Friday, April 18, 2014

DIVA Challenge #163 Rixty

Our challenge from the DIVA this week is to try the new official tangle, Rixty.  Had fun playing with this new tangle!

Friday, April 11, 2014

DIVA Challenge #162 Initial String

This week's challenge from the DIVA, is to use our initials as the string.   Here's my string and my tile...........

TANGLES:  Fassett, Coaster, Florz, Diva Dance, Printemps, Paradox, Tipple

Monday, April 7, 2014

Samantha & Sean

My daughter,  Samantha will be getting married on May 3rd to her sweetheart, Sean. We had their wedding shower last weekend and I wanted to share with you the ZIA gift I made for the two of them.  Less than 30 days now till the big day!  So excited for them

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIVA Challenge #161 Quandary

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to do a tile with the tangle pattern Quandary.  Two of the tangles that I have problems with are Quandary and Tripoli.  I start off okay, but then the pattern always seems to get a little wonky and off course.  For this challenge, I divided my tile into 3 sections and decided to do different sizes of seeds. Because of this, each section doesn't match up exactly but I finally got the flow of the triangles within each section.  I found that it really helped me to make the first triangle and then put a dot down for where I wanted to start the 2nd one, and so on.  This way I was able to keep a pretty uniform pattern going.  This challenge really helped me to not be in a quandary over Quandary! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CBS Sunday Morning News Show

I am happily participating in a worldwide effort to encourage the CBS Sunday Morning News Show to do a story about Zentangle!  Anyone that wanted to participate was asked to send a letter and a tile in a square envelope, and mail it on April 1st. You can read about the project on a newsletter from Rick and Maria, here and see some of the letters and tiles others have mailed in, here. Here's what went out in my mail today.

My envelope

My tile

Sunday Morning Staff,
 I have been a fan of your news show for years!
 I would really love to see you do a story on Zentangle!  Zentangle is a fascinating method of art where you create beautiful images out of structured patterns, but it is also so much more.  The creators of Zentangle are Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  You can contact them at ( or 508-234-6843.
 I discovered Zentangle following a 35 ½ year career.  I loved everything about this art method so I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2010, one of the first in the state of Colorado.  I began teaching in 2011 and have shared Zentangle with numerous people.  There are so many benefits to Zentangle (see their website) but for me it has got me creating art again!  Little did I know that I would start a blog, a business teaching art, participate in art shows, and be connected to CZT’s all over the world. 
 I am very passionate about Zentangle and there are many others that share this passion!  Rick and Maria are wonderful people who have given their gift of Zentangle to people all over the world!  I am sure that you would find this to be an excellent story to share on your show. 
 Sue Clark/CZT
 P.S. I am enclosing an original zentangle tile for you to see.
                                                    My letter

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DIVA Challenge #160 Spiral Out and Keep Going

A fun "string theory" challenge this week from the DIVA....spirals!  I love spirals!  Here is my challenge tile for the week.  Thanks, Laura!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

DIVA Challenge #159 Top O' the Morning

I am really late in posting my challenge from the DIVA this week!  I guess I wasn't really excited about this week's challenge of something related to St. Patrick's Day.  I didn't want to make the usual shamrock, but didn't have the time to do much else...busy week! So if you know me, you know I love hearts, and I made my shamrock out of 3 connecting hearts with a color wash on the tile first.  Not totally thrilled with the results, but posting it anyway.  A zentangle is a can not fail!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIVA Challenge #158 Diva Dance & Crescent Moon

The DIVA challenge this week is to use only the two tangles Diva Dance and Crescent Moon.  Love both of these tangles.  I decided to go without a string (something I rarely do) and just started with Diva Dance (rock n roll), added some Crescent Moon, and returned to Diva Dance.  Another fun challenge!  Thanks, Laura!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DIVA Challenge #157 Charlie

As another beginning of the month rolls around, the DIVA has us trying another new tangle named Charlie.   This one is by Erin Olson of the Bright Owl blog and the weekly zendala dare fameIf you get the chance, hop over to Erin's blog and read about how this tangle got it's name.  Who doesn't love Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang!  I used string number 77 from   Thanks for the fun tangle, Erin!

