Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Water's Edge

A couple weeks ago, I was to have lunch with my lovely niece, Claire. She was getting ready to move into her first real apartment, far away from her hometown. It's the next chapter for her and I wanted to give her a little gift to mark the event and send her my good wishes. All along I thought I would tangle the initial, C, but that's as far as my thought went. I had no visual sense of what that would look like, or how big it would be. Two days before our lunch and I still didn't know what I would do, but there is was on the Zentangle blog: The Master Class was doing illuminated letters.
    You know that feeling when you stand at the edge of a pool, knowing the water will be a little cold? You hesitate, but then someone yells, "jump!" You jump and the water washes over you and it feels great.
   I had been feeling all week like I was at the edge of the pool, not even knowing that I was waiting for the push. This was it. I began immediately. Pencil in hand, I swam around the paper with some light marks and a big "C". I boxed in the C, using the Master Class project as my inspiration. A few words  added and a string, and then the pen came out for the rest. I dove deep into the tangles and had a wonderful time. 
   Not only did I now have a gift for my niece, I had a heart full of gratitude for the inspiration that was provided just in time at the water's edge. If we pay attention, we have all we need. Thanks, Rick and Maria and all of the Master Class attendees, for sending your energy far enough for the rest of us to feel it!

9 comments:

  1. lovely!! and i love the analogy of jumping into the water!

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  2. Beautiful, your niece will love it! I've had requests that I am working on for letters from friends and family also. You have a gift for writing too-very nice!

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  3. This is just wonderful, I too was inspired by the master class. I just need to jump into the pool of water. Thank You

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  4. It turned out beautifully! I love it.

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  5. That's gorgeous, Carole. Reading about the Master Class has been inspirational for me too - I'm working on a Zentangle on coloured paper.

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  6. This is gorgeous - I'm sure your niece loved it.

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  7. This piece has so much life to it!! LOVE IT. Your niece is very lucky to have an auntie like you. best, maria

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  8. What a treasurable new home gift. It is beautiful. Thank you for the link to the master class too. Each ne project I see just inspires me more. And a great analogy too.

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