“Patterns & Paper” …

Yesterday, I led a class entitled “Patterns & Paper” at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  Six ladies, who have recently discovered Zentangle, shared their Sunday afternoon together as we learned eight new tangle “patterns”.  The “paper” came into play when we folded Lotka paper into Beckah Krahula’s “Folders for ATC and Tiles”.

First off, we did the paper folding, creating two – one for regular tiles and then a Bijou size folder.  After learning the new patterns, each person took out a Bijou tile and created a monotangle with their choice of one of the new patterns they learned today.  Everyone went home with their Bijou Folder and one completed Bijou!  It would have been fun to make a 3.5×3.5 tile as well, but everyone was in agreement that they wanted new patterns to add to their Tangle Libraries.

It was a very good afternoon spent with new friends and followers of Zentangle!

DSC_0036Note: the Lotka paper came printed with
this nice black and white design.
We did not tangle the folders!

Challenge #262…Fassett

As usual, the first Diva Challenge of each month features a pattern created by “the tangling public”.  This months tangle was created by Lynn Mead called “Fassett”.  It looks complicated, but it is quite simple.  This is a fun pattern that can be used different ways.  I opted to do a mono-tangle for my submission this week.


Last weekend, I had the privilege of sharing an Introduction to Zentangle Basics class with six awesome ladies.  They learned eight patterns and completed two tiles.  Their first tiles look great …. and the good news …. they had fun creating them.  I’m looking forward to seeing them again soon and sharing many more patterns as they expand their pattern libraries.

ImageCrescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Static & Cubine

Image 1Printemps, Poke Root & Poke Leaf, Zander, Festune

Challenge #261 … Stacked!

The Diva has a guest Blogger for this week’s challenge – Jane Reiter, CZT, who has given us a “Stacked Bijou Challenge”.  When I saw it my first thought was “this will take too long”, but I got out some paper this evening and worked my way through  five layers!  I used very simple patterns as I just wanted to see if I could get this done.  I really like the idea now that I’ve put one together and will definitely give it another try when I allot myself a little more time.  I think you could really come up with some pretty pieces of art.  (This kept me away from the bag of milk chocolate Easter eggs that kept calling my name ….!)

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Cross Country Collaboration …

About a month ago, I started a “Cross Country Tile Collaboration” with CZT’s Lauryn Eldon, Charlotte Carpentier and Maria Pahos-Benson.  We each started three tiles, creating a string with four spaces.  After we filled in one of the sections, they were mailed “round robin” style to one another.   This was kind of a spin on the “Traveling Tangles Project” written about in a Certified Zentangle Teacher Facebook post.

Today, I received my original tiles back in the mail.  I LOVE THEM!  Everyone’s work is so beautiful.  How fun to see how we all interpreted the strings and what patterns we used.  I highly recommend giving this a try.


Tangled Gardens …

Made these Bijou Tangled Gardens to put in student supply kits for “Tangled Garden Class”. So fun to make and share.


New Class Schedule …

DSC_0081I’ve scheduled new classes for April, May and June at Icarus Design Studio located on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery.  There’s a class for everyone in this mix!

Two Intro Classes are scheduled – Sunday, April 3rd and Sunday, June 5th.  In between those, a new class “Patterns and Paper” is set for Sunday, April 17th.  For those of you who have been coming to my classes, it’s time to expand your tangle libraries!  This class is about new patterns and new  papers to use for your tangling.

With May being a busy month with Mother’s Day and graduation season starting, one class is on the calendar for the 15th.  We will be tangling “In the Round”, creating beautiful Zendalas.  We will use a pre-strung tile, as well as learn how to create your own.

Besides the Intro Class on June 5th, a fun class with some color will be held on June 19th.  You’ll get an outline of a hummingbird, proceed to fill it with different patterns and then add some color.  It’s just another way to show how you can take your Zentangle method outside the 3×3 tiles and unleash your creativity!

Sign up now to save your place as seating is limited for each class.  Use the Paypal button over in the right column and you’re all set.  Hope to see you in the upcoming months!
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“Intro to Zentangle” Class …



I have three seats left for the Introduction to Zentangle Class this coming Sunday, February 21st, from 1:00-3:00pm, in the  Icarus Creative Arts studio.  Icarus is located on the grounds of the  Rancho Bernardo Winery.  This class will show you the fundamentals of Zentangle and get you started on your journey into the world of tangling!

Grab a friend and a glass of wine from the Tasting Room, then treat yourself to a couple of stress-free, fun, inspirational hours while you unleash your “inner artist”! Sign up using Paypal on the right!



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