This fall, along with teaching my regular classes, I will be partnering with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture and offering beginning Zentangle workshops to adults at Karen Magnussen. Registration is now open!
They each did a similar string on a plain 3z tile. The tangle is Paradox.
We used pop ups to elevate an Aquafleur bijou tile on a plain white regular tile tangled with Umble.
Last week, I had the opportunity to head up to Penticton and teach a few Zentangle 101: Demo Classes to some very special people.
A couple of Momma Deb's friends took a demo class.
Some of my very good friends from high school took a demo class.
And finally, I did an apprentice class with some of my friends' kids and their friends.
Overall, it was a whirlwind of a week and we all had a really great time! I really appreciated all the feedback everyone gave me and I look forward to teaching many more classes and sharing my knowledge of the Method of Zentangle with others.
This past weekend, I attended Tangle Island in Parksville, BC Canada for the second year in a row. Our CZTs, Jerryann Haggart and Nancy Dawes, introduced us to various new tools, techniques and materials. Some of the highlights of the weekend included...
...learning to use a parallel pen...
...playing with gold leaf...
...creating a never ending card...
...and learning to quill.
As always, it is was so wonderful to be in a room full of like minded people who are passionate about tangling. I look forward to what is in store for us next year!
The weeks following CZT Seminar #26 have been a whirlwind. I started by organizing all the supplies and materials I had purchased at seminar for future classes. As well, I needed to figure out what it would actually look like teaching a class in my condo.
I was most appreciative to have Momma Deb's help in this process. It was a lot of fun designing packaging and creating class kits together.
I designed and ordered contact cards, postcard flyers, and a couple of other goodies from Vistaprint. I am very pleased with how they turned out!
Something Rick Roberts' (co-creator of Zentangle) said during seminar really struck a chord with me. He said, "You only teach your first class once". His statement stuck with me for weeks following seminar. I am a very sentimental person and often times can be very emotional, so it was very important to me who my first students were going to be.
When I returned from CZT #26, there was a lot of interest from friends and family to take a Zentangle class. There were even a few individuals who connected with me from referrals from other CZTs in other cities, provinces, and countries. I was so grateful for all the enthusiasm and even a little bit overwhelmed as well. All of sudden (almost overnight) I was finally going to be able to do what I had waited almost a year and a half to do, teach my very own Zentangle classes. Then it became clear to me, I knew exactly who my first students would be! The two people who have supported me so much through my whole Zentangle journey to become a CZT, Momma Deb and my husband Andrew.
Momma Deb and Andrew were great students and their Zentangle 101: The Basics tiles turn out amazingly! I appreciated their constructive feedback on the class, and they really helped me find my confidence to teach the Method of Zentangle.
Since my first class with Momma Deb and Andrew, I have taught two more Zentangle 101: The Basics classes which went very well!
I am really enjoying teaching the Method of Zentangle. I find it very meditative watching others drawing one pen stroke at a time. I look forward to the future classes I have booked and I have been working on finding ways to let people know about Zentangle and the classes I am offering. I finally updated my CZT profile on the Zentangle Website, and I created an instructor's profile page on the Opus Art Supplies Website,
I have also been putting up postcard flyers and contact cards around town. Big thank you to my husband, Andrew, for being able to safely pull the car over when I (at the last minute) spot a community board to place my items!
If you or someone you know is interested in learning the Method of Zentangle, please do not hesitate to contact me via email email@example.com or phone/text 604-219-2445 to set up a class. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for the Method of Zentangle with you! Happy Tangling!
Wow! It's hard to believe that three weeks ago, I was in Providence, Rhode Island attending the first night of the 26th Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar. The four days of seminar were four of the most amazing days. I have struggled since I got home to find the words to write to truly articulate my experience, and at this point, I feel like I just have to put pen to paper (or should I say fingers to keyboard), and see what happens.
