Oceans, Gardens & Frogs …

Had a fun evening doing a little “organic ocean” tangling with Judy and Julie the other night.  I’ve met with them a few times now, creating some fun “stuff”.  We’ve done our pets, an “organic garden” and now, this time, our little ocean ZIA.  This class, I pre-watercolored Apprentice tiles and Bijous.  We first completed the larger tile, then I wanted to show them how they can take the very same tangles and create a smaller one on the Bijou.  Lots of fun!

Looking forward to our next get-together!

fullsizerenderPatterns – Rixty, Squid, Coral Seeds, Angelfish, Phycops, Printemps, Cruffle, Fescue, Tipple

I’ve also had an “Organic Garden” class last weekend with Laurie and Karin.  As I  often do, I forgot to take pictures of our completed work.  Karin had to leave a  little early so she completed hers at home then sent me a picture.  She wanted to create a “tree” on her tile and came up with her own (right side of paper).  Very nice.   (We did these on Strathmore Artagain paper.)


I had been playing with gardens prior to the class, as well as checking out my new Suzanne McNeill “Floribunda Woodland” book.  Lots of little embellishments for Zentangle ZIA’s.  Since I was doing a garden, I picked out a little frog and put him in the “pond”.  Gave him a little color just for fun!  Check out Suzanne’s book if you have a chance.  There’s also a “Floribunda Basics” with lots of flowers, vines, leaves, etc.  As I said, little embellishment ideas!



New Fall Schedule ….

DSC_0001The Fall Schedule is now posted for those interested in an upcoming class.  There’s a little bit of everything – with the season about to change and all the festivities that go with it.

September 4th has just been added to the calendar as an “Organic Garden” class in the Pacific Beach office.  For those of you not wanting to drive all the way to Rancho Bernardo, this location might suit you better.  The class time is a little earlier as well, 11:00am-1:00pm.  Sign up now as space is limited.

Our “Day at the Bay Zentangle Retreat” on September 17th is a sell-out!  Fifty people have signed up to share an entire day learning new tangling techniques, making new friends and winning awesome raffle prizes!  Really looking forward to seeing everyone that day.

October 2nd will feature an “Introduction Class” for those of you wanting to see what this is “all about”.  The class will be held at the inspiring Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  This is a great location for a class and a fun place to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Bring your friends for a little shopping, a little wine, and a little “art”.

October 9th is “Pattern Play” at Icarus.  This two hour class will be for those who’ve already completed an Intro Class and just want to add to their pattern library.  This will be patterns, patterns, and more patterns.

November 13th will focus on my favorite season, Autumn, with patterns, colors and surprises for those of you who have been tangling with me this past year.  My turn to say “thank you” for letting me share my passion for Zentangle and the new friends I have made.

I will end the year on December 11th with “Holiday Tangling”.  There will be a fun holiday project to complete, but just remember – I’m not a crafter so it will not involve cutting, gluing, folding, etc. – just our usual Zentangle supplies!

More details on the classes can be found on the Class Description Page. Sign up early as seating is limited at all classes.  If you have any questions, let me know.

Remember … If you would like something more specialized for yourself and/or a group, contact me and we’ll set something up that is more to your liking.

… Anything is possible …

 Hope to see YOU in the upcoming months!

Pictures included in postings do not necessarily
represent what will actually be completed in class

Sharing Some Renaissance ….

This weekend’s class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio featured Renaissance tiles using black and brown microns as well as white pencils.  Three of the students were back for just their second class so they jumped right in to something very different than the Intro Class of just a couple weeks ago.

We did create a border and string, which was just a simple “roadway” from corner to corner on the tile, leaving us with three spaces to tangle.  The use of Flukes, Flux and an “uncoiled” Marasu filled the tile.  I personally seem to always fill my string space, but this design left some “brown” space that I really think enhanced the art work.  Love them!

