“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.

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