Since I had a little of time before my first session, I decided to meet up with my new canadian friend, visit the student gallery and of course...visit the Zentangle store!
I compare walking into the Zentangle store to the first time I walked into a particular teacher warehouse store in Vancouver, I got so giddy I almost passed out.
During my first visit to the store (I think I visited the store 3 times a day each day during seminar), I picked up a CZT apron, and two books. There are many Zentangle books out in the world, but there are only two books written by Maria and Rick. I purchased The Book of Zentangle, and The Primer Vol. 1 in hopes that Rick and Maria would sign them for me.
At 4:30pm on Sunday, April 9, 2017, we started session one of Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar #26. All 12 of our sessions were held in the most beautiful ballroom I have ever been in (and I've seen a lot of ballrooms from my days working at a party event/decorating company).
Each day was packed from morning to night with opportunities to learn, explore, experience, and connect. The entire Zentangle family (Rick, Maria, Molly, Martha, Sue, Jean, Julie, and the rest of the crew) were so amazing. I really appreciated how well everything was organized and I felt they were taking good care of us (the newest members to the CZT family). After each session, we would have some sort of a break, either a snack or meal. I was so pleased that there was always a gluten free option provided for me (and many others with allergies). Each time I returned to my seat after a break time, I was pleasantly surprised to see a new item at my spot that we would be exploring or learning about. It was like Christmas in April. Each time we completed a tile we would put them in a basket, and Sue and Jean would arrange them into a beautiful mosaic. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seens is a mosaic of tiles created by future CZTs. It always amazes me how different and unique each tile looks even thought we are all following the same instructions. I also found it ironic how difficult it was for me to find my tile. We created 25 tiles using 36 tangles over 4 days.
I was 1 of 110 people attending CZT Seminar #26. There were people from Argentina, Australia, Canada (only 3 of us), Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Macau, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Taiwan, UK, and USA. Although I did not get to meet every single person attending the seminar, the people I did connect with were pretty amazing.
Along with many beautiful tiles and mosaics we created, we also collaborated on a beautiful piece. One person won the original, and the rest of us received a print of it.
During one of the evening festivities, Rick and Maria held a book signing session. I had them sign my Book of Zentangle and Primer Vol. 1
The last day of seminar was an emotional one. I was filled with so many emotions that even now thinking about it I can't really articulate it. Graduating from Zentangle Seminar #26 was one of the proudest days I have had so far in my life.
I have nothing but appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity I had to be part of Zentangle Seminar #26. I am over-joyed to be apart of the CZT community and family. I am so looking forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of the Method of Zentangle with others, and I really look forward to see what opportunities unfold in the coming years.
At first, I was disappointed that seminar was moving to a different location. I had read and heard so many amazing things from past CZTs about Hotel Providence where the first 25 seminars had been held. My disappointment faded when I read that this year's seminar would include lots of new material including two more class segments! And my disappointment was completely gone once I did a little more research into Hotel Biltmore. It looks stunning! It will also be neat to be apart of the first group of CZTs to graduate from the new location.
After a very quick phone call to the hubby at home, and a brief chat with Momma Deb (she was on the ferry with me) I registered to attend CZT Seminar #26. Shortly after, I received an email from Martha, at Zentangle Inc., confirming my registration and outlining various details. Then, I joined the CZT #26 FB group. This FB group is for future CZTs registered to attend the training seminar. It has been fun getting to know my fellow tanglers before the seminar. I try to connect with each person who comments in the group. There are people from all over the world, including Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Germany, UK, Russia, Taiwan, and the USA. Of course, I am totally that girl posting a count down just in case people forget how many days are left until seminar. The thought of spending four days with like-minded tanglers who are passionate about learning the Zentangle Method leaves me feeling giddy.
A couple weeks ago, I received my Zentangle Seminar #26 Welcome package in the mail! It was a very exciting moment, and it just made everything coming up seem that much more real.
