Friday, May 25, 2018

Zenbuttons, Zenbuttons, Zen Awesome Buttons!

Please see my Class Page: I'm teaching this Monday, July 23, 2018.

Something new has been introduced lately in the Zentangle World - Zen Buttons. Developed by CZT Marguerite Samama, who was influenced by Rick Roberts' and Maria Thomas' primer lesson on Recticula and Fragments. They are highly addictive and so beautiful. The best thing is that they're loads of fun to make, from base to finished product. I am so grateful for the influence of so many people in Zentangle, including my students.

My main, completed almost, button above was done with colored pencils, layered with some markers. I found the result a little difficult to lay down ink over the waxy pencil. I tried using white charcoal pencil, but ended up with the white Zentangle pencil.

I got the idea of trying an art spinner to lay down some base color from Eni Oken. I have been experimenting today with different pens/markers and a little water color.  I found an art spinner at Michaels that was battery-driven and pricier than I had planned to spend, but I had a coupon, so it came home with me yesterday. The following attempts use different markers.
 I first tried using just Tombow markers, brush end on watercolor paper. I like how smoothly this went on. By holding down the pen in one spot, I was able to get a darker line or section. I think this helps with shading later and keeps me from having to use as much overlay of shading, marker or pencil.
I next tried some of my Spectrum Noir pens on watercolor paper. I wasn't getting the coverage I wanted, so tried watercolors blended with Tombow marker with a water brush. I think my water brush was a little too wet, hence the color streaks that I didn't want. I do love the earthy colors, so I will tangle this later and just see how I can incorporate these streaks.
I next tried the Spectrum Noir pens on cardstock. It had even less coverage than on watercolor paper, but still an interesting effect. One thought is that the white spaces may work into a highlighted area when tangled. After all, I'm looking at these spins as just a starting point. I think I could sit with this spinner just making circles all day. I also have a lot of watercolor pieces left from making the watercolor explosion boxes. I am getting some ideas now of what to do with them! 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Zentangle Bokeh Faces Class

We had a really fun class yesterday. As usual, I overplanned, so we didn't quite finish like I had wanted to. In any case, we did get the backgrounds done, each student creating a unique bokeh effect on watercolor paper. They used Tim Holtz and Stampin' Up! stamp pads to lay the foundation, then overlaid them with Brillance white stamping ink and their circle stencils. I had cut these on the Cricut machine. My students said they would need an entire weekend to do this whole class. I am planning to do this again on video to offer as an online class, hopefully starting on it next week. I know my students have enough experience, however, to finish these on their own. I can't wait to see their finished art pieces.
Bokeh is a photography technique, but can be replicated with stamps. You can get different effects depending on the materials used. While my students worked, I placed the white circles on the base of a watercolor explosion box that I had inked with Tim Holtz spray inks. I loved the effect. It does take a lot longer to dry than the ink pads. Maybe I saturated it too much with multiple layers. I love the effect and the look. I'd love to do an entire box with this technique.
I'm posting the partially finished work to show the different looks that can be gained with Bokeh. I'll add the finished picts when they're done.
Next week, we will be creating doilies with Martha Stewart punches to use a lacy mandalas.

Friday, February 23, 2018

New Classes

I have two new classes in the works, plus I'm now working on doing these both in person and online. The online classes are going to be a little further down the line as I continue to be busy with my Etsy shop, Tangled Moons. I'm not sure if these will be downloadable or as Google Chat/Skype-style classes to be done live one-on-one or with a group. I'm very open to both.

The first class, in person, will be March 14th, Wednesday, right now planned at my home in Goldsboro, NC. We will be using Jane Davenport face stencils to tangle a Mother's Day or other type greeting card. We will use stamps to pre-color the background using a bokeh effect, next stamp faces, then finish with tangles for hair, jewelry, etc. 

The second class will be creating layered zendalas, Wednesday, March 21. We'll be using Martha Stewart punches to create round doily-like forms. The background will be some lovely gray Stonehenge paper sheets I purchased a few years ago from Ann Grasso. We will tangle the die-cuts as well as the gray sheets, then layer to create additional depth.

I have also been subcribing to Eni Oken's classes for a while now. She is another CZT who comes up with some incredible ideas. I love her idea for organizing tangling projects/classes onto recipe cards. I am hoping to start using these for my own classes taught and bugeoning ideas. We haven't had our coffee tangling meetups for a while now and I think this would be a really fun project to share ideas. I find myself with too many notebooks taking up too much space. To eliminate some of these is my goal here. I'd like to divide my "stuff" into sections: Stepouts (which could be further broken down into border tangles, organic tangles, compatible tangles, etc), Classes taught, New Ideas, etc. Between an upcoming craft fair, new classes developing, Etsy orders, husband's birthday and company coming (housework!), I need some way to channel everything to get done!

As always, I welcome feedback and ideas.

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:
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 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.