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

Challenge #268 … “A Bit of Black”

I haven’t participated in the Diva’s Challenge for a while.  I’m getting in on this one a few days late … only being saved by the Canadian holiday of “Victoria Day” today.  Thank you Queen Victoria!

I created a couple tiles and couldn’t decide on just one …

The Zendala has a mass of  Jetties and looks too black.
Perhaps I went a little overboard with the “bit of black” theme?!


The second tile was loosely constructed starting with an orb in the middle.  Then I just continued to grow out using Mooka on all sides, adding Henna Drum, Poke Leaf and Flux.  Last week, I taught a class on Zendalas so I think the circular shape with Mooka was a carry-over.  I liked trying to get a Zendala feel in a free form manner … no border or string, just flowing out from the center.  I should have used a Zendala tile, but I grabbed a piece of paper I had stuffed in my journal and tangled away.  Definitely didn’t follow any basics on this one!




Mandala Meets Zendala …

Just spent a great Sunday afternoon sharing Zendalas with eight new friends at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio in the Bernardo Winery.  Had a brief show and tell to start, then we got into the circular art of the Zendala.

We used pre-strung tiles for our first attempt.  I gave a choice of a new pen (White Gelly Roll, Burgundy Le Penn or Graphic One) to each attendee.  At this stage of our class gatherings, we all have a mixed bag of pens so I was trying to bring everyone up to speed since we were going to be coloring some large black areas.  Plus, I didn’t want anyone to leave with a new pen of some kind!

I used three of the basic patterns – Hollibaugh, Poke Root/Leaf, and Purk to fill our string.  We all did the very same tile and yet, wow, how different they all look.  AND THEY ALL LOOK AWESOME!  Made me so proud to see them all.  The picture below doesn’t really do them justice as I took it from an odd angle.  But, I think you will agree how nice they all are.  Some who chose the burgundy pen, opted to use it in their tile, and it incorporated very well with the black ink.

We then started another one, but didn’t get those quite done.  I showed what patterns to fill in where.  I can’t wait to see them completed the next time we all meet.

My dear friend, Janet Masey, also a local CZT, came to my class today for the first time in my “teaching career”.  It was so awesome to have her there and to share with her just how far we have come since that day in 2013 when she introduced Zentangle to me and said … ‘let’s do this’!   Zentangle has enriched our friendship so much … and how do you improve on a friendship of forty-six years (yes, we were high school buddies … cruising the beaches of San Diego in her cute little dark green VW bug with our beach chairs hanging out the back!)

And, that is one of the things I LOVE about Zentangle … I have met and made so many wonderful friends through this experience.  It is so much fun to meet with other people who share their excitement over this art method.  I’m always looking to meet some more so come join us!


Beautiful work created by
Tess, “Judy, Judi, Judy”, Kathy, Karin, Sharon & Janet



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