It’s easy to give Thanks when your doing it Zendala style!
writes Erin Koetz Olson, CZT about this weeks challenge. So this weeks extra ist to only use tangles that start with the letters T-H-A-N-K-S.

The tangles I used:

T – Tipple by Zentangle®
H – Hollibaugh by Zentangle®
A –  Angel Fish by Marizaan van Beek, CZT®
N – Neit-Lite by Annette Plaga-Lodde
K – Kozy by Marieke van Nimwegen
S –  Scrumble by Jane Monk’s, , CZT®

So November is the time for thanksgiving in USA ans Canada which is similar to our Erntedankfest in Germany. With the Erntedankfest everyone shall be reminded in gratefulness to the crop of agriculture and garden and also that it is not only in the hand of human to have enough food. Crop donations will be shared with the deserving poor an homeless people.So where ever we live and however we are celebrating. It is about THANKS to the EARTH.

We owe the earth our lifes! But nevertheless people are destroying fertile soil with chemicals, fertilizer and other tings ,just to increase the profit – not caring about the microorganism and the damage of the whole cycle.

We need the cycle of life and death. Dead leaves are falling from the trees, decompose on earth into humus – so new life can arise. Everything that dies transforms into something new. So because we love the earth, we have to care that the earth is doing well! We have to give her the opportunitie to resurrect by using organics. Instead of destroying, we all should join the cycle of Life and preserve it.

It is time to get back to nature. Spend time in the garden, put a little grain in the earth – it is such a miracle to see that one little grain has millions of other grains inside, there is so much life in it. You will learn about the cycle and rhythm of nature and you will lern to be patient. To cultivate a garden brings us to back the power of Life, it brings back the connection to earth and its seasons, the natural rhythm which often gets lost in our modern society.

But I think the ones who spend time in being creative or doing their mediative arts like tangling are allready have the awareness that if people don’t  change, everything else won’t change either. We already learned to repossess the moment. Teamwork is much more efficient and healthier than competition – sharing guides us to gratification.

So befriend earth means befriend life!

This is the first time I participate in Zendala Dare #114. Actually it is the first time I created a zendala – so very exciting and challenging for me. I am still tending towards having already an idea for the whole result- but it is getting better to free my mind by every tangle I do. So before I started I took a deep breath and reminded “ one stroke at a time“. And I just started from the middle and tangled one stroke at a time towards the border – listening to Antonín Dvořáks violineconzert with Anne-Sophie Mutter und die Berliner Philharmoniker, simply fantastic. When I finished my Zendala, I was not completly pleased in the first time, I was a little unhappy with using „Bales“ in the end. But after a little break I felt fine with my first zendala including Bales! So I started colouring, I love colouring, and for me coloured Zendalas have a special charm and effect.

So thank you Erin for your wonderfull template for my first Zendala! And I am looking forward to the next ones.


template created by Erin Koetz Olson, CZT®