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

Creativity Continued...

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!