Thursday, December 30, 2010

2 by 2

Week 2 challenge from  CZT Laura Harms is 2 Pencil String.  The challenge is open to every Zentangle devotee - details are on Laura's blog here  I Am The Diva.  Margaret Bremner  CZT describes the 2 Pencil technique on her blog here Enthusiastic Artist

This challenge was exactly that - a challenge.  I often don't work with a string so that was a challenge. I tend to do pretty dense tangles so the string kept getting lost in the tangle.  I also use a lot of tangles that have multiple line borders so coming up with different tangles was another challenge.  Even though I didn't set out to have such bold borders - every time I sat down to work on this challenge that was what the tangle wanted to be - after fighting that for awhile I finally gave in or I never would have completed any.

These two that I did manage to finish don't really excite me but I've learned over the years with other artwork that it's not always about what I like - somewhere out there is someone that will like it.

 Week 2 Challenge - 2 Pencil String
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010


A fellow CZT Laura Harms is hosting a weekly Zentangle challenge open to anyone that wishes to join in.  You can find more details and follow each weeks challenge on her blog I Am The Diva.

Simplicity is the challenge for this week - "How does this word speak to you, and how do you translate it into Zentangle®?"

Sounds simple enough to do - then again maybe not.  My first thought was to use just one tangle - what could be easier (simple) than that.  After a few attempts working with just one tangle it was pretty clear that I needed to redefine my idea of simplicity - at least as far as a Zentangle was concerned.

I was over thinking things - never the best idea - so instead decided to look at some of my other tiles hoping for inspiration. Oops, I tend to use lots of tangles in each one and very often work right out to the edge of the tile.  Not finding simplicity there, decided I just needed to clear my mind and start over.   Spending a little time quietly watching outside my window as the steadily falling liquid sunshine washed the dry season dust from the plants was just what I needed.

The translation of the challenge for me - use less than 5 tangles and work on a small portion of the tile. Oh, and a splash of inspiration from Mother Nature.

Simplicity Zentangle

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Zentangle

A little holiday cheer - Zentangle style.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Pyrographic Zentangles

Pyrography has always been a meditative art form for me - I often lose all track of time with a hot pen in hand.  While I love tangling with black pen on paper - tangling with a pyro pen is an added joy.

Woodburned Candleholders

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

PoBox Clock

The creator of the HumanClock is now working on the PoBox Clock.  When you select your time increment you'll receive the address to ship to and your due date to preserve the time you selected.  My time?  It was a very good year ;>)

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Back Home

The CZT seminar - what an amazing experience -  Zentangle immersion, meeting wonderful artists from all over the world and making new friends.  Yes,  I am now a fully Certified Zentangle Teacher - CZT.

Took some time after the seminar to visit family and friends in the Midwest and then enjoyed a nice leisurely train ride across the country to return home. I've so neglected this blog, but I'm back home and ready to go, creating Zentangles - will be posting photos soon - still learning the new camera.  I'm also exploring venues where I might teach Zentangle classes.  If you have any suggestions of suitable places in the San Diego area I would love to hear from you.

The Zentangle Classes tab  - it's new - it's a start on what I will be offering - more details and schedule coming soon.