Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Confessions of a bad blogger

Even though I started blogging in 2005 I have not been as consistent as I would like.  I guess 'life happens' and I fall off the wagon.  Now, it's time to get back on the horse!  Last year we moved from Philadelphia to Ohio and I started a new position as an Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Miami University.  It's a wonderful position and we are glad to be back in the mid-west.  However, the move impacted my Zentangle teaching so I have been learning some new painting techniques and thought I would share those for some 'eye candy'.  I hope to build my business back up and offer art journaling classes in addition to zentangle.  I just wanted to say hi and let you all know I'm still here, taking one stroke at a time:).  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Completed Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. Their mission is to allow anyone to be able to participate in art and to create a collection of work that represents the current state of artists worldwide.

The title of my book was First Aid for the Soul and here is a sneak peak at my book that will be cataloged, digitized, and go on tour later this year.  I combined zentangle, gelatin monoprints, and the quotes that get me through the day.  It was such a rewarding experience that I encourage all of you to consider participating.  You can order your sketchbook now and it will be due 1/15/15.  I'm ready to do another one!!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I received this postcard from Mary Ann Scheblein-Dawson who attended the very first CZT training class!  She used the tangles Paizel, Paushalov, Flux, Fungees, Antidots, Rain, Pokeleaf, and Bales.  I love it!  Pay particular attention to how well she shaded! 

I'm also working on my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project that I have to send in by Jan. 15th.  Here are two pages I've almost finished! 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


We enjoyed painting and tangling on paper mache ornaments last night.  You can really make a statement using the white pen on black (red too, but I forgot to take a picture!).  I also tried black on silver with some added rhinestones.  Just the bling needed for the holiday season!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Retreat Success!

Our first Zentangle Retreat was a huge success!  We spent the day learning several new patterns and working on pumpkin projects!  It was a chance to relax, enjoy great company, and learn some new things. In short is was really a TREAT instead of a retreat:).  Pictures below of all the amazing work by attendees.  I'm working on plans for another retreat in February - stay tuned!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Exhibit is Up!!

Wow - it was a monumental task, but with a lot of help we were able to display all the wonderful zentangle art at the Ludington library.  This exhibit is sponsored by the Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society

In the first image you'll see the display cases on the right and the framed pieces hanging on the left.  There are seven display cases and I don't have images of all of them.  If you are in the Philadelphia area please stop by to see the exhibit open now through Nov. 30th. 

Thanks so much to Rose, Colette, and Bonnie for stopping by to help and to everyone who submitted work for the exhibit!!

Ludington Library           Hours Mon.-Thurs 9am-9pm; Fri. 9am-6pm Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm
5 South Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Friday, September 20, 2013

Spreading Joy!

Have you ever made something and then left it in a public space for a stranger to find?  That is the premise behind the random acts of zentangle facebook page that you can find here.  I also just met Bonnie Neubauer who paints rocks using zentangle patterns, names them, and then releases them into the world. As her tag line of her website says "spreading joy one art rock at a time".  I love this idea and plan to work on some of these to "release" soon.  They make me happy and I hope they can indeed spread some joy.