Friday, September 30, 2011

Walking down a Zentangle path, drunkards style




I have always been a doodler.  When the phone rings, any memo pad within reach doesn’t have prayer.  As I chat my hand moves with a mind of its own and I cover the page with elaborate doodles.  Is that fancy scroll hiding a number…a date?  It’s not something new; I’ve been doing it all my life.

Of course there is no order to my jumbled mess.  And now I find there is a name for doodling of this kind—zentangle.  I like to think of zentangles as a kind of crazy quilt of the mind. 

There are many quilt designs, some of them old as the hills, and most of them very zentangle-y.  So I dig up the old drunkard’s path design, which in sewing has always presented me with problems.   If you managed to create one such quilt there is a rule that you must follow…never put it on a boy’s bed or they may become just that—a drunkard. 

But what to do with these (new to me) orderly doodles…and the answer came to me much like the doodles come to me—randomly.  And the answer was why not greeting cards?  I think they look fab, but I’m not going it to send it to anyone of the male gender, after all, why take chances?




I am entering this is this week’s PAINT PARTY FRIDAY and if anyone wants the drunkard’s path pattern be sure and let me know.  Since I have been under the weather it may me all weekend to visit all the wonderful creations shown at this week’s PPF, but rest assured I will get there, and you should too! 


27 comments:

laurie said...

oooo, I like this,, I too belong to the doodler club,, BIG TIME ! Everything I own is doodled on,, nothig is safe,, even things i shouldn't doodle.I have been embarassed a few times when the paper that I have doodled on is something that must be returned or presented with some reason or another.Your work is beautiful and I never heard that before about the drunkards path,, could explain a few things,,Happy Paint Party Friday!

craftattack said...

Love your zentangle horses. Thanks for the info about the quilts, I didn't know that, but there is not so much of a quilt making tradition over here. Hope you are soon feeling really better. Hugs, Valerie

Lee Pierce said...

Love your quilty horse silhouettes! They make great notecards - happy doodling, Crystal :D

Carol said...

Love your horses!!!! I doodle on everything in sight...more than once this has gotten me into some serious trouble :(

Joni Nickrent said...

Your doodled horses are fab and fun! Love them! POP ART MINIS

Netty said...

Loving your doodled horses they look fab. Happy PPF, xx

Christine said...

just lovely quilted horses, or should I say, zentangle doodle?

Mary C. Nasser said...

Just the title of your post made me laugh!

I love how these pieces turned out!
So fun!!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

hastingshall2 said...

Hey, I'm a telephone doodler, too, but I couldn't draw a horse if my life depended on it. I love the quilt patterned horses. Just beautiful..

Ayala Art said...

What a happy cheerful set of colorful horses, thanks for sharing! Hope you get better!

Magic Love Crow said...

The horses look amazing! Love them! I hope you are feeling better ;o)

Heather said...

these make great cards! I am sorry you aren't feeling well...take care my friend...always love your art! xo

Craftymoose Crafts said...

These are awesome! I've quilted in the past, and drunkard's patch is one of the first patterns I was taught to learn curves! I recognized it immediately!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Doodle Horses are so adorable! Well done! ~be well ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) and HPPF ^_^

maddyrose said...

Love the doodled ponies and to use them on cards is inspired. I hope you're feeling better soon.

carlarey said...

Great horse doodles, perfect for greeting cards. Love the idea of interpreting quilt patterns into the design.

Lesley said...

When I was in art school, I did an entire body of work that highlighted my constant doodling!!! lol Some people eat chips, I doodle. ;)

Cowgirl Red said...

Crystal,

These are awesome! I would love to try to quilt one of these on a pillow. Terah

Gerri Herbst said...

Incredible zentangle...very creative use on the horse card too. Thanks for visiting while I was away. You are so sweet! take care, gerri

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Cool concept.

Daniella said...

You know I love zentangles!! I just joined a group recently. I've done them for CT a few times, and I thought I was a genius!! Then, I joined the group. WOW!!! I have much to learn!!!
Now YOU are doing awesome things with your "doodling with purpose". Each horse is awesome!!!
I swear, I will try not to get drunk when I see it! and I won't let my boys near it! LOL!!
You are so funny!!
xxDaniella

Geckostone said...

These are fantastical, magical horses,love the zentagles! Deb

Dolly Daydreams said...

Fabulous doodles and great original idea for cards or pictures or in fact anything they are awesome !

Marie

Kristin Dudish said...

First - Happy (belated) Birthday! Even if you don't want to celebrate your age, I think it's a great opportunity to celebrate the wonderfully kind and talented person you are!!! Hooray!

These horses make fantastic cards :)

xo
Kristin

SHERI C said...

I really really LOVE your horses this week. So glad you shared them! Happy PPF!

Hybrid J said...

Such cool fantastic horsey-tangle! Well Done!

LadyCat said...

They are so creative and colorful. And they make great greeting cards!

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