A Booklet of Tiny Tangles

Happy Passover, Easter, Spring… whatever you are celebrating these days.
And I hope that you áre celebrating and that you are feeling alive.
For the last eight days, I took the time to celebrate the joy of practicing Zentangle. I did that by following the eight video tutorials that accompany Zentangle Project Pack 05.
Rick, Maria, Martha, Molly and Julie offered us the lovely concept of Cartouches: ways to mount, decorate and embellish keepsakes on paper. There I was, all set with a pile of lovely pieces of paper, scissors, pens, pencils, tortillions and glue.

Yet, as soon as the series started, a tiny book made out of tiles, began to whisper ‘I’m here, I’m here, remember?’ It was no ordinary booklet, because it was a gift from my American friend Chris. She had made it and gave it to me in Hamburg last January. It did not take a lot of whispering to convince me. I was thrilled to start tangling in my booklet. My keepsakes will have to wait.

This post is about my take on Project Pack 05. It is also about gratitude for love, life, friendship and mystery. Hope it will inspire you! Let me end with a poem of the unique poet Mary Oliver.

Mysteries, Yes

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood

How grass can be nourishing to the mouth of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.

How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.

*The video tutorials can be found on YouTube, look there for Zentangle ProjectPack05.

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