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.  

Challenge #309 … “Noom”

Back at ZenAgain in late 2016, several new patterns were introduced.  One of them was “Noom” – in honor of the Super Moon taking place at that time.  (Hence … moon spelled backwards!)  The step-outs have just been made public so the Diva challenged us to use Noom in our work this week.

Also introduced at ZenAgain were Zentangle Diptychs* (definition below).  I’m not sure if I conquered this technique quite yet, but this tile was fun to make no matter.  Check out the Diva’s site for other interpretations of Noom.


*Definition of diptych (from Merriam-Webster)
1:  a 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surfaces
2:  a picture or series of pictures (as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets
3:  a work made up of two matching parts

Challenge #308 … “Mac’n’Cheese”

This week’s Challenge was a nice, simple, easy one …. use your favorite go-to pattern on a tile.  My favorite go-to is “Flux” – it’s fun to draw, relaxing, and goes anywhere on a page.  When I have to sit and wait, I love to do Flux on whatever I can get my hands on!  My other favs are Cruffle and Zinger so this tile features all three.

“Monotangle Meets Bijou” …

Had a great class at Icarus yesterday with the theme of “Monotangle Meets Bijou”.   I introduced seven new patterns that we did on the Bijou tiles.  It was a fun class which really focused on two ideas – new tangles and smaller paper.

When you begin your Zentangle journey, I think most of us find that “wow”, the paper is so small (3.5×3.5).  Once you get into it, the size doesn’t seem to be an issue any more because you use your dots, border and string to make it manageable.  So with this class, I wanted to show  the same process exists for smaller tiles – many times starting with your four dots, border and string.   (Today, because we created monotangles, we didn’t use strings.)

At the end of class, with not much time left, we took three patterns and put them on a Bijou (with four dots, border and string) – Footlites, Lollywimple and Diva Dance.  Think they did a great job for a jiffy tile!

Next up – Zen Gems on April 30th!

Nice work by Judy, Lilliana, Cherie, Sharon & Judi
(missing Jeanne’s!)

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