Zen Buttons ….

My Sunday afternoon class at the Bernardo Winery saw five of us trying our hands at Zen Buttons – a technique started by Marguerite Samama, CZT.  This is a fun way to create your own “string”, and include squares, circles and triangles.  This technique is also a good way to implement “fragments” of patterns.  (See – “A Zentangle Collection of Reticula & Fragments)

For this class, we used an original Zendala for one of our buttons and then a Strathmore Toned Blue mixed media tile for our other.  Zen Buttons use a white chalk pencil for a special effect and it works nicely on the toned paper.  It’s takes a little more work for the highlight to show through on the white tiles.

Attempting two tiles in two hours, which included drawing out one of our strings and using a funky little “compass”, took a little more time than thought.  We almost finished our second tiles, which I had already drawn to save time, but they still needed the shading and white highlighting.

I found that planning ahead for this class took a little more time.  I felt that once you got your circles, squares and triangles down on the tile and start with a pattern in the middle, you should just let the next pattern come to you – rather than force another planned pattern.  The ladies did a great job, had a few oops, but the work turned out lovely.  Everyone still wonders at how we can all get the same directions, but the work turn out so different.





Next up – “Just Patterns”
Learn four to six new patterns
then incorporate into a take-home tile
Sunday, May 19th, 1-3pm, Icarus Creative Arts Studio

 

Dingsplatz …

Imagine this – you take a handful of tangles, throw them up in the air and let them land.  What do you get …. “Dingsplatz”!  That’s one of Zentangle’s newest concepts that I shared with Judy and Juli last week.  I offered two new patterns to them – Pixiozes by Margaret Bremner and Belle by Sarah Harrison, and we were ready to proceed. 

Dingsplatz can be drawn on a round or square tile, so we used one of each.  Judy elected to use a blue pen, then shade with a blue pencil for her square tile.  Turned out very nice.  I’ve seen this technique used by others, but never tried it before.  She was up for giving it a go!  We did a little shading with our graphite, then added a few highlights with a white charcoal pencil.  All in all, a nice evening with some fun tangling.

Tropical Gardens ….

It was March 17th and the temperature was 80 degrees at the Bernardo Winery.  There couldn’t have been a more beautiful, “almost Spring”, day to tangle a tropical garden.  Inspired by the work of Cheryl Moote, CZT, six of us learned five new patterns and then created beautiful, colorful gardens using “Monster Leaves, Reticulated, Dragonair, Chainlea, Aura-Leaf and other floral-type patterns.  

Once the drawing was complete, everyone used their favorite watercolor pencils and Tombow blending pen to add some life to the drawings.  We used paper that was 4.5″ wide by 12″ long.  Once all was complete, we folded our pieces into three sections so they could stand on their own for display.  So much fun, and such beautiful work.

Constance (aka Connie), a Black Lab Canine Companion for Independence in Training, came with her trainer, Teri, to see what was going on, then decided she would just rest for the next two hours.  Teri and Linda train CCI dogs and often bring one to class. Just the presence of these dogs and what they’re all about adds to the “zenful” atmosphere of the Icarus studio.






My new class schedule has just been released for April, May and June.  Upcoming on April 14th, “Zen Buttons”, and followed by “Just Patterns (Purely Zentangle)” on May 19th.  Then, we’ll start up the summer on June 9th with “Four Corners”.  All classes are held on Sunday afternoons from 1pm-3pm.  Hope one of these classes sounds fun to you.  The Bernardo Winery is a beautiful location with a wine tasting room, coffee roasters, sit-down restaurant receiving great reviews, and plenty of shops to wander about.  Lots of free parking is available too. On Sunday afternoons, there’s live music on the tasting room patio.  Come out and join the fun!

Bijou Frames ….

