Mandala Meets Zendala …

Just spent a great Sunday afternoon sharing Zendalas with eight new friends at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio in the Bernardo Winery.  Had a brief show and tell to start, then we got into the circular art of the Zendala.

We used pre-strung tiles for our first attempt.  I gave a choice of a new pen (White Gelly Roll, Burgundy Le Penn or Graphic One) to each attendee.  At this stage of our class gatherings, we all have a mixed bag of pens so I was trying to bring everyone up to speed since we were going to be coloring some large black areas.  Plus, I didn’t want anyone to leave with a new pen of some kind!

I used three of the basic patterns – Hollibaugh, Poke Root/Leaf, and Purk to fill our string.  We all did the very same tile and yet, wow, how different they all look.  AND THEY ALL LOOK AWESOME!  Made me so proud to see them all.  The picture below doesn’t really do them justice as I took it from an odd angle.  But, I think you will agree how nice they all are.  Some who chose the burgundy pen, opted to use it in their tile, and it incorporated very well with the black ink.

We then started another one, but didn’t get those quite done.  I showed what patterns to fill in where.  I can’t wait to see them completed the next time we all meet.

My dear friend, Janet Masey, also a local CZT, came to my class today for the first time in my “teaching career”.  It was so awesome to have her there and to share with her just how far we have come since that day in 2013 when she introduced Zentangle to me and said … ‘let’s do this’!   Zentangle has enriched our friendship so much … and how do you improve on a friendship of forty-six years (yes, we were high school buddies … cruising the beaches of San Diego in her cute little dark green VW bug with our beach chairs hanging out the back!)

And, that is one of the things I LOVE about Zentangle … I have met and made so many wonderful friends through this experience.  It is so much fun to meet with other people who share their excitement over this art method.  I’m always looking to meet some more so come join us!


Beautiful work created by
Tess, “Judy, Judi, Judy”, Kathy, Karin, Sharon & Janet



One Comment on “Mandala Meets Zendala …

  1. Thank you Susan for our friendship and great class. This location is a lovely place to learn all about Zentangle. There is some gorgeous art in Icarus Creative Arts Studio. What a nice group of ladies. I will sign up again for your class.


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