Dingsplatz! …

Today’s class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio featured “Dingsplatz”!  As Rick and Maria put it … imagine tossing a handful of patterns up in the air and letting them fall flat on the table – what do you get – a “dingsplat”!

Our first tile was composed on an original 3.5×3.5 tile. Patterns used were knightsbridge, crescent moon, lots of orbs and auras.  This showed how a dingsplat can be fairly simple and quick to draw.

The second tile was drawn on an Apprentice tile giving a little more room for the tangling.  Patterns used this time were knightsbridge, flux, fescue, rainking, and more orbs and auras!  This tile showed how a dingsplat can be more intricate with the framework used more as a string to fill with many patterns.

Shading the patterns really made the artwork jump off the tile.  The blank spaces could be filled with so many different patterns, and drawing these dingsplatz is quite addicting!

Connie, the Canine Companion in Training,
came back to class today.
She was so quiet and mostly slept on her comfy blanket

On September 15th, at Icarus, the next class will feature “Diptychs”.  This is a two-paneled piece of art.  We will create tiles that mirror one side with the other.  Might throw in a little color this time just for fun!  Sign up early as classes fill fast.  Hope to see you in September!

Shall We “Cartouche”? ….

traditionally a decorative frame
surrounding an image or inspiration

This technique was introduced by Zentangle earlier this year as part of their Project Pack Series.  I have to say, it is my favorite to date!  You can rediscover old treasures …. photographs, trinkets, medals, jewelry, etc. … and create beautiful pieces of tangled art to share with others.  Once completed and put into frames, the old relics are brought to life and ready to be enjoyed by all over again!

This month’s Zentangle class at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio brought ten ladies together to tangle “cartouches”.  Each one brought 3-4 photos (or copies of via re-printing on computers using photo paper – saves your originals) that they were willing to cut and past onto a background.  After giving each photo a trim using deckel-edged scissors, we began to tangle. Everyone was given a black micron, brown micron, graphite pencil and white charcoal pencil.  Some brought their own colored pens and added color to their photos when the opportunity presented itself.

Pets were a very popular photo theme in the class.   Family photos, both old and new, were also favorites.  There are endless possibilities in choosing patterns to fill the cartouche frames so finding ones that suit the actual photo are part of the fun of drawing a cartouche.

Our first cartouche used a simple border using Crescent Moon shapes around the photo, then adding an aura, another layer of moons, and another layer of aura.  We filled the shapes with Flux and added shading to the finished pieces.  Our second frame used the simple pattern of Fescu, with line weighting, orbs and aura …. lots of aura! Both were very simple, but took time to draw and be in the moment … relax, breath, relax, enjoy, admire.

This technique would make wonderful gifts to share with family and friends.  Dig out some of your old photographs and treasures, or download from your phones, and start creating a beautiful cartouche.  Get the photos out of the boxes, or off the web, and enjoy!

Side note to the class … There were three CZT’s attending the class!  Judy Jankauski, Suzanne Wilka and Rho Densmore.  Rho was the CZT at my very first class; I’ve taken several classes with Suzanne; and Judy became a CZT after coming to my classes at Icarus!  How awesome is that!  Even CZT’s like attending classes, learning new ideas and making new friendships.  I’m so appreciative of everyone who comes … I really look forward to sharing Zentangle on these monthly Sunday afternoons!

Here’s the beautiful work created this month!

Artist: Marilyn

Artist: Rho

Artist: Suzanne

Artist: Judi

Artist: Vickie

Artist: Linda

Artist:  Teri

Artist: Sally


Artist:  Judy

Artist: Liz

Next up:  
Sunday, August 18th
Icarus Creative Arts Studio

Sign-up early as classes fill up quickly!



“Four Corners” ….

June’s class at Icarus Creative Arts focused on “Four Corners”.  Each tangler had four tiles with the inner corners broken into five “rings”.  We had a list of fifteen patterns to be inserted into these rings.  I assigned each pattern a number and drew numbers from a basket.  The number pulled was the pattern we drew at that moment.  The only pattern that was drawn more than once was Fassett for the inner circle on each tile.  (I made an error in counting how many patterns I had selected, so we used Fassett once more in a stripe!)  There was no set stripe to insert a pattern, aside from the center.  We did complete one tile at a time.  It was fun at the end of class to see just how they all turned out. Pretty awesome I think!

This was a very fun class, but very demanding of time.  We had to keep our pace moving, with little time to spare.  We did manage to complete the tiles in 2 hours and 10 minutes!  Just 10 minutes over!  

We had a guest observing the class and after we completed one tile, she decided she would give it a try.  I gave her some supplies and she joined in.  She did a great job and has already signed up for next month’s class!

Next up … July 21st – “Cartouches”!  
Another Sunday of something new and fun!

“Just Patterns” ….

This month’s class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio was all about learning new patterns.  Sometimes it’s good to just spend time learning new patterns to add to our libraries and future tiles.  I had so many ideas for what patterns to teach, I finally had to just pick some and go from there!  Remember, when looking for new patterns to learn, with their step-outs, tanglepatterns.com  is a great resource.  You’ll find so many patterns you won’t know where to start!  Of course, the internet is a valuable tool for finding new patterns, as well, but Tangle Patterns has so much good information I would suggest looking there first.