In preparation for the CZT Seminar #26, I have been working on creating tangled bookmarks that I can give out to people I would like to keep in contact with after seminar. It is not clear how many people will be attending my seminar, but in the past I have heard there can be well over 100 people. My goal is to create 100 tangled bookmarks that will include all my contact information on the back. I got a good start on my goal, while attending the BCTF AGM over Spring Break, but I still have many more to do.
Preparing for CZT Seminar #26 also inspired me to download/purchase the Zentangle Mosaic App. At first, I was a little intimidated by the app, the art work being posted was out of this world (it shows up on the "waterfall"). For me, I felt it was important that my entire collection of completed tiles be uploaded to the app. This took a long time to do (hours and days to be specific), but I am so happy I did it because now, when people ask me about Zentangle, I take my phone out and bring up the app. They can look at every single tile I have ever created, as well as beautiful art work from others. I was very nervous to post my first tiles I completed in my first basic Zentangle class, but I got over that as I was delighted to see how my tiles have evolved and changed over time. All my tiles are grouped into "mosaics". See a sneak peek below.
Within the app, you can "appreciate" an artist, or their tile. You can leave comments on other's tiles, and you can send private messages to an artist. I know there is much more I still need to learn about the Zentangle Mosaic app and I'm hoping to talk to others at the CZT Seminar #26 about their experiences with it. If you are looking for inspiration, I encourage you check out the Zentangle Mosaic App, and if you want to check out some of (or all 197 of) my tiles you can find them under Dashtangles. Happy Tangling!
I have been so busy starting various Dashtangles projects this month, and I am so excited to see how these projects unfold in the coming months.
Next, I have been developing classes that will focus on teaching children and adults the Zentangle Method. These classes might be called... Zentangle 101: The Basics or Zentangle 201: Beyond the Basics, etc. Furthermore, I have been looking at various available spaces to teach (ex. after-school programs, community centres, public spaces, and my home). Where would you like to learn to tangle? I'm open to suggestions.
I have to say, I'm not the most tech savvy person, and there were definitely some challenges in setting up all of these projects, but I'm pretty proud of myself for persevering through and succeeding!
One year ago today, I took my first Basic Zentangle Class with Aleesha Sattva. In some ways, I'm like, “WHOA, one year already? That went so fast! I have so much more to learn!!!” Then, in other ways, I'm like, “WHAT? Only one year?!! It feels like I’ve been doing this much longer!”
My first Zentangle tiles from my first Zentangle class
Needless to say, the last 365 days have been a whirlwind. When I reflect on the last year, two words that come to mind are love and gratitude. Every day since that first class with Aleesha, my love for this art form has grown deeper and deeper. The love and gratitude I have are influenced by the people I have met, and the opportunities I have had along the way.
Some highlights from the last 365 days include…
My life has become more enriched in the last 365 days from my desire to learn the Art of Zentangle, and I can feel my desire to share the Art of Zentangle with others growing stronger as well. Therefore, in just over 80 days, I will be travelling to Providence Rhode Island to attend Zentangle Teacher Training (CZT#26), and become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Oh, man, as I am writing this I’m crying. My husband is chuckling at me. He wants me to write why I’m crying, but I don't think I can find the words right now...
To add to this amazing opportunity, after I am done Zentangle Teacher Training, I will be spending a few days in New York City. To top it all off, momma Deb, the person who first introduced me to Zentangle, will be joining me on this whirlwind adventure! For those who know us well, know how much we love our adventures.
I have some big ideas, goals, and plans once I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher, and I can’t wait for what the next year will bring and how the next 365 days will unfold. I am truly grateful to have a creative outlet to help me through all the ups and downs of my wonderful life. I appreciate how it has helped me take time to notice and reflect. It has helped me have more patience with myself and it has built my confidence as an artist, although, I am still very hesitant to use that word to describe myself.
