Influences: Early Mookas by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

1st mooka back in 2011 by Sharla R. Hicks done at Certified Zentangle training, I had much to learn. Check out my Mooka Blues Series that I posted last week.

LESS than SUCCESSFUL, 1st mooka back in 2011 by Sharla R. Hicks done at Certified Zentangle Training, I had much to learn.

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.

Mooka Experiments by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher

Early Mooka Experiments by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011

I like to push the limits of a tangle and found the Mooka flow
lead me to experimenting with Mooka-esk shapes.

Mooka under the Sea by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011

Mooka under the Sea by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011

Metallic glitz has always been a favorite of mine so I had to play with my Sakura Metallic Gelly Rolls and sure enough Mooka made its into the tile stack.  Humm the beginnings of my over and under curves are beginning to show up here.

Mooka Play by Sharla Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2011

Mooka Metallic Play by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011

My friend Susan loves Mooka and her marvelous works inspired me to push my Mooka’s a little further with over and unders and just a little shading (chuckle).  Shading really is the magic touch to making a Zentangle sing.

Mooka Intertwined by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2012

Mooka Intertwined by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2012

I can honestly say 3 1/2  years of almost daily Zentangle practice has made a its mark.

Little did I know that those early and very shaky Mooka beginnings would help lead me to my current style of curvaceous and organic tangles.

I do see the influences showing up in those early works and experiments, AND I am grateful I did not give up on the scary and less than perfect Mooka technique back in 2011.

Mooka was and is a crucial tangle that has helped me find my artist voice.

I continue to be in love with the Mooka Blues and here is another addition my Mooka Blues Series

Renaissance Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2014

Renaissance Tile & The Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014

 

To view my previous post on Mooka Blues, CLICK HERE

 

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