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.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Gel Monoprinting - I'm in love!

Oh boy.  There is nothing better than new art supplies.  Today a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate arrived at my door and my daughter and I had a good time experimenting.  I think we're going to have a lot of fun with this one!

First you add some acrylic paint to the gel plate

then you use a brayer to spread it out

                                 then you draw on it using anything you can find that isn't sharp

              Then you press a piece of cardstock down onto the image and Viola!  A monoprint!
 Here is one I was had to do quickly because Mia wanted to make more.....this is addictive!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

More lettering (and some good reminders)

I've been playing around with lettering and enjoying it more than I thought I would!  This one evolved into a much needed reminder to myself.  I find that the patterns can be simpler or only a portion of the full pattern.  These letters started out as my own handwriting in pencil, then I outlined the letters in pen to make them chunky and started tangling.  I went back and erased my original letters.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Block Letters!

I'm working on some lettering examples for my next Beyond the Basics class and played with block letters today.  You could use stencils or chip board letters to trace around if you need uniform sized letters. I tried tangling within some letters and tried just a tangled background for some.   Which one do you like best??

Thursday, July 25, 2013

More creative fun

I made this fun bird and can't wait to try more:).  My soldering skills need some refreshing, but it will be worth it for the smiles they bring!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zentangle Beads??

I'm in Rochester, NY taking a class at the International Society of Glass Beadmakers annual conference.  Here is a quick pic of the beads I made yesterday.  Holly Cooper is teaching us how to make intricate designs and I am hoping to translate her technique into some Zentangle beads!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Patterns for vacation

I ran into a student this weekend who was telling me about how she was trying to tangle while on vacation.  But, she had trouble figuring out some patterns.  Let's face it, some pattern step-outs are just missing a crucial bit of information!  I told her I would send her some patterns I think are helpful to do when you don't want to be challenged by difficult patterns (yes I have those days too!!). Here are a couple I would suggest that I think are beautiful and helpful to do when you want to focus on the meditative part of zentangle.  They are not on tangle patterns so I've put the step-outs below.

Static (and try close cousin - Nipa)


Other favorites are florz, rain, indy-rella, and mooka. Enjoy!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Video "How To" of Diva Dance

I always tell you about the videos by Rick and Maria, but just found this one I think you'll like too by CZT Laura Harms!  Check out Diva Dance!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mindful Postcard Swap

I organized a MINDFUL swap for Certified Zentangle Teachers and had 50 teachers participate!  We could only use tangles that started with the letters M-I-N-D-F-U-L.  For some reason, I was feeling the love for mooka and tried a few different versions.  I used mooka as a string for some and I created a fractal mooka when I put mooka inside of a larger mooka!  The very last postcard was an extra one so I tried some other patterns than those that start with mindful.  Enjoy!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Silence on the verge of extinction

I really enjoyed the On Being show today about the need for Silence.  You can listen to the podcast The Last Quiet Places here.  One of the things I enjoy the most about teaching Zentangle is the quiet that falls over a class once people start tangling.  It's a beautiful and safe sound.  As Acoustic Ecologist Gordon Hempton says real quite is "presence" not just the absence of noise.  One suggestion is to listen to nature in order to improve one's ability to listen to people.  He goes on to state that "Quiet is Quieting", meaning that spending some time being silent calms the mind and soul.  For adults, being silent can be frightening because we are trained to fill voids.  The podcast includes some lovely nature sounds.  Enjoy:)  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sandy Bartholomew's new tangle cards

Well known author, Sandy Bartholomew, was in Providence while her son joined the CZT ranks.  It was a wonderful pleasure to sit with her, Bette Abdu, and Amy Brody (and me left to right). 

I was also excited to see Sandy's new Tangle Cards that will be available in September!

Here is a look at the inside of the purple box!  Way cool!
and of the back of the cards
I think my daughter and I will be fighting over these in no time flat!! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Providence Museum of Art & RISD

I took off this morning to the Rhode Island School of Design to check out their art supply store.  Oh boy.  I spent an hour wandering around and came out with new pens, paper, and bleeding tissue paper.  Then I went over to the Rhode Island Museum of Art. 

Lots of amazing things to see and it wasn't very busy, so I could take my time to read all the info about the scupltures and paintings.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Picasso "Seated Woman with a Book" 1910

Toots Zynsky "Lucente" 2001 (Glass- filet de verre)

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld "Zig Zag Chair" 1941

The lion's mane looked like Munchin to me!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Zentangle Seminar 11

I'm hanging out in Providence, RI while my mom attends the latest CZT Seminar.  I've already walked around to do some shopping and found Jerry's Artarama! I wanted to post some images from one of Maria's pattern inspiration book.  So awesome!