“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!)

Challenge #304 … “Waybop”

This week’s Diva Challenge requires the use of one of Zentangle’s newest patterns, “Waybop”.  This was one of three “official” new tangles introduced at Zen Again back in the Fall of 2016.  I recently taught all three new patterns to a class, and it was a bit of a challenge by all!  The patterns were a bit more difficult than most, but everyone persevered and we made some beautiful tiles.  (See my post “New Products & New Patterns”)

Just this past weekend, I taught a class where we ended up with a little time left at the end.  The ladies requested to go over this very same pattern one more time.  They all got it, but just needed a little more reassurance that, yes, they were doing it correctly!

I love this pattern!  I think it’s one of my new favorites.  There are so many different ways to create it and embellish.  This tile was done on light grey Stonehenge paper, using a black micron and white gel pen for accents.  I like to play around with a different number of “seeds” each time.  This tile features 10!

Check out the Diva’s page to see the unique entries this week from all over the world!  Enjoy.

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