Posts" button under "Subscribe To" on the right sidebar).

zentangle - 2011-04-15Image by ayra k via Flickr

And just so that this post is not completely without pictures, this is my latest attempt at zentangling.

I'm fascinated with 3D zentangles, the ones with depth or the more organic ones (as opposed to the flat, linoleum patterned ones). I spent quite a number of afternoons in the past week copying down tangles for reference.

reference of tangle patterns

I'm currently drawing my zentangles in my organiser which I tote with me everywhere. I don't know how I'll incorporate them into my journal pages - I'm against the idea of just filling random shapes on a page with tangles and calling them "zentangles"; it seems that zentangles are pieces of art on their own as opposed to a way of "decorating" pages, but we'll see how that goes.
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  1. I love your zentangles!! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments on my "stormy days" card. I used alcohol inks to make the background. They are super fun and very addicting!! haha

  2. @Glenda T.

    Thanks for coming over and looking over my blog!

    I haven't played much with alcohol inks, but now you've given me reason to go buy some, lol.

  3. Hi Ayra, I found your blog via your comment on my inchies post. Thanks for visiting! The tangle patterns in your planner look neatly executed that they look they are from a published book! I was interested in your thoughts about crafting better blog posts. I've been thinking that my posts read more like "arty show-and-tell", but right now that's all I can manage if I want to have time for raising my little ones and actually creating some art. But I can really appreciate your desire to do something different/more with your blog. I will come again!

  4. I really like the looks of zentangles when they are done right )love yours) but I have zero patience to try them myself.

  5. Oooh- I haven't heard of zentangles before. I mean I've seen art like that, but now I have a name to go google ;) I like your latest work too!

  6. I started drawing the Zentangles in squares like that I was finding all over the internet and realized it took up too much time as there are 1000's of shapes to use, so I decided to put them up in my printer and print the pages and put them in a book that way without drawing them in. I would print out a sheet of those squares and glue them into my blank page journal book. It was much faster this way.

    1. Ah, I understand exactly what you mean.
      However I only plan on sketching out the patterns that I am actually interested in - the reason I started the sketches was so I could have a filtered list of tangles I actually like.
      I also found during my university days that I remember stuff better if I've written them down at least once - reading printed lecture notes were all well and good, but re-writing them helped me remember them better. Same with the tangles. Having done them at least once in the sampler, I'm more likely to remember that there was such a tangle.


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