Tangles:  Charlie, Strircles, Knot Rickz

Saturday, March 1, 2014

DIVA Challenge #156 Curvy Gridlock

The challenge this week over at the DIVA's is to use grid based tangle patterns, but instead of straight lines, use curvy ones.  I started out with a curvy string and then added Knightsbridge and Emingle...curvy lines are wonderful

Thursday, February 20, 2014

DIVA Challenge #155 A Little White Space

This week our lovely DIVA, Laura Harms is requesting that we leave "a little white space" on our tiles.  I drew a string and picked some tangles that I haven't tried yet, leaving a space in the middle open.  The new tangles I tried are Showgirl (need to practice that a little more, mine came out looking more like Bunzo), Knot Rickz, Telis, and Bask-it, along with a little Purk and Zinger

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ornation Creation

There is a wonderful group on Facebook, called Ornation Creation.  The creator of the group, Ben Kwok designs and posts a template for anyone to use every week.  The majority of his templates are animals, but every once in awhile he posts some other very cool templates.  These templates are a lot of fun to fill in with zentangle patterns.  Before I taught my tan tile class, I made this one as an example of using black, brown, and white on tan paper.  Here's my eagle!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DIVA Challenge #154 Valentangle

This week's Diva challenge is to make a tile with a Valentine theme.  I have been wanting to try two new tangles; Heartline by Helen Williams and Fassett by Lynn Mead.  Both of them are fairly new and can be found on Tangle Patterns.  Both are great new tangles!

Sue Clark/CZT

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A "thank you" for a "thank you"

Yesterday's post was all about the wonderful group of people that attended the all day seminar at my house on Saturday.  Bill, who has taken 6 of my classes now, really surprised me with a hand made zentangle bag.  Yes, you heard right, hand made!  He gave it to me as a "thank you" for all of the classes.  I was really touched and I'm still overwhelmed with his generosity!  Check it out...this bag is gorgeous!  Thanks again, Bill.  It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and Teresa! Let's keep in touch!

front view
back view
side view with pretty glass beads
inside view with pockets for tiles and pens
Me, styling with my new bag!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tan Tile & Organic Garden Class

Rick and Maria, co-founders of Zentangle, Inc. have said many times that Zentangle attracts the nicest people, and I couldn't agree more!   I have had a group of people that have taken anywhere from 2-5 classes with me (in my home basement classroom) and we all got together again on Saturday to finish up with an all day seminar on an Intro to Tan Tiles in the morning, and an Organic Garden class in the afternoon. Three of them are signed up to become CZT's, at all three seminars this year!  Congrats to CJ, Pat, and Holly!   We were going to just do sack lunches, until Pat said she could bring soup, and Holly said she'd bring brownies, and before we knew it everyone was really excited about doing a pot luck lunch.  I'd like to thank all of you again for the variety of yummy food we had!  (I forgot to take pics during our lunch)  It was a really fun day, and everyone enjoyed learning about the tan tiles, and creating a ZIA (zentangle inspired art) piece.  Take a look at their gorgeous work!
Catrina, Cara, CJ, Bill, Teresa, Pat, Anne, Diana, Holly, and me

click to enlarge

If you made it all the way to the end here....everyone in the class tangled a section of a tan tile and I made a white border on the mat.  At the end of the class we drew a name, and Diana was the lucky winner!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Zendala Dare #90

I don't often get the time to participate in the Zendala dare at The Bright Owl blog, but this week Erin is celebrating her birthday!  As part of her celebration, she is asking everyone to complete this week's template with one of your favorite tangles as a gift to her.  She in turn will use each of tangles she is gifted every week in her dares until they are idea!  I can't really say I have a favorite tangle anymore, because I like so many of them, but I used 3 of my favorite "go-to" tangles, Paradox, Printemps, and Flux.  Happy Birthday, Erin

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DIVA Challenge #153 UMT: Jailed Johnny