In February, a group of us met at Icarus Creative Arts Studio to learn how to make “frames” for the Bijou tiles.  We took a 3.5″x3.5″ white tile and first created a border around the outside using the pattern Fassett (Lynn Meade, CZT).  Then we took out a Bijou tile (2″x2″) and formed the “centerpiece” of our little ZIA.  We used our initials to tangle and then fill with gold jelly roll pen.  We put two slits in each side of the larger tile and stuck our Bijou inside, softly folding so they inserted and remained “puffed out” a little – more dimensional.  Our second piece was a mono-tangled Bijou using the Zentangle pattern Aquafleur, with a border of Ditto (created by Sue Jacobs, CZT).  

They turned out really nice – we all agreed these would be great little gifts for someone.  Everyone received a small black easel to showcase their tiles.  This was a really fun afternoon!  




I had high hopes that we could finish three tiles in this 2 hour class, but it didn’t happen.
The Bijou top middle with Tootsie was going to be the third – using a little color this time!

Next month – “Tropical Gardens” inspired by Cheryl Moore, CZT.

Black to White…White to Black …

On a recent Sunday afternoon, eight ladies joined me for “tangling turtles”.  For this ZIA project (Zentangle Inspired Art), we started with a white background, then added three strips of black paper to create our foundation.  From there, we traced out a turtle pattern then proceeded to tangle using both black and white pens – transitioning whenever the opportunity arose.  It was a fun process, a little confusing at times, but the end projects turned out beautifully.

You’d never know it from looking at the photographs, but two of the people who joined this class, just completed their basic Zentangle class two weeks prior to this class!  Nice work by everyone.

Next up are Bijou tiles inserted into standard Zentangle tiles that are decorated as “frames”.  Another fun project, with a little more Zentangle then “Zentangle Inspired Art”.  See you on March 17th at Icarus Creative Arts Studio, 1:00pm-3:00pm!




New Year …. New Discovery ….

This past weekend at Icarus Creative Arts Studio, nine people were introduced to the Zentangle Art Method.  They treated themselves to discovering something new in this New Year!  It was great to meet all of them and share my passion for Zentangle.

We started off with our basic “Z” tile and discussion of some of the Zentangle basic strokes.  Once we brought out the pencils and shaded our tiles, we all saw what great pieces of art each person created and, of course, how different they all were even though we all had the same instructions and used the same patterns.

The second tile introduced five more patterns (or fragments thereof) and a more organic example of how Zentangle can be used.  All of the work was incredible.  It was hard to believe this was the first class for these nice people.  I had to teach the class coming off of an ugly cold, something I haven’t had to do before.  Hopefully, I got all my points out there and the eight ladies and one gentleman enjoyed it enough to return for another class.  Even if they don’t come back to Icarus, they are now armed with enough Zentangle basics to take a class from a CZT anywhere around the world!  Yes, anywhere in the world – Zentangle is an internationally taught form of art and CZT’s can be found in almost every country!  Treat yourself to a new discovery this New Year – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Next Up – “Black and White Tangled Sea Turtles” – switching off between black and white inks on black and white tiles!

Beautiful 1st Zentangle Tiles 
(missing three others)

REALLY beautiful 2nd tiles – this was an introduction class – such great work!

Next Up …. Basic Zentangle Class! … Class FULL!

FYI … As of 12/30/18, the class is full!  If there is enough interest for another basic class, it will be scheduled in February.  Please contact me to be added to the February list!

For those of you who have been asking for a Basic/Beginning Zentangle Class, you’re in luck.  Sunday, January 6th is the date. Icarus Creative Arts Studio is the place (on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery).  Time is 1:00-3:00pm.  The cost for this class is $40.00, which includes your two hour lesson and all the take home supplies you’ll need for the afternoon.  You will learn at least eight patterns and create two “tiles” to take home with you.  The Basic Class will then open up many more classes for you with any CZT around the world!

Bring a friend, grab a glass of wine in the Tasting Room, then join me in the studio for two hours of stress-free “creating”.  If you’re not a wine drinker, there’s a coffee roaster that serves great coffees on site as well.

Zero art experience is necessary – the Zentangle Method makes art possible for anyone, no matter what age.  You can sign up on this blog using the PayPal “Buy Now” button on the right.  Or give Icarus a call and make your reservation with Theresa or Robert.  FYI – Be sure to allow yourself a little extra time before or after class to enjoy all the fun things in the studio/store.

