Some years ago Rick and Maria put on a Zentangle event called a 'Master Class'. I wasn't able to go. But I decided that if they ever planned something similar I really had to try to attend. ZenAgain happened this November!
Shortly after the event was announced a crazy scheme occurred to me. I wanted to take something, something personal, a little gift, to each of the attendees and the Zentangle staff.
Bookmarks! I often make bookmarks out of bits of nice leftover paper or artwork that I've decided isn't going anywhere happy. Each one would be a unique piece, an original artwork. I had perhaps a dozen already, and wondered how many I'd need in total. I asked. My jaw dropped. I picked it up and said to myself, "I have time. I can do that!"
Oh, yes. Probably around 300. I got to work.
Among the final collection is a number of monotangle bookmarks including Crusade, Ginili, Knightsbridge, Lamar, Umble, Skye, Schway, and Zenith.
This was a perfect opportunity to slice up some almost finished - or even finished - artwork that was sitting in a drawer wondering how to make itself useful. I had quite a few pieces like that. One was a mandala on 16" mat board. I peeled off most of the backing to make them thin enough. Here it is, reassembled after becoming bookmarks. In most cases I added details to what was already there; everything outside the large ring of small triangles was added after being cut into bookmark strips. There were a few blank beige ones left that I haven't included here.
There are some that are rather unusual. One has funky chess pieces. Several have house parts: windows, roofs, and doors. Several have holographic strips. One has a rainbow ribbon. Some have washi tape. One is iris flowers and one has zentangle tiles in the background. Two have some handwriting. A few are parts of a landscape. Others (not shown) have decorative holes or unevenly trimmed edges.