It's the beginning of another month, so we are using a tangle by CZT, Sadelle Wiltshire named Jailed Johnny for the DIVA's challenge this week.  This tangle was new to me, and I found it fun and easy to do.  I hope all of you are having a good week and staying warm.  The high expected for the day here, is in the single digits!  I am glad I can stay in and prepare for my all day class here Saturday with 8 students (who have become friends).  We will be learning to tangle on the tan tiles in the morning, have a pot luck lunch, and create an organic tangle garden in the afternoon...can't wait!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DIVA Challenge #152: Aquafleur (New Official Tangle)

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to try the new official tangle, Aquafleur.   If you missed the newsletter, the steps to drawing Aquafleur can be found HERE.  I love this tangle and have seen some really pretty art done with it.  I am looking forward to viewing this slide show....should be awesome! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Class at CSU for 22 new tanglers

I was invited to teach a basic zentangle class at CSU (Colorado State University) as part of an all day seminar for some staff training they were doing.  My class was the longest at 90 minutes and I had the honor of having the highest attendance at 22.  Everyone was relatively new to zentangle, and as always it was a lot of fun!  One of the ladies was from Libya, and she shared that this was the first time in her life that she had ever done any kind of art work.  How cool is that!  She had the biggest smile on her face, so I took her picture holding her tile.  She asked that I not share it on my blog, which of course I will honor.  It makes me smile looking at it and knowing I brought something new to her life.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy the experience, and I am so happy to be part of releasing 22 new tanglers out into the world to spread the beauty of the zentangle! 

Thank you, Vivianne for inviting me to share the zentangle method of art with your wonderful group!

We were able to complete 1 tile with 6 tangles.  Check out their beautiful work!  I think they all did amazing for their 1st time tangling (you can't even tell which tile is mine)!

Tangles: Crescent Moon, Tipple, Hollibaugh, Bales, Printemps, Florz
(Click on picture for larger view)

Friday, January 24, 2014

DIVA Challenge #151 Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

Each year our DIVA, in honor of her son, Artoo has a challenge dedicated to making all of us aware of Moebius Syndrome, which you can read all about on her blog here).  Today, January 24th is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. This will be the third year I have made a tile with the Moebius Syndrome logo and looking at the past 2 years I noticed that I have always used the color purple (the color for MSAD), hearts, and Artoo's name. Why change a good thing!

2014 Challenge


Since I was looking at the past years tiles, I thought you might want to see them too!

2013 Challenge...the logo looks blue in pic, but it is purple!

2012 Challenge

Monday, January 20, 2014

Intro to Black Tiles Class

I just want to say "thank you" to  the students that attended the Intro to Black Tiles class on Saturday at my house.  It has been such a treat for me to teach new classes!  I love the excitement and enthusiasm that all of you returning students show.  Your work is beautiful!

The camera doesn't reflex how beautiful your tiles were!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DIVA Challenge #150 One Little Word

For this challenge from the DIVA we are supposed to pick a word that we would like to focus on for the year ahead.  As I sat at my desk and thought about it, I saw a quote I had written down recently that I liked, so LOVE is my word.  What can I say about love that hasn't been written and sung about since the beginning of time.  One can always improve the ways we "walk in love" every day with our thoughts, words, and actions.  Life without love would be meaningless, so my wish for all of you is that 2014 is a year filled with love. 

DIVA Challenge #149 Twenty-Fourteen

Yes, I am late for the last week's DIVA's challenge!  Good reason though, we were needed to help get my father-in-law (age 91) from Sierra Vista, AZ back to his home in Idaho Falls, ID due to some health issues, and we were so happy to have been able to do it.  So we made a big loop, driving through 7 states in 12 days (CO, NM, AZ, NV, UT, ID, and WY).....road trip indeed!  We made the best of the time and had him singing to 3 of the CD's I made for him with music from his era. Doug and I also got to start and finish a book on tape.  We were also quite lucky to only encounter bad roads due to weather in Idaho and Wyoming, and nothing we couldn't get through with time and patience.  I am happy to say that he is doing better and so glad to be home, so are we! 

I started my tile with the 2014 down the side and may have tangled a little to close to see it very well, but it's there. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and much happiness in the New Year!  May you find joy, peace, and love in all the little things that surround you, be it a hug, smile, or act of kindness during the holiday season and all through 2014!