I’ve been thinking about morphing quite a bit lately. Well, not me personally, but morphing one tangle into another. Thinking about it and imagining it, but not actually putting pen to tile to do it. (There seems to be too many other things that need doing these days.) However, this week’s Diva Challenge has spurred me into action. This week she has announced “Duotangle: NZeppel vs Flux.” These are two of my favorite tangles and it seemed to me they would morph together beautifully. Here is my first attempt and, I have learned my lesson, publish the first attempt or no further attempts will see the light of day. This was fun to do and I would like to do more like this – morphing these two tangles in another tile, but also trying my hand at other tangles that may naturally flow together well.
Other meanderings (as intended over the last few months). I taught a class at a local high school in September. It has been awhile since I’ve taught in a school and I have found that I really enjoyed it. Here are the tiles the students in the two classes created – I think they enjoyed it.
Recently I taught an advanced class called “14 Shades of Gray” a technique developed by Sonya Yencer, an amazingly talented CZT. The students who were able to attend were very pleased with this technique that creates a softened tangle on one’s tile. Here is the result of that class. I hope to offer it again within the next several months.
Lastly I would like to add a gallery of fall inspiration for you.
Tangle on, my friends!
Sometimes things just don’t go together, no matter how strongly you try to reason with yourself. Take the unnamed character in Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Seuss) – he just didn’t think they would go well together – until he tried it. When I was a child, I had a very pretty dress for one of my dolls. It was a yellow net fabric with flocked red apples all over it; no other color – just the yellow background with red. It was a very dressy dress. I just couldn’t like it though because I didn’t think yellow and red went together very well. Much later in my life I had an adult friend who claimed brown and blue should not be placed alongside each other. Well, after all, it is just a matter of opinion. Apparently there is nothing wrong with green eggs and ham, yellow and red together and a blue and brown combination. I guess it’s just a matter of the degree of acceptance; what is lovely to one is dissonance to another. That certainly is a long introduction to the Diva’s Challenge for this week. We have reached Weekly Challenge #276 which is a duo tangle of Drupe and Poke Root. When I read that my heart just sank a bit because, like the yellow and red dress, I just didn’t think those two would get along well all alone on a tile together. In spite of my reservations, I did a tile, in fact, I made myself do several titles – forcing my hand to SLOW down increasingly each time. My attempts look awkward to me and I’m not at all satisfied, but it was a good lesson to experience and I share these tiles with you to illustrate that you may not be totally pleased with the outcome, but keep in mind that, very often, it is in the process that you can benefit. Slowing down as I made each stroke made me more conscious of each line I drew – I took pleasure in putting the ink down. Here are the three tiles I enjoyed creating – perhaps they’ll look better to me in June 😉
Although I haven’t tried green eggs and ham, I have come to accept red and yellow as a fine duo and I’ve never thought that blue and brown looked bad together at all, but Drupe and Poke Root really didn’t work for me. I am now going to go see what wonderful tiles were created with this duo by other tanglers – I know I will be surprised and delighted!
Other goings on – I had two classes this past week. On Monday was the first class in a series of four with a Zentangle for Kids class. This is what those awesome kids did in the hour long class:
On Tuesday evening I had a basics class called Zentangle FUNdamentals. Four people took this class as a refresher course and the following two tiles are the result of this delightful class.
That’s it for this week – make it a good weekend and tangle on, my friends!
Recently returned from an amazing Hawaiian cruise that I took with my sisters. Since most of the time was spent on board ship I didn’t have an internet connection. Actually it was rather nice not checking email, receiving calls or looking at FB for a good two weeks. So during this time, while I did not participate in the Diva Challenges, I did, indeed, do some tangling with my CZT sister, Cari. The captions relate what I used as far as tools and background.
Next week I will be starting a 4 part series for kids through the Kaukauna Rec Dept. and also conducting a Zentangle FUNdamentals class at Atlas on the 10th. Let me know if you’re interested in either and I will send details for registering.
Here is some of what I accomplished while on vacation:
That’s it for now – tangle on, my friends!
Just finished up a series of classes that took place on the Oshkosh FVTC campus. This 6 class series started with the basics and moved on to build on those basic skills using different colored tiles, pens, and more intricate tangles. Below are some photos of what these talented students created.
Here is a photo of the talented ladies who participated in this series of classes! Tangle on, my friends!
P.S. Next series of classes starts in March! Don’t miss out on the fun!
