This week, I attended a Zentangle Watercolour Demonstration Workshop at Opus. The workshop costed $15 (not including supplies) and there were about five of us. We learned four tangles (only one tangle was new to me, but it was nice to practice the ones I already knew and see how others made them their own). Before we tangled, we did a water colour wash on one tile. We were instructed to first wet our tile a lot, then apply colour, and then dab the excess coloured water off the tile to create a tie dye effect. Having taken a water colour class before, I used a little bit of a different technique with my water brush and used a large piece of water colour paper instead of a tile. While we waited for our tiles to dry, we meditated. Next, we tangled. I was in the middle of working on a collection of water colour pieces that I was framing for in my bathroom so I decided to tangle on those instead of the piece I had just water coloured in the class. The tangles we learned were Printemps, B'Tweed, Florz, Emingle. Again, it was really fun tangling in a group setting. All the ladies at this demo were also at the last demo. At the end, we created a mosaic (see below). When I got home, I finished the last piece for my framed watercolour art for the bathroom (see below). I was very pleased how it turned out. My husband suggested I hashtag it #artwhereyoufart, he's a witty guy sometimes.
Very pleased with the finished product! #artwhereyoufart
This week I attended an Intro to Zentangle Demonstration Workshop at Opus. The workshop costed $15 (not including supplies) and there were about eight of us. We learned four tangles (three of which were new to me) on one tile (I did two tiles at the same time). The tangles we learned were Crescent Moon, Facade, Munchin, Vitruvius. It was really fun tangling with others again. I usually tangle solo. I really enjoy seeing how different each person's tile ends up even though we do the same four tangles. Most of the participates had never tangled before but I learn a lot from their questions and various techniques/styles of tangling. At the end, we created a mosaic (below). I look forward to the Watercolour Demonstration Workshop that I signed up for next week.
A couple weeks ago, I was invited to join a facebook group called Random Act of Zentangle. The group is open to anyone currently practicing the art of Zentangle and leaving works in a public place where it can be found by someone else. It is also open to anyone who finds a RAZ (Random Act of Zentangle).
Random Acts of Zentangle are usually tiles that have been lovingly tangled and left for someone to find. I was inspired to tangle bookmarks (instead of tiles) because I have been checking out a lot of books from the library lately, and I thought if might be fun to leave a RAZ in the books that I really enjoy.
Here are my first two RAZs (Random Acts of Zentangle).
On the back of each bookmark, I included a little blurb that says...
You have found a
Random Act of Zentangle!
A special work of art left here especially for you.
Keep it or give it away
Enjoy your day!
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At first, I had an uneasy feeling about sending my RAZ into the world. What if people didn't like it. What if they judged me? What if they just threw it in the garbage? What if no one ever found it? But then I decided to focus on how much I love tangling and how much I enjoyed making each bookmark. I focused on the possibility that all the positive energy I put into making each RAZ had the potential to brighten someone's day, and then I remembered the following quote which made me feel okay sending my RAZ out into the world....
"Every time you put something positive into the universe, the world changes. Your kindness invites miracles to show up, not just in your world, but in the whole world". ~ Unknown Author