In conclusion, as I embark on the second year of my Zentangle journey, I think it is important to express my gratitude and appreciation to all the wonderful people who have supported me this past year. Thank you to all the creative Zentangle artists I have had the privilege of getting to know (in person and online). These artists have truly inspired me through their art to push my own creative boundaries. Thank you to all the Dashtangles followers who have followed and liked my social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Thank you to all my family and close friends who have spent time looking at my creations, listened to me ramble on about my new projects and future plans; and of course an extra special thank you to momma Deb and my husband, Andrew for always being supportive and encouraging along the way.
To get into the holiday spirit, I decided to participate in this year's Zentangle "12 days" series. For the past couple of years, the creators of Zentangle have used the traditional holiday song The 12 days of Christmas as a fun way to explore and create amazing zentangle-inspired creations. This year, The 12 days of 3zs celebrated the new three-sided tiles that were introduced at ZenAgain. For twelve days, we focused on one tangle a day. Those creating the tiles at Zentangle used the day's tangle plus any of the other tangles we used on previous days (like how it goes in the song), but I choose to simple focus on the one tangle of that day for each tiles, I also used regular square tiles as I do not yet have the 3z tiles. The details outlined on the Zentangle blog went as follows...
My completed 12 days of 3zs...on regular tiles
On the first day of the Five Days of Mandala Magic, we began with an introduction to the mandala, and the significance of the circle as symbol. We drew various circles free hand. Some spiraled out, some spiraled in, some we continuously filled in, and we reflected on each circle as we drew it. Next we used the compass to draw a circle, and learned about the trinity. I do not have a very good compass and was getting very frustrated with it. Note to self...pick up new compass. We also had a brief introduction to Dr. Carl Jung and his mandala work.
On the fifth day of the Five Days of Mandala Magic, we were introduced to the Flower of Life symbol and Julie gifted us a Guide/Summary Book of the workshop with step by step instructions for each tutorial! So grateful to have so I can look back and remember all the steps and history.
*** Update Dec 2016- momma Deb is here visiting for Christmas and she surprised me with a little project. She brought four canvases, acrylic paints and brushes. We each created two pieces based on our teachings from the five days of Mandala. I think they turned out pretty well, and we had so much fun!
I can not think of a better way to spend the first day of October then with Momma Deb at a Zentangle class, taught by the wonderful Jerryann Haggart, in beautiful Parksville, BC.
In this autumn themed workshop, we started by searching for "found poetry" on pages from a book called "Leaves of Gold". Using a Clear Sakura Glaze 3D Glossy pen, we selected words and phrases that "spoke" to us. Next, we selected various leaves Jerryann had collected and shared with us. We arranged the leaves on our pages and traced them in pencil.
Next, we used twinkling H2Os and leaves to practice three techniques on our Zentangle tiles. For the first technique, we placed a leaf on a tile and painted over the leaf to create a negative space shaped like a leaf. For the second technique, we placed a leaf on a tile and with a clean brush, brushed water over the leaf onto the tile. This created a negative space shaped like a leaf as well. Next, we dabbed touches of colour (Twinkling H20s) onto the wet surface and let them do their magic. The final technique we practiced was painting a leaf with Twinkling H20s and pressing it onto a tile.
After some time practicing the three techniques on Zentangle times, we began adding colour to our "found poetry" pages.
While waiting for our "found poetry" pages to dry, we learned four tangles. These tangles included Indyrella with Printemps, Zenplosion, Florz with Fescue, and Finery.
Using a Gelly Roll Gold pen, we practiced these and other tangles on our leaves.
Once our "found poetry" pages were dry, we began tangling on them. I was pretty pleased with how mine turned out. I was a little disappointed that my "found poetry" did not show up as well as I had expected. Next time, I would make a squares around my words instead of just tracing the letters. The words I chose were, happy, ambition, passion and wiser. Also, next time, I would make sure my leaves covered all my "found poetry" completely.
