Monday, April 21, 2014

Zentangle® Earth Day, An Inchie, and Just Fun

Angel Fish, Cat-Kin, Sanibelle, Tipple
This week, I was lucky enough to teach an Organic and Tangled Garden class. What fun! People seem to really love the freedom of a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) and the flow of organic tangles. We worked on tan pape

Onamato, Verve, Reticulated, Nipa

Jonqal, Sandswirl, Lichen, Quib
While I waited for the class to begin, I played with some ATC's with glitter/paint strings:

Every Inchie Monday's prompt was HOT. Oh, the different directions people will go with this one. I can't wait to look, but I never look until I have posted. I'm afraid if I look first, I will be too embarrassed to post mine LOL!!!

And, the Diva challenged us to create a tile for Earth Day. I had to add a bit of Diva Dance to my tree :)

Happy Earth Day to all and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zentangle® Rixty, an Inchie, and a new pencil bag!

As promised, just a shortie this week. (I went and took two more Copic workshops, so I was busy with coloring.)

 I made myself the cutest little mini book (about 3 x 4") out of H2O painted watercolor paper and decided to do the Diva Challenge Rixty on a double page spread. I just love the look of those watercolors.
Rixty , Zinger, Reef, Fescu, Springkle
The inchie this week, from Every Inchie Monday, had a prompt of "head". I thought of the phrase "heads up" and thought it would be nice to warn everyone of the following:

And, who can resist another pencil bag? Especially a pencil bag that is begging to be tangled. It came with the typewriter and I used the Gel roller from Pentel and the Fabriano for the grey.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Zentangle® with Scratch Paper, an Ichie, a Challenge, and some ITSO Cloisonne

Don't run screaming away from this post; there's a lot to see :) It was a busy week, good kind of busy, with lots of tangling. The ones I really had fun doing were some Zendalas done ITSO (in the style of) Cloisonne. (Which I can't remember how to say well, but , oh what fun doing.) I really love these dares and challenges and swaps because they make me do things I would have never thought of doing. This swap is for my Yahoo group, Zentangle Inspired Art. Look up Cloisonne on Google and then make some fun for yourself. I made my own circles and, using a compass, divided the sections. Gel pens were added for the color.

Jetties, Cadent, Cubine, Chartz, Jonqal

For the Weekly Challenge from Laura, we were to use our initials (JC) as a string. I decided to only use tangles that start with my initials as well:

Inchie: for Every Inchie Monday, I wanted to do some kind of medal of honor, but I was so overwhelmed by the intricacies of them that I went back to my school days before "happy faces" were invented and we got a gold star for good work. I, of course, seldom got the gold LOL!
And finally (you still with me?) the group that I meet with monthly did some scratch art together. It is so much fun to work in a group.

I  promise to be lazier this week and not make you look at so much. Well, maybe........

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Zentangle® Quandary and a Mallard

This has been a coloring week for me. Be sure to check out the tab above to see some of my Copic work. Also, take a look at the letter that I sent to CBS along with a lot of other tanglers to try to spread the love of Zentangle.

This week, the Diva challenged us to do Quandary. I use a grid, so it is as easy as Bales for me. I did curve the grid big time to make it look different. It is kind of soft and gentle, not at all like my usual work:
And, for Every Inchie Monday, the word was "game." Well, think of all the places you could go for that one. I haven't looked yet; I never peek until I post so I won't be swayed by anyone's work. I decided to go with a "game" bird, the mallard.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Zentangle® Us on TV - Maybe

This is a copy of a letter that I sent to CBS. Rick and Maria, and the rest of the Zentangle® community, have high hopes of getting a spot on their show. Letters will come from all over the country from people like you requesting that the word go out. If you missed the newsletter from Zentangle, it is attached. Click here to read and participate.

April 1, 2014
CBS News Sunday Morning
Box O (for Osgood)
524 West 57th St.
NY, NY  10019
Re: Zentangle 

I am a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) living in the Phoenix area of Arizona. I think you would be doing a great service by letting everyone know about Zentangle. I am a former art teacher and I know how important it is, in this day and age, for everyone to have something creative to do. Zentangle is one of those art forms that needs no special equipment other than a pen, pencil and paper. It is easily learned and very satisfying.

