Monday, February 24, 2014

A Zentangle® Challenge, an Inchie, and Copic Marker News

I am very pleased to let you know that I completed my Copic Training, am now a Copic Certified Designer, and will soon receive a button to place on the side of my blog to prove it :) It was so much fun, and very informative. I learned so a lot and can hardly wait to share some techniques with my ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) students. I won't make you look at everything that I do, but I thought I would share just one piece that I did. (Can't you just see this with tangled leaves?)

Laura, the Diva, challenged us to to try grid-based patterns on curvy or uneven grids. I started off, more predictably, and tosses that tile aside undone, and went back and got a bit more "wild" with my lines. Now, that was fun!
Bales, Florz, Strircles with Grid
The Inchie for today, Every Inchie Monday, was "Dark".  I couldn't make up my mind, so I did a flashlight, lightbulb, and fireworks on black paper.

And, finally, a tile that uses a "string" made with glitter glue, background in Gellatos:
nzepple, Fescu, Tipple, Verve
Thanks for stopping by, and thank you so much for all your encouraging comments!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Zentangle ® - Inchie, Dare, Challenge

Tidings, Man-O-Man, Ennies
The Diva challenged us to leave some white/empty space in our tangles. That's easier said than done for some of us. I really had to think this one out. Also, I had a student yesterday that really made me think about shading, so I tried doing mine a bit differently this time too.


Erin's, I am the Diva, Dare was to include my favorite tangle, Paradox. I managed to squeeze it in to all kinds of places with this template. I particularly like forcing Paradox into places that are made to be asymmetrical.

Inchies. Oh what fun I am having with those tiny little squares of paper where anything goes as long as you can fit it into that one inch square. This week's prompt was "dual" and what else would I think of but my beloved Copic markers with the dual points. This is especially fitting as I am going later this week for two days of intensive training to become Copic Certified so that I can teach others how to use these beautiful markers.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Zentangle® a Dare, Challenge and a few more, plus an Inchie

Dragonair, Knightsbridge, Shattock
This week's Zendale Dare from Erin was a very different kind of template. I wasn't sure what to put in it, but since the first "birthday gift" to Erin was the pattern Dragonair, I thought I should include it. I also added Knightsbridge and Shattock:
Hearty, Love Line, Heartrope, Heart Vine

The Diva challenged us to do a Valentangle (do read about it at her blog), so, can you say "overkill"?
(Another sloppy cut scan grrrrr!!!)

I taught a class on using a compass to make perfect circles, squares, and triangles to do ZIA's or perfect Zendala's. Here are a couple of my samples:

And, finally, our Inchie was the word "Chocolate". My first thought was the word itself, then a chunk of the delicious stuff, but finally, I liked the idea of a little boy just stuffing himself with a pile of melting chocolate:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Zentangle® Dare/Challenge, Inchie and ATC

What a great week it was. I got to teach not only a class in Zentangle, but a class of enthusiastic beginning art journalers. I also got to teach a group of wonderful ladies how to use a compass to make perfect squares, triangles, and other shapes just begging to be filled with tangles. Next week, I am presenting Zentangle to a retirement community where I could have 40 to 100 attendees. That should be fun too.

Let's start this week's show and tell with saying Happy Birthday to Erin at The Bright Owl.
Erin's Dare was for us to use our favorite tangle as a gift to her. My favorite tangle is Paradox and I especially love making it adapt to any shape. I used only a partial one on the open tangle.
On to the Weekly Challenge #153 where the Diva challenged us to use Sadelle Wiltshire's Jailed Johnny. I paired this one up with BB and wound up with:
This week's Inchie was the word Cathedral. A bit of a stretch for me to think of something unique. That didn't happen, so I just did a cathedral both inside and outside:

And, Cubism was the prompt for doing some ATC trades with my Yahoo buddies. 
Square stamping, collage and tangles.
Stamped squares, cut up drawn key, added Paradox square.
Splattered inks, stamped squares, cut heart with Verve, Mooka added and additional squares drawn.

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