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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! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIVA Challenge #148 Merry Happy

This is the last DIVA challenge for the year.  We are to create a piece or tile that reflects the holidays.  I didn't have a lot of time this week to create a larger piece, so I stuck with a tile.  This is my 2nd tan tile, and I just really love the look you can achieve with them.  I will be excited to teach a class using them in 2014.  If you've followed my blog, you know that I love hearts, but I also love angels.................

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

1st Swap complete!

The 1st swap I entered is now complete with these 16 ATC's that will go in tomorrow's mail!  That makes 47 ATC's total-Yay!!!  You can see the 1st two sets that went out HERE and HERE

I have also recently completed a deck of 53 ATC's for a CZT swap....more to come on that in a later post.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIVA Challenge #147 Boo-Kee

As another month rolls around, the DIVA challenge is another "use my tangle" challenge.  This month the tangle is a new one from none other than the Diva herself, CZT, Laura Harms.  The tangle is called Boo-Kee and is a fun pattern with lots of possibilities for variations.   Click on the link to find the step-out instructions.  Thanks, Laura!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mindfulness Postcard Swap and eBook

Earlier this year I signed up to do a mindfulness postcard swap for CZT's (certified zentangle teachers).  The swap was held by CZT, Katy Abbott.  Katy asked us to do 4 postcards (4x6) using only tangles that started with the letters in M*I*N*D*F*U*L and mail them to 4 people on the list she provided.  Then sometime along the way, CZT, Jane Dickinson asked everyone in the swap if they would like to participate in a ebook project she was doing.  She asked us to write a paragraph on what mindfulness meant to us and if she could use pictures of our postcards.  The swap was fun and easy to do, since the number of postcards we needed to create was small.  I have the postcards I received posted to my bulletin board of zentangle art from around the world. 

Here is the ebook, Tangling from the Edge, that CZT, Jane Dickinson put together.  I think she did a beautiful job, and I loved seeing all the postcards and thoughts on mindfulness. (I am on page 15)  Thank you, Katy & Jane!

NOTE:  I had to remove the ebook because it was causing problems with BloggerYou can find the book by going to Jane Dickinson's site at  http://www.themindfuldrawer.com/.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DIVA Challenge #146 Pea-nuckle & Well

This week the DIVA has us doing a duo tangle challenge (using only two tangles).  The tangles are Pea-nuckle & Well.  While these are both official zentangle tangles, to be quite frank, I am not real fond of either one so putting them together.....yep, a real challenge.  So in true zentangle fashion, I drew my string and just decided to add these two tangle patterns and let it unfold before me

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Student's Art

I love it when my student's stay in touch with me after they have taken a class.  I especially love it when they share their artwork with me, and give me permission to share it on my blog.  Here are some beauties I have received recently.  Wonderful work, ladies!










Monday, November 25, 2013

10 more ATC's!

I am releasing 10 more ATC's out into the world today as part of a swap that I am in on Facebook.  You can read about it in this post. Having fun sending these and getting them in the mail from others in the swap.  I will post all the ones I receive when the swap is done...exciting

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DIVA challenge #145 QUIB

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to use the new official tangle, QUIB.  This is a fun, twisty line tangle, done in Hollibaugh fashion (lines drawn behind).  I just got my supply of the new tan tiles in, so I wanted to give them a try for this challenge....love them

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My first ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap

In October I signed up for my first ATC (artist trading card) swap through a group on Facebook.
The group is appropriately called Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap and it is open to anyone on Facebook that likes to create zentangle inspired art and swap with other artists.  The swaps have themes and usually run for approx. 3 months and have a new one starting every month or so.  I signed up for the BLACK/ACCENT swap, which is a classic black and white zentangle with one accent color.  This swap was quite popular and turned into the largest one so far with 47 people signing up. We have from Nov. 1, 2013-Feb 1, 2014 to complete and mail them.  Because the number of participants was so big, it was divided into 3 groups.  In my group I am responsible for sending ATC's to 15 people.  Some people are doing one for everyone on the list.  Today I mailed my 1st batch out to everyone on my list plus a few extra.  This is a lot of fun, so I may try to get one sent to everyone on the list.  So fun to mail ATC's all over the world!  What a great community zentangle artists are! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Basic's Class

It's been awhile since I've had a Zentangle Basic's class, but on Saturday, Nov 16th, I had 4 lovely ladies join me for a class.  All 4 of them had never drawn a tangle pattern before, so they were totally new to Zentangle.  It was a fun class to teach, and hopefully I have got them on their way to enjoying this wonderful method of art!  Thanks again, Joanie, Kristy, Sharon, and Kim! 

