I actually got into my studio a couple of days ago. After cleaning out all the things that were stashed in my studio “temporarily” in preparation for our family Thanksgiving, I finally found my bench. And there I sat, with no clue as to what I should be creating. So I cleaned some more until I had a freakin’ clean studio — but still no ideas.


The past month has been spent at my computer, out of necessity, and my creative outlet has totally been Zetangle drawing. I haven’t given much thought to creating with metal clay so changing the gears in my head wasn’t going quite as smoothly as I anticipated.
In the past when I have created Zentangle inspired work, I have identified something in one of my Zentangle drawings that would transfer nicely to metal clay. When designing non-Zentangle inspired jewelry I always start by drawing a design before attempting to make it with metal clay, so this time I’d just start tangling to create the design.
Approaching jewelry design using Zentangle principles worked beautifully. The hum of creativity came quickly, as soon as those four dots were made on the paper tile. I found that as I was tangling, I was building a three-dimensional object in my mind. It was really a cool experience. I was totally absorbed in the drawing and working out how I would create the textures or design in metal clay, how I would finish it. Whew! The gears are moving again!
I haven’t had time yet to get my hands into the clay. But as you can see from the pictures, I think I now have a good place to start. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome!