To Have a Class or Not …

This is a difficult time to “plan ahead”.  Last month I ended up getting a cold so I had to cancel the “Whatz-Its class”.  In the past, the class would have gone on, but not these days.   I felt it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel.  

I do have a class on the calendar for Sunday, July 19th, but I’m waivering on whether or not to hold it?  Things seem to be escalating again.

I guess, just like the last few months, we’ll hang on until the week of July 13th and see where the City stands on all the social distancing, various regulations, etc.  Please check back here for the updates.  I will also send out emails to those of you who had signed up for June and let you know what is happening.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.



June 14th Class … FYI

This Sunday’s class, June 14th, at Icarus Creative Arts Studio, is on schedule from 1-3pm. This is a reminder that we must conform to certain rules/regulations regarding social distancing and facial coverings.  Be sure you wear your facial covering in the store. The class size is maximum six chairs so as to accommodate the proper spacing. We’ll give this a try, and see that it will work out for everyone, store owners included, and set the future schedule from there.

If you look at the Icarus class schedule on their website, it says all the classes for 2020 have been cancelled.  NOTE – this does not include Zentangle classes.

June Class Is On ….

The class scheduled for June 14th will be held this month at Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  The Winery and shops are re-opening this week.  All protocols will be followed for the class setting – masks, social distancing, small class sizes.  Reserve your seat today!  And, if you created any “quarantine art”, feel free to bring it in to share with the group.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

“What-Itz”, June 14th, 1-3pm
Icarus Creative Arts Studio

Saturday Project …

I was supposed to attend Tangle U in Phoenix at the end of April.  Sadly, it was cancelled.  Tangle U is a gathering of Certified Zentangle Teachers from all over who meet to learn and share new ideas for our Zentangle  practices.  I last attended a couple years ago in Portland, Oregon, so I was really looking forward to this one as it was close to home.  It seems these are held more on the East Coast, then the West, so I was anxious to only have to travel an hour away!

Those of us who signed up received a “project” in the mail which I share below.  Created by Romi Marks of the Tangled Yogi, this took quite a bit of time …. which I seem to have a lot of lately!  This was how I spent my Saturday …..

“Desert Dreamcatcher”



… continue to stay well …



May Class ….

With many businesses still closed due to the pandemic, the May 17th class is “on hold” for now.  If things open up in the next week or so, I will be checking with Icarus to see how they are proceeding.  I will keep everyone informed as to when my Zentangle classes will start up again.  I’m anxious to get back to the monthly class as I’m missing my Zentangle friends.

With still so much free time, my stack of tiles continues to grow.  I did participate in Zentangle’s Project Pack #9 which was fun with lots of spring-like patterns and colored pens.  I also found a stack of pre-strung Zendala tiles that I’ve used up.  I have a box that I’ve stashed everything in and will call it my “quarantine box” – something to remember this weird time of our lives.

Hope you’ve all been busy and taking time for some tangling – again, we can share all our collections when we do get back together again.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, or need supplies or ideas of any kind, please contact me.  I’ve got lots to share here at my home!  Stay well friends!

Zentangle – Project Pack #09


I’ve Been Busy …..

Thank goodness I have Zentangle ….

I don’t know what I’d have done these last several weeks being confined to home.  All my “art stuff” has been organized, weeded out, put together …. and my house has never been cleaner or more organized!  And that was all accomplished after the 1st week!  I’ve been revisiting Project Packs and viewing other CZT’s and their videos to get some new ideas and reviewing the tangle patterns website.  As a result, I have a very nice collection of tiles!  Here’s a sampling ….


I’ve gone from Bijou tiles to Opus tiles and lots in between.  I’ve used all colors of pens, jelly roll pens and chalk pencils.  I’ve used white, black, grey and renaissance tiles.  It’s been a great re-discovery of many patterns I haven’t used in a while.  But, most importantly, it’s kept my mind calm and occupied when it could be consumed with lots of negativity.