Didn't they do an awesome job for their first time!

Friday, November 15, 2013

DIVA Challenge #144 A Bug's Life

This week's challenge from the DIVA is a fun little change of pace.  CZT Samantha Taylor made this really cute video for Sakura (maker of the micron pens).  Great job, Sam!


Our challenge is to use this video as inspiration and in the DIVA's own words:

Use colour to bring a  Zentangle tile to life!
Camouflage a bug somewhere in the tile. (i.e. a drawing of a bug, a bug-shaped tangle pattern, etc.) Create a tile inspired by nature!
Shade your tile using some colour!

I remembered my own tangle pattern BWS (black widow spider) see the step-outs here, so I used that in the middle and then just started hiding some fun little bugs in the other spaces.  I wish I would have taken a photo prior to adding color because it was kind of hard to pick them out in black and white

Fun challenge and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else did with this!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

DIVA Challenge 143 CRUZE

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to use a new tangle by CZT, Caren Mlot.  The tangle is called Cruze and you find the steps to it here.  This tangle has such a beautiful woven look and I can't wait to play with it more.  While I was practicing it, I tried curving it, but I didn't have much luck with that.  Caren has some beautiful examples on her blog post!  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

DIVA Challenge #142 Comfort/Danger Zone

In our DIVA's own words we are challenged to do the following:

This week's challenge to find your comfort zone, and to move beyond it...into...the DANGER ZONE!  Only you know what it is that makes you feel 'safe' in the zentangle world.  This week, you can either dip a toe into the waters of the Danger Zone, or you can choose to cliff dive, fully clothed into the waters!! A little or a lot, it's up to you!

I thought about this one a lot and was going to do a black tile, because working with white on black is still a little uncomfortable for me.  Then a couple of days ago, I glanced at a book that proudly sits on my coffee table.  You know that one, the best book out there on Zentangle....The Book of Zentangle by Rick and Maria

I absolutely love the tile on the cover of this book!  I look at it a lot and marvel at how the lines weave in, out, and around each other all so effortlessly.  I also love the way they wrap around the edges and have so much dimension

Well, back to my "Danger Zone"......I have always struggled with the tangle "Umble".  I can't begin to tell you how many tiles I have thrown away when I try to add that tangle.  Not sure what it is, but I just have not been able to make it work.  So, should I "dip a toe" in the waters of the danger zone and just do a monotangle of Umble, or "cliff dive, fully clothed into the Umble Danger Zone.  I decided to cliff dive

I drew some different size circles going off the corners of my tile, and then dived into Umble.  After studying Maria's tile awhile for inspiration, I knew I had no idea how to make it weave so beautifully, but I had to start somewhere, so I dived in and just kept adding lines in the "Hollibaugh fashion" (under each other) until at last my tile was filled.  It took me a long time, because I went very slow.  While it doesn't have that beautiful effortless looking weave that Maria attains, I am quite happy with it.  Some of the edges actually look like they are wrapping around...yay!  Maybe, I will try to add Umble to my work more often...maybe? 

Thanks Laura, this was truly a challenge for me!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tangle In Color Class

I held my 1st Tangle In Color Class on Saturday with 5 wonderful tanglers!  This class was an introduction into using color with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. We learned some basic info on color, the meaning of colors, and how to work with the Tombow pens.   We also learned 5 different methods; direct to paper, indirect blending, brush blending, watercolor blending, and the resist method.  It was so much fun for me to see all the wonderful color creations they made!   Thanks Catrina, Pat, Bill, Teresa, and Sheila...I really enjoyed working with each one of you! 

Flowers using the resist, indirect, & brush blending methods.
A little bit of direct to paper for highlights!

Whimsical mountain landscape using the indirect & brush blending,
and some direct to paper methods. 
This is our watercolor blending project.
We didn't have time in class to finish this one,
but I will add to this post if I get some emailed to me.

Last, but not least, this is the Dr. Seuss garden project that I sent them home with. 
I can't wait to see what they create!  Here's mine.....


