Black Tiles …

Black tiles and white Jelly Roll pens were the supplies needed for today’s class at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery.  Six ladies took part in drawing beautiful black tiles with the Jelly Roll pens, and shading with either a white charcoal pencil or the Zenstone.  All tiles were beautiful.

Our first tile included Indy-Rella, Twing and Nymph.  These are great patterns to use with the white pen and they shade out very nicely.

img_1695Beautiful Art by Paula, Jeanne, Judy, Sharon, Judi & Cheri

The second tile featured the die-hard Bales, along with a new pattern I discovered this week – “Joki” – from Danish tangler Kim Aarts.  It’s a pretty tangle and easy to get into a rhythm tangling all the curves.  Adding just a touch of shading gives it even more interest.

img_1698Beautiful Art by Cherie, Judi, Sharon, Judy, Jeanne & Paula

The best part of a class is seeing the outcome of all the tiles considering everyone is using the exact same patterns.  Some have a heavier hand than others, some view a pattern in a different way – but, however way they are drawn, all pieces are beautiful.  This was a very fun class … if you haven’t tried your white Jelly Roll pen on a black tile, you’re missing out.

Next up on March 5th is an “Introduction to Zentangle” class.  If you haven’t tried Zentangle yet, but are thinking of giving it a try, this is the class to take.  After that, March 19th will feature “Monotangles Meet Bijou” … another fun and different class!  Hope to see you at one of them!

Black Tiles, Black Swans …

Last night, Judy, Julie and I met for our monthly Tangle Session.  At first, Judy had requested something “Valentine”, but then decided she wanted to do black tiles and white pens.

We started off doing a traditional black Zentangle tile, using a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, and white charcoal pencil for shading.  I introduced two patterns that they hadn’t done before – Twing & Nymph – and added a few Indy-Rellas.  The results were very simple but elegant.   (I also gave them a small acrylic frame/magnet for their work, so you see a bit of glare off the frames in this picture).


Trying to add a little Valentine’s Day to the evening, I was able to come up with a “different” and “new” pattern I found on Pattern Collections.  It’s a new one from Suzanne Crisafi titled “Swan Love”.  Seemed appropriate for a Valentine theme on a black tile so we used black Zendalas and created a little “Swan Love” accented with a few other tangle patterns.  It’s a fun, simple pattern and easy to dress-up with your favorite embellishments and a splash of color.


New Products & New Patterns …

The class at Icarus Creative Arts Studio today was titled “New Products-New Patterns”.  While the new products were fun to share, the new patterns were a bit intimidating to say the least!  I had to keep reassuring the group that whenever you draw a pattern for the first few times, it’s going to be frustrating if you don’t get it immediately.

That turned out to be the case today with Drawings, Waybop and Noom.  I knew it would be a tougher class than usual as I’d been practicing these three patterns for the last few weeks to figure them out myself.  But, all of a sudden, the “light went off” and I got the hang of them.  Just like I told these ladies they will too.  I feel you need to include some of the tougher tangles to challenge yourself.  Usually, though, the challenge is to not get frustrated and give up – to stay in the “zen” zone.  We tried each pattern a couple times and by the end of the class, they all were ready to proceed on their own.

I also introduced the new 3Z triangle tiles so we selected Drawings and completed a monotangle of this pattern.  We added a small Valentine touch by including a little heart, or two, and filling them in with gold ink.  I’ve shared a photo of them below.  The group arranged our tiles in different shapes to find one suitable for a photo of 10 tiles.

It was another great afternoon spent with ten wonderful ladies.  This was just the second class for four of them, having just completed the Intro Class a couple weeks ago.  (I sure hope I didn’t scare them off with these more intricate, involved patterns!)   Judging from all their work below, I think everyone of them did an awesome job as they all look fantastic!

AND congratulations to Judy J. for her registration at the next Zentangle Training Seminar coming up in April.  Judy is my first student to go on to CZT training.  I’m so happy I’ve been able to introduce her to Zentangle and that she wants to take her learning even further!   Judy – you will love your five days in Providence!

