I used to write ‘restless’ as one of my personality traits in the colorful slam-books that were extremely popular in school. I don’t know if they are still popular among the current generation.
But as I grew up and started indulging more in art and craft, I started receiving appreciation for my patience. Trust me, I was surprised. If there is one virtue I didn’t possess, it was patience.
But as I write this post, I have come to realize that I really have grown more calm and patient over the years. I don’t become agitated as I used to before, neither can you extract a reaction even if a cockroach is floating in my tea. Nasty imagery I know, but true story.
Sometimes I wonder if I am just growing old.
Well, atleast it comes with an advantage. I made a lot of Zentangle inspired art in the past few weeks, mostly bookmarks as they are pretty easy to make and complete.
I have been using pens from Unipen ever since I started making zentangles. A lot of artists use Sharpie or Micron pens. I have not used Micron yet, but occasionally use Sharpie. What turns me off about the latter is its strong smell that ends up giving me a headache. I completely avoid it these days.
I love the variety of sizes available in Unipen, plus they are easy on the pocket too. 😊 They work great on normal paper, but not on other surfaces, including paper with glossy finish, or watercolored. For that I use an ink pen. You can’t do much detailing as the tip is thicker, but it’s great for hand lettering.
I don’t like leaving an artwork incomplete as it keeps nagging at the back of my mind through out the week. So the bigger ones require better planning. But the most difficult task I feel is to figure out what to draw. I take days to come up with new ideas. Sometimes they strike me at the oddest hour, and sometimes I have to go in search for them in Pinterest or Instagram.
This was actually meant to be another Typography, but I made a spelling mistake. Sigh! Can you imagine the frustration. I was so disappointed at my carelessness.
This is how it looked before I fixed the drawing. I misplaced E and A. My friend gave me the idea to place a paper over the letters and draw over it… But well, I was lazy. 😊
Well, I atleast know what I am going to draw next.
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