“Found and Tangled Words” …

Although today’s class was small, we had a nice quiet afternoon creating “Found & Tangled Words”.  In fact, after today’s class, I think the only way to have this class is in a nice, quiet environment …. it’s hard to look at those words on a page, pick out your favorites, then create a simple phrase or saying!

While preparing for the class this week, I decided that as a way to keep our “Found Art” all in one place, I would buy each of us an old book – with pretty yellowed pages – and we would do our work in those.  We can now have our “tangled and found collection” all in one place.  I think it was a great idea.  I know that I have so many tiles and loose papers lying around, it can get kind of messy.  At least now, my “tangled & found” pages are all going to be in one place.  (You can also tangle on the cover – as a side bonus!)

This method takes a few times to get it – don’t read the page, just pick out words that jump out at you, go back and try to fit them into phrases, from top to bottom, or bottom to top.  Once you’ve done that and framed those words, it’s time to tangle on the page.  These can be your favorite patterns, or maybe push yourself and find patterns that fit with your new saying.  Finally, go ahead and add some color to the page.  Of course, you can keep it black and white, but the color just makes the page and words pop!  Lots of fun …. and somewhat addicting.  Once you get it, you want to keep finding more!

I didn’t get class photos today, but below are a couple of mine done in preparation for the class ….

 

 

 

“Linen Panels” and “DingbatZ”!

Last week, Judy and I got together for our monthly tangling session.  Julie usually joins in as well, but had other obligations this month.  Having just returned from Tangle U in Portland, Oregon, with fresh, new ideas, I decided we would give the tangled linen panels a go.  This medium was shared by Kim VanZyll, CZT, during her class at the conference.  (FYI – the panels are linen art boards, not actual linen fabric.)

Using black and brown Identipens, along with a white Sakura Gelly roll pen and Fabrico marker, we mixed up the inks and created nine beautiful patterns to fill our 8×8 panels.  This is a very fun project as the patterns are drawn bigger than normal and use the larger end of the pen – a lot different than drawing on the usual 3.5 x 3.5 tile with the Micron 01!  As always, it was an enjoyable evening, but we missed you Julie!

As I shared in an earlier post, after participating in Brian Crimmins, CZT’s “Dingbatz” class at Tangle U, I have been hooked.  These little pieces of art (real name – dingbatS) were used in olden times by artists, publishers, etc. to decorate pages of books, manuscripts, etc. We’ve all seen these before, but probably never paid them much mind.  Rick and Maria, Zentangle creators, came up with a Zentangle-influenced way to create these little gems – therein dingbatZ (with a Z).  Using the small details of dingbatS, but incorporating Zentangle-inspired patterns for the art.  They are addicting.  So much so that within two weeks of Brian starting a Facebook page just for dingbatZ, there are over 1,000 members!!!

I treated myself to a beautiful, hand made journal to hold all my dingbatz drawings.  This journal came from River Twist in Jamestown, NC – owned by Jan Galloni, CZT.  I was afraid to “mess it up” when I received it, but finally just opened it up wide – didn’t start at the front! – and started dingbatzing!  Here’s my first two pages.  This is definitely going to be an upcoming class – SO MUCH FUN!  I’ve already decorated Mother’s Day and Birthday envelopes, along with inside their cards, with my little drawings.  Just a nice personal touch to people you care about – and you make it yourself!

 

“Tangled Trivets” ….

Last Sunday at Icarus Creative Arts, five of us came together to tangle us some trivets ….. 7″ cork trivets covered with a Kraft-tex “zendala style” tile.  I decided to draw out the string ahead of time to save on class time as sometimes two hours is barely enough time to finish a class. I wanted to get their tiles adhered to the cork before they left.

Our pattern was quite geometric, almost bordering on the concept of “zen buttons”.  After our tangling was finished, we used Sakura Gelly Roll pens to give the trivet color.  The Kraft-tex paper is similar to the Levi jeans “tag”.  I was introduced to this medium by Wendy Gray, CZT, who shared this project with the local CZT’s in San Diego last Christmas.  The Kraft-tex, when used with the Sakura Micron pens and gelly rolls, holds up to a wet glass being placed on it – no smearing from water droplets!  (Think how long those Levi tags last on the back of the jeans – outlive the jeans themselves!)

Next up, in June, is “Found & Tangled Words” – a Zentangle spin on Found Poetry.  Should be a lot of fun.  If you’ve taken your “Basic Class” from a CZT, come join in this class.  That is the only pre-requisite.  All supplies will be provided, and Icarus is a peaceful, relaxing (and stimulating) studio to create our beautiful art!


“Tangle U 2018” …

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!

“African Mudcloths” ….

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.

Fama
(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.

“Just Patterns” ….

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” …

“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.


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