Sharing Some Renaissance ….

This weekend’s class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio featured Renaissance tiles using black and brown microns as well as white pencils.  Three of the students were back for just their second class so they jumped right in to something very different than the Intro Class of just a couple weeks ago.

We did create a border and string, which was just a simple “roadway” from corner to corner on the tile, leaving us with three spaces to tangle.  The use of Flukes, Flux and an “uncoiled” Marasu filled the tile.  I personally seem to always fill my string space, but this design left some “brown” space that I really think enhanced the art work.  Love them!

We did a second tile using only Aquafleur, but, as usual, I neglected to take photos as I was so excited about the completed work, it just didn’t happen.  Enjoy the photos!


IMG_1441(This was our second tile, but done on a Renaissance Tile)

Organic Garden Fun ….

Last night I met with Judy and Julie and we created these beautiful “organic gardens”. I’ve been teaching my garden classes using color and apprentice tiles, but this time I opted for the organic garden used by many of the other CZT’s with toned paper, black micron, and white pencil.  I used Strathmore Artagain toned drawing paper and gave them a choice of color to use.  As it turned out, we all selected different colors.  I’m loving the results of all three of these.

We spent the first hour learning new patterns, then we incorporated these into our gardens.  I’ll definitely be doing this class again.   Enjoy!

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IMG_1433Created by Julie (just her 2nd Zentangle class!)

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Challenge #279 … Meer vs. Auraknot

I haven’t participated in a Diva Challenge in quite a while.  Thought I would check it out this week and found it’s a “duo tangle” – using just two patterns to create your tile.

I always like to use Meer but not sure when I’ve used Auraknot.  Not my favorite – my lines tend to be a little too jiggly.  I was messing around with using rounder shapes and it takes quite well to the Auraknot process.  Next time.  Be sure to see all the other entries in this week’s challenge at the Diva’s website.


Playing around with Auraknot “in the round”!


Dog Day of Summer (& a Basics Class)….

This month’s Intro Class saw eight new students and two new dogs!  Yes, I had two “therapy-in-training” dogs join the class today and they performed very well.  They were so obedient you never even knew they were in the class.  Brady and Bella are welcome back anytime.

This class also saw three men in attendance – another first for me.  I’ve had one man at a time but not three.  I felt I needed to adjust my second tile for this class as I usually teach something a little on the “flowery” side using more organic shapes.  This time I used Jetties, Shattuck and Cubine for the second one.  When I announced that I had made that little change, they all wanted to do a flowery one!  We had a quick fifteen minutes left so we did a jiffy little Bijou size and they all loved it, including the men.  Of course in my rush to get this little third tile completed, I neglected to get photos of tiles 2 and 3.  Oh well, next time.  Their first tiles were excellent for first time Tanglers.

My next class on August 21st will break out the Renaissance tiles – something different and new pens as well.  (And, two of the students from yesterdays class already signed up for this one!) It makes me feel good that people “get it” after just one class.  Enjoy the tiles ….

IMG_1422Dave, Brady, Amy & Bella

IMG_1419Awesome first time work!


“Under the Sea” …

Today, nine of us met and created “Under the Sea” ZIA’s to celebrate summertime in San Diego!  We spent the first half hour learning a few new patterns that would work nicely in an organic ocean scene, then we all proceeded to create our ZIA’s.

For this class, I chose to use Apprentice tiles for their white background, as we were going to add some color once we were finished.  I also penciled in a circle so our work would be created “in the round like a fish bowl or bubble.  As always, it’s exciting to look at them all once done to see how we all used the same patterns, but how different the outcomes can be.

For our color, I gave each student four colored pencils (all sea-like) and used the white pencil to blend our colors.  Most of the work you see below as done with just the four pencils.  Amazing all the colors you can achieve with so few pencils.

Thanks to Tess, Sharon, Karin, Judy, Judy, Judi, Kathy and Kathy* for attending the class today.  It was another fun Sunday afternoon to spend with others who are excited about Zentangle.

*Kathy attended class fresh off her week in Providence, Rhode Island where she has now become a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  Her roots started with Rho Densmore, my original CZT.  Small world …..

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Excuse poor quality of photos – have a new operating system on my Mac and can’t figure out the photo downloading – different now & driving me crazy!!!  At least you can get a general idea and how beautiful the colors were with just the four pencils (and a little pink, yellow and orange!)

Got the camera downloading to work!  Here’s a couple ZIA’s I did in preparation for the class …

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Challenge #272 … Black & White & Red All Over

The Diva Challenge gave us the task of “What’s black and white and red all over?” to come up with our tile this week.  What that really meant was – use black, white and red only.

For my entry, I used a pre-strung Zendala and filled it with Poke Leaf, Poke Root, Paradox, Fassett, Beadlines and Printemps.  I used a Sakura black and red pen for the lines and a red colored pencil to fill in some of the spaces.  These colors are too bold for me, but hey, if you’re a San Diego State Aztec Fan – this tile is for you!


A couple weeks ago, our monthly Zentangle Club group met at Wendy’s house (who is anxiously awaiting announcement of the next CZT seminars!).  She shared an awesome project with us using black and white paper, as well as black and white pens.  It is so much fun to do, can’t stop.  Here’s one I did just yesterday while hanging out with Janet Masey, my CZT friend, here in San Diego.  She was unable to make the club meeting so I did my best to show her how it’s done – she provided the turtles!


Zentangle Inspired Art …

This past weekend, six of us gathered at the Icarus Design Studio to create very colorful pieces of “Zentangle Inspired Art”.  Using CZT Norma Burnell’s nature inspired hummingbird pattern (from “The Art of Zentangle”), I led the group as we tangled and colored our way to some very nice works of art.  It was only 102 degrees at the Winery this weekend, so it was a great day to be inside enjoying the air conditioned studio and the friendship of others.

Next month, I have an ocean-themed class for all of us – perfect for summertime in beautiful San Diego!  Hope you can join us …


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Artwork by Judi, Judy, Tess, Sharon & Maggie
(each are 5×7)