Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIVA Challenge 176 B.Y.O.B.

This weeks DIVA challenge is brought to us by another guest CZT, Amy Broady from Tennessee.  Amy is also a fellow classmate of mine from the 4th CZT seminar in Oct, 2010.  This week we were to bring our own beverage to our tangling and incorporate it on our tile, in whatever way we wanted.  I used some Celestial Seasonings, Black Cherry Berry herbal tea on my tile.  I don't care for this as a hot tea, but it is really refreshing as an iced tea in the summer.  First I tried just putting some on the tile with a spoon, and ended up just setting the tea bag on the tile.  You can see that it made a darker spot that I ended up leaving blank.  At first I really hated the color and the totally messy splash and almost tossed it, but decided to give it a try and see what resulted.  After I tangled, I added a light lavender water colored pencil for some shading, and a little red water colored pencil around the open part.  I wasn't crazy about the outside, so I added Printemps with a silver gel pen, and here it isThanks for the challenge, Amy!  It was nice to see your smiling face again!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIVA Challenge #175 UMT: Crux

The first Monday of the month over at the DIVA's is another UMT (use my tangle) challenge.  With so many new tangles coming out every week, these challenges are always fun for me.  I have never tried this tangle and it was a little tricky connecting all the lines behind the Bales-like pattern, but once it's done it sure is a beautiful pattern with lots of variations.  Thanks to Henrike Bratz for creating this pattern and to Laura for sharing it with us on the UMT challenge!

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Mini-Gallery

The mantle above and around my fireplace is white and for years I have wanted to do something with it.  Of course, I would have loved to tangle it, but the surface is very textured and bumpy and doesn't take the tangling well.  I know this because I have tangled a tile on a wall upstairs with the same texture.  While it was okay for a tile size, a large area like this just wouldn't look good.  I had mounted several zendala tiles on canvas that I painted for class examples and had a light bulb moment....hmmm, these are the size of the sides of my mantle.  I hung them up and decided I needed some smaller ones on the top, so I mounted some regular zentangle tiles on smaller canvas.  Now I have my own little mini-gallery! 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIVA Challenge #174 Superimposing Strings

We have another guest challenger this week at the DIVA's blog, CZT Aimee Belair. Aimee has challenged us to place one string on top of another string and then tangle.  I have done this a lot while drawing strings.  Mine aren't always just done with one line, but sometimes 2, 3, or 4, but always without planning, just let the lines go wherever they want.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the string prior to tangling.  Thanks for the challenge, Aimee!

Monday, June 30, 2014

My new Zen Cave

Organization, yes it's probably my number one super power!  When my daughter moved out of our basement bedroom and we cleaned the carpet and painted, I really liked the feel of the room.  I had my studio upstairs (shared with a bedroom), and my classroom and tangle supplies down the basement (in a unfinished space). I was always running either up or down to get something.   Hmmm, why not combine the studio and classroom so I could have everything zen and art all in one room!  It took a few days to organize, arrange, and label, but I am so glad I did.  I now have a cozy little room to create in and teach 4 students at a time, which I love for more of a personal touch.   Here's my 1st creation from my Zen Cave


 
 
 
 


Friday, June 27, 2014

DIVA Challenge #173 Redux, Remix, Revisit your comfort tangle

This week's DIVA challenge is brought to us by CZT, Sharla Hicks.  Laura Harms is having a grand time at the 15th CZT seminar, lucky girl!  Some day I'd love to go back to another seminar, but for now I will dream about it!  On to the challenge.....my take on this was to take one or two of your comfort tangles and do something different with them.  I have so many comfort tangles, I wasn't sure which to use, so I picked Cadent and Printemps.  I decided to really mix it up and try lots of new things!  First, I used a tan tile with a red Micron 01 pen. Second, I didn't use a string  (really rare for me) and I just started doing Cadent in kind of a spiral, while making my dots different widths apart. Then I added some stripes and lines in each one. When it was time to add Printemps, the only thing I could think of to make them different was to "bigify" them.  Third, was to add watercolor pencil in red and orange and then use a water brush to spread out the color.  I got so into playing with the color, I almost forgot I started on a tan tile!  I have only used the sepia, black, and white on the tan tiles until this challenge.  While it's not one of my favorite tiles, I am posting it anyway because I enjoyed the challenge.  It got me to try new things and look at different ways of doing your comfort tangles.  Thanks, Sharla! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pattern Play-a new Zentangle book!

