Saturday, May 30, 2020

A new Tangle: Heart-Bud

I love the curves and elegance of organic tangles! The fact that they're organic makes them very 'forgiving'; no two flowers are the same, and if one is a little "wonky", that just gives it character!  When creating a tangled garden, you can just let it "grow on it's own", with no preplanning. The end result is truly a surprise! Fescu has long been a favorite tangle as a light 'filler'. Heart-Bud grew out of two Fescus's mirroring each other, creating a heart shaped center.
I would love to see this tangle growing on your tile or in your Zentangle-inspired art!




Friday, May 15, 2020

The New Normal

What a rollercoaster the last 3 months have been. We have been "socially distancing", staying home, and just going out for walks and exercise. The paradox has been the fact that I have felt even more connected with friends:  taking classes, workshops , and even doing a weekly happy hour (!) online. There learning curve in the technology department has been steep, to say the least. I've learned about connecting via Zoom, and have given my first 2 classes online! (More will be listed under the "Current Classes" tab of this blog!)

Here is a collection of some tiles that I've tangled recently. Some of them are the results of classes, and some are my own explorations.

I hope that you enjoy looking at these tiles. Stay safe, healthy, and happy!

The first image is of a tiny book (2.5" x 2.5") that I created with a class from Seth Apter.






 The following are tiles that I tangled (with credits to the class or inspiration beneath each!)



Emiko Kaneko






















Unity Tile:  Julie Alison and Romi Marks




Susan Moen
























Terri Oliver Young






Holly Williams

























Holly Atwater (Ha! Designs)

Anica Gabrovec (Zen Linea)








Monday, January 27, 2020

A great new tangling group in Nokomis!

"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"!














Tangled Notan class in Sarasota

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! 💕
Our KB'ers tribe. What a creative, generous group this is!