One of my favourite things about taking a class is how different each persons' creativity and talent is showcased.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Parksville. It was nice to spend time with Momma Deb and tangle with some of the wonderful ladies I had met many months ago at Tangle Island. I really look forward to the next time we can all tangle together again! Until then, Happy Tangling!
Mindful Creativity with Tangles is a Facebook group created by Heather Buchman. Each month, Heather complies a list of "Tangle Prompts" to try each day. This complied list links step outs for each tangle. I love having a tangle focus each day and seeing all the different/various tangles out there (official tangles and not). My only complaint is that some of the tangles have too many steps, the step outs are too confusing, or the prompts are not for a tangle but rather an actual drawing. Nonetheless, I appreciate the opportunity to engage and challenge myself daily.
This summer, I have been participating in the Travelling Tangles Project. As stated on the Travelling Tangles Facebook Page…
Travelling Tangles is a collaborative project that aims to show how the Zentangle® method can bring people from around the world closer to one another. The idea is that you will draw on an original Zentangle tile but only finish the drawing half-way. Then you will send it off to another person for him/her to complete it. In exchange, they too will half finish a tile and send it to you for you to complete. Both you and the other person will then each keep the tile you have received.
Within the group, you can swap tiles as your please or there are organized monthly themed swaps. After months of seeing beautiful tiles scroll across my news-feed, I finally had the courage in July to sign up to swap tiles. July’s themed Swap was Printemps and Lollipops. The details outlined by the organizer/creator, Stephanie Jennifer, were as follows….
July 20th marks National Lollipop Day, so to celebrate, I'd like you to use the swirly Printemps in your tile(s). Printemps is such a basic yet versatile tangle. I hope you have fun using it. If you're not one that likes Printemps, July also marks America's Independence Day and France's Bastille Day. Both countries' flags use the colours blue, white, and red, so use one or more of those colours in your tile. :D.
The finished tiles after my swap buddies worked on them,
A second tile from Singapore from a different swap buddy. She started it and I finished it.
For August, the themed swap was Singapore. The details outline by the organizer/creator, Stephanie Jennifer were as follows….
After celebrating America's Independence Day and France's Bastille Day in July, we're now going to celebrate Singapore's National Day. It happens on the 9th of August. :) August also marks both the birthday of my mother, Joni Toh, and my birthday. And yes, we both live in Singapore, too.So for this month, I'd like you to use Singapore Sling or Naida in your tiles. If neither of those tangles catch your fancy, use the colours of Singapore's flag, red and white, in your tile.
Some of the finished tiles after my swap buddies worked on them,
1/2 started tiles sent to me that I finished.
I am really enjoying the Travelling Tangles Project and I look forward to future swaps. Hopefully, back to school season won’t be too busy and I will be able to continue swapping!
A string, as stated on the Zentangle Website, at its most basic, is a random line drawn in pencil that creates an area in which you draw your tangles.The very first string you learn in a basics class is the Zentangle Z.
I struggle with creating strings. I always seem to do the same big loopy curve and wiggly lines. Sometimes, to switch it up, I will ask my husband, Andrew, to draw the string for me. His style seems to be loopy too but on a smaller scale.
Last week, a tangling friend posted her creation from the "It`s a String Thing” weekly challenge. Being a teacher on summer vacation, I am really enjoying participating in tangling challenges. Such challenges include "I Am The Diva" weekly challenge (see post here) and the Mindful Creativity with Tangles daily challenge (post coming soon).
It`s a String Thing is a weekly challenge create by Adele Bruno (CZT in Florida) of Tickled to Tangle in 2013. Every Tuesday, Adele posts a string and pattern challenge on her blog. The strings and patterns suggested are from Linda Farmers website Tangle Patterns. The way it works is who ever created the string being used, we then use patterns and tangles that begin with the letter in their name or some variation of that. For example, Linda Farmers created the first string in the challenge so we used tangles and patterns that began with the letter L.
