I’ve just returned from Portland, Oregon and attending “Tangle U 2018”. Tangle U is a gathering of CZT’s from far and wide, coming together to learn new techniques and ideas for our Zentangle practices. It was attended by about 125 people this year and held in downtown Portland. It was a very good time, meeting new people and learning new things.
The teachers for Tangle U are Certified Zentangle Teachers. The classes I attended featured Marie Browning, Eni Oken, Brian Crimmins, Annie Reiser, Kim VanZyll and Sampada Agarwal. All classes offered something different, however, we were able to tie different pieces from each class within each project!
In the evenings when classes are over, there is “studio time” where everyone can meet to socialize, tangle, or learn something new. This is where I met Terri Oliver Young from Corpus Christi, Texas. She was teaching a few other ladies how to draw feathers (courtesy of Amanda Clifford) so I jumped in. So much fun!!!
After four days of tangling, my poor eyes were tired and getting hard to focus when I looked at things far away. It was a great time, but it was also great to get back home. Look for new classes with some of the ideas I’ve just learned!
Sunday afternoon was spent at Icarus Creative Arts Studio tangling Zentangle-Inspired “African Mudcloths”. This technique involved pre-prepped paper, black, brown and white inks. Six ladies and “Fama” (another Canine Companion in Training) joined in.
I prepared the paper before class as it takes a little time – sprayed with water, then crumpled over and over until it becomes cloth-like, and then the paper is ironed out so you can put a pen to it. All in all, we used ten different patterns to create our 8×10 piece. These patterns included Bateek, Pinch, Inapod, Printemps, Riverstone, Fassett, Bee-Light, C-Stem, Courant and Croon.
(she was precious – just weeks away from meeting her “Forever” Companion)
Liliana & Teri
Judi & Marilyn
Judy & Linda
(bad photographer – me!)
These are beauties — so bold, vivid and sharp. Teri and Linda took their “string” in a little different direction by adding some curved lines. Looks awesome with just that little extra twist. Looking forward to next month when we take on “Tangled Trivets”. See you in May!
FYI – “The Kitchen at Bernardo Winery”, the new restaurant on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery, is now open. Dining has returned to the restaurant/patio featuring “Sicilian Old-California dining”. It was beautiful there this weekend with 80 degrees and sunshine, a wedding on the grass area, a bridal shower on the back grounds, and the usual wine tasting and live band at the Tasting Room. There are several small shops to enjoy, and a visit to Icarus Creative Arts is a must. Icarus has a retail store on one side and their art studio on the other. They carry one of a kind items from a variety of artists – from jewelry to mosaics to oil paintings to raku ceramics to furniture. Just remember, the Winery is closed on Mondays. See their website for more details.
Six ladies, and one dog, joined me for an afternoon session at Icarus Creative Arts Studio this past weekend. They learned eight new patterns to add to their tangle libraries. I think sometimes we get stuck using the same patterns over and over and are somewhat reluctant to learn new ones. This class presented just that opportunity. Each lady received a nice, simple journal to use for learning these patterns. I like to use a journal when I practice something new and wanted to share this with them. I think it’s fun to fill up the page with your tangles, right or wrong, and then look back in the journal to see your progress, or just how cool “a whole bunch of tangles look” on one page! It also helps with all the clutter that tangling can create – pens, paper, tiles, journals, colored pencils, etc.! I seem to have collected almost as many journals as pens, but I always love to look through them to see what I’ve done. I’m hoping that these ladies will use theirs in the same way.
Just a few from my journal collection ….
Saida, a Canine Companion in Training, joined the class with her trainer, Linda. A couple ladies didn’t even know the dog was there as she was so quiet and just minded her own business with a two hour nap! Something about a dog just being present in the space feels so good! Hopefully, she’ll make a return appearance soon. (Just had a thought …. how cool would it be to have a room of trainers and their canines in a Zentangle class all at one time …. ultra Zen!)
Linda and Saida
(with Judy Jankauski, CZT in back)
New classes have been scheduled for April, May and June at Icarus. Take a look at the “Class” page above and see if one is just right for you. Icarus is such an awesome space to spend two hours being creative. Come join us!
“Scallop Boxes” were the order of the day this weekend at Icarus Creative Arts. Five ladies and one grandson came to create one of these magical little boxes. The template is from Mirkwood Designs. This site features lots of different paper folding ideas, along with the templates. The scallop box was shared this with our local CZT group a couple years ago by Suzanne Wilka, CZT. I often tell my classes that I’m not much into crafting, but this was pretty much as close to it as I get! Lots of cutting, folding and sticking, but the results were worth it.
When I present a project that is more “Zentangle Inspired Art” (ZIA), I like to use a more dramatic pattern as the focus and then compliment it with just a few others. This time we used Fengle, Flux and Marasu (uncoiled!), along with embellishments of orbs and auras. We added a little white Gelly Roll ink and gray markers for some highlights and “shading”. As the box might be handled more than a regular tile, we used gray ink to prevent smearing.
I have to add that David, Judy’s 7-1/2 year old grandson, made his second appearance at one of my classes, while visiting from Pittsburgh. (His Nana, Judy Jankauski, is also a CZT and shares Zentangle with her grandchildren.) David has quite the knowledge of patterns and really picks them up fast. He is into his work the entire two hour session. I have to apologize to him that when taking photos after class, I didn’t get a good picture of his box! For some reason the photo turned out completely black. Maybe I had it upside down! Trust me …. it was a great job!
Next up in March, we’ll learn several new patterns to add to “tangle libraries”. This class meets on March 18th, 1-3pm at Icarus. Come join us for a Sunday afternoon of stress-free creative enjoyment.
Ten ladies took “Football Sunday” off and treated themselves to learning the Zentangle Art Method. It’s been a while since I’ve held an Intro Class at Icarus, so it was fun to get back to the basics. It was great to meet new faces and show them what Zentangle is all about. And, it was also fun to share what I’ve been talking about for four years with three of my family members, who took the time to join in with the class. EVERYONE did a great job and I hope will continue their tangle journeys. Thanks for coming ladies!
If you’ve been thinking of trying something new in 2018, I’ll be teaching an Introduction to Zentangle Class on Sunday, January 21st at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery. Class time is 1:00pm-3:00pm. Come early, bring a friend, grab a glass of wine and come into the studio for two hours of fun AND relaxation!
I had a very pleasant, peaceful and relaxing afternoon class at Icarus this past weekend with Judy and Sharon. We used the new Sakura Gelly Roll white pens with black paper to create our own Zendalas. We each started with the pattern Cyme (using four or five petals) at the center and went out from there. Amazing how three tiles look so different even though they pretty much originated from the same beginning. We all agreed that the new white pens are awesome and have us hooked on white-on-black! I also shared how to create two-tone tiles (Project Pack #2) which adds a whole new medium to our “toolboxes”!
Coming up next is an “Introduction to Zentangle” class for all of you who’ve been asking. It will be held Sunday, January 21st from 1pm-3pm at Icarus. Get a friend, come early, grab a glass of wine, and come in to Icarus to learn something new. Remember that seats are limited so pre-registration is necessary for this class.
If you’re looking for something new to learn this year, this might just be for you. Give yourself the gift of time, relaxation and creativity. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Two-toned Bijou tile