New Intro Class

I’ll be teaching a new introductory class, focusing on using Zentangle to practice mindfulness. Emphasis will be on on enjoying the process of creating, being present in the moment, and letting go of expected outcomes. We will go through the steps of the Zentangle process, using the 3.5″ paper tiles, pens, and pencils to create patterns that form beautiful compositions.

Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$35, includes mini Zentangle kit to keep

The location of the class is Holistic Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 42051 Wilson Memorial Drive, Chassell, MI

Register by contacting me via the side bar on this page or visit the Holistic Center for Mind, Body & Spirit’s Facebook page . Be sure to “Like” the page and check out the other events that are scheduled. This Zentangle Class will be added to the events listing soon.

Hope you will be able to join us.

Below is a page from my Zentangle journal. This is the page before shading.

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And here it is after some shading.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Fun with PanPastels

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I recently ordered a set of PanPastels and had a chance to play with them.If you don’t know what they are, here is a site that explains. I enjoyed experimenting with them on this blank Zendala tile, and then tangling with a 02 Micron pen. I used a larger tip pen to prevent the fine colored power from clogging the nib. The colors are very subtle, and difficult to see in the picture – they are somewhat brighter in real life. Tangles used: Flux, Alice (from a “Tangle Speak” Deck Vol 1. (Found here), and Jacki (by Sandy Steen Bartholomew).

It was fun using these gentle colors, and I think they will find their way in more of my tangle creations in the future.

Thanks for stopping by.

Seashells on Tan Class

I taught this Zentangle Inspired Art Class at Keweenaw Gem & Gift on Saturday, June 11th. This method of using shells as strings, tangling,  light tinting with colored pencils, and adding highlights and shadows was developed by Marty Deckel, CZT in collaboration with Jenny Perruzzi, CZT. Visit the Tints on Tan™ etsy site for access to some of the kits that are available. Please also visit Jenny’s site for more tangle goodies.

We had a great time playing with the shell shapes, tangles, and colored pencils to make these beautiful tinted tiles. A variety of tangles were used including: Printemps, Finery, Tipple, Antidot, and Flux.

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They all look great! Each a little different, with the artist’s own flare.

Thanks to all the students who participated and to Keweenaw Gem & Gift for the wonderful space for class.

Intro to Zentangle Class at New Location

Since the closing of Your Crazy Place, I have not had a place to teach classes. I am happy to say that due to the generosity of Cindy and Ken Flood, I have a lovely room in the new location of Keweenaw Gem & Gift shop in Houghton. The classroom is very bright and cheerful and I am grateful to have an opportunity to use it.

This past Saturday, March 12th, I met with 6 Zentangle students for an introductory class in this wonderful new space. Here is the mosaic of their first tile:

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Tangles used: Crescent Moon, Jetties (and variations), Emingle, Hibred

For the second tile, we worked with Ing and Molygon. We didn’t quite finish that one, but here’s a picture of my tile that I finished later:

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Tangles used: Ing, Molygon, Flux

Thanks to the students who participated in the class. I had a wonderful time and after teaching,  I am always inspired and re-energized for my own Zentangle practice.

And thanks again to Keweenaw Gem & Gift for the wonderful location! If you haven’t visited there, please stop by to see their wonderful selection of native ore, jewelry, and other one-of-a kind gifts.

June Introduction to Zentangle

Three students joined me to learn the basics of the Zentangle method on June 27, 2015 at Your Crazy Place in Houghton. We had a lovely time enjoying the relaxing but deliberate process of putting pen to paper. Below are the tiles that were created.

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April Zendala Class at Your Crazy Place

I had the pleasure of sharing the process of creating Zendalas with four creative and enthusiastic students at Your Crazy Place shop in Houghton. A Zendala is the combination of a mandala with Zentangle.

For the first Zendala we completed, we drew our own outline string on a blank Zendala tile using common household items (e.g. bottle caps and jar lids) to trace the circles. I love how they are each unique and each beautiful.2015-04-25 12.16.05

For the next Zendala, we used one with the guiding string already on the circular tile. These pre-strung Zendala tiles, made by Zentangle, are available with several different patterns of strings. These tiles are fun to use, as the string-making step is already done and you can jump right into the tangling.

Below is the picture of the start that the students made using the pre-strung tiles.

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They have a great beginning to these lovely Zendalas.

Thanks to the students for an enjoyable and pleasant teaching experience.

Zentangle Class for WIND Group

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On Wednesday evening (4/1/15) I had the pleasure of sharing the Zentangle experience with the Women in New Directions (WIND) group at Your Crazy Place. These ladies are very creative, spirited,  and supportive to one another. They all made wonderful Zentangle tiles, each with their own style.

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I so enjoyed my time with these inspiring women. Thank you so much!

If you are interested in learning more about the WIND group in Houghton, visit their Facebook page here.

I want to thank Michelle, the owner of Your Crazy Place in downtown Houghton for donating the use of her wonderful art space. Check out their Facebook page for more art classes offered there (including a variety of Zentangle classes).

I also want to thank Beth Jukari for the beautiful art class she gifted me for doing the class for the WIND group. I love it!

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Your Crazy Place March 2015 Intro to Zentangle Class

On Saturday, March 21, I was fortunate to be able to share my love of Zentangle with four more new students.

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Our first tile: Tangles used: Crescent Moon, Flux, Bales, and Msst.

They all commented on the fact that although they all learned the same tangles, their finished tiles were each unique!

Tangles used: Flukes, Printemps, Nzepple, Shattuck.

Tangles used: Flukes, Printemps, Nzepple, Shattuck.

I really enjoyed introducing these four lovely women to  Zentangle. I also find my enthusiasm for tangling renewed by sharing it with others! Thanks, Ladies!

Fun with Color Zentangle Class

On February 21st, 2015 I shared some Zentangle Color play with four ladies at Your Crazy Place in Houghton. Having no formal art education, I felt a little nervous venturing into the world of color. So, in preparation for this class, I reviewed some basic color theory on the internet. I shared this information with the class and we talked about the color wheel, complementary colors, and some ideas for choosing colors. I recommended this website (design seeds) for color combination ideas.

We used the official Zentangle tiles for all of our color play. We made watercolor backgrounds using an inexpensive set of watercolors. We taped the tiles down to prevent curling and set them aside to dry. Then we tangled on them using a Sakura Pigma 05 pen, which has a harder nip and doesn’t clog as easily as the regular micron pens we typically use for tangling.

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I love the colors they chose!

We also played with watercolor pencils. With this technique, first you tangle on a tile, then you color with the pencils, and then use a water brush to blend the colors.

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There is also a watercolor background tile in this picture.

Some of the tangles used : Gneiss, Huggins, Vitruvius.

I appreciate the openness and sense of play that the students brought to the class. I think we all learned something.

Introductory Class at Your Crazy Place, January 17, 2015

Four students joined me for an introduction, or for some, a re-introduction to the Zentangle process of making art. We had a wonderful time playing with tangles and relaxing at the very comfortable studio space of Your Crazy Place in downtown Houghton.

Below are their tile mosaics:

Tangles used: Crescent Moon, Rain, Ennies, Quipple

Tangles used: Crescent Moon, Rain, Ennies, Quipple

Hibred, Flukes, Twing, Zander

Hibred, Flukes, Twing, Zander

Thanks for joining me for the class, ladies. Hope you all continue to enjoy your Zentangle journey.