Next up on February 19th – Black Tiles!  Hope to see you there!


Zen Gems ….

Had a very fun “Zen Gem” class this evening with Judy and Julie …. They’ve been setting up “once-a-month” classes with me for the last several months and it’s always a fun couple hours when we get together.  This class focused on creating “gems”.  We practiced on Bijou tiles, then proceeded to create some beautiful “zen flowers” on the original tiles – think they turned out great!img_1677

Challenge #299 … Draw-wings

The Diva has challenged us to use “Draw-Wings” – one of the four newly introduced Zentangle patterns – for the Challenge this week.   As usual, it took a few tries to “get” it.  I really, really like this pattern.

So does my husband!  He shapes surfboards and now wants to change his logo to something using this pattern.  You can get a really nice “wave-like” look depending on the angle you create the wings, so I need to get to work on that!

I chose a black 3Z tile, using a white Jelly Roll pen for my entry this week!


Old Friends, New Friends and a Basic Class …

Today was my first “Introduction to Zentangle” class for 2017 at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  With the start of a new year, many people are ready to find “something new” to try and today’s class was one of those.  I was  surprised with eleven ladies in the class, and even further surprised by a few in attendance.

One of my high school friends, Paula, and her friend Myra, drove all the way down from Redlands to take the class.  I appreciate the effort it took for them to come down for the class – and it was great to meet Myra.  Also in class, was someone I hadn’t seen in at least forty years – Cherie!  In fact, I think the last time we saw each other we were both very young ladies sporting nice tans and bikinis on the beaches of La Jolla Shores!!!  Then, in walked my favorite “Ibarra Mexican Chocolate” and coffee seller, Marcella, from the old Pannikin Store in La Jolla.  Think it’s been about ten years since I last saw Marcella.  I was so impressed with myself that I remembered Marcella, but Cherie had to give me a clue before I recognized her.  All in all, it was totally awesome to see these old friends and share Zentangle with them.

As if that wasn’t enough, I met eight new ladies who came to see what Zentangle is all about.  What a nice group – a couple ladies who have tried Zentangle on their own, someone contemplating going to Providence to get certified (yeah!), an aunt and a niece spending the day together, and a few who wanted that “something new”.

We created our two basic tiles and had lots of discussion, with a few questions I hadn’t been asked before.  Was nice to be challenged by those as sometimes you take the basic patterns and tiles for granted until, like today, someone poses a question or two and had me thinking a little about my response.  Thanks, Sunny!

All of them created beautiful tiles that I’m sharing here.  It was very exciting to hear that they all enjoyed the class and, in fact, a couple went right out and signed up for the “New Products/New Patterns” class coming up on January 29th!

If you’re looking for “something new” in 2017, give Zentangle a try.  I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed – anyone can do it – “one stroke at a time”!

img_1646Tile #1 by Paula, Myra, Nancy, Kathleen, Kelly, Kit,
Marcella, Cherie, Sunny & Emily

img_1648Tile #2 by Paula, Myra, Nancy, Kathleen, Kelly, Kit,
Marcella, Cherie, Sunny & Emily

img_1650Tiles #1 and #2 by Jeanne

Happy New Year …. 2017!


Next Intro Class
March 5th

This Sunday, January 8th is the first “Introduction to Zentangle” class of 2017 at Icarus Creative Arts Studio.  Come and see what this is all about and how you can use it in your everyday life.  You can grab yourself a glass of wine in the Bernardo Winery tasting room and bring it to class with you.  How cool is that!

For those of you already on this journey, Sunday, January 29th will introduce new Zentangle products, as well as new Zentangle patterns.  We’ll kick off the year with “somethings new”.

img_1590If you have any questions, before you decide to join me, please email me.  I can guarantee you will really enjoy this and it will be an afternoon well spent – no matter what class you take.  (FYI – I recommend taking the Intro Class before any further classes, as I want you to get the whole picture of what Zentangle is all about!)


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