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 ….

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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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Challenge #272 … Black & White & Red All Over

The Diva Challenge gave us the task of “What’s black and white and red all over?” to come up with our tile this week.  What that really meant was – use black, white and red only.

For my entry, I used a pre-strung Zendala and filled it with Poke Leaf, Poke Root, Paradox, Fassett, Beadlines and Printemps.  I used a Sakura black and red pen for the lines and a red colored pencil to fill in some of the spaces.  These colors are too bold for me, but hey, if you’re a San Diego State Aztec Fan – this tile is for you!


A couple weeks ago, our monthly Zentangle Club group met at Wendy’s house (who is anxiously awaiting announcement of the next CZT seminars!).  She shared an awesome project with us using black and white paper, as well as black and white pens.  It is so much fun to do, can’t stop.  Here’s one I did just yesterday while hanging out with Janet Masey, my CZT friend, here in San Diego.  She was unable to make the club meeting so I did my best to show her how it’s done – she provided the turtles!


Zentangle Inspired Art …

This past weekend, six of us gathered at the Icarus Design Studio to create very colorful pieces of “Zentangle Inspired Art”.  Using CZT Norma Burnell’s nature inspired hummingbird pattern (from “The Art of Zentangle”), I led the group as we tangled and colored our way to some very nice works of art.  It was only 102 degrees at the Winery this weekend, so it was a great day to be inside enjoying the air conditioned studio and the friendship of others.

Next month, I have an ocean-themed class for all of us – perfect for summertime in beautiful San Diego!  Hope you can join us …


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Artwork by Judi, Judy, Tess, Sharon & Maggie
(each are 5×7)



Challenge #271 … Beads of Courage

The Diva Challenge this week is to honor the Beads of Courage program.  What is the Beads of Courage program?  Read on …

Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey. Each bead represents something different. A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance. For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing.

The Diva’s youngest son, Artoo, has Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.  This sends him to the emergency room and doctor offices quite often.  He is an amazing little guy who has absolutely earned every one of his Beads of Courage!

My Beads of Courage feature Superman  and a little “A” bead in honor of Artoo for his strength in facing so many battles in his young life …. you are Super Man!


Summer Class Schedule …

DSC_0041I have finalized new classes for the upcoming summer months of July, August & September.  Hopefully, there’s one just made for YOU!

In  addition to the great location of the Icarus Creative Arts Studio, I have a July class scheduled in the Pacific Beach area at the Seapoint Studio! If you live closer to the beach areas, this might be the class location for you.  Both sites are unique, creative and fun!

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

Zentangle Journey Begins ….

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing an afternoon with nine new students of the Zentangle Method.  But, for the first time ever …. I forgot the name of a pattern I was teaching!  So frustrating, it just wouldn’t come to me.  All of a sudden, about ten minutes later, BAM, there it was.  Festune!  Festune! I kept thinking it started with an “S” and couldn’t get that out of my head.  Anyone else ever had this happen!?

I hope my “senior moment” (and I am a senior I guess) didn’t scare them away.  Hoping to meet up with them at another class down the road.  Here’s a sample of their beautiful work.

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Zander, Printemps, Poke Root, Poke Leaf and ….. Festune!

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Elena, Susie, Jan, Jolene, Elizabeth, Nancy, Renee, Michelle & Jenny
The colorful Icarus Creative Arts Studio

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