Remember the wall hanging I started while camping at Montgomery Bell, here’s the finished piece. I’m loving the weaving process and I don’t know why I didn’t try it a long time ago. I recently read an article written by a weaver about how meditative the process is and I find that to be true. It’s easy to get lost in the over under motion of the needle. The textures and colors of the fibers are hypnotic!
While on our last camping trip at Salt Lick Creek, on Cordell Hull Lake, I started and finished the piece shown below.
Weaving is such an easy process and you can find hundreds of tutorials online. You don’t need fancy looms, you can use cardboard or an old picture frame. There are no limits to what you can create! I’ve shown just a few projects below. So, if you are interested, get some yarn, some cardboard and a big needle and just play!
White white falling down
Turned my smile into a frown
Car in driveway stuck again
Suddenly frown becomes a grin!
Watching snowflakes drift and weave
A meditative time to breathe.
The garden sleeps but soon will rise
With warm spring beauty for our eyes.
It’s just winter….
Copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Zentoni Number Three
As I progressed on my zen path, I decided to try using brown instead of black. This piece is 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches. Pattern was a bit loose on this day. The shapes were larger and there seemed to be more white space. What did that mean? Was I more relaxed when I started? Who knows? Enjoy the work.
Wikipedia says that A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.
Stereotypical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.
Zentoni number two took a wild turn. Breaking from the traditional instruction it grew to about 16 x 20 inches. As I look at it I see many things, but I will let you stare at it and come up with your own interpretation. Enjoy, then go grab some paper and a sharpie!
ZENTONI NUMBER ONE
Zentangle® is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by people of all ages. Life is an art form and Zentangle is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.
This is the definition of “zentangle ” as copied from the Sakura website. Sakura makes drawing equipment including the fine black markers I like to use for my drawings along with several other brands. There are books with instructions on how to draw these delicate doodles. They even have kits and certified instructors. I think it’s great! People who say they can’t draw can doodle. This trend has brought many would be artists out of the closet. There is something so relaxing about this type of drawing. Thus the name zen!
You don’t need lots of equipment or expensive paper. Most of the kits include small 6×6 inch white cards and a few assorted black permanent markers. All you need to do is draw a line and start. Of course my artist friend Bettye and I jumped right in. The drawing above is my first one. And I found that I like to work on large mat board, so my work has grown. I’m currently working on a 30×40 inch mat board.
I’ll be posting more of these in the next few days. I hope you enjoy getting lost in the world of lines and shapes. Let your mind wander for a while and see what you see hidden in these creations. If you want more info or instruction you can go to
“WITH ONLY A FEW SECONDS of focusing your attention on a subject, you activate the vibration of that subject within you, and immediately the Law of Attraction begins to respond to that activation. The longer you keep your attention focused on something, the easier it becomes for you to continue to focus upon it because you are attracting, through the Law of Attraction, other thoughts or vibrations that are the essence of the thought you began with.”
Jerry and Ester Hicks
As I was walking by the river, the sparkle of the water through the trees caught my eye. Again using my iPhone, I just stopped for a few minutes and watched the light dance as the river continued its journey through Nashville. I thought about the quote above, and so for 68 seconds I just sat and focused on the light and my breath. For 68 seconds my mind was clear and quiet. Try it. You will be amazed how good you will feel, even if it’s for just 68 seconds!