Tuesday, November 29, 2011

First Class - Learn to Tangle

Last night I held my first class, Learn to Tangle at a friend's house. Six eager students from work (3 DVP workers, 2 clinicians, and a manager) arrived to learn about Zentangle®. None of them had ever heard of "Zentangle" before. I asked what made them want to try this class and learn about this method and the reply was "Relaxation!" I asked if any of them had drawing experience and it was a unanimous "No." I managed to get through the nerves and eventually stopped trembling...

Listening to all of them laugh at what they were producing, and watching some of the facial expressions, made me wonder if I wasn't teaching this very well. We got through the first tile and I had everyone put the tiles on a table and grouped them together. They were amazed to see how each one was different, yet they were all similar. Here are their tiles:
Each one of them did a FANTASTIC job! The one big lesson I learned from teaching them last night (and it was funny that all of them did this) is it will be a good idea to let students know to make the initial grid patterns, etc. a little larger in order to complete the full tangle. I know from my own personal experience if I amworking with a small piece I tend to draw accordingly, which is small as well.

I also got some ideas for games to play at future classes. Example - for two years I have been in the habit of saying "patterns" vs. "tangles".  I told the class last night to correct me whenever I said "patterns". Somebody could have walked away rich last night if we would have been playing for money!!!

All in all, it went well for being a first class, I am very proud of the Zentangles the girls produced, and I have had a few requests today for another class :)

Rick and Maria - Thank you for affording me the opportunity to learn such an amazing method and to be able to teach it to others!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Red Thread Challenge #49

Wow! This challenge at I Am the Diva blog produced so many gorgeous zentangles! Certainly inspiration to make more. Below is my contribution. I have to remember one of the things about Zentangle® is simplicity - I think I crammed too much into this tile.
To read more about the Red Thread Promise please visit http://tangledupinart.blogspot.com/p/i-promise-to-help.html and learn how you can contribute to the cause.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I would like to wish everyone a Happy Turkey Day!!! Be sure to give thanks for loved ones, memories given by those who have passed on, and for all the Troops that are serving our country. THANK YOU!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mooka's Paradox over the Crescent Moon

I really had no idea what to name this tile... It evolved while I was looking over my notes from the CZT7 where I had randomly been drawing patterns that Rick and Maria were presenting. Seeing how these two tangles are a bit of a challenge for me I repeated them over and over on a single tile. Looking at my "notes" I noticed these two patterns really complimented each other in a strange way, so why not create a tile using them both? Looking at the tile with only Rick's Paradox and Mooka on it seemed a little bland. What simple tangle could be used as the background that would also lend itself to these to tangles? Crescent moon...

As a little challenge I would love to see what others come up with using these three tangles: Mooka, Rick's Paradox, and Crescent Moon.

P.S. please note that I have been reading the comments and have tried to respond to them, but for some reason my computer tells me I don't have access to comment back! Please know I do appreciate your comments.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I am the Diva Challenge #48

I am excited to say I finally have had time to sit and do the I am the Diva Challenge! Her blog is amazing and the Diva gives great challenges weekly to keep the Zentangle® method on it's toes. You can find a linkk over to the right hand side of this blog.

This week the challenge was to create a string using a Triangle, Circle and a Square. For my first tile I used various patterns that I have never used or have rarely used and I was pretty happy with the result:

I decided to try my hand at a second tile and after finishing it wish I had stopped at the first. At the same time it reflects what I was going through at the time I created it (wasn't feeling well):

Looking forward to next week's Diva Challenge!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Morning Tangle

This has been a week of ups and downs. First I was told I could use a room for a Zentangle® Class; then I was told "No, because it's a conflict of interest" (bummer). I have 7 people wanting to take the "Learn to Tangle" class (yeah!). I do tend to take things personally (bummer), and I am doing my best to not take this personally and it is what it is (yeah - doing good with this so far). While trying to figure out what to do about a room  I came up with a workshop - "Tangle-Gate" (Tailgating and Tangling). People have liked this idea and I am now working on creating themed home parties (another yeah!). My BFF has graciously offered her house to do my scheduled class (bonus yeah!)

With the Thankful Feast coming upon us soon I have certainly been counting my blessings this week and cannot THANK the people enough who are helping me through this "rent-a-room stumble" and all of their wonderful ideas. This morning I chose a tile to tangle while thinking of them and all their graciousness. To them I dedicate "Happy Turkey Day!" (p.s. - can you find the signature bumble bee?)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Freak October Storm (& a challenge)

Anyone who lives in the Northeast United States knows about the freak October Nor'easter we got hit with. Many lost power and many are still without power. Thankfully, my husband and I only went five days before we got it back, and yes, we toughed it out at home.

It was really nice to be in the "Zen" of Fall/Winter: listening to the crackling of the fire in the woodstove, choosing the next perfect log to toss in; feeling the warmth of the fire hit your skin; listening to the wind blow; listening to the 300+ Canadian Geese fly over your house every morning and again at 6:00 pm; and best of all creating zentangles!

Out of all the tangles I have seen on the internet I have not seen one yet that represents fire. In the spirit of the season upon us I would like to issue a challenge for all to create some tangles to represent fire or to create patterns from fire. If you would like to share your creations please send them to me and I will be happy to post them here.