“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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