“Just Patterns” ….

Six ladies, and one dog, joined me for an afternoon session at Icarus Creative Arts Studio this past weekend.  They learned eight new patterns to add to their tangle libraries.  I think sometimes we get stuck using the same patterns over and over and are somewhat reluctant to learn new ones.  This class presented just that opportunity.  Each lady received a nice, simple journal to use for learning these patterns. I like to use a journal when I practice something new and wanted to share this with them.  I think it’s fun to fill up the page with your tangles, right or wrong, and then look back in the journal to see your progress, or just how cool “a whole bunch of tangles look” on one page!  It also helps with all the clutter that tangling can create – pens, paper, tiles, journals, colored pencils, etc.!  I seem to have collected almost as many journals as pens, but I always love to look through them to see what I’ve done.  I’m hoping that these ladies will use theirs in the same way.

Just a few from my journal collection ….


 

Saida, a Canine Companion in Training, joined the class with her trainer, Linda.  A couple ladies didn’t even know the dog was there as she was so quiet and just minded her own business with a two hour nap!  Something about a dog just being present in the space feels so good!  Hopefully, she’ll make a return appearance soon. (Just had a thought …. how cool would it be to have a room of trainers and their canines in a Zentangle class all at one time …. ultra Zen!)

Linda and Saida
(with Judy Jankauski, CZT in back)

New classes have been scheduled for April, May and June at Icarus.  Take a look at the “Class” page above and see if one is just right for you.  Icarus is such an awesome space to spend two hours being creative. Come join us!

“Scallop Boxes” …

“Scallop Boxes” were the order of the day this weekend at Icarus Creative Arts.  Five ladies and one grandson came to create one of these magical little boxes.  The template is from Mirkwood Designs.  This site features lots of different paper folding ideas, along with the templates.  The scallop box was shared this with our local CZT group a couple years ago by Suzanne Wilka, CZT.  I often tell my classes that I’m not much into crafting, but this was pretty much as close to it as I get!  Lots of cutting, folding and sticking, but the results were worth it.

When I present a project that is more “Zentangle Inspired Art” (ZIA), I like to use a more dramatic pattern as the focus and then compliment it with just a few others.  This time we used Fengle, Flux and Marasu (uncoiled!), along with embellishments of orbs and auras.  We added a little white Gelly Roll ink and gray markers for some highlights and “shading”.  As the box might be handled  more than a regular tile, we used gray ink to prevent smearing.

I have to add that David, Judy’s 7-1/2 year old grandson, made his second appearance at one of my classes, while visiting from Pittsburgh.  (His Nana, Judy Jankauski, is also a CZT and shares Zentangle with her grandchildren.)  David has quite the knowledge of patterns and really picks them up fast.  He is into his work the entire two hour session.  I have to apologize to him that when taking photos after class, I didn’t get a good picture of his box!  For some reason the photo turned out completely black.  Maybe I had it upside down!  Trust me …. it was a great job!

Next up in March, we’ll learn several new patterns to add to “tangle libraries”.  This class meets on March 18th, 1-3pm at Icarus.  Come join us for a Sunday afternoon of stress-free creative enjoyment.


Intro to Zentangle …

Ten ladies took “Football Sunday” off and treated themselves to learning the Zentangle Art Method.  It’s been a while since I’ve held an Intro Class at Icarus, so it was fun to get back to the basics.  It was great to meet new faces and show them what Zentangle is all about.  And, it was also fun to share what I’ve been talking about for four years with three of my family members, who took the time to join in with the class.  EVERYONE did a great job and I hope will continue their tangle journeys.  Thanks for coming ladies!

2018 Basic Zentangle Class …

If you’ve been thinking of trying something new in 2018, I’ll be teaching an Introduction to Zentangle Class on Sunday, January 21st at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery.  Class time is 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Come early, bring a friend, grab a glass of wine and come into the studio for two hours of fun AND relaxation!

“White Ink on Black Paper” …..

I had a very pleasant, peaceful and relaxing afternoon class at Icarus this past weekend with Judy and Sharon.  We used the new Sakura Gelly Roll white pens with black paper to create our own Zendalas.  We each started with the pattern Cyme (using four or five petals) at the center and went out from there.  Amazing how three tiles look so different even though they pretty much originated from the same beginning.  We all agreed that the new white pens are awesome and have us hooked on white-on-black!  I also shared how to create two-tone tiles (Project Pack #2) which adds a whole new medium to our “toolboxes”!

Coming up next is an “Introduction to Zentangle” class for all of you who’ve been asking.  It will be held Sunday, January 21st from 1pm-3pm at Icarus.  Get a friend, come early, grab a glass of wine, and come in to Icarus to learn something new.  Remember that seats are limited so pre-registration is necessary for this class.

If you’re looking for something new to learn this year, this might just be for you.  Give yourself the gift of time, relaxation and creativity.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at tanglesbythesea@gmail.com.

Two-toned Bijou tile

New Class Schedule … 2018!

Zentangle classes for early 2018 have been scheduled at Icarus Creative Arts Studio at the Bernardo Winery …. fun classes for returning tanglers and then an Introduction Class for those wanting to become tanglers!  Check out the Class Descriptions for all the details, dates and times.

In the meantime, there are no classes scheduled for December.

I wish you a Happy Holiday Season with your family and friends!  See you “next year”!

 

“Autumn at the Winery” …

Had another great class last weekend at Icarus Creative Arts Studio on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery. Our topic was Autumn so we tangled … what else … pumpkins!  Twelve different patterns – some new and some old – adorned our 5×7 ZIA’S.  Everyone did a great job and really enjoyed the process of creating these little pieces of art.

