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!

Challenge #330 … Zentangle Plates

This week’s Guest Blogger is Jeanette Clawson. Her “story” is very fascinating – she suffered from daily migraine headaches and used Zentangle to help her escape her misery for small blocks of time.  Thankfully, she made great improvements and is now a Certified Zentangle Teacher and jumped at the chance to serve as a Guest Blogger while the “Diva” takes the summer off.

Jeanette has a fondness for mandalas and china plates, therefore she likes to create “tangled plates” on her tiles.

My current feelings about china …. I just finished packing up my 12-place settings of china, given to me when I got married, and have stowed them in my garage!  What do you do with this stuff after almost 40 years of marriage – would never pick the pattern I picked way back when and I have no interest in using it now.  I’m sure some of you are having this “problem” too!

Back to the Challenge!  Today I was getting together with my friend, and fellow CZT, Janet Masey, for a Monday morning tangle session.  We both had read the Diva Challenge before meeting up, and decided to give it a go as a co-op challenge.  We took four tiles, drew out our circles and then tangled two tiles each.  Our circles didn’t extend far enough to almost fill the tile, but in the limited time we had, it worked out just fine.  Consider this a dessert plate.

We had fun mixing up the tiles and creating different mosaics.  Check out Janet’s blog for more photos!

Really enjoyed this challenge and can’t wait to do another … maybe tonight! Thank you, Jeanette, for the inspiring story and creative Challenge!

All four tiles
Mine – Top Right, Lower Left
Janet – Top Left, Lower Right

My tiles

(PS – check out my latest blog posting on the “Dr. Seuss-inspired gardens” – love what the class created and enjoy sharing with others!)

Class Notes …..

My last two classes have been very interactive amongst the tanglers!

One of them featured “Co-op Tangling”.  We had six people in the class so we created a string on our tile with six spaces.  We proceeded to fill in one of the sections with a pattern of our choice, then passed the tile to the person next to us.  They then filled in a section with their pattern of choice and so on and so on, until the tile was full.

It was interesting to see the patterns that were chosen, and the different skill levels, all coming together to create a beautiful piece of Zentangle art!  The students were a little hesitant about sharing their work on another’s tile, but in the end, it turned out to be a very fun project  – we’re all at different levels in our Zentangle journey’s, but we all started from the same place!

The other class had Judy and Julie dividing their elongated, custom tiles into a string with several spaces.  I gave them a print-out of the patterns (just names) they’ve learned in the last year and had them pick out the patterns that we used to fill our spaces.  This was a lot of fun to see their work at the end of class.

Both classes showed that it doesn’t matter where you are in your practice of Zentangle, we can all create beautiful tiles
using this art method.  No mistakes … no erasers! 

 

Challenge #326 … ‘Nzepple

This week’s Diva Challenge is brought to us by Elisa Murphy, CZT, to use the pattern ‘Nzepple.  I’ve used Printemps along with ‘Nzepple on my tile.  I also added a couple “little friends” …. we’re having major issues with birds at our house by the beach so it seems that I’ve got birds on my brain.  Baby seagulls, night herons, crows, etc. have invaded the neighborhood! They’re all cute, but so messy.

Thanks Elisa for the Challenge!

Challenge #318 … Diptych

“Diptych … A diptych is two panels joined with a hinge – and the panels are mirrored …” copied from the Diva’s blog.

That is our challenge this week!  I posted one of these a couple months ago and hadn’t created one since so this was fun to do again!

Challenge #317 … Photo Tangles

This week’s Diva Challenge is to use a photograph or picture as your string …. put the photo down on your tile and then tangle around it.  Sounds like a fun idea.

I used a photograph of my niece’s dog, Skout, as my inspiration.  Just recently I taught a “Stacked & Tangled” class so I continued this theme on my Diva Tile.  I think it almost fits the challenge of last week’s “Stripes” which I didn’t have a chance to participate in so this will be a dual-entry this week!

The class was a real success with us creating two different tiles using different patterns.  Everyone agreed it’s a different and fun way to tangle without using the “traditional” string theory.

