Learning to try new things

I love to paint — colours are important to my life. 

But lines and shapes and details have eluded me. I needed a change — something new. A long time ago I took a pen and ink course. (My first drawings are in Canada and we are vacationing right now — so I hope to show them later.) I really liked drawing with lines and shapes but then got sidetracked with watercolour alone. 

This year I decided to try something new.

A week ago I signed up for what they called a zentangula class, which is basically using lines, shapes, dots to create patterns. You can fill in anything — a full picture or a portion of a picture. You can make colouring pages.

I was excited to try it out.

Here are the sample pages I did in class:

My first practice sheet — Janis Cox

Playing around — another practice sheet — Janis Cox

I loved this pinwheel. by Janis Cox

That day after a little practice I did my first colouring page on my own.

I used Psalm 119:115

“By Your Word, I can see where I am going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path (from The Message).”

God’s Word helps me so much. 

It changed me from an angry person to a peaceful quiet one. It inspired me to try harder, to expand my horizons. It taught me not to be afraid — of anything.

Colouring Page by Janis Cox — Psalm 119:115

And this is how I coloured it.

I used watercolour pencils — so I get to colour and to paint with water. 

Page coloured by Janis Cox

I can’t wait to try the next one. 

I hope to give you examples of what I learn.

What I am learning is to STRETCH myself. 

I want to try new things. So just as I stretched myself in my writing by using Medium, I am doing the same in my artwork. 

What do you need to stretch in?
Are you doing the same old things or are you trying something new?

I would love to hear what new ideas, thoughts, or creative adventures you are trying.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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