No classes are scheduled for December at Icarus, but watch for the schedule to come out mid-December for the New Year.

 

 

 

Challenge #341 … “Go Big”

This week, we’ve been challenged to go big. I took this and went with an Apprentice tile filled with large striping. (Hmmmm … wonder what got me thinking of striping! 🤓). I don’t use this pattern much, but after this tile (and a little Project Pack 1 watching), it will become a part of my library.

THIS IS BIG!!!

 

 

Challenge #338…”White on Black” & “Class Notes”

Zentangle HQ recently sent out a newsletter introducing the new Sakura Gelly Roll pens in sizes 05 and 10, to go along with their 08’s.  Well, having a bit of a pen addiction, like so many of us, for anything new, I jumped at the chance to get these into my hands!  The 08’s have always been kind of “draggy” on the paper and take a bit of practice getting used to them.  The new 10’s are AWESOME!  Not only do they just glide across the paper, they leave such beautiful thick white ink.  The 05’s seemed a bit “thin” to me, but think that will take a little getting used to.  Going from the 10 to the 05 was a big difference.  All in all, a good purchase on my end!

To that end, this week’s Diva Challenge was to use white pens on black.  My tile was drawn using only the 10 Gelly Roll and a little white chalk pencil to shade.

Diva Challenge #338 – White on Black

This past weekend, I taught a class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  The topic was the new “Embedded Letters”.  I’ve decided that embedded means two things to me – hidden in my work or included as a part of my work!  Sometimes it’s not so easy to get those letters disguised!  My Diva tile actually started with a letter and I think I got it hidden in there OK this time!  Either way, they add fun and personalization to the tiles.

As part of the class supplies this week, I gave each student one of the new Gelly Roll 10’s – fun to share something “hot off the press”.  My mistake, though, was having them use these pens to create an embedded letter on a Bijou tile.  What was I thinking?  The thickness of the lines take up a little too much space.  We did a couple letters of their choice on Bijous, then created our own initial on the standard 3.5×3.5. (couple are incomplete)

The ladies did a great job considering my Gelly Roll/Bijou blunder but, at best, they got to see how nice these new pens glide across the tiles.  We all agreed that with the Holiday Season approaching, this technique will be fun to incorporate on gift tags, holiday letters, envelopes, etc.

Judi

Debbie

Sharon

 

 

Going Big … “Opus”

This past weekend, four of us met and created Opus tiles at the Icarus Creative Art Studio.    When the ladies opened their envelopes and saw the size of the tile, they were a bit intimidated by the 10×10 paper.  I assured them it wouldn’t be any different than the usual 3.5×3.5, we just had more space to cover!  As soon as we applied our four dots, border and string, things got a little easier.  In fact, by the end of the class, everyone agreed that they really liked this size.  They felt a little less inhibited as they had more space to work with.  I also pointed out the front side of the Opus tiles and mentioned that many people have tangled on this side so they could incorporate the beautifully embellished phrases/design into their piece.  I encouraged them to give it a try next time …. just like I need to!

As to be expected, I knew we wouldn’t complete our tiles in the two hour class, but we got pretty far.  I used the first 1/2 hour of class to teach a few new patterns so this even gave us less time to finish.  At classes end, they still had some spaces to fill and shading to apply.  I’m hoping they will complete them in the next few weeks and bring them back the next time we meet to share.  Once again, this was another fun class, shared on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery.

Next up …. Embedded Letters on October 22nd!

… FYI …
If you’re ever at the Winery, in addition to spending time in the Tasting Room,
be sure to visit the Icarus Creative Arts Studio & Gallery – a working studio and retail shop.  
Many of the items have been created by the owners themselves, or other local artists.
 It’s a must see with lots of cool items to see.

Challenge #332 … “String It: 2-Squared”

The Diva has returned from her “summer vacation” and offered up “String It – 2Squared” as the Challenge this week.  Doesn’t matter how you approach your tile, just some way incorporate a box in a box, square in a square, however you want to put it, using two squares as your string.

I chose a Bijou tile as my small box.  On this tile, I tangled a fragment of Rosemary Turpin’s pattern “Sunspots”.  I then shaded with my grey markers and added a little Tombow yellow to pull out the “sun”.  After affixing my mini tile to the 3.5×3.5, I added Hollibaugh to the background with some deep shading.  In the end, I really like the simplicity of the background with the “busy” Bijou.

Head over to the Diva’s website to see the other very creative tiles posted this week.

A “Seussical Garden” …

I had a great afternoon at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio, on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery, this past Sunday.  Six of us gathered to create “Dr. Seuss-inspired” gardens.

I presented a few new patterns to the group, then we proceeded to create our over-sized ZIA’s.  The class included Judy Jankauski, CZT, and her daughter and 7 yr. old grandson.  He was adorable!  He’s been learning Zentangle from “Nana”, and even presented drawing a tile as part of his school’s “Talent Show!”  He went up, drew his four dots, border lines, string and proceeded to tangle.  No speaking, just drawing!  How awesome is that.  I should have asked him to arrive a bit earlier and he could have presented his “talent” to the rest of us.  It was a real pleasure to have him in this class.  He was absorbed for the full two hours, and drew a very playful garden, complete with a garden gnome (all of his own creation!)

The highlight of this class was learning how to put different tangles together to create “objects” for the garden, such as Squid+Btl-joos makes an awesome tree!  Adding orbs, curlie-q’s, auras, stripes, darkened lines – all add to the “whimsical” appearance.  I put out colored pencils in the final 1/2 hour to add a bit of color.  Some didn’t quite finish their work, but are well on their way.  This was a very fun class and I’d highly recommend it as a class to share or a class to take!

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