“Holiday Tangling” ….

Seven of us spent a beautiful San Diego afternoon “Holiday Tangling” at Icarus Creative Arts Studio on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery a couple weeks ago.  Some enjoyed a nice glass of wine from the tasting room, and others enjoyed sugar cookies made by “yours truly”.

Class began with learning three holiday-ish patterns – Verdigogh, Stella and Crystal.  A list was also presented of other patterns that could work for any type of holiday creation.  We used Zendala tiles to create wreaths, using whichever patterns we wanted to select.  “Verdigogh” and “Stella” were popular but you’ll see a few “Crystals” in there as well.

Each person received green, red and clear jelly roll pens to add a little sparkle to their tile.  Think the concept worked out very well!  These same techniques, patterns, etc. can be applied to gift tags, greeting cards, etc. – whatever you can come up with.

My next class will be an “Introduction to Zentangle” where you can begin your Zentangle Journey and enjoy all the other classes that are planned for the next three months at Icarus.  Hope to see you at one of them!

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2017 Class Schedule is Up…

dsc_0117My class schedule for the first three months of 2017 is now posted.  Check out the Class Descriptions or Quick Glance Schedule for a listing of what’s coming up in the New Year!

I’ve had a good year sharing Zentangle with some awesome people.  It’s exciting to see someone get excited in their very first class and then continue on with their journey!  I love sharing my passion for Zentangle and look forward to doing more – hope to see you join me sometime in the next year.

Happy Holidays to All!

“Accent on Autumn”

Today, at Icarus Creative Arts, I had the opportunity to share Zentangle with six lovely ladies.  These ladies have been following my classes for quite some time now and I’m very appreciative of their time in allowing me to share Zentangle with them.

The class this afternoon focused on Autumn.  I gave them a choice of paper.  They then could chose their choice on pens – black or brown, or a mix of both.  I gave them each a Sycamore tree leaf to trace on to their selected medium and a selection of patterns that I felt worked well with this.

We divided our leaves into eight sections and filled them with various patterns – Flux, N’zepple, Printemps, Tipple, Poke Root, Mooka, Tagh, etc.  When done, some opted to add colored pencil, while others added a little Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen.  Each person received a black Zendala matte to frame their piece of Autumn.

Once again, we all used the same pattern, and look how different they all turned out.  Thanks again ladies – was a very nice afternoon spent at the Winery with you all!

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(unfinished beautiful work)

Challenge #291 … “Happy Halloween”

This week’s Diva Challenge was in honor of Halloween.  There are so many ways to tangle and involve patterns that fit for this holiday, but I chose just one (and a little Msst).  And it’s one of my favorites!

My tile features “Kunstler” created by Margaret Bremner.  I just love these crazy shapes, and like to see how different they can be made depending on the original lines.  Add a few eyeballs, and it looks like these guys are huddled up and waiting for what’s coming next!



Challenge #289 … “Leafy Goodness”

Here is my quick entry for this week’s “Diva Challenge … Leafy Goodness”.  I’m off to Central California to celebrate my father-in-law’s 90th birthday so not a lot of time for posting this morning!

With Fall in full swing, the subject this week centered on all the beautiful colors associated with the leaves of the season.  I reversed the colors on my tile, using it on the background.  This was applied with Tombo markers and blending pen.  I don’t think it’s visible from this photo, but when I finished I sprayed Imagine Crafts Shimmermist on top of my work.  It added such a nice accent.  I’ve never used the Shimmermist before and I’m afraid I might go crazy with it!  Perfect touch for the upcoming holidays!



Challenge #288 … “Simply Gourdgeous”

The Diva Challenge this week was to use the Zentangle pattern, “Gourdgeous”, a perfect pattern for Autumn.  I taught a pattern class last weekend and this was one of the patterns I introduced to the students.  I had to assure them that it takes a little practice to get the shaping right, but that all gourds are not created equal!

My whole life, October 1st has been my favorite day of the year.  Living by the water, I see a difference in the colors and smells around me … it just feels “fresh”.  Could it also be because my birthday is this month and I think we gravitate to the season in which we were born?  Scorpios rule!

And, because I love Fall, this challenge was a fun one for me.

img_1494Patterns used: Gourdgeous, Zander, Flux and Asclep (Cheryl Lees Haley)

“Just Patterns!” …

dsc_0009It seems that most classes offer a few new patterns to go along with “the theme of the day”.  This Sunday, October 9th, my class will center on “Just Patterns” so you can concentrate on learning several new tangles and adding them to your tangle library. The next time you want to create a “themed” tile, or ZIA, you’ll have more patterns to chose from!


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