#Since I am on summer holidays, and I feel like I need to really practice my tangling skills, I decided to go all the way back to Tuesday, August 13, 2013 and complete the very first It`s a String Thing Challenge #1 . So far, I have completed the first twelve challenges.
To date there have been 154 It's a String Thing weekly challenges. Instead of using 154 tiles to complete each challenge, I have decided to draw tile templates in a sketchbook I bought during the Opus inventory sale. I am also using a Papermate Flair Felt-Tip Medium Point Black Pen.
I am definitely finding some of the patterns and tangles challenging, but I am glad to have the opportunity to practice them. I think this challenge will be very helpful for me to practice my skills, be okay with imperfections, and feel inspired.
This week, I participated in my first Diva Challenge. The Diva Challenge is a weekly Zentangle challenge created by Laura Harms (CZT in Saskatchewan) in 2010. Every Monday, Laura aka "The Diva" posts an open challenge on her blog for all Zentangle enthusiastic to try.
This week's challenge (#274) is "My Country 'Tis of Thee'. The challenge is to show your countries colours, and create a tile inspired by the country where you live!
I used a Zentangle Apprentice tile (maybe to represent the vast land mass of Canada?), a red Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, and a black Sakura Apprentice Pen- Pigma 05.
I really enjoyed participating in my first Diva Challenge and I look forward to participating in future challenges. I think it will be a helpful way to practice my skills, try new things, and feel inspired. Happy Tangling, eh!
On Saturday, momma Deb and I attended a demo workshop at Opus called Basic Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy. I have had a growing interest in learning and exploring hand-drawn letters for a while now, and I have been searching for a class or workshop to learn some of the basics. Much to my dismay, most of the classes I find have already happened or have a long waiting list, therefore, when I came across a free demo workshop at Opus, I was more than ecstatic! Being a demo workshop, there was not hands on elements, but there was many opportunities to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the art of hand drawn letters.
The instructor for the demo workshop, Corrina Keeling, describes herself as a "sidewalk chalk revolutionary, graphic recorder extraordinaire, lover of hand-lettering, and maker of music to move you" (see instagram @lovelettersforeverybody). Throughout the two hour demo workshop, Corrina's passion for letters, creating, and collaborating was very evident.
Although it was her first classroom style experience, Corrina's personable and charismatic personality captivated our attention and took us along with her on her creative journey. I never thought watching someone drawing letters could be so calming and almost meditative.
I learned a lot in the demo workshop, and most importantly, I was super excited to get started on my own hand lettering journey. It is clearer to me now that lettering is essentially drawing. It is apparent that the beauty of hand lettering is its flexibility and adaptability. It is not so focused on traditional rules and it really celebrates personality and style. I found that part of the charm of hand lettering is that it's not perfect.
At one point, Corrina asked the audience for a quote, I offered the words "embrace imperfection". It seemed like a fitting quote for the vibe of the day. To write the quote, she used an ordinary paint brush and masking fluid or frisket. Masking fluid is used to preserve white space on paper when watercolouring. It goes on wet and when dry is peeled off to reveal a clean white surface. I was fascinated by this new tool/technique and purchased a bottle of it. Stay tuned for my experiences using it...
It is safe to say that you can pretty much use any materials you have for hand-lettering. Pens, pencils, markers, chalk, sand, you name it.
Corrina demonstrated one of her favourite tools, Crayola Window Writers on the demonstration mirror.
At the moment, I have decided to practice hand lettering using Tombows markers, Microns pens, and Gelly Roll pens because that is what I have (thanks to my love of tangling).
There are many many websites and instagram posts on hand lettering, some of the more helpful websites I have found include...
Now, the only thing left to do is practice. Practice makes better,and practice takes time. In time, my hand lettering will get better. Stay tuned! I am looking forward to combining hand drawn lettering and tangling. The possibilities are endless! Happy Lettering!
