Finding my zen.

A couple of months ago, I was scrolling my friend Louise's blog and came across something called Zen Doodling (or Zen Tangle as it's also known). Louise is doing a #2014DailyChallenge (which is exactly what it says on the tin) and on day 108, she had posted her Zen Doodle creation with a bit of background on the whole thing.

I thought it looked so pretty and a fun activity for me to do. I was still in Arizona at this point, working from home in the daytime and I needed something else to keep me occupied until Ty got home from work.

Some of you may remember that I was very into doing Nail Art not that long ago, which I found very relaxing to do. Zen Doodling has the same concept, that whilst drawing you slip into a somewhat meditative state - so I thought what the heck, let's give it a go.

That day, I sat by the pool surrounded by coloured gel pens and an hour later, this was the outcome:

It was very 'first try-ish' but after that, I'd definitely caught the bug. For the following weeks, all I did in my spare time was sit drawing these patterns on blank pieces of paper. My second attempt at Zen Doodle is the pattern you see at the top of this post, and this was my third:

Once I'd finished a couple of full page patterns, I decided to make things a bit more interesting by creating some artwork for my loved ones. I love giving other people hand made gifts, especially if I've made them myself, so I started by making these two letters for my Godson-Nephews, Ellis and Harvey, which I framed for them to put in their rooms:

The boys loved them, so Zen Doodle creations have now become my go-to gift for people. They can tell you've put effort into it and best of all, it's very light on the pocket. A gift that you've put your love and effort into really is priceless.

For Father's Day, I made these 3 elephants for my step-dad to represent the three of us in our family:

And this bird for my Godfather who is an avid birdwatcher:

I'm so happy to have found a new creative outlet that I enjoy. I'm sure all of you creatives love discovering new ways to challenge your talents and it's even better when you can share what you make with your loved ones.

I've made a few more framed pieces for friends and family in the last 2 months and definitely plan on doing more. I hope to improve my Zen Doodling skills too, and get more intricate with the patterns.

The great thing about Zen Doodling is that anyone can do it. It's a fun way to relax and forget about things going on around you. You really do get into the zone when your focus is on the pen and the shapes coming from it. I'd urge everyone to give it a try.

The next challenge on my list is to master the art of Mehndi (Henna) - hopefully I take to it as easily as I did with this!