Oh my goodness my first Mooka tangles were less than successful, I put it here so my students and fellow tanglers can see there is hope!
How does one go from very shakey beginnings like this ones to the Mooka Blues Series and even my early Mooka attempts?
I attended Certified Zentangle training in February 2011 and learned the new tangle Mooka that had not yet been published for the public AND it really was in flux as to what its official name would be. Rick and Maria (Zentangle Founders) settled on Mooka which is so perfect. I can not image calling it anything else.
Mooka gave me the willies and I did not return to it for six months when I was motivated by the fact that my first set of Zentangle classes back in 2011 was coming up so I had to get a handle on the tangle. Turns out that fear was unfounded and doing a journal page of just Mookas without any expectation of perfection had me up to speed on the essence of the basic Mooka. Also that struggle gave me really good ideas on how to better teach Mooka to my students and remains a staple in my Zentangle Class Series which is up to 8 classes.
With a little practice I was on my way to discovering that Mooka is one of my go-to tangles when quiet mindfulness is needed. When I am dry and need a push to get in the Zentangle frame of mind, a quick Mooka tile is just the ticket.
Below are early works experimenting with Mooka in 2011. Continue reading