Since I began to tangle (sounds like a dance doesn't it?) a little while ago (I'm a newbie to Zentangle® ) two people have been special mentor/teachers and my main resource for learning. Kit Murdoch, introduced me to Zentangle and became my tangle mother, (I know I am older than she is!) encouraging, supporting, teaching, and showing the way. I am thankful to this special lady, far away, on the opposite-underneath-side of the world for her friendship and encouragement--in many ways!
My other mentor doesn't even know she has been influential and a great help. I have been one of Linda Farmer's lurkers at TanglePatterns.com , happy just to sit in the shadows and learn. Not only does Linda create her own tangle patterns, she has created a central place with one huge organized listing of patterns. What a great resource! I joined the site and look forward to email updates a few times a week. Her site is THE place to find every tangle pattern on the internet...if she has missed a few it won't be long before she finds them!
Recently, I have been coming out of the shadows and joining in...here and there. The Diva has a weekly challenge that has been fun. Then I saw Linda put one out a while ago...she asked us to tangle our names using patterns that begin with each letter of our name. I was a little daunted, there are 13 letters in my online name, 7 in my first name...didn't think I could do it. I decided to have a go at it and here is the tangle.
I decided to begin with a sort of string that are the letters in my name. I liked the look of it and had great expectations for this tangle.
I looked up patterns with the letters I needed (thank you Linda) and made some choices. Once the first h and t were tangled, I realized I could have made a better choice, hindsight is so clear...the h and t almost blend, there is little difference in tone...sigh! I liked the letters empty but once tangled, the white spaces looked strange but I didn't want to add other patterns, maybe I should have repeated some but I decided to try to unify everything with the lines in the background. I think I got in a fuddle. ;-) Breathe in, breath out slowly!
I was going to redo it but decided to post it and move forward! I am still learning and this has been fun, a fine lesson and another step. Smiling, breathing and learning here!