We did a second tile using only Aquafleur, but, as usual, I neglected to take photos as I was so excited about the completed work, it just didn’t happen.  Enjoy the photos!


IMG_1441(This was our second tile, but done on a Renaissance Tile)

Organic Garden Fun ….

Last night I met with Judy and Julie and we created these beautiful “organic gardens”. I’ve been teaching my garden classes using color and apprentice tiles, but this time I opted for the organic garden used by many of the other CZT’s with toned paper, black micron, and white pencil.  I used Strathmore Artagain toned drawing paper and gave them a choice of color to use.  As it turned out, we all selected different colors.  I’m loving the results of all three of these.

We spent the first hour learning new patterns, then we incorporated these into our gardens.  I’ll definitely be doing this class again.   Enjoy!

IMG_1431Created by Judy

IMG_1433Created by Julie (just her 2nd Zentangle class!)

IMG_1432Created by “me”

Challenge #279 … Meer vs. Auraknot

I haven’t participated in a Diva Challenge in quite a while.  Thought I would check it out this week and found it’s a “duo tangle” – using just two patterns to create your tile.

I always like to use Meer but not sure when I’ve used Auraknot.  Not my favorite – my lines tend to be a little too jiggly.  I was messing around with using rounder shapes and it takes quite well to the Auraknot process.  Next time.  Be sure to see all the other entries in this week’s challenge at the Diva’s website.


Playing around with Auraknot “in the round”!


Dog Day of Summer (& a Basics Class)….

This month’s Intro Class saw eight new students and two new dogs!  Yes, I had two “therapy-in-training” dogs join the class today and they performed very well.  They were so obedient you never even knew they were in the class.  Brady and Bella are welcome back anytime.

This class also saw three men in attendance – another first for me.  I’ve had one man at a time but not three.  I felt I needed to adjust my second tile for this class as I usually teach something a little on the “flowery” side using more organic shapes.  This time I used Jetties, Shattuck and Cubine for the second one.  When I announced that I had made that little change, they all wanted to do a flowery one!  We had a quick fifteen minutes left so we did a jiffy little Bijou size and they all loved it, including the men.  Of course in my rush to get this little third tile completed, I neglected to get photos of tiles 2 and 3.  Oh well, next time.  Their first tiles were excellent for first time Tanglers.

My next class on August 21st will break out the Renaissance tiles – something different and new pens as well.  (And, two of the students from yesterdays class already signed up for this one!) It makes me feel good that people “get it” after just one class.  Enjoy the tiles ….

IMG_1422Dave, Brady, Amy & Bella

IMG_1419Awesome first time work!


“Under the Sea” …

Today, nine of us met and created “Under the Sea” ZIA’s to celebrate summertime in San Diego!  We spent the first half hour learning a few new patterns that would work nicely in an organic ocean scene, then we all proceeded to create our ZIA’s.

For this class, I chose to use Apprentice tiles for their white background, as we were going to add some color once we were finished.  I also penciled in a circle so our work would be created “in the round like a fish bowl or bubble.  As always, it’s exciting to look at them all once done to see how we all used the same patterns, but how different the outcomes can be.

For our color, I gave each student four colored pencils (all sea-like) and used the white pencil to blend our colors.  Most of the work you see below as done with just the four pencils.  Amazing all the colors you can achieve with so few pencils.

Thanks to Tess, Sharon, Karin, Judy, Judy, Judi, Kathy and Kathy* for attending the class today.  It was another fun Sunday afternoon to spend with others who are excited about Zentangle.

*Kathy attended class fresh off her week in Providence, Rhode Island where she has now become a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  Her roots started with Rho Densmore, my original CZT.  Small world …..

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Excuse poor quality of photos – have a new operating system on my Mac and can’t figure out the photo downloading – different now & driving me crazy!!!  At least you can get a general idea and how beautiful the colors were with just the four pencils (and a little pink, yellow and orange!)

Got the camera downloading to work!  Here’s a couple ZIA’s I did in preparation for the class …

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