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STORIES: Undaunted by recent loss of vision in one eye, tangler finds accomplishment through Zentangle®

In this occasional series on TanglePatterns, readers describe in their own words how Zentangle® has changed their lives. For more accounts in this series, click on the “STORIES” link in the alphabetical listing above.
Visit this post for the stories that inspired this series.

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STORIES: How Zentangle changes lives“I have entertained and delighted myself with various forms of creative avenues for ‘oh so many’ years. Fabric collage, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, silversmithing, sketching, gourds (growing, cleaning and embellishing) and so much more.

My husband and I chose to live full-time in our motorcoach after selling the ‘big’ house. Even a coach of 45′ didn’t leave much room for my creativity ~ and in 2011 I discovered Zentangle! Wow… so portable, fulfilling, meditative and just what the restless artist needed.

This spring I had a stroke and lost total vision in my right eye. After several hospitalizations for complications which caused the loss of vision, I was faced with a garden that needed planting, hens and baby chicks that needed my attention and only one eye, topped off with extreme vertigo.

I mourned and grieved for my lost vision, unable to thread a needle, draw a non-wobbly line and unable to tend to the chickens without a walker (that was constantly caked in mud).

Feeling ever sorry for myself, I became determined to accomplish SOMETHING, and recently took up my pens and a cleaned gourd. I sat down in my favorite chair, with a down pillow on my lap. This is what happened:

Tangled gourd by Carol Jansen Greene

Tangled gourd by Carol Jansen Greene

Unfortunately the second photo shows a big ‘bleed’ of an inferior pen when I sprayed it with varnish.

Tangled gourd by Carol Jansen Greene

Reverse side of the tangled gourd by Carol Jansen Greene

I will continue to explore and create.

Thank you all for your inspiration!

That is my story! (for now)”

~ Carol Jansen Greene

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If you would like to share your own experience for this series, please email me (linda [at] tanglepatterns [dot] com). You can make your story as long as or short as you like and if you wish your personal details to remain private, I will certainly honor that.

By publishing your “testimonials”, I’m hoping it will help spread the word about Zentangle to many others who can REALLY benefit from it. As the Zentangle founders say, “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”™


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