I took this really great book out of the library a couple of days ago. I haven't really read it, more getting ideas and inspirations for my tangles. Definitely on my "to purchase" list.
Some of the tangles I self-taught myself from the book include pods, nekton, shattuck, static, poke root, jonqual, flux, bales (variation), nipo, printemps, flukes, florz, yincut, squid, tangleation of flux, pepper tangleation, ynix, sedgling, huggins, chillon
Today, I went to my first Zentangle class. It was called Basic Zentangle, and I loved it! The instructor, Aleesha Sattva, is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). The class was in her very Zen condo in Burnaby. There were two other ladies in the class. We each received a basics kit to use and take home. The kit included White Zentangle Tiles, a Sakura Pigma Micron 01 black pen, a soft-leaded pencil, and a tortillion. I also bought extra White Zentangle Tiles, a binder with special pages to hold my tiles, and a Sakura Apprentice Pen (for colouring in my tangles).
Aleesha is an amazing instructor. We started the class with a guided meditation, and by the end of the mediation, it felt like my body and specifically hands were full creative energy! Aleesha guided us through the Zentangle method using a large sketchbook and sharpie, as we followed along on our White Zentangle Tiles.
At first, I found it difficult to not press too hard with my pen. I have always pressed hard with my pens (hence the permanent indent on my right finger),Aleesha suggested I hold something in my left hand while I'm tangling to lessen the need to push so hard with my right hand, and it worked!
I left the Basic Zentangle class feeling so excited and inspired! I am 100% sure I could not have found the creative energy or learned all the little gems of information in class from any online/google search. I can't wait for the next class...Beyond the Basics!
Basic Zentangle Kit
Basic Zentangle Class Tile #1
Basic Zentangle Class Tile #2
Basic Zentangle Class Tile #3
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