As Winter Break comes to an end, I feel so much gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful opportunities I had to be creative and enjoy the process of creating art. It brought me so much joy, and it was exactly what I needed winter break to be about. To begin, I worked a lot on my 12 days of Zentangle Spinner. I put the finishing touches on one spinner and started (with Momma Deb) and completed a second one.
Then, while visiting Harrison Hot Springs, Momma Deb, our good friend Emily, and I tangled our tiles for the December Dash It All, Let's Tangle Challenge. We had to pick a tangle that was new to us in 2018 and that we really liked. I chose Ginili.
Next, our good friend Emily hosted a Artsy-Tanling "playdate" for Momma Deb and me. She went above and beyond. We focused on three different art projects (Zentangle Inspired) over almost 12 hours. Time flies when you are creating art! First, we worked on Eco-dyeing. Emily and I first learned about Eco-dyeing from Nancy Dawes at Tangle Island last spring. Momma Deb wasn't able to attend Tangle Island, and we knew she would love it so we showed her how it was done. This time around, we experimented with berries and veggies. The results were so beautiful.
While our Eco-Dyeing papers were "cooking" and drying, we began our next project which was Eni Oken's Fantasy Agates. Emily was so organized and had all the materials we needed for the lesson prepared in cute little bags. Eni's lesson was fun and we learned about choosing colour palettes, how to create Fantasy Agates using watercolour, and how to incorporate various tangles into our piece. Emily had been playing with fantasy agates for a bit and discovered that adding Twinking H2os added more drama to the tile! Great discovery, Em! I really enjoyed the process of the lesson and wasn't so worried about the outcome, but they definitely turned out beautiful.
The last project we worked on was Eni Oken's Metal Tangles. Once again, Emily was so organized and had all the materials we needed in a cute little bag for us. In the lesson, we learned how to use metal foil tape to create sparkly metallic tangles. I absolutely love getting to experiment with new materials and finding new uses for tools I already have. The whole process was fascinating. We ended up with very beautiful distressed pieces of metal art. Big thank you to Emily for hosting Momma Deb and I. The day was filled with so much laughter, joy, and creativity. We look forward to our next "playdate"!
Next up, I had the opportunity to teach one of my first multigenerational Zentangle 101: The Basics class. 3 grandma's brought 4 grandchild to a class. It was such a fun experience. I look forward to doing more classes like this in the future.
2018 was an inspiring, creative, and successful year! I look forward to continuing to learn, grow, and create lots of Zentangle Inspired Art in 2019. Happy Tangling to all and all the best in the coming year!