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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Day to Tangle

I love spending the day with fellow tanglers. This weekend I taught the My Tangled Garden class to a couple of my return students.  Since they've tangled with me on many occasions and have taken my original garden class, I gave them a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure style class and let them opt for the white garden on black paper.  We played with white Gelly Roll pens, white charcoal and colored pencils, and the new Zenstones from Zentangle.
It's breathtaking to watch the ghostly gardens appear on the black background.  We explored a variety of new patterns too.  Didn't they do a beautiful job?
Next the Tangle Club met and enjoyed a few hours of tangling, chatting, and sharing new ideas.  I pulled out a fun project for everyone to try--scratch magic papers!  We used some animal stencils to create a variety of fun and colorful critters.  The different colors emerged before our eyes as we made our selections of patterns within or around our animal shapes.

It's getting close to Halloween, so I thought I should tangle a bat!  I love him.

Friday, September 20, 2013

In the Night Garden

One of my daughter's favorite TV shows is In The Night Garden.  It's a gentle, colorful, and dreamy show about a handful of doll-like characters having little adventures then drifting off to sleep.  The show starts and ends with a boat under a starry sky along plinky yet pretty music.

While tangling for my Tangled Garden class for this weekend, I thought it would be fun to make a larger garden on a 9x12 inch sheet of paper.  I often work on the beautiful toned papers, but when I reached for my paper pads, I accidentally grabbed the black paper.  Well, that was certainly a happy accident!

I loved watching my night garden blossom in the moonlight.  I explored about sixteen different patterns in this ZIA.  After tangling and finding a few new favorite patterns, I shaded and added some color.  I shaded with both a white charcoal pencil and the new Zenstone from Zentangle (yes, I have these in stock!).  I enjoyed having two different levels of shading so to speak.  The Zenstone provided a smooth, ghostly shade.  The stone feels good to hold too.  It's cool and has a nice weight.

Of course I needed some sparkle too to reflect the moonlight!

Welcome to my night garden....

Where do you tangle?

I carry a free cosmetic bag with me everywhere I go. It's a tune up bag rather than a touch up bag.  Filled with tiles and Microns, my bag helps me focus and regain my calm no matter where I am located.

I pull out my tangling bag of tricks in waiting rooms, lunch spots, and the car (as a passenger!).

Recently I found a new place to tangle. It was time for me to renew my license--yes, the dreaded RMV. There seems to be a universal disgust for the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Even in line, I heard complaints from other people about the wait or the general fact of being there.

I had a great time at the RMV!

Am I weird?  Maybe. For this visit, I chose to accept it for what it was--a necessary function to keep me driving. Instead of worrying about the time lost, I enjoyed having some quiet time to myself to tangle.  I worked on three pieces of an ensemble set. I had a great time, felt relaxed, and turned what could be an unpleasant situation into positive me-time.

Surprising I only had to wait thirty minutes. I had expected to be there for two hours so I was a bit disappointed I couldn't sit longer. Yes, maybe I am weird.

We are all busy. There's never enough time. I wonder if life would be easier if we could accept things for what they are and tried to make the most of them.

Here is the finished nine-tile ensemble that I worked on at the RMV.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tangle-A-Thon Thanks!

The Tangle-A-Thon fundraising event was a lot of fun last weekend.  We had a wonderful group of tanglers and fellow CZTs enjoying a creative and relaxing day.  People worked on a variety of their own projects in between mini lessons.

Even better, we raised $2,000 for TeamWalk for CancerCare at Lowell General Hospital.

It was a great day for a wonderful cause.  I hope you can join us next year!

We learned about different ways to play with stencils from CZT Elaine Huffman.

We made mini tangled boxes with CZT Terry Hathaway.  Check out this awesome one created by CZT Susan Nutting!

 Prizes prizes prizes!

We saw fabulous Stampin' Up creations by Diane Giarrusso.

There were several ensemble tile sets created by various CZTs on display.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

Thank you to our sponsors who have provided prizes and materials for Tangle-A-Thon:

Sakura of America
Emily Classon, CZT, MomZenArtist
Genevieve Crabe, CZT, Tangle Harmony
Design Originals and Fox Chapel Publishing
Diane Giarrusso, Diane Stamps
Elaine Huffman, CZT, Pleasant Valley Quilting
Sandy Hunter, CZT, Tanglebucket

Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Display

What makes me feel like an artist?

Seeing my art on exhibit certainly helps!  Read about my exhibit in the September 5, 2013 issue of The Andover Townsman too.  I'm feeling like a proud art mama right now.  :-)

Thanks to the Memorial Hall Library for providing a beautiful exhibit area.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tangled Poetry

I love writing and books.  I have dabbled with poetry throughout my life and have always been excited by language.  It only seems natural to combine my love of the written word with that of Zentangle® art!

For this ZIA, Zentangle-Inspired Art, I tangled a page from a book.  Gasp!  How could I rip apart a book?  Some books are worth keeping, rereading, and referencing.  Some are necessary in libraries, classrooms, and home bookshelves for years, yet others are merely useful as table proppers.

In this case, I found a book that I had in my collection that I no longer wanted.  I usually donate my like-new books to the library for their book sales, but I just couldn't part with this one.  It is about the Greek goddesses, another of my long-term favorite topics.  I felt inspired reading some of the pages, and I loved the font size and use of white space.  I knew I had to create art with this book.

After reading the page, I selected some words that spoke to me and reminded me of my spunky daughter.  My tangled poem is:

We Goddesses
my daughter
the kindest
loving to me
she was curious, high-spirited
brimming with ideas for bold adventures
she always won

I protected my words in mini boxes then filled the page with an assortment of tangle patterns.  It was fun to watch patterns evolve over the top of the text making the selected words pop.

This was a fun project.  Try it if you can part with a book.  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Family Fun

I recently taught a Zentangle® Basics class for a family including including kids and adults.  When planning for this mixed-age group, I started thinking about my daughter's recent school lessons about camping.  I felt inspired by the idea of being outside at night with flashlights and critters and ended up selecting patterns that felt almost cavelike.  I had a fantastic time teaching a variety of different patterns that would be fun for the kids as well as the adults.

It was an honor to teach the pattern Antz by fellow CZT Dilip Patel from my certification group.  I thought the kids would enjoy that one.  :-)

I like how each student explored different ways of filling the negative spaces within patterns.

Even more, I love how this family chose to participate in this experience together.  When people share the Zentangle Method with each other, amazing things can happen.  Tanglers bond over the shared experience of creating unique art.  They are inspired and challenged by each other.  When the mind and world get too busy, being around other people who enjoy tangling can be a helpful reminder to follow your own passions.  Even if creating Zentangle art is a private practice, it can be enhanced by the creative energy from others.  I loved watching the parents and kids comment on each other's work with enthusiasm.

Check out the fantastic tiles this family created!