I find that parameters enhance creativity. It focuses your creativity and forces you to problem-solve: what can I create within these constraints? Take this week’s Diva Challenge – use only straight lines. I’m pretty sure that refers to the tangles, not the string, so I was able to create curves and depth.
I’ve never been comfortable with blank paper and no direction… which is why Zentangle is perfect for me. I don’t need to stress over a million artistic possibilities, and yet I can still be creative and expressive.