Make a resolution to try something new in 2019, and give Zentangle a try.  I know you’ll love it!

“Zendala Mini Boxes” …

The November class at Icarus Creative Arts had seven of us creating Zendala Mini Boxes with a holiday theme.  This project can be found on YouTube, featuring Dorian Eng as the instructor. New patterns introduced with holiday-like characteristics were Stella, Verdigogh, Ahh and Crystal.  We finished off the boxes with Sakura Stardust Gel pens and little red ties.  This size box would fit something very small, like a party favor, candy, folded money.

I shared with the class a larger box that I made using an 8″ template cut from Stratford toned blue mixed media paper.  This size is perfect for a bigger surprise inside!  This just shows you can vary the size of your templates and get all sorts of different size boxes that you can personalize and share with friends and family.  OR … you can string a ribbon or string through one of the corners and you’ve got some personalized ornaments to decorate the tree or your home!  Very fun project.

There won’t be any classes during the month of December, but I’ll see you back at Icarus on January 6th with an “Intro Class” for those wanting to start a Zentangle Journey, and then January 20th when we’ll “switch” between black and white pens and create a “sea turtle” for something different!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Using Zentangle Zendala tiles

 

Using 8″ circle template (Stratford Mixed Media paper)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Tis the Season …. Autumn

This is a very belated post from the October “Faux Pumpkin” classes – one held at Icarus Creative Arts Studio and the other at Seapoint Properties.  Everyone got a small “faux pumpkin”, along with an Identipen.  We used the nature-created lines of the pumpkins for our strings and tangled within each one.  All in all, about 11 patterns were attempted during the class.  It was a lot to finish, but we just about did.

After the tangling, we used a few ‘faux leaves and berries” to decorate the tops.  Because I usually don’t carry a glue gun with me to class (nor do I even own one), we just poked holes in the top and were able to poke the artificial leaves and berries right back in!  This finishing touch made them all very special … and done in time to enjoy the entire Autumn season.

Next up, on November 18th, are “Tangled Zendala Boxes”.  We use Zendala tiles to form a two piece box, perfect for giving a small gift for the holidays.  Hope to see you there!

There will be no classes during the month of December.  I’ll be getting the New Year schedule out within the next few weeks so be sure to check back here to see what’s in store for early 2019!

Icarus Creatives Arts – Judy, Sharon, Jenny, Linda & Teri

Judy & Julie @ Seapoint

“Tangled Linens” ….

This past Sunday found nine of us gathered for some Zentangle time at Icarus Creative Arts Studio at the Winery.  It was nice to see returning faces, as well as new, joining in the fun.   Today I shared a class that was introduced at Tangle U 2018 in Portland, Oregon.  Kim VanZyll, CZT, led the class in tangling on linen art panels.  This was such a fun class and I know it’s been shared all over the US since April!

We used 8×8 panels, along with black and brown Sakura Identipens, white Sakura Gelly Roll pens, and Koi brush pens in light cool grey (not recommended – use cool grey for better results).  It takes a little time, but it’s fun to switch back and forth between the black and brown, then add white highlights.  The Koi brush pens are used for shading, but the color that I got was too light.  It took a lot of work to get the color dark enough.  Next time, I’ll know to get a darker shade – cool grey!

In the two hour time frame, we actually finished most of the panel (well, some of us did) …. that meant 10 different patterns put down on the 8×8 tile.  Shading was pretty much the last phase still needed.  Most of the patterns were familiar so that helps with time management.  A few pattern variations were thrown in, such as Eni Oken’s “The Art of the Interrupted Line” – another class from Tangle U 2018.  You can see that design on the Mooka section of the panel.   Along with a few extra embellishments, the pieces all turned out great.  Everyone liked the idea so much, they’ve asked for blank panels so they can re-create these on their own.

Next up …. “Tangled Faux Pumpkins”, Sunday, October 14th, 1-3pm at Icarus.  Classes are starting to fill-up so make your seat reservation early!  Hope you can join us!

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