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.




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.






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.

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!

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