New Products & New Patterns …

The class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio today was titled “New Products-New Patterns”.  While the new products were fun to share, the new patterns were a bit intimidating to say the least!  I had to keep reassuring the group that whenever you draw a pattern for the first few times, it’s going to be frustrating if you don’t get it immediately.

That turned out to be the case today with Drawings, Waybop and Noom.  I knew it would be a tougher class than usual as I’d been practicing these three patterns for the last few weeks to figure them out myself.  But, all of a sudden, the “light went off” and I got the hang of them.  Just like I told these ladies they will too.  I feel you need to include some of the tougher tangles to challenge yourself.  Usually, though, the challenge is to not get frustrated and give up – to stay in the “zen” zone.  We tried each pattern a couple times and by the end of the class, they all were ready to proceed on their own.

I also introduced the new 3Z triangle tiles so we selected Drawings and completed a monotangle of this pattern.  We added a small Valentine touch by including a little heart, or two, and filling them in with gold ink.  I’ve shared a photo of them below.  The group arranged our tiles in different shapes to find one suitable for a photo of 10 tiles.

It was another great afternoon spent with ten wonderful ladies.  This was just the second class for four of them, having just completed the Intro Class a couple weeks ago.  (I sure hope I didn’t scare them off with these more intricate, involved patterns!)   Judging from all their work below, I think everyone of them did an awesome job as they all look fantastic!

AND congratulations to Judy J. for her registration at the next Zentangle Training Seminar coming up in April.  Judy is my first student to go on to CZT training.  I’m so happy I’ve been able to introduce her to Zentangle and that she wants to take her learning even further!   Judy – you will love your five days in Providence!

Next up on February 19th – Black Tiles!  Hope to see you there!


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