Challenge #317 … Photo Tangles

This week’s Diva Challenge is to use a photograph or picture as your string …. put the photo down on your tile and then tangle around it.  Sounds like a fun idea.

I used a photograph of my niece’s dog, Skout, as my inspiration.  Just recently I taught a “Stacked & Tangled” class so I continued this theme on my Diva Tile.  I think it almost fits the challenge of last week’s “Stripes” which I didn’t have a chance to participate in so this will be a dual-entry this week!

The class was a real success with us creating two different tiles using different patterns.  Everyone agreed it’s a different and fun way to tangle without using the “traditional” string theory.

 

A Tropical Garden …

Last night I shared Cheryl Moote’s “Tropical Garden” ideas with Judy and Julie.  These two love everything that has color so our meetings are usually ZIA-based projects.  In order to finish in our two hour time frame, we created our gardens on 5×7 paper.  Once they were happy with their designs, we used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to add the color.  These definitely turned out really nice, and look how different the two are, even though we used the same basic patterns.

I’ve had a lot of fun playing with Cheryl’s ideas, as well.  I sure wish she lived somewhere close as I would love to have a class from her.  Guess I’ll just have to make it to a Tangle U and hope she’s one of the instructors!

I have another Tropical Garden class scheduled on June 11th at Icarus Creative Arts Studio at the Bernardo Winery.  Join me if you’d like to see how these pieces are made – it really is a lot of fun!

 

Challenge #315 … “Molygon”

This week’s Challenge is to use the pattern “Molygon”.  This tangle reminds me of bananas so I just had to create a fun little Bijou ZIA.  Hope you get a giggle out of it!

Happy Birthday to our “leader”, Laura Harms, CZT on her special day this week. Make a wish and have an awesome day!

“Zen Gem” Sunday …..

The focus of our class, held at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio, was “Zen Gems”.  Five of us spent the two hours learning how to create gems, using different mixes of colors,  and then applying them to Bijou tiles for the sake of time.  Everyone picked up the gem technique (“Susan-style”) very quickly and produced beautiful tiles.  I’m looking forward to seeing how they introduce the gems to their future work!

It was also good to hear Judy’s review of her four days spent at CZT Training in Providence, Rhode Island earlier in the month of April.  I was so glad to hear that it was the same, awesome, “hard to describe” four days that I experienced three years ago.   She is now a Certified Zentangle Teacher …. and maybe will teach me a few tricks down the road!

Looking forward to seeing this group in a few weeks – I love my Sunday afternoons spent at Icarus, sharing Zentangle with them all!

Practice sheets …. looking pretty darn great!

First-time gems on Bijou tiles – AWESOME – and LOVE the patterns!
Judi, Cherie, Liliana, Judy

Tile I created to share with the group!

Springtime “Under the Sea” …

Today I had the pleasure of sharing an “Under the Sea” ZIA with Lori, Terri and Ryan.  Lori and Terri have been driving down from the LA area and Simi Valley for classes with me for about a year now.  It’s always fun to get together with them and share.  This time they brought their son-in-law/nephew-in-law, Ryan, to join in. Ryan is a web/graphic designer who wanted to try out something a little more relaxed and unrestricted.

After learning a few new patterns (Angelfish, Squid, Sixty, Phycops, Btl-Joos), we agreed on using a circle on an Apprentice tile as our foundation.  This gave us a little more room than the regular 3.5×3.5 tile.  After we got our basic patterns down, everyone was on their own to embellish the patterns/tile as they wished.  Then … out came the watercolor pencils.  We had a great time filling in our “aquariums” and blending the colors with a Tombow Blending pen.

The work is beautiful.  And Ryan, who hasn’t taken a class before, made a super nice tile and even ventured off and used a couple patterns we didn’t even discuss in the class.  I did hand-out the “Organic Ocean” flyer from Meredith Yuhas, CZT, as well as my own list, that shows many patterns suitable for an ocean ZIA.

My next class …. Sunday, April 30th at Icarus Creative Arts Studio, 1pm-3pm.  Grab a glass of wine in the Winery Tasting Room and come to the Studio to learn how to create “ZenGems” to enhance your Zentangle art!

(Ryan, Terri, Susan, Lori)
(poor picture quality care of Susan)

 

May & June Classes … Sign-up Now

New classes have been confirmed for May 21st and June 11th. Both dates are Sunday afternoons with classes held from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  Come learn to “stack and tangle” your patterns in May, then use tropical-inspired patterns to create a summertime “tropical garden” on June 11th.  Sign-up now using Paypal here on this site.  Seating is limited for all classes.  

Challenge #309 … “Noom”

Back at ZenAgain in late 2016, several new patterns were introduced.  One of them was “Noom” – in honor of the Super Moon taking place at that time.  (Hence … moon spelled backwards!)  The step-outs have just been made public so the Diva challenged us to use Noom in our work this week.

Also introduced at ZenAgain were Zentangle Diptychs* (definition below).  I’m not sure if I conquered this technique quite yet, but this tile was fun to make no matter.  Check out the Diva’s site for other interpretations of Noom.


*Definition of diptych (from Merriam-Webster)
1:  a 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surfaces
2:  a picture or series of pictures (as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets
3:  a work made up of two matching parts