‘Man and wife’ in Zentangle.

To get your creative juices flowing, all you need is to look around. Words spoken or written by someone make for the best prompts to write or draw when you are suffering from an artist’s block.

So, yesterday, I came across a post shared by my blogger friend, Corrine, who expressed her views on this rather amusing hashtag doing the rounds of social media: #couplegoals.

It gave me the idea of making this couple in Zentangle.

I loved this hashtag, really. It just shows how hollow we all are–living miserable lives behind closed doors, but showing a completely different face to the world for the sake of Likes on social media. As if that’s going to help us in any way!

So, what do you think about this couple? Do they give you any serious competition as far as #couplegoals go? 😜




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Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

26 thoughts on “‘Man and wife’ in Zentangle.

  1. Wow! That’s a unique take on a hashtag! Trust you to put it to good use by creating a Zentangle inspired art with it. There is a lot of showing off and sham in social media that has put me off in a big way and even with the minimal amount of time I spend there, I do get to see the kind of pictures on display under the hashtag #couplegoals. It entertains me no doubt and sometimes also makes me wonder why couples need to “show” everything on social media. Is it not enough to just be who they are?


    1. True, Esha. And, more often than not, it’s the warring couples that share loved up pictures on social media to show what a perfect couple they are. πŸ˜›
      I would find it extremely embarrassing if my hubby was to share a pic of ours (not that that’s ever happening!) on SM πŸ˜›


    2. Oh yes! I have seen that a lot… I might have used it too just to get more traffic. πŸ˜…It’s one of the perils of social media. Hypes superficiality to no end. Beautiful depiction of couple. Loved the way you have done the man. Looks very traditional 😊

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      1. I wanted to make a village couple, Raj. And from your comments, it looks like I did well! 😁
        Thank you!
        And yes, all the hype and superficiality that’s social media…πŸ™„ Uff!


  2. Lovely Shilpa- this is so so cute. You do such interesting takes on prompts and now a hashtag!!! πŸ˜‰

    I love the take on the hashtag as its generally the PR managers or the so called yellow journos who come up with these absurd ones to justify putting the celeb couples pics up for trending. All thanks to SM, we have a new brand of love and its shenanigans for the world to like and applaud.

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    1. Thank you so much, Shalz! It was fun, really. When I read the hashtag, a couple in Zentangle is what first came to my mind. πŸ™‚

      True, these hashtags are so absurd and often succeed in ruining the peace of mind of so many out there. Love is not for others to applaud, but for the people involved to feel for each other. RIght?


  3. I loved your ‘couple’ Shilpa. Oh and social media can be so painful, not to say fake. I have to admit there are days when it gets to me. As in I see these pictures of people doing things and going places and I begin to feel really envious. I need to remind myself a lot of it isn’t real.

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  4. Hollow? Miserable? Sorry – not here! But neither do I carefully curate my reality for social media. I know people who do; it’s depressing, and hard not to roll your eyes when you know that most of what they post is just this “persona” they’re trying to project for strangers. I try not to brag about just the good times nor to wallow in the less-than-terrific. On balance, I’m a happy person and have no big complaints!

    I teased Balaka about that post with a few of my own photos from U.S. Thanksgiving and “date night” last night – after nearly 36 years, I think my husband and I have attained most of those #couplegoals. I liked the definition on urban dictionary (that may be a first) that basically said it was being both best friends and lovers. Works for me!

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    1. It’s best not to share a lot of personal stuff on social media, isn’t it, Holly? As long as two people feel all that love for each other, share a good vibe despite all the ups and downs, good and bad, that’s all that matters.

      Thank you for sharing a little bit about your world with me! ❀


      1. Never share the “personal stuff” that shame anyone whose trust matters to you. Have enough respect for your partner not to air major grievances or “dirty laundry,” and enough respect for your fellow humans not to share their confidences in public.

        Other than that, I’d just say “play fair,” and “turnabout is fair play.” πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hehe! Thank you Corinne, for the prompt! And, even as I thank you for it, I am typing my post on couple goals! Just two words and see how many ideas they gave me!

      Yes, this couple does look at peace. Maybe they have made their peace with life and with each other and would rather keep their opinions about the other with themselves…maybe that’s why they face each other with eyes closed! πŸ˜› Just a thought that came to my mind while making the drawing.



  5. Lovely take on the hashtag. Your artwork is so pretty. Captures the emotions {and a hint of hesitation} of this couple beautifully. I think they are newlyweds. πŸ™‚

    I’m not very comfortable sharing family pictures online. Rarely, on Instagram.

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    1. Wow, Tarang! I like what you think about my couple!
      I too rarely share my family pics, esp with hubby, on social media. Private life needs to be kept a bit private, right? Sab kuch share kar dengey, toh private kya rahega?


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