Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fall Classes Forming

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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mother's Birthday Box Card

I love the new Paper Pumpkin Kit. It has so many possibilities. I played around with the idea of a special box card for a Mother's Birthday card using black cardstock and watercolor paper. The box is a 4" cube with only the one layer and lid.
I started with a 12" square sheet, scored every 4 inches around and cut out the corners. The lid is cut at 7" square, scored at 1 3/8" around. Cut opposite just up to center for tabs. Don't cut out the corners.

I cut the watercolor paper to about 3 7/8" square and used the watercolor pencils that came with the Paper Pumpkin Kit. I then overlaid the watercoloring when dry with the stamp sets and black archival ink spot.
The pink heart was done with the resist heart from the kit and the two pink watercolor pencils. Black and white striped washi tape completed the box.
The blank sides are left in order to add photographs for your Mom. After all, wouldn't she want some photos of you or maybe some grandkids?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Make a Medallion Card

What a night! My husband had successful minor surgery yesterday to have a skin cancer removed from his cheek. At the same time, our dog was not feeling well yesterday and wouldn't eat. His GI habits were also not up to par. Night came and the dog still wouldn't eat. I went to sleep while Henry had to sit up in his recliner for the night. About 2:30, our dog, Benjen woke me to go outside, unusual for him. This began several trips out through the morning. We made an appointment at the vet, but ended up taking him in early to leave until the vet could see him. Poor baby.

Our oldest cat decided we hadn't had enough excitement and apparently had too much sleep. He has ended up with medication today as well to settle his stomach. Needless to say, neither of us is operating on full cylinders today.

Despite all of this, I need to make better progress on getting ready for a Craft Fair April 1st, so I started trolling the internet for some inspiration. I am trying to improve my card-making skills, so today I looked up "clean and simple cards." I found a nice explanation at this website ( by Operation Write Home. I was also watching a You Tube video by Barb Stamps. I liked the clean simple lines of her card, but didn't have all the same products on hand.

I'm sure you've found yourself in this situation. Fortunately, Stampin' Up! products flow so well into each other that I did manage to make this card today, influenced by Barb. I used the following materials pictured here:

Delicate Details Photopolymer Stamps, Classic Stampin' Pads, Peekaboo Peach, Chocolate Chip, and Tip Top Taupe, a large acrylic stamp block.

I also used Make a Medallion Photopolymer Stamp Set, 2 medium acrylic blocks and one smaller block, brown & white Baker's Twine, a 5.5" x 8.5" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, scored at 4.25" and a piece of Oh So Succulent Designer Paper cut at 4" x 5.25". The tab is about 3.5" x .75" of Very Vanilla. I also used Dimensionals for the medallion and friend tab. The medallion was stamped with Peekaboo Peach and Chocolate Chip and the words were stamped with Tip Top Taupe. The inside wass stamped with Peekabook Peach and a stamp that coordinated well with the medallion stamps.

Our baby is back home now, maybe a little better and full of new meds to be given for the next several days. He did eat a couple of bites of dinner. Here's hoping for a full night's sleep for all.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Zentangle Explosion Box March 13

Zentangle an Explosion Box: Monday, March 13, 10:00 am - 12 noon

$20.00 for instruction and explosion box. Students should bring their own pens. Students will begin adding tangles to a watercolor paper explosion box. Students may choose to leave their box white or use Tombow pens (provided for use during class) to add a watercolor background first. The boxes contain many surfaces, so the completion will probably be done after class.