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.

Add caption

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!


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New (and experienced) Tanglers in Wisconsin!

On Sunday, I taught a small class of 3, and had so much fun! The students were: my sister, Carol, a colleague of hers, David,  and my sweetheart, Tim. Needless to say, it was an interesting mix. Tim has tangled on and off ever since I started. Carol has seen my tangling, but had never learned about the background of the Zentangle process, and David was brand new to the whole thing!

Everyone did exceptionally well, and really understood the process behind Zentangle when the class was done. Carol was especially surprised at how one line (often the last step in a tangle) can make it change dramatically. Putting the final diagonal line in Cubine, for instance, suddenly makes it a 3-D image! They also loved the shading process, and how that makes the piece "come alive".

When we were done with the class, we looked at Carol's incredible macrame project that she had done. . . . .

. . .  and David's crochet work

Looking at these projects, I want to make tangles out of the beautiful patterns!