Over the last couple of months, I have been borrowing (from the public library) and purchasing (in-store and online) various Zentangle themed books. I tend to be very choosey about the books I buy, and I often take the advice of friends and family when making my selections.
Jump forward to my weekend at Tangle Island. JerryAnn and Nancy had copies of Cris Letourneau's book Made in the Shade and Pattern Play. I already owned a copy of Made in the Shade (on the recommendation from Aleesha, my first Zentangle teacher). I loved it so much; I bought a copy for Momma Deb! Having learned so much from Cris' first book, I knew I had to check out her newest book Pattern Play.
Pattern Play by Cris Letourneau and Sonya Yencer is not like any other Zentangle "how to", "guide", or "workbook" that I have come across. It "encourages you to play with each new pattern and to develop your own unique style" pg. 13. For me, it had one of the most thorough introductions and explanations of the Zentangle method that I have read in a book. The only thing I can compare it to is taking a class. I am not saying this book takes the place of a class with a CZT, but it is a wonderful supplement that can fill any gaps you may have after a class.
Pattern Play gives you an overview of the Zentangle method, a virtual beginners class in a book, and encouragement and techniques for personalizing your art. It explores 21 tangles with step-by-step instructions, over 125 tangleations (variations), and 75 idea starters and tips for better tangling with plenty of space to practice and refine skills. There is also a helpful glossary in the back as well s a resource guide.
These are the four pages dedicated to the tangle Crescent Moon. Two of the pages are introductory pages that introduce the tangle, show it step by step, and provide six possible tangleations for it. The other two pages are sketch pages to test out and experiment with the tangles. These pages also have the idea starters.
This is my work in progress (WIP) on the Crescent Moon sketch pages. I found the large blank sketch pages intimidating, so, I traced a couple bijou sized tiles on the left page and one large tile on the right page. I thoroughly enjoyed playing, exploring, and creating!
Pattern Play is one book that I will continue to return to on my creativity journey. It has definitely increased my confidence to experiment with tangles, and it is helping me to develop my style and skills. I strongly feel this book is a great addition to my Tangling Library, and I highly recommend it to you! Happy Tangling!
On the weekend, I attended Tangle Island in Parksville, BC Canada. It was an inspiring weekend learning multiple watercolour background techniques with Twinking H20s and Tombow Dual Brush Pens. The theme was dragonflies and butterflies, and at the end, we combined all our pieces into a hand sewn booklet. I had the most amazing time. I met so many wonderful tangle-minded people, and the instructors, Jerryann Haggart of Tangled Artistry and Nancy Dawes of Crafting-Passions, were phenomenal at teaching techniques, sharing ideas, and showing great patience as we worked through our creative process.
Upon arrival at the Macmillian Art Centre, each table spot was set with a decorative book box filled with supplies we would be using through out the two days, two cups of water (one clean for wetting tiles and one dirty for cleaning brushes), a few little treats. There were about 15 people in the course and each table sat two people. My table partner was a lovely lady name Ann, we worked well as a team having different strengths and understandings of the different processes, we helped each other a lot!
Being the keener that I am, I arrived about 35min before class started, this extra time gave me a chance to browse Jerryann and Nancy's mini store which was set up over a couple of tables. There were many wonderful treasures I wanted to buy, but I had to be reasonable. I knew I would visit the store more than once, so on my first visit, I picked up 3 opus tiles (larger than a typical tile), Cris Letourneau's book Pattern Play and a package of Zentangle Pre-strung tiles (first series). Cris Letourneau was attending this course as well with her multi-talented daughter Alexa. Cris signed my Made in the Shade book and Pattern Play book.
