Friday, April 29, 2011

Challenge #19-More Morris 2nd tile

I had so much fun playing with this new process the 1st time, that I just had to try again.  This time I took a piece of black paper and tangled on it with a white gelly roll pen.  Then in the background I tangled all one pattern with a silver pen to give it a little more contrast.  After looking at a lot of images by William Morris, it was hard to not tangle something organic, since most of his work is floral and leafy, not to mention gorgeous.  Having fun, enjoying the process!  Thanks again, Laura & Maria! 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Challenge #19-More Morris

Awhile back, Rick and Maria did a wonderful post on their blog about William Morris  who was a wonderful textile designer, artist, and writer.  Maria showed us her technique of using a white gelly roll pen on black.  When you scan the Internet on all of the wonderful work William Morris did, it becomes a little overwhelming.  This weeks Diva challenge was to use the William Morris technique of light over dark.  I need to work with this technique a little (ha-a lot) more.  It's hard to get the gelly roll pens to be as precise as the Microns.  I'm not sure now that I look at this tile again, if I filled in enough light on dark.  It's was hard to decide how much to do without totally loosing the verdigogh tangle.  Anyway, it was fun to try something new and I will definitely be trying more!  For someone without an art background, I love that Rick and Maria are always taking it up a notch and introducing us to artists and how we can apply their work to Zentangle.  I also love these challenges from Laura Harms, the diva.  Thank you all!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Challenge #18 EGGZZZZellent

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to tangle an egg.  I have been looking at the submissions this week and there are some incredibly beautiful eggs out there. When I sat down to tangle my egg, I had a picture in my head of a cracked egg with some beautiful springtime flowers coming out of it.  Well, I made the egg and before I knew it, my hand was drawing a Mooka and it kind of took over the tile.  Then out spilled some 'nZeppel jelly beans.  So much for the springtime flowers, but then I thought about how I always tell my students not to have a pre-conceived idea about what your tile will look like.  Just go with the flow of making the tangles and let zentangle unfold before your eyes.  I knew that it just had to have color, so I used the Sakura jelly roll pens we got in CZT class to add the sparkle.  Wishing everyone a very happy Easter weekend!  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Artisan You

Last night I held a Zentangle basic class at Artisan You for the 1st time.  We had a fun group of six and everyone was really excited about Zentangle.  I will be teaching classes there once a month.  If you are in the area, check out my schedule and sign up for a class.  Scroll down and check out the beautiful work they did!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mooka meets Tri-Po

Just playing a little more with Mooka & Tri-Po...........

Friday, April 15, 2011

I5 Minutes of Fame/Challenge 17

This week, the Diva's challenge was to create a tile in 15 minutes, from start to finish.  When Rick and Maria created Zentangle the tiles were designed small so that you could complete one in 15-20 minutes.  When I started doing Zentangle, I could do this because I picked easy patterns (tangles) and didn't spend much time on shading.  Now, I rarely get one done in 15-20 minutes.  It's more like 30 minutes (sometimes more-yikes).  Why is that?  I think that now I make my Zentangle time more of a ceremony.  I love to get my cup of tea, relax, get out my tile and pen, breathe, draw my string and ponder what tangle I want to start with.  I take a lot more time deciding which tangles to use, sometimes flipping through my binder of official tangles, and my other binder full of tangles by other designers.  It can be a process some days, but it doesn't feel that way.  To me it is part of the relaxation process, being in the now.  I have no time limits!  If I want to take an hour, I can.  Of course, whenever I get done.....I smile! 

So, this week's challenge was the total opposite of my norm.  I sat down, looked at my cell phone time, and drew fast, while my brain was saying do easy, fast patterns, certainly no time to ponder.  Of course the first tangle I thought of was Hurry, and that didn't calm me down at all!  I got done and looked at the time, 2 minutes, quick throw on some shading.  Time's up.  Okay, let's try another and this time relax, go slow, let it just happen.  Although I went a little slower, I still felt the time crunch and it was hard to relax and do whatever came to mind.  Hmmm, maybe this exercise did teach me something.  Maybe I shouldn't depend on looking at the books so much and go with whatever tangle I think of more.  More importantly, it reminded me of the value of breathe, relax, and smile!

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Tangle Pattern TRI-PO

My inspiration for this tangle came from a shampoo bottle.  I changed the design up a little to make it a little easier to draw.  It's a pretty easy pattern that you can make any size, 3 or 4 lines, intersect them (by drawing behind-the zentangle way), or put them next to each other.  You can also make some lines thicker to make them stand out.  I did not shade the tile because I drew it on regular printer paper.  I added aura's around some of the empty spaces.  I hope you enjoy, TRI-PO! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mooka Madness

Mooka is the newest tangle to be released from Rick & Maria at Zentangle.  For those of you who haven't seen the video, you can find it here:  Mooka video & wonderful examples.  This is such a great tangle pattern, and I look forward to working with it more.  Be warned though, once you start, it is hard to stop!
I was so glad that this was also the Diva's Challenge #16 this week.  This is the first time I am submitting 3 tiles for the challenge (told you it was hard to stop-LOL).  Thanks to Rick & Maria for the new tangle and video and thanks to Laura for all the work she does on these challenges! 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Held Together By The String

I promise I won't keep talking about the accident after this post, but I did find this a little weird.  I was returning home after taking a mini-kit and the official zentangle kit down to the art studio that I am going to teach some classes at when the accident happened.  They kept the mini-kit for a table display  and the zentangle kit along with my purse were riding with me in the passenger seat.   My purse was thrown to the floor of the car and things that were in my outside purse pockets were scattered around.  The zentangle kit was ripped along the spine and was still sitting on the seat.  What amazed me, was that everything inside the kit stayed intact and was literally held together by the string! 

Of course, I have done a lot of reflecting these past couple of days and I am staying focused on the positive, because I realize that a few seconds more instead of being hit at the front tire area of my car,  it could have been the driver side door, and the injuries could have been serious. 

The zentangle kit was held together by the string, our tangles are held together by the string, and this community that Rick & Maria started is all held together by the string of blogs, websites, newsletters, tangles, etc.   I am so fortunate to be a part of this string!  

I am healing more every day (the bruises are wonderful colors now), and I want to say "Thank You" to all of you that left kind words after my last post.  It meant a lot to me. 

This week will be busy, as I try to catch up on all of your blogs, and shop for a new car!  

Friday, April 1, 2011

Love Your Curves, Baby!

Challenge #15 from our diva, Laura Harms was to tangle with only curved lines.  While it sounded easy enough (I love curvy lines) for some reason I struggled with the challenge this week. 

It could be because my nerves and muscles were thrown off balance a little this week, at least that's what I am going to blame it on.  On Wednesday, I was in a car accident at a busy intersection, where the person coming the other direction did not see the red light and ran into my car at about 35 mph.  Luckily, my guardian angel was riding with me that day and I wasn't hurt that bad, just aches & pains, bumps & bruises.  I will know for sure next week, but it appears that my car is totaled. :(

Anyway, I tried to do a couple of tangles on Thursday, and wasn't happy with the way anything was turning out.  So, I did this one today and it's not quite what I was hoping for, but decided to post it anyway. I started with the ribbon in the middle and then just let the rest happen.  I used Maria's technique of using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen on black ink in a couple of spots.  I've done tangles with white pen on black paper before, but never thought about mixing the two together.   It was a lot of fun and I look forward to trying this some more. 

Hopefully, I get my focus back once my muscles loosen up and my body heals a little more.