Will I Fall or Fly?

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Today’s card is not a Tarot card. It’s a Zentangle. It might be a Quotangle, but since it is only one word–not so much. I had a great deal of fun doing it. I started with this video from Suzanne McNeill.

The hardest thing for me was starting. I was scared I would mess it up. I thought I might do it wrong. I had to stop and wrap my mind around the idea that there is no right or wrong in Zentangle. It’s one line at a time. Just focusing on that is the point of the art. What comes out of that focus? Well, that’s a beautiful by-product of relaxing my mind.

I did start, obviously. I also finished. This would be correctly called Zentangle Inspired Art since it uses a recognizable shape.


One simple word that goes hand in wing with a bird, yes?

But go back to my hesitancy in starting. Consider this. If I’d never taken that first stroke, the bird would have never had wings.

What in your life are you hesitating over? What has you parked on the edge of your safety zone, your nest if you will, peering over the edge? What has you torn between the terror of making mistakes and the joy of doing something that calls to your heart?

Fly, darlin’, fly.

If you want to tangle with me, bring it. 😀 You can learn more here. All you need are:

  1. Some pens (these are the ones I use)
  2. Charcoal pencils, a blender thingy and a sharpener
  3. A book like Design Originals Zentangle Basics
  4. Some tiles
  5. And/Or a small sketch pad (this is the one I use)

Zentangle Bird, Arwen Lynch, 2013

#seekjoy, y’all. Pass it on.

4 thoughts on “Will I Fall or Fly?”

  1. I have been at that edge many of times, peering at the unknown. The first step is the hardest but if I know that there is only good at the end then I am more willing to jump and fly.

  2. Beautiful tangle, Arwen! I’m always surprised to hear that you still have this hesitancy before starting, when your tangles are always so gorgeous 🙂

    Haven’t done much on mine, recently, as things have been a bit hectic. Though that’s no real excuse…

  3. Nice little birdy! I must give these Zentangles a crack as they look like a lot of relaxing fun to do. Today I promise to do something that at least gets me out on the ledge of my safety zone…if not hurtles me over the edge!

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