This weekend, I got to share my passion for Zentangle with Debbie and her book club. Six of us met at my space in Pacific Beach for an “Introduction to Zentangle”. It was a grey and cool summer day in San Diego so a perfect afternoon for getting together to learn something new. Once a month they meet to do some kind of a project – for nine years now! It was a pleasure to meet them all and create our tangled art.
The basic tile started with our usual Z string and Hollibaugh, Crescent Moon, Printemps and Bales. We proceeded to shade, sign and admire from near and far. As always, it’s a fun surprise to see what everyone creates even though we all used the same exact patterns. They produced nice work for their first tiles!
Next up, I decided to switch things up just a little and use patterns I normally don’t teach in the Basic Class ….. in fact, we used six patterns on our second tile! ….. Fasset, a tangleation of Marasu, Onomato, Flux, Henna Drum and Tipple. Once we got them tangled and shaded, I gave each lady a white charcoal pencil so we could add just a hint of a highlight on the Marasu section of the string. This always is a “surprise” when you can hold your tile at arms length and see just how that little bit of white seems to “shine” on the paper.
One comment made after class was “I really wasn’t sure about coming because I thought it would be too hard” – I assured them all at the start of class that EVERYONE can do this. We’re going to take it one stroke at a time, just relax, no mistakes, and enjoy these two hours that you’ve given yourself to spend with your friends learning something new. I believe this mission was accomplished. Look at their great work!
Thanks again, Debbie, for bringing your friends to learn the Zentangle art method. I hope you’ll all continue with your tangle journeys … remember it only takes a piece of paper, pencil, pen and tortillion/blender!