My Sunday afternoon class at the Bernardo Winery saw five of us trying our hands at Zen Buttons – a technique started by Marguerite Samama, CZT. This is a fun way to create your own “string”, and include squares, circles and triangles. This technique is also a good way to implement “fragments” of patterns. (See – “A Zentangle Collection of Reticula & Fragments)
For this class, we used an original Zendala for one of our buttons and then a Strathmore Toned Blue mixed media tile for our other. Zen Buttons use a white chalk pencil for a special effect and it works nicely on the toned paper. It’s takes a little more work for the highlight to show through on the white tiles.
Attempting two tiles in two hours, which included drawing out one of our strings and using a funky little “compass”, took a little more time than thought. We almost finished our second tiles, which I had already drawn to save time, but they still needed the shading and white highlighting.
I found that planning ahead for this class took a little more time. I felt that once you got your circles, squares and triangles down on the tile and start with a pattern in the middle, you should just let the next pattern come to you – rather than force another planned pattern. The ladies did a great job, had a few oops, but the work turned out lovely. Everyone still wonders at how we can all get the same directions, but the work turn out so different.
Next up – “Just Patterns”
Learn four to six new patterns
then incorporate into a take-home tile
Sunday, May 19th, 1-3pm, Icarus Creative Arts Studio