Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Zendala Class, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Please join us tomorrow to explore the Zendala. I've pictured here an almost finished Zendala that will be taught. Other examples will also be provided. As usual, students are encouraged to choose their own tangles if they wish. 

Zentangle: Zendalas®: 
Wednesday, October 25, 10:00 - 12:00. Class is planned for two hours, but may run longer. Students will benefit from having taken Zentangle 101.
$20.00 for instruction. Students should purchase the Sakura® Zentangle® Zendala Tool Set. These are available from Michael's.
Mandala” is usually translated to mean a circular shape of patterns organized around a center. It can also be used to represent wholeness or even as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. The geometric flow and circular structure of mandalas seems to invite the use of the Zentangle Method. The two meet to create a beautiful work of art. In this class, we will use pre-strung circular tiles to build mandalas with tangles, or ‘Zendalas’. New tangles will be taught to fill in the mirrored sections of our paper tiles. Students will choose compatible tangles for centered as well as border patterns. A demonstration will be provided for developing one’s own Zendala strings. Students are provided with all needed materials. Students should be familiar with the basic techniques of the Zentangle Method prior to taking this class.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Witch Gourd Class

I have the faces on and will tint tomorrow before the Zendala Gourd Witch Class. I have new tangles to use for the "skirts". The gourds are painted with outdoor black paint which has a sealer. The faces are made with air-dry clay. This tends to be a little dry and has some cracks, perfect for the weathered "witch" or forest person faces. I wish I had found the glass beads used for the eyes when I started the sample gourd. These really brought the faces to life. I still need to add the hats/scarves and hair, a great way to use up some odd yarn stashes.
I still have a few spots open. Send an email if interested in attending: tangledmoons2@gmail.com.
Class details are listed on my Classes page.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Zentangle Renaissance Class

I'm offering another Renaissance Tile class Monday, Octobber 2. These are the tan tiles and we'll use the brown tone ink pens, black pens as well as white charcoal pencils and white gel pens. I have been fascinated with the African Artist tangle by Swiss CZT Tina Hunziker. I recently sat through another of Eni Oken, CZT's classes on video showing the breakdown as only Eni can of African Artist. I thought this would lend itself to this tile beautifully. I try to include a mixture when I teach of traditional tangles, especially those that don't always get the spotlight, and tangles by other CZT's, whose creations are truly inspiring. We'll also include the traditional tangles, Mysteria and Vega. Students will be encouraged to create their own step-outs in class as they learn the tangles. 
Contact me at tangledmoons2@gmail.com if interested in attending. Prior experience is helpful, but not necessary for any of my classes. Please join us for a relaxing morning. The coffee will be hot.  

Zentangle: Renaissance Tiles 
Students should purchase the Sakura® Zentangle® Renaissance Tile/Pen Set, White. These are available from Michael's.
Monday, October 2, 10:00 - 12:00. Class is planned for two hours, but may run longer. 
Students will benefit from having taken Zentangle 101.
$20.00 for instruction. Students should purchase the Sakura® Zentangle® Renaissance Tool Set. These are available from Michael's.

In this class, students will become familiar with the techniques that will give their work that recognizable Renaissance look and feel. They will explore tangles from a new angle. Working on Zentangle Renaissance Tiles (tan), students will use brown, black and white pens to work the surface, and continue to create shadow and highlight with graphite and white charcoal pencils. Using the paper as a neutral starting point, they will use white pencil to work towards light or to create highlights and then use black and sepia ink to work towards dark or create shading Students should be familiar with the basic techniques of the Zentangle Method prior to taking this class.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fall Classes Forming

Sorry, but class was cancelled. Contact me if you'd like to hold a private class or to purchase one made, see my Etsy store, Tangled Moons. 
Fall Zentangle® classes are being scheduled, as well as a new Explosion Box class that will be offered through the Wayne County Arts Council for two nights in October. Please check the Classes page to see times, dates and descriptions.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tangled Gift Card Holder

I learned a new aspect of my Cricut machine today - Patterns. Thanks to the Official Cricut Facebook page and entries by Kayla Makes on the July 21, 2017 entry of the Cricut Blog, and the July 14, 2017 entry by Everyday Jenny, I decided to try uploading one of my Zentangle mandalas as a pattern to use on a gift card holder. It worked great. I will definitely upload more of my tangles. Not only can I change the size of the pattern, but I can work with it to fill an area with multiple images. This opens the gate for a lot of new projects for me and my students.

I also need to give a shout out to Eni Oken who shared a You Tube video by Ellen Wolters with me to help with Parte Dos. I've tried this tangle before with little success. I decided to use the pencil grid as in the video and it made all the difference. Here's a rough sketch, still very much in progress. This will be a new class offered in the Fall called Niddy Griddies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Relearning Tangles

I signed up for Eni Oken's online classes today because I was feeling a little stale and needed inspiration. It was a good decision on my part. Eni, as most tanglers know, is so creative and approaches Zentangle® in a really original and refreshing way. Her knowledge of shading is amazing.
The video I watched featured the tangle, Showgirl, created by Vicki Bassett. I've drawn this tangle a few times before, but Eni's precise instructions on how to draw this tangle were illuminating. I loved the shading. I have several Showgirls started and only finished the one in the photos.
I have been staring at a top set that my friend, Terry brought us from her recent trip to Okinawa. There is a wooden disk and also a blank white paper disk. Terry and Bliss started theirs at our last Zentangle meet in June, but mine has sat on my work table waiting for me. I used this to practice one of the Showgirls. I didn't include all of the tangles used in the video, but it is limited in space. I think it worked out nicely. It also spins really well. I think this would be a wonderful idea for a kid's tangle class. I will gradually finish my long sheet of practice Showgirls, maybe with even more color and tangles. Until then, Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Tangle "Spoken"

The newest tangle from Rick and Maria is a beautiful, complex one called "Spoken." You can find the step-out on their latest Zentangle® newsletter. I have been playing with the tangle using a scrap piece of cardstock that I used to stamp some succulent stamps, leaving their outlines in olive green and raspberry. I thought the scrap was too pretty to throw away and would make a nice background for Zentangle.
I'm not too happy with the largest inner circle, but may go back and redo it. Wait! There are no mistakes in Zentangle. Hmmm... I may have to alter it a little, though.