 

A Tropical Garden …

Last night I shared Cheryl Moote’s “Tropical Garden” ideas with Judy and Julie.  These two love everything that has color so our meetings are usually ZIA-based projects.  In order to finish in our two hour time frame, we created our gardens on 5×7 paper.  Once they were happy with their designs, we used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to add the color.  These definitely turned out really nice, and look how different the two are, even though we used the same basic patterns.

I’ve had a lot of fun playing with Cheryl’s ideas, as well.  I sure wish she lived somewhere close as I would love to have a class from her.  Guess I’ll just have to make it to a Tangle U and hope she’s one of the instructors!

I have another Tropical Garden class scheduled on June 11th at Icarus Creative Arts Studio at the Bernardo Winery.  Join me if you’d like to see how these pieces are made – it really is a lot of fun!

 

Challenge #315 … “Molygon”

This week’s Challenge is to use the pattern “Molygon”.  This tangle reminds me of bananas so I just had to create a fun little Bijou ZIA.  Hope you get a giggle out of it!

Happy Birthday to our “leader”, Laura Harms, CZT on her special day this week. Make a wish and have an awesome day!

“Zen Gem” Sunday …..

The focus of our class, held at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio, was “Zen Gems”.  Five of us spent the two hours learning how to create gems, using different mixes of colors,  and then applying them to Bijou tiles for the sake of time.  Everyone picked up the gem technique (“Susan-style”) very quickly and produced beautiful tiles.  I’m looking forward to seeing how they introduce the gems to their future work!

It was also good to hear Judy’s review of her four days spent at CZT Training in Providence, Rhode Island earlier in the month of April.  I was so glad to hear that it was the same, awesome, “hard to describe” four days that I experienced three years ago.   She is now a Certified Zentangle Teacher …. and maybe will teach me a few tricks down the road!

Looking forward to seeing this group in a few weeks – I love my Sunday afternoons spent at Icarus, sharing Zentangle with them all!

Practice sheets …. looking pretty darn great!

First-time gems on Bijou tiles – AWESOME – and LOVE the patterns!
Judi, Cherie, Liliana, Judy

Tile I created to share with the group!

Springtime “Under the Sea” …

Today I had the pleasure of sharing an “Under the Sea” ZIA with Lori, Terri and Ryan.  Lori and Terri have been driving down from the LA area and Simi Valley for classes with me for about a year now.  It’s always fun to get together with them and share.  This time they brought their son-in-law/nephew-in-law, Ryan, to join in. Ryan is a web/graphic designer who wanted to try out something a little more relaxed and unrestricted.

After learning a few new patterns (Angelfish, Squid, Sixty, Phycops, Btl-Joos), we agreed on using a circle on an Apprentice tile as our foundation.  This gave us a little more room than the regular 3.5×3.5 tile.  After we got our basic patterns down, everyone was on their own to embellish the patterns/tile as they wished.  Then … out came the watercolor pencils.  We had a great time filling in our “aquariums” and blending the colors with a Tombow Blending pen.

The work is beautiful.  And Ryan, who hasn’t taken a class before, made a super nice tile and even ventured off and used a couple patterns we didn’t even discuss in the class.  I did hand-out the “Organic Ocean” flyer from Meredith Yuhas, CZT, as well as my own list, that shows many patterns suitable for an ocean ZIA.

My next class …. Sunday, April 30th at Icarus Creative Arts Studio, 1pm-3pm.  Grab a glass of wine in the Winery Tasting Room and come to the Studio to learn how to create “ZenGems” to enhance your Zentangle art!

(Ryan, Terri, Susan, Lori)
(poor picture quality care of Susan)

 

May & June Classes … Sign-up Now

New classes have been confirmed for May 21st and June 11th. Both dates are Sunday afternoons with classes held from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  Come learn to “stack and tangle” your patterns in May, then use tropical-inspired patterns to create a summertime “tropical garden” on June 11th.  Sign-up now using Paypal here on this site.  Seating is limited for all classes.  

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