Yes, I know that many compare Zentangle to “doodling” but it is such a far distant relative to doodling that there should be no comparison. Doodling is done while engaged in other activities, such as talking on the phone, while Zentangle is a very structured and mindful activity that brings upon a “zen” like feeling that is both calming and relaxing.

I recently gave a class at my granddaughter’s middle school. Her teacher requested that I come by after my granddaughter had excitedly told her that I was a Zentangle teacher. The class is a peer-mediation class that helps young people find ways to cope in today’s society without feeling such anger and despair. I had a class of almost 40 middle-schoolers. The class was attentive and completed a couple of tiles (the small paper 31/2 inch squares used to “tangle”) with enthusiasm. After the class, the teacher told me that she was totally amazed at the quiet and calm concentration that was observed. She marveled at the way some students, who were usually difficult to deal with and generally unruly, had settled into a peaceful state as they did the easily learned repetitive patterns.

Middle-School Student Work 
Zentangle is for everyone at any age and a calming meditative process that can be learned from a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Please help us (Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the founders of Zentangle, would love to share their story.) get the word out about this simple and effective technique that helps people find that quiet place missing in the rush and hurry of our everyday lives. And, as a bonus, they will create little treasures of beautiful art.

You are invited to contact Rick and Maria at ( or 508-234-6843

Thank you for your time.
Jean Chaney, CZT

I included this tile with some Rixty influenced Crimini:

And, this is the envelope that I sent it in. (I have blurred out my address. Yes, I love all my readers but can you imagine if everyone showed up at my house at the same time????)

Wish us luck! 

(If you plan to participate, Rick and Maria requested that all envelopes be mailed out on the 1st; so HURRY :) )

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Zentangle® Spiral, Inchie and Dangled Cat

Aprox. 51/2 x 41/2 inches. Wood, painted white, nose with glitter glue, dangles with black pen and colored gel pens. Also, a collar of "gems", a bit of Copic shading and a coat of clear acrylic.
I gave a class yesterday on Dangles like Joanne Fink does and it motivated me to do a kitty on a wooden shape as a sample of what you can do with these fun dangly  shapes. I have more classes on Friday and, if you look at my Workshop/Classes tab on the top, you can see one of the wonderful finished student dangles.

The Diva Challenge #160 was to use a spiral as a string. What fun this one was. I had so many wonderful things going in my brain but I never seem to get down on paper what is in my head. Nevertheless, I like what finally found its way to my tile:
And, for Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was "figure." I got so deep into "figure of speech" and finally settled on Onomatopoeia  (the use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.). If you like to play with words, here is a great list of the different types of figures of speech. This one is saying "Wake Up!"

Monday, March 17, 2014

Zentangle® Rixty, St. Patrick's Day Rainbow, and an Inchie

We are having just a beautiful week here in the outer Phoenix area. Warm with a nice breeze, flowers and trees all in bloom. Perfect weather for going outside to tangle!

The Diva challenged us to get our inspiration from St. Patrick's Day. First, I thought of Shamrocks, no, too many will pick that. Then my thoughts went to mushrooms, no, I did that for my Inchie. How about a leprechaun? Right, me draw a leprechaun? Not happening. So, here is my rainbow:
Msst, Crescent Moon, Meer, Tipple, Static, Shattuck on Neocolor crayon rainbow with Copic for sky and grass.

And, my little Inchie from Every Inchie Monday with the prompt "forest":

And, finally, I had to play with the new tangle pattern from Maria in honor of Rick's 60th birthday called Rixty. I had a very small round piece of paper that I grabbed to play on and thought you might like to see it. At this point, only CZT's are supposed to have access to the step-outs. Find one in your area and take a class. Yes, there are lots of books and videos to learn step-outs, but you've missed out on a lot by not taking a class if you haven't; beside learning why Zentangle is NOT doodling, you will have a lot of fun!
Rixty and Pokeroot