My husband and I lost a good friend this week to the Coronavirus …. she worked for us for 40 years.  In just one week she was gone.  Stay home and stay safe everyone.

For Lee


Class Cancellation & Update …

The “Flower Collage” class scheduled for April 5th at Icarus Creative Arts Studio is cancelled.  This class will be rescheduled at a later date.  For now, the May class is still on schedule, but updates will be given as we get into April.  

Hope you’re all staying safe and healthy.  This is a perfect time to take advantage of all the Zentangle classes you’ve taken. Get out your pens and paper and quiet your mind for a time while you tangle.  I know my tiles are stacking up (I’ve even brought out the big guys – OPUS), but it’s keeping me occupied during all this free time we are now faced with.  Do a search on-line for “Zentangle” and see all the different sites that pop-up.  Many of the teachers are posting videos on their blogs that you can follow along with.  Zentangle has posted videos from all their project packs.  Lots of material out there to keep you busy.

Stay well and tangle on!


“Steampunk Tangling” …

Five “brave” ladies ventured to Icarus Creative Arts Studio for a relaxing two hour Zentangle lesson on Sunday afternoon.  The past week (and currently) found us all in need of a small diversion from the worldly chaos.  The Winery was still open as of class time, as well as the small shops on the grounds.  Everything was scrubbed and scoured clean so we were all very comfortable with our surroundings.  Upon conclusion of our class, a media alert came through that instructed all wineries, bars, etc. to shut down!  It was good to patronize Icarus, as well as Manzanita Roasting Company, before potential closures were made.

This class featured steampunk tangling.  

Steampunk ….” is an art, fashion and culture movement inspired by the industrial revolution”.  

The patterns reflected gears, bolts, keys, pipes, screen, metal plate, etc.  This was a lot of fun but a bit more involved than our regular Zentangle practice.  Some thought had to go into the selection and placement of our patterns.  For this project, we did not use a string.  There are quite a few patterns to be found on the internet, as well as in Alice Herndon’s book, “Tangle All Around the World’.  For our tile, we used a “kraft” colored paper with a brown Sakura micron pen.  Unfortunately, the colors do not show in the pictures.  They are more vivid in real life!

NEXT UP … fingers crossed …
“Flower Collage”
April 5th from 1-3:00pm at Icarus
(Please check this site or with Icarus to be sure studio is open pending future health closures)


Just Patterns …

Yesterday’s class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio focused on new patterns.  Given the option to learn a few then tangle a tile, the class opted for learning all TWELVE new patterns!  While a little less structured class, it was good to just focus and learn the new strokes.  A few patterns needed a little more concentration than others, which at times was hard because of the live music playing on the Tasting Room patio … and it was good music!  I can attest to getting lost for a second and creating a “bronx cheer” moment!

Patterns learned fell into all three groups of grids, borders and organic.  Three of the patterns were Zentangle patterns, while the other nine were submissions by CZT’s to  One of the “submitters” was in the class, Suzanne Wilka, CZT, so I shared her pattern “Arckles” … a fun pattern with lots of opportunities.  It was another beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Bernardo Winery spent tangling with a wonderful group of ladies.

While we didn’t tangle tiles, I did prepare a few ahead of time so the class could see how these patterns worked together.

Up & Across, Hollis, Inaflux

 Nipa, Tropicana, Arckles                                       Papyrus, Tropicana, Arckles, Kettlebee

Patterns taught today:
Up & Across, Papyrus (Suzanne McNeill, CZT)
Quare (Beth Snoderly, CZT)
Arckles (Suzanne Wilka, CZT)
Tropicana (Kate Ahrens, CZT)
Kettlebee, Herzlbee (Beate Winkler, CZT)
Inaflux (Debbie New, CZT)
Abeko (Lynn Mead, CZT)
Nipa, Hollis, Ennies (Zentangle)

“Steampunk Tangling”
Sunday, March 15th, 1:00-3:00pm
Icarus Creative Arts Studio
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