As a contributor, I received a pre-release copy of the new Zentangle book, Pattern Play by Cris Letourneau and Sonya Yencer, CZT's.  Cris is the author of Made In The Shade, which is a fantastic book full of shading lessons for your Zentangle tiles and Zentangle Inspired Art.  I was anxiously awaiting this new book, and finally had the time to sit down and read it cover to cover.  I have to say that I am really impressed with this book and I think that Cris and Sonya did a wonderful job!  I am honored that Cris asked to have one of my tangle patterns, Falz, featured and some of my art work tooIt's always a thrill to see your art work in a book!



Now on to the book......this is a book that beginners and seasoned tanglers will enjoy!  It starts off giving a background on what Zentangle is and what it isn't.  I really liked that they talked about Zentangle not just being a collection of patterns (which can be overwhelming and time consuming), but they go on to show how you can explore and refine your style with the tangles you already know.  They talk about all the materials used, the basic steps to creating a Zentangle,  and what a basic class is like.  Next they explore tangleations (noticeable variations of existing tangles).  This part of the book really spoke to me about just how many ways there are to create variations of tangles and I loved all of the illustrations they used for examples! Pictures are worth a thousand words!  Then they go on to explore 21 tangles and ways to play with them and make them your own.  They show the original tangle with all the step-outs, 6 tangleations for you to explore, and finished art to inspire you.  After each tangle they include two workbook pages with tips and suggestions for you to practice.  Now, I really hope you are able to draw in the workbook pages, but if you are like me and don't want to mess up a book (I know, I am a weird perfectionist who can't bring myself to write in a book), you can still work through each pattern and practice on paper that you stick in the book (like I will be doing), LOL!  Anyway, this is going to take me awhile to explore each of the 21 patterns and the endless possibilities for tangleations, and I look forward to doing just that!

My tangle-FALZ

Workbook pages

I hope this review has helped you some and that you will get this book.  I think you will enjoy all of the great information it has to offer and that it helps kick start your creativity

I just ordered some copies that I will carry to sell in my classes (let me know if you'd like one....I can save you shipping).  Otherwise, they will be on sale on Amazon to everyone effective June 27th.   Congratulations on a wonderful book, Cris and Sonya! Happy tangling and tangleations!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DIVA Challenge #172 Auraknot and Mooka

The DIVA has us doing another duotangle challenge this week.  Yay, I love duotangles, and was happy to see this was two tangles that I love, Auraknot and Mooka! 



Thursday, June 12, 2014

DIVA Challenge #171 Beads of Courage

This week's over at the DIVA's challenge is all about Beads of Courage.  In Laura's words:
Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine program that supports children and their families who are dealing with Life threatening or Chronic illnesses.

A child on the program would collect beautiful glass beads in recognition of the things whey have to go through in their daily lives, on their Medical Journey.  When a child goes to yet another doctor's appointment, they'd get a glass bead, when they need to have a needle, they get a glass bead.  Each bead on their strings represent something they've done or gone through.
Laura did a fun run to raise money for this wonderful organization.  With this challenge we are to be inspired by courage,  and if we know someone who is being strong and courageous right now to be inspired by them.  The first person who came to my mind and heart, is my great nephew, Carter.  Carter is 5 years old now, but was born with cerebral palsy (CP), which in simple terms means he had a stroke at birth that affected the left side of his body.  Because of this he has had some developmental delays and has been through a lot of different medial procedures and therapies.  He currently sees a speech, occupational, and physical therapist weekly, and he continues to grow by leaps and bounds with their help.  He is a smart little guy with a wonderful smile!  His parents started calling him Carter Man and after he discovered the super hero's, when someone asks what his name is he says, Carter Man! 

