Monday, January 27, 2020

"Welcome" to a new 'Introduction to Zentangle' class in Nokomis!

We had a great group of new tanglers today. Most were brand new to the Zentangle method, and everyone had a good time discovering what it's all about. It's so true that "Zentangle attracts the nicest people"!














Exploring Notan!


On Monday, we had a Zentangle class on Zentangle-inspired art, using the Japanese technique of Notan.  Notan is a study of light and dark contrasts, as well as negative and positive space in a composition. A bit of history: It was used in Japanese art, and brought to Western art schools after 1854. It became popular when Arthur Wesley Dow included it in his book on art instruction in 1899. Notan reflects the idea that the elements of light and dark are equally important and need each other to exist.









Here are some photos of the class, which included experienced tanglers, as well as those more new to tangling. Everyone did a fantastic job!





Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Classes at Art & Frame of Sarasota!


Here are a few peeks at Zentangle classes at Art & Frame in Sarasota. We have a great community of creative people!


















Friday, February 22, 2019

Hooked on Embedded Letters!

Did I say that I was hooked on this process? It's so fun to do, and with a few simple steps, you end up with an ornate and (usually) elegant result.


I started with the letter outline. I planned for an open area on either side of the letter, so that I could add tangling "in front", Hollibaugh-style.




















 Here is the letter, outlined in pen, with the open areas.




 Here are two completed tiles. After I did the "H", I tried a heart which was fun. Anything is possible to embed.... "one stroke at a time"! 😍




This could become an obsession! 


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Our CZT Tribe in Jacksonville -


 Tim & I took a road trip in our motorhome to Jacksonville. I got together with our CZT group for lunch and art.  Later on Tim & I had a wonderful evening with Dorian Eng and her family, going out for dinner. It was one of those "perfect days"!

We started by visiting Doug Eng's photography studio. He is an incredible fine art photographer. His current "focus" is trees. He captures so many different moods and aspects in his works!






Doug's studio is one of a group of studios occupying two buildings.  Even the outside of the studio is artistic! 






We got together art Dorian's house for lunch, celebrating the Chinese New Year. This is the Year of the Pig!


A fun photo of Jo-Ellen and Brian!





Bijou made an appearance!






















Here are samples of Dorian's "tiny towers"!



Gorgeous tangled leaves

Joan's incredible quilt. She does some amazing work!


Jo-Ellen created these beautiful tags for everyone.
Marita's quilting group tangled this quilt for her! πŸ’•
Our KB'ers tribe. What a creative, generous group this is!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Retreat at the Beach, Then Zen Again!

November is not the best time to travel from warm sunny Florida to Massachusetts and Rhode Island, BUT. . . . That's where Retreat at the Beach and Zen Again were!


At these two different art retreats, I learned so much that I want to share. First was Retreat at the Beach, a fantastic workshop with Cheryl Moote in Falmouth, MA. We experimented with mark making, colors and paints, stamping, etc. In the end, it was all put together into a small book.







πŸ’•Jennifer Cottrell and Dorian Eng πŸ’•








So much inspiration!




Mark making and color exploration!




The wonderful Cherryl Moote!

Jane MacKugler! 😍



Immediately after Retreat at the Beach, 25 CZT's boarded the "big bus of fun", and went on to Providence, RI for ZenAgain with Rich Roberts and Maria Thomas, the founders of the Zentangle method. There, we joined 100 other CZT's for an inspiring 2 1/2 days of pure Zentangle!



Taking flight!
A photo op with Rick Roberts! Woo hoo!
Sowing the seeds of a Tangled Garden!









Sue Clark and myself! Sue was my
 first CZT teacher! (and now, great friend)!


Great friends!

The theme was "The Tangled Path", focusing on planting seeds of creativity, and blooming.





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Of course, we had to have a bingo night . . . . but with Rick
and Maria, it was full of tangling and laughing!




Hollibaugh technique used in a Zendala tile
inspired by the artist, Ernst Haeckel.
This is an example of Ernst Haeckel's
sea creature  illustrations.

Even more techniques were introduced, we had an evening of great dancing to Rick's rock band, time to visit with "old" friends and make new friends, and generally try to connect as much as possible with the other 110 CZT's. Whew!

Maria Thomas tangles on torn up sheets to use as napkins!
What a treasure!


The start of another napkin by Maria.





The final "icing on the cake" was having time to walk around Providence with my friend Randall Craven. We visited the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), which was wonderful!





More Dingbatz!







Randall and I went off a search
for Dingbatz!





A beautiful example of marginalia: decorating the margins of a manuscript.
Ilminated letter

Our final stop: a delightful Swedish cafe for hot cocolate!






Life imitates art!