The new year has overwhelmed me and I haven’t been keeping up with the Diva’s Challenges since before the holidays. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been tangling at all, however!
First of all, I have a wonderful 2015 Tangle-A-Day Calendar that I have been striving to keep current:
I love the feel of the pages in this calendar and the inspiration art work that Carole Ohl has included is, well, inspiring! :)Some of the illustrations include how she composes a tile – a step-out of tile composition, so to speak. Carole’s tangling is intricate and graceful and beautiful. You can order your own from a link on her blog here – Open Seed Arts.
So here is what I’ve done for the first two weeks or page spreads –
I’m just warming up here, folks. On the 6th, I “messed up” Crosco – so I will have to try that again. I really prefer to follow the step-outs as they are the first time I try a tangle and then mess around with tangleations. This time my Crosco is a definite tangleation (some may say mistake, but, of course, there are no mistakes in Zentangle).
When I need to play catch up, as I did for the 10th – 11th – 12th, you will see the tangles spread out and relaxing over several days. Tangles that need sprawling space in order to show well are great to use when time is not on my side – it’s really not a bad thing to have to catch up sometimes. Over these three days I’ve used Poke Root, Knightsbridge, Ing, Punzel, Inapod, and just some filler marks.
In addition, I’ve done two tiles using the featured tangle for the Facebook group Square One. Each Friday a tangle is chosen to feature on our submitted tiles. Last week was one of my favorites – ‘Nzeppel. I posted the first tile on FB, but the second one I just did for my own entertainment one evening. Truly it looks better at a distance.
Here I’ve used Shard, ‘Nzeppel and Tipple. All step-outs can be found at TanglePatterns.
Beside tangling for my own pleasure, I’ve been planning my new series of classes that will be held through Fox Valley Technical College at Clintonville, Appleton, and Oshkosh campuses this semester. The Oshkosh class begins in less than two weeks! Can’t wait to meet the folks who want to learn or continue with creating beautiful Zentangle tiles. The Appleton, Clintonville and the second session in Oshkosh all start the last week in March. I hope to meet and inspire many new enthusiasts through these classes.
I am also putting together a series of special classes that will be given at Atlas. Some of the ideas I’m considering are focus on botanical tangles, tangling for special days, creating Zendalas, and working on monograms as illustrated by these tiles made for me by my sister, Cari. These were done on the adorable Bijou tiles – 2″ squares. Love it!
If you have any ideas for classes that you would be interested in, please email your suggestions. Until then, consider registering for the Zentangle – Basics and Beyond at your FVTC location of your choice and . . .
Tangle on, my friends.
Arukas is the newest official tangle generated from the latest Certification Seminars in Providence RI. This tangle fully embraces the repetitive aspects for the “zen” experience.
After much wrestling with this comparatively new laptop I have, I have managed to scan the two tiles I’ve created for this challenge. I am really not enjoying the learning curve for this thing I’m working on. I think I need a shift in attitude and then it will all be good – Ha!
Here they are Arukas 1 and Arukas 2:
Thank you for checking in – tangle on, my friends!
So I haven’t blogged much – that’s an understatement, I know. So I thought I might show a few of the things I’ve been experimenting with.
I tried the 3-D ornaments using Zentangle tiles:
I also had been approached about tangling on the globe ornaments – here are some that I created doing that. The roundness made tangling a bit tricky.
Here are some tiles that used a tree shaped string – ’tis the season, you know. You can see my first attempt at the new official tangle Arukas as background on one tile. I will need to play around with that one a bit more.
Thanks for looking in on what I’ve been up to lately. One last thing, if you live in my area, registration for FVTC classes are open. I am offering 6 week Zentangle classes in Appleton, Clintonville and Oshkosh. Go to the “Scheduled classes” link at the top of this page for more info.
Tangle on, my friends!
Last Saturday I taught a 3 hour workshop in Green Lake WI in a fabulous and fascinating place there called Town Square.
Seven people gathered in Studio B, eager to learn about and have the Zentangle experience. What a fun group it was! They were so open and friendly with me and with each other that I was sorry when the three hours were over.
Below are the mosaic of tiles they created with me – their works of art are beautiful.
Other things we did in Green Lake:
Camped at Hattie Sherwood Campground (minutes from downtown) –
Walked around town –
Saturday night concert at Thrasher Opera House –
Great performance from John Ford Coley and Terry Sylvester (former member of the Hollies) –