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Post 2 I and my husband have turned into cave people here. Delhi, my city is turning hot with 46° C; fumes from sun has made us keep indoors, and we try our best to sweat the heat (hahaha), by keeping our airconditioners low/off mostly. Yes, we kind of like sweating, because we both are onlook for opportunities to get away with toxins and also we do not want to increase the electricity bill.

My kid is having her summer holidays right now. So I get time to do lots and lots of drawings which was not I had analyzed. She has been so very supportive to me, won't bug me while I am like away, on my workdesk. I am in tears as I share this unconditional support from her. Yes, but I know in her heart she really misses me, and kind of feeling lonely. And so, that's why I decided that, from this week everyday whatsoever I would take some time out exclusively for her. I have two advanced private lessons coming up this week, inspite of being hectic, I just want to commit to her that and let her know that 'mumma is listening'!

Today, after almost 19 hours of working on the computer, with this website, I wanted to relax, so I took out my half done A4 sheet and mixed colors paying all attention to the process of creating that piece. I was enjoying it so much, that I don't even want to wait for anyone's validation about it!

Isn't it fun, when such moments struck in a day??😊

Happy Tangling 💜💜💜

Aishwarya

Color Me Calm

Color Me Calm: Post 01 Few years back, when I went to a stationery store, to purchase board game for my daughter, I saw a huge pile of coloring books for adults. I giggled and shrugged my shoulders, and murmured within "how boring" , and I just walked away. Little I knew that I would love this meditative art form. 😁🤗

Last year, when I started Tangling, as a daily practice, in a whim I ordered this adult coloring book called Color Me Calm. I liked the 100 pages book and planned to practice coloring in it. But I was so in love with monochromatic tangles, that I didn't much use the book.

Two months back, just like that, on one fine day, I took out my coloring book from the storage box, flipping through the pages inspired me and I fetched my 36 inktense pencils and started filling it up. After I finished coloring my first page, I realized how calming and energetic method it was, just like tangling. This will be great addition to my creative zone. I get the opportunity to create my own color palettes and understand and experiment the different mediums. I don't have to fear any error when occurs as I know I can simply jump to other page or just continue. In the end, I find the results gratifying like a child's play.

Here I used both. Faber-Castell Polychromos and Prismacolors. It took me 7 hours to complete this one. Its a new palette to me, and I really liked it.

HeartZen 02

Last week, in one of the facebook group, weekly challenge (Yeah, I play and participate in lot of games), MargaretBremner's String was the focus theme. After the Irma Hurricanes hit the shores of the Atlantic, I felt deeply affected by imagining the devastation caused by them. My memory lane took me back to the earthquake that shook my hometown in Year 2001, and more than 10,000 people lost their lives. Most of the 3 storey building and higher fell down. The survivors left their home for weeks and months, as the trauma of the shaken city tormented them. But, inspite of all the fears and uncertainty, I have seen people coming closer, feeling emotional and love for the other. They talked with their distant families friends and offered help. Some even allowed strangers to live in their big homes, offered them food and psychological care to overcome the traumas. So, it is in my observation that in times of adversities, calamities, humans forget all the barriers and distances they had psychologically created and embrace the other inspite of the differences.

With all these contemplative thoughts and intention, I drew this Zentangle Tile, with MargaretBremner's string, reminding me to pray for the people who went through the recent catastrophes caused by the Hurricanes, followed by the tornadoes. Sending prayers to the lost souls and also for the people who had to lose their essential goods and belongings to the calamities and thieves. Hopefully in coming days, they remain healthy and be able to restore their lives again.

This is the Rope String by MargaretBremner

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Ps Note: My friend, DrEllie from Sint Marteen Island messaged to me saying she is safe. Thank you my dear Lord to save their lives and also helping them rebuild themselves.

Zen Coasters 

So that night, a friend of mine asked me to make 4 handmade Zen Coasters for his colleague who was leaving town.  It was an urgent thing, and I had only 24 hours to do. So the next day, I sat through for 10 hours and completed the order. As much as it was exciting, it was stressful too, for I actively worked on the  'color' Zen Coaster for straight 6 hours, sipping water from the bottle nearby.

Review of the Year 2016

Year 2016 has been so much rewarding at personal/spiritual/emotional level, with little bit of health glitches and few holes in the pocket. But what I most love about the year is, my love and habitual practice of this beautiful meditative art form of Zentangle. Never knew drawing could be so easy and so fun. It is giving me immense joy, happiness to share that in Year 2016, I completed over 200 artworks on a Zentangle Practice tiles and other platforms i.e. 600 hours of dedicated, focused, intuitive, creative, activity. The results are too personal to share here, yet very much progressive in all spheres of life. It is like Zentangle is my new baby; #mysacredspace, that has happened to me for reasons I don't fully understand. Still I make an effort to walk through, making each day very fulfilling.img_20170111_031632-02