Well, my house shows the neglect. I don’t have children or pets (I really miss the pets! But we’re waiting til hubby retires). Quite frankly, I rode the wave with Zentangle. I started tangling just as the technique was becoming popular. I was obsessing and got tired of waiting for new patterns so I made up my own. A lot of other people were getting tired of waiting too, so they came flocking to my blog and a lot of them have stayed with me, even though Zentangle isn’t my main focus anymore.
There is a lot of luck involved in the timing of that kind of thing. I haven’t been looking to make big money, just share my work and lessen the cost of buying art supplies, lol. I think I’ve pretty much done what I’ve set out to do.
I probably would have written a Zentangle book but the Zentangle company makes their money by selling a Zentangle certification. I never wanted to pay that money or follow the rules they set. Non certified people who have written Zentangle books have been given deep grief – not by the company, but by the people who paid for certification. I don’t agree with their attitude, but didn’t feel it was worth the hassle. Mind you, I’m good friends with many of the CZTs, most are very nice people. There are always a few trolls in every apple barrel though.