The patterns learned this class:  Rainking by Leona Shih, Oof by Zentangle, Sprigerz by Brenda Campbell, Hurry by Zentangle, Purrlyz by Hanny Waldburger, Zenith by Zentangle and DooDah by Zentangle.  After spending time learning the steps to create these, the class opted to complete a tile before the end of class, rather than learn a few more patterns.  You can see below, the patterns selected for the tile were Rainking, Sprigerz, Purrlyz, and DooDah.  Everyone managed to get most of their tile completed.  This was a lot of work for a two hour class, but everyone picked up on the patterns pretty quickly so we had just enough time to get that tile “almost done”.  

This was a very fun class.  I’ll do this again in a few months.  Not only is this a good one for the tanglers, it’s good for the “teacher”, too, as it forces me to reach out and learn new patterns that I might not try!  Here’s the beautiful work created by Judi, Judy, Avril, Sally and Liz.

Next up:  “Four Corners”, Sunday, June 9th, 1-3:00pm at Icarus Creative Arts Studio

A Zentangle Cartouche …

Every few months, Zentangle comes out with a “Project Pack” that introduces new ways to use the Zentangle Art Method.  This month, Project Pack 05 came out, and features “Zentangle Cartouches”!  Cartouche – def. Merriam-Webster … an ornate or ornamental frame.  The idea is to use a treasured keepsake, photo, etc. and draw a frame/cartouche around the item. Some examples shared were mounted coins, antique jewelry, and even a piece of a beloved broken teacup! 

I love this technique. It forced me to look at old photos I had stashed quite some time ago, then it gave me the opportunity to use these photographs in a way that I can display and share them.  I initially started by using the paper stock that came in the Project Pack, but now I’ve got a journal that I’m going to mount photos in and draw cartouches around them …. kind of a “tangled scrapbook” idea.  This will keep all the pictures in one place.  (Note – instead of using the original photographs, I scanned them into my computer and then printed them out on photo paper.  I have siblings who might want these photos one day so I didn’t want to destroy the original copies.)  Now I need to look for small keepsakes, like my Mom’s track & field medals, and create a beautiful cartouche using those …. endless possibilities.

This will definitely be an upcoming class.  I’m eager to share this beautiful technique with others!  

My Mom and Dad – teenage sweeties!

Baby Hobie – love this photo!

Couldn’t resist another Baby Hobie cartouche!

Yours truly – many moons ago!

My Mom, Aunt and a few friends!

Intro to Zentangle …. Finally!

This weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Liz and Sally.  They are cousins who came to my “Pacific Beach Classroom” to learn the Zentangle Art Method.  We had tried and tried to find dates that worked for the three of us over the last few months, and it finally happened. It was great to finally put a face to the emails!

Liz had already taken a look at Zentangle on the internet and had created a greeting card using a few tangles – two of which I was teaching them during this session.  Sally was excited and eager to learn about this whole process.  We tangled the basic “First Tile” using the letter “Z” as our string.  We filled the tile with Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Bales and Printemps.  Our second tile consisted of six more patterns to add to those four.  Seems like a lot to accomplish in two hours – we actually went 1/2 hour over as we also had to do some visiting in between, but the results were worth it.

All the tiles turned out awesome.  As always, I pointed out that even though we all used the same instructions and same patterns, look how different the tiles turned out.  It was a really nice way to kick-off my Easter weekend sharing my passion for Zentangle with Liz and Sally.  When they left ….. they signed up for my next class at the Bernardo Winery on May 19th!  I’m excited to keep their Zentangle journey’s moving forward, and for them to meet the other tanglers that are a part of the Sunday classes at Icarus.  Thank you Liz and Sally … see you in May!

Zen Buttons ….

My Sunday afternoon class at the Bernardo Winery saw five of us trying our hands at Zen Buttons – a technique started by Marguerite Samama, CZT.  This is a fun way to create your own “string”, and include squares, circles and triangles.  This technique is also a good way to implement “fragments” of patterns.  (See – “A Zentangle Collection of Reticula & Fragments)

For this class, we used an original Zendala for one of our buttons and then a Strathmore Toned Blue mixed media tile for our other.  Zen Buttons use a white chalk pencil for a special effect and it works nicely on the toned paper.  It’s takes a little more work for the highlight to show through on the white tiles.

Attempting two tiles in two hours, which included drawing out one of our strings and using a funky little “compass”, took a little more time than thought.  We almost finished our second tiles, which I had already drawn to save time, but they still needed the shading and white highlighting.

I found that planning ahead for this class took a little more time.  I felt that once you got your circles, squares and triangles down on the tile and start with a pattern in the middle, you should just let the next pattern come to you – rather than force another planned pattern.  The ladies did a great job, had a few oops, but the work turned out lovely.  Everyone still wonders at how we can all get the same directions, but the work turn out so different.

Next up – “Just Patterns”
Learn four to six new patterns
then incorporate into a take-home tile
Sunday, May 19th, 1-3pm, Icarus Creative Arts Studio


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