I am continually amazed by the courage of kids like Carter Man, and Laura's Artoo, but also by the parents of kids with special needs!  It takes a special kind of courage to go through everything that they do for and with their kids.  Way to go, Stephanie & Adam, and Laura & bRad, and the millions of others out there like you! 

 
CARTER MAN with Mom & Dad

CARTER MAN with Aunt Sue
 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIVA Challenge 170 Bugles

Here it is the first week of June and that means the UMT (use my tangle) feature at the DIVA's blog.
This week we are trying the tangle, Bugles from Joyce Evans.

Tangles:  Bugles, Paradox, Crescent Moon, Fracas, Isochor, 'Nzeppel

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday morning tangling

Enjoying the peace and quiet of Sunday morning with a new blank Tan Zendala Tile.  I didn't create a Zendala with it, just some tangles on a round tile.  I hope you enjoyed your Sunday too!





Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DIVA Challenge #169 Circle String

What a fun challenge from the DIVA this week!  Use circles as your string...I used 4 and tangled with  some tried and true official tangles

Tangles:  Paradox, Braze, Keeko Florz, Hollibaugh, Crescent Moon, Shattuck, Tortuca, Cubine, Twing

Thursday, May 22, 2014

DIVA Challenge #168 Rain

This week the DIVA challenged us to use the tangle Rain in a variation or tangleation.  I wasn't feeling too creative yesterday when I did my tile, and just changed the pointed triangles of Rain into Crescent Moon shapes.  I added Onamato, Cubine, and MunchinI hope all of you are enjoying your week!  I am going for a walk after I post this and then having lunch with old friends that I haven't seen in ages.   Life is good!



Friday, May 16, 2014

DIVA Challenge #167 Duo Tangle/Well & Punzel

I love the duo tangle challenges from the DIVA!  They are usually tangles that I would never put together, or that I don't use often.  In this weeks challenge, I use Punzel quite a bit and love it, but I haven't used Well often.  So with no planning I drew Punzel in a loose spiral and used that as my string for Well, starting in the middle of the spiral and working my way out.  I added some black pearls for a little flourish.  I am happy with how it turned out, and I think it looks kind of like a flower.  Happy spring time

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Classes at Hobby Lobby in June


Zentangle Classes Coming in June

to Hobby Lobby in Loveland!

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

See more at www.zentangle.com

 

Zentangle Basic’s Class

Dates: June 7 (Saturday)   12:30-3:00pm

            June 19 (Thursday) 12:30-3:00pm

Fee: $40.00 (includes all the supplies you will need)

 

Zentangle Basic’s for Tweens and Teens (ages 10-17)

Date:  June14th (Saturday) 12:30-3:00pm

Fee $40.00 (includes all the supplies you will need)

* $5.00 off total with 2 or more kids from one family.

 

Register: Call Sue Clark, Certified Zentangle Teacher

at 970-669-3673. Payment is due at registration. 


SPACE IS LIMITED, SO SIGN UP TODAY!

Friday, May 9, 2014

DIVA Challenges #165 (Camelia) and #166 (UMT Diva Style)

I am behind on the DIVA challenges, so I am combining the last two UMT's Camelia and UMT Diva Style (name to be determined).  I had started Camelia last week and never got back to it, with a house full of company for my daughters wedding, so I just added this week's challenge and a few other tangles.  Thanks for the new UMT's tangles! 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIVA challenge #164 "Amanda (Earth) Day"

This is the 3rd Earth Day Challenge from the DIVA that I have participated in.  This year I was in the mood to draw flowers, leaves, and all those beautiful things of spring.  So, I let Jane Monk's e-book, One Tangle, Volume III,  "Field of Flowers" be my inspiration for this tile.  Jane is a fellow CZT4 from down-under (Australia), an incredible artist and quilter, and the author of 3 e-books titled, One Tangle.  You can find the information on purchasing her e-books at her website here. Thanks for the inspiration, Jane!  Thanks as always for the challenge, Laura

Friday, April 18, 2014

DIVA Challenge #163 Rixty

Our challenge from the DIVA this week is to try the new official tangle, Rixty.  Had fun playing with this new tangle!

