Tangled Ink Art

Tangled Ink Art

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Workshop on ZenGems and Zenspirations Monogram Letters

This past Sunday I had 6 lovely ladies join me for an all day workshop.  In the morning we made the Zen Gems that have been all the rage in the Zentangle community for awhile now.  We made them on Bijou tiles (2x2") and tangled around them.  I gave everyone a cute little 2.5x2.5 photo cube to put their gems in and gave them a few other ideas on adding gems to note cards.  They did amazing work for their first time trying this technique

All the beautiful gems!
Bijou Gem tile mounted on a note card
Note card with Bijou Gem tile & a regular size tile with border
What a fun group of ladies that I have had the pleasure to get to know through several classes and workshops!  (I jumped in the picture too)
Bijou Gem tile mounted on regular tile with border
Mounted with mounting square to give it a 3D look

After lunch we worked on creating Zenspirations Monogram Letters.  These are letters that were created by Joanne Fink (who gave me permission to teach her technique).  I used Joanne's wonderful book Zenspirations Letters and Patterning as a reference. 
Again, I thought everyone did wonderful work for their first time trying this technique!

All the beautiful letters!
(sorry for the slightly out of focus shot with too much light)

Before everyone came, I made their first initial for each of them as an example to refer to and gift, along with a mini easel to display it on. 
Fun to add the bling too!

I also went high-tech!  I have taught classes from the easel for 5 years now and was more then ready for a change.  I used my iPad as a document camera and attached it to a flat screen TV with a HDMI cable. Thanks to Sue Sharp/CZT for helping me figure out how to set this up after I saw the idea on her blog!  It worked like a charm and the students thought it was great!  So happy to have this new (to me) way of teaching! 

I loved giving out new tools for everyone to try and take home; tiles, pens, markers, cubes, mini-easels, art, etc. I did a gel pen drawing give away too.  We had good food, laughter, and a very enjoyable time together.  All in all, the all day workshop was a success and everyone had fun!  Thanks again, ladies!  You make my job fun too! 



DIVA Challenge 265 Stripes

We have an easy challenge this week from the DIVA!  Use stripes as your string and tangle away!  I curved my stripes and filled them with tangles

TANGLES:  Paradox, Coaster, Sand Swirl, MI2, Golven, Warped Eggs

Friday, April 22, 2016

DIVA challenge 264 String into Spring

Our challenge this week from the DIVA is to honor springtime by making our string...a spring! Easy and fun challenge.  Thanks, Laura & B-rad (his idea)! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DIVA Challenge 263 Globular Grid

This was a fun challenge from the DIVA!  Take a round zendala tile and create a globular grid to tangle.  It was fun to draw the grid without using measurements of any kind, see the link for the easy steps.  It made a great way to do a zendala! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DIVA Challenge 262 Fassett

This week's challenge at the DIVA's blog is by guest challenger, Lynn Mead/CZT. Lynn has a really fun tangle called Fassett that looks complicated, but it's not.  Once you do the basic steps, the appearance changes so dramatically with the last lines you add.  This tangle has been around for awhile, and I love it I decided to make it a monotangle.

Friday, April 1, 2016

DIVA Challenge #261 Stacked Bijou Challenge

This weeks challenge at the DIVAs is by guest blogger, Jane Reiter/CZT.  She challenged us to take a Bijou tile 2X2 and cut out a 3, 4, 5, 6,  and 7 inch piece of paper to stack the Bijou tile on.  At first I thought, oh that's a lot of work, but seriously.....I have so much paper in my stash, and it really only took about 10 minutes to pick some out and cut it to size.  I then glued them together and just started tangling without any plan in mind.  I ended up really loving this challenge!  It was fun to use different colored paper, and pens, and also to connect some of the tangles from layer to layer.  Thanks for the fun challenge, Jane