Monday, October 21, 2013

DIVA Challenge #141 Fengle & Quandary

Yay, another Duo-Tangle this week at the DIVA's blog!  Oh, but wait Fengle (which I love) and Quandary (which isn't one of my favorites).  Well, that's what these challenges are for...to challenge you to try something new or practice a tangle that you might not be one of your favorites.  So, I jumped in with no planning and no string!  I just did a couple of Fengle's and added my Quandary around it (the best I could).  I really get out of sync with all those triangle shapes.  Instead of trying another, I am going with my first attempt.  I was out of town last week and was late with my entry, so this week I will be on time!  I hope all of you have a wonderful week

Sunday, October 20, 2013

DIVA Challenge #140 Monotangle, Pointillism Style

I am late getting this week's challenge posted, but it was a fun one.  Do a monotangle using Pointillism or Stippling, which is making your picture, or in this case tangle, using nothing but tiny dots.  You can vary the degree or volume of dots to create shading or highlights.  I used the tangle, Fife for this challenge.

I took an online Stippling class a couple of years ago from Geneviève Crabe of Tangle Harmony fame.  It was a fun class and I learned a lot.  You really have to have patience to do this type of art, but you can also really get in the "zen zone" too!  Here is the stippled rose and tulips I did from that class. 


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Zendala Homework

When I did my 1st Zendala class (see post here), last weekend I gave my students the same template from Erin at The Bright Owl.  She does a great Zendala Dare with a new template every week.  The template I gave them was #43.  I asked them to complete the larger size template at home and send me a picture.  I have 5 pictures now and couldn't wait to post their beautiful work!  I think they are all awesome






Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Challenge #139 "8s Parte Dos"

It's UMT (use my tangle) time at the DIVA'S this week. The tangle is "8s Parte Dos" by Jane Eileen. 

 I think Laura sums it up best when she says:

This is very reminiscent of W2, Huggins and Mi2 - they're all in a similar tangle 'family' if you will.

This tangle requires a bit more focus, and attention to detail - but it is WELL worth the effort!! I think the trick is to carefully line up your dots.

While I have W2, Huggins, and Mi2 down pat, it's going to take some practice to get 8s Parte Dos down.  Lots of concentration with this tangle, but it will be fun playing with it!  I love these tangles that go in, out, and under!  

Thanks for the great tangle, Jane Eileen

Monday, October 7, 2013

My 1st Zendala Class!

After teaching Zentangle Basics and Beyond the Basics for years, I decided it was time to venture out into new territory and teach some new classes.  I had the pleasure of teaching my 1st Zendala class to 8 wonderful students on Saturday.  Oh my gosh, there is a lot to share when teaching zendalas and I think I could easily teach 3-4 classes with how many different methods are available.  In a 3 hour class, we concentrated on 3 different methods, and got a good start on two of them (stencils on the regular 3.5 x 3.5 tiles and a pre-strung zendala tile).  In total they learned 8 new tangles too.   I sent them off with instructions on transferring the template from Erin at The Bright Owl to a larger sheet of premium card stock paper, and asked them to send me pictures when the are done.  The class was on Saturday afternoon, and I already had 3 pictures in my email this morning, and they are awesome! I will share them here when I get more.  Check out their beautiful work that was started in class.

and some finished beauties that were in my email today.....


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIVA Challenge #138 Fun with Borders

This is a unique and fun challenge that the DIVA has going this week.  It is brought to you by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts from Zentangle, Inc.  If you follow their blog, you are aware that Maria loves borders,  and if you link to their post from Laura's post, you will see a lot of cool borders she found around their home along with her incredible tangles.  As I looked around my house, I came to realize that I don't have a lot of borders, but a lot of plain lines!  Hmmm, I need to keep my eyes open more for cooler picture frames, etc.  Then, I was walking by my dresser and saw these 3 bracelets...inspiration at last!  Here is my take on the challenge.  I am looking forward to seeing the slide show on this challenge

I needed to get out a magnifying glass for the silver bracelet.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beautiful Beading

One of my students, CJ Petersen, recently shared a picture of her beautiful bead embroidery!  Can you believe this is only her 2nd attempt at bead embroidery and the first time interpreting a tangle with beads.  The tangle she used is Worms, which you can find on www.tanglepatterns.com.
Thanks CJ, for letting me share your gorgeous work

CJ and her daughter, Cara signed up to attend the
 CZT certification seminar in 2014.
I will be so thrilled to have them as fellow CZT's!