Friday, April 11, 2014

DIVA Challenge #162 Initial String

This week's challenge from the DIVA, is to use our initials as the string.   Here's my string and my tile...........


TANGLES:  Fassett, Coaster, Florz, Diva Dance, Printemps, Paradox, Tipple

Monday, April 7, 2014

Samantha & Sean

My daughter,  Samantha will be getting married on May 3rd to her sweetheart, Sean. We had their wedding shower last weekend and I wanted to share with you the ZIA gift I made for the two of them.  Less than 30 days now till the big day!  So excited for them

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIVA Challenge #161 Quandary

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to do a tile with the tangle pattern Quandary.  Two of the tangles that I have problems with are Quandary and Tripoli.  I start off okay, but then the pattern always seems to get a little wonky and off course.  For this challenge, I divided my tile into 3 sections and decided to do different sizes of seeds. Because of this, each section doesn't match up exactly but I finally got the flow of the triangles within each section.  I found that it really helped me to make the first triangle and then put a dot down for where I wanted to start the 2nd one, and so on.  This way I was able to keep a pretty uniform pattern going.  This challenge really helped me to not be in a quandary over Quandary! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CBS Sunday Morning News Show

I am happily participating in a worldwide effort to encourage the CBS Sunday Morning News Show to do a story about Zentangle!  Anyone that wanted to participate was asked to send a letter and a tile in a square envelope, and mail it on April 1st. You can read about the project on a newsletter from Rick and Maria, here and see some of the letters and tiles others have mailed in, here. Here's what went out in my mail today.

My envelope

My tile


 
Sunday Morning Staff,
 I have been a fan of your news show for years!
 I would really love to see you do a story on Zentangle!  Zentangle is a fascinating method of art where you create beautiful images out of structured patterns, but it is also so much more.  The creators of Zentangle are Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  You can contact them at (rickandmaria@zentangle.com) or 508-234-6843.
 I discovered Zentangle following a 35 ½ year career.  I loved everything about this art method so I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2010, one of the first in the state of Colorado.  I began teaching in 2011 and have shared Zentangle with numerous people.  There are so many benefits to Zentangle (see their website) but for me it has got me creating art again!  Little did I know that I would start a blog, a business teaching art, participate in art shows, and be connected to CZT’s all over the world. 
 I am very passionate about Zentangle and there are many others that share this passion!  Rick and Maria are wonderful people who have given their gift of Zentangle to people all over the world!  I am sure that you would find this to be an excellent story to share on your show. 
 Best,
 Sue Clark/CZT
970-669-3673
 P.S. I am enclosing an original zentangle tile for you to see.
                                                  
                                                    My letter
                   
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DIVA Challenge #160 Spiral Out and Keep Going

A fun "string theory" challenge this week from the DIVA....spirals!  I love spirals!  Here is my challenge tile for the week.  Thanks, Laura!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

DIVA Challenge #159 Top O' the Morning

I am really late in posting my challenge from the DIVA this week!  I guess I wasn't really excited about this week's challenge of something related to St. Patrick's Day.  I didn't want to make the usual shamrock, but didn't have the time to do much else...busy week! So if you know me, you know I love hearts, and I made my shamrock out of 3 connecting hearts with a color wash on the tile first.  Not totally thrilled with the results, but posting it anyway.  A zentangle is a zentangle...you can not fail!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIVA Challenge #158 Diva Dance & Crescent Moon

The DIVA challenge this week is to use only the two tangles Diva Dance and Crescent Moon.  Love both of these tangles.  I decided to go without a string (something I rarely do) and just started with Diva Dance (rock n roll), added some Crescent Moon, and returned to Diva Dance.  Another fun challenge!  Thanks, Laura!