On the first day, we learned how to do two types of watercolour washes. The first was a gradient wash and the second was a drop wash. We learned that when using Twinking H2Os (twinks) it is super important to make sure that your tile is very wet (I forgot a couple times, but eventually got the hang of it). On the other hand, when using Tombows, it is very important to make sure your tile is dry. Apparently, if your tile is wet when using TomBows you run the risk of the tile surface pilling. I loved practicing the gradient technique. I like how the colour gets lighter and lighter. The second watercolour wash we learned was a drop wash. I liked how drop washes allowed you to use a couple different colours and they blend to create new colours. It was helpful that we were provided with a colour wheel. We were reminded that complimentary colours (opposites on the colour wheel) blended together create a browny mud colour. I really loved working with the greens, blues, and purples.
Once we had "mastered" the gradient wash and drop wash techniques, we used these basic techniques to experiment and explore other techniques. For example, we played with rice, rubbing alcohol, a stylus, glaze pen, wax paper, plastic wrap, and tissue paper. My favourite technique was using a drop wash with Twinks and plastic wrap. The finished product reminded me of broken glass. We were also taught how to do gems with Twinks. I struggled a lot with creating decent looking gems and I look forward to practicing this technique some more.
As we played and experimented with the various techniques, Jerryann and Nancy also taught us some tangles. Those tangles included Skye, Poke Leaf, B'Dylan, Henna Drum (Drum Henna?), Molygon, Aquafleur (courtesy of Cris), and Mumsy (courtesy of Ann). We also learned how to draw simple dragonflies and butterflies using simple twirly scrolling lines.
Included in our wonderful supplies provided were four Twinkling H2Os and four TomBows, I purchased six more Twinks and five more TomBows from Jerryann and Nancy's store. I also bought a book recommended by Nancy. I'm so excited to build my supplies and continue experimenting and playing. Our homework for the first night was to use our favourite tangles on our drop wash rice tile. I think they turned out beautifully!
At the end of the second day, we began piecing our collection together. Before Nancy taught us how to bind our collection together, we gathered everyone's pieces together to admire all our hard work and creativity. To bind the book we learned a Japanese 4 Hole Stab binding which result in each of us taking home our very own hand sewn book.
I was pretty much giddy throughout my entire time at tangle island. I was so grateful to have such a wonderful opportunity to further my understanding/techniques of something that I am very passionate about. I truly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful artist, and I look forward to staying connected through our love of tangling. I can't wait to attend the next Tangle Island in October, and this time, I'm going to bring Momma Deb with me!
I recently purchased Tangle Deck 1 and Tangle Deck 2. As stated on her website, Tangle Deck was created by Certified Zentangle Teacher, Lynn Mead, to provide a durable and portable reference to copyright-free tangles introduced by Zentangle Inc.
While visiting Momma Deb, we tested out the Tangle Decks. We each picked 5-7 cards for the other person to use on her tile. I used cards from Tangle Deck 2 and Momma Deb used cards from Tangle Deck 2. The cards were super easy and exciting to use.
Momma Deb working on her tangles. She chose to do variations of each tangle.
Momma Deb's tile before shading. She wasn't happy with it but I think it looks great!
Last week, my Kindergarten Class made glass bead
magnets as gifts for Mother's Day. I was inspired and
in awe of my students' creativity. Their magnets
turned out beautifully.
I was inspired by my students' creations, so, I
created my own magnets...and of course my
magnets were tangled!
On my way back from a conference in Seattle, I picked up an interesting sketchbook from Barnes and Noble called Complete This Drawing. In it is over 200 pages of abstract suggestive half-doodles just waiting to be finished. As soon as I picked up the book and flipped through it, I was inspired to tangle in it. The paper in the book is acid-free, archive quality paper. The pen I use in it is not a Micron but a Papermate Flair Felt-Tip Medium Point Black Pen. I purchased the sketch book with the mind set that I would keep it in my purse and have it available whenever I wanted or needed a break to tangle, and that has been exactly what I've done. During meetings, while waiting, and before bed I have had so much fun letting my imagination go wild tangling in this book.
Below are some of the pages I have completed so far. Originally, I was going to take a before and after pic of each page I did but I kept forgetting...so you'll just have to imagine what the originally half-doodle looked like.
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.