Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beginner Zentangle Class Wins RAVE reviews

I have to brag on my Rhinelander, WI beginner's class Monday.
WHAT a super job they did and I really gave them a workout!

I trashed all my usual beginner tangles as I was really getting bored with teaching them and I set out to do a combination of really more interesting ones.  The only thing I missed on this group of tangles was a "gridded" one.  So we did a gridded Bijou tile before they left. We used Maryhill for the tangle on that one.

I started with Rain and then moved to Wheelz and Tipple.  Then we did Btl Joos which included "laces" and a sparkle and great shading.  Last we did Hollibough and put Black Pearlz in the negative spaces.  Lots of interesting shading.  They did super great!  After a winter of practice tangles they will be ready for one of my advanced classes come next spring!!!

Great job gals!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Zentangle® Calendar and Chit Chat

Don't know about all my blogger friends…but September does seem to be RUSHING forward rather fast.  Seeing the "13" on my computer dock when I opened it up this morning stunned me!  OMGosh!  Already? How can I be surprised when I am doing this Zentangle calendar???  I mean it's right there in black and white!
Guess I am "in denial".  I saw someone do Moonglow pens on black the other day with B'dylan and I just had to try it too.  They are really very "glow-ie" on black!  

The BRISK midwest weather here in northern WI is giving us all a dose of early autumn and I can see that we are NOT the only ones experiencing a very early dip in temps.  We had snow flurries in our forecast last night.  I kid you not.  And Mary Gayle (just 5 miles away from me) said she saw them!!!  OH no!  You don't want to get me started on "weather whining" this soon!  Sunny skies for awhile now and temps in mid 50s.  But I am getting out my wool sweaters.  We have had a lot of cozy fires in our fireplace this week!  That is actually quite nice.  We had homemade soup and biscuits by the fire for supper last night as the temps plummeted down!  

I am busy prepping for my Rhinelander beginner Zentangle class now on Monday…have 12 signed up and it is the first class really that I can remember out of tons of classes I have done that I do not know a single person in the class. They are all there due to advertising and marketing. 

I am going to take a poll and find out which of my strategies got them there.  I did posters in two places in Rhinelander, an interview for the newspaper, blog advertising, and ArtStart gallery put me on their FB page on on their "shout out" information e-letters.  One gal is driving over an hour and taking off a day of work for this workshop!  Wow.  I'll report back on which of these was the most productive.  

The CZTs discuss how to market their classes on their exclusive FB page.  It's really interesting to see all the different strategies.  Word of mouth is still the best way but sometimes you hit an area that no one has any idea what Zentangle is…a Zentangle desert. (hahaha) and so no one even knows WHAT you are talking about. 
Rhinelander is sort of like that.  I feel like a pioneer!  Hahaha.

Have a good weekend and stay warm.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Zentangle Calendar in the COLD north woods

Catch up again…a lot going on.  
The 7th I tangled on a page from an old phone book…don't know if that shows up very well.  I used a #3 pen instead of a #1 so it would be a bit darker.  And on #9 I used a new version of Cadent that I really like.  It is sort of a re-mix of Cadent with Fiore.  

Weather here in the north woods of WI is REALLY disappointing now.  High of 40 today with 40mph winds almost all day…rain just slashing down on the cabin…dark skies and white caps on the lake.

Wow…I am dreaming of Florida big time now!!! 
Greg built a nice cozy fire in the fire place and I am making popcorn and hot cocoa.  We will "go with the flow" for today.  

Okay so now I am two days ahead!  Yippee.  
Off to fix the popcorn and find my book to snuggle by the fire.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Making "Happy" cards

When I have a few minutes, I get out a 4 x 6 blank greeting card and print "happy" in whatever funky way I feel like.  Then I tangle it.  I also have some printed cards (gelli prints and mono prints and stamped colors) and I sometimes select from those. Like this one.  

Then when I need the card I can print below the tangled word "birthday", "anniversary," "new house",  "graduation" or whatever and personalize it to the #.  Happy 25th anniversary…or whatever.  
But most of the card is already done!  Voila.

Consider starting a Happy Card file.
Everyone likes to "get happy".  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Renaissance Tile Demo

I have worked on this on and off for a few days.  I did the Renaissance part on "kraft" brown paper as I wanted to see how I was going "demo" how to do these tangles.  Kraft paper was recommended at training.  I used a brown identi-pen, graphite and white charcoal as well.  Then I decided I needed a way to display them so I could show students the options.  I glued them onto a small display board (WalMart $2) with Yes Glue and then waited overnight.   Then somehow I got started tangling in between them and couldn't stop!  Hahaha.  

Well, it's a very cold and rainy day in the north woods and hubby is into a building project hammering away in the cabin so my nice quiet studio seemed like the best place to be!!!  

I painted the back side with black gesso and will use it to display white on black tangles for another class.  

I'd like to put my tangles aside now for a few days and maybe actually get into my wc and acrylics for awhile.  The time for my art will fly by now as September is already on it's merry way!

The Ceremony of Zentangle: It's not about Pumpkins

Choreographer Twyla Tharp, in her 2003 book The Creative Habit, describes each day as the same: waking, consuming the same breakfast of three hard-boiled egg whites and a cup of coffee, putting on workout clothes and legwarmers, walking out of her Manhattan apartment, hailing a taxi and asking the driver to take her to the Pumping Iron gym at 91st Street and First Avenue, where she works out for two hours. "The ritual is not the stretching and weight training I put my body through each morning at the gym," she says. "The ritual is the cab. The moment I tell the driver where to go, I have completed the ritual."

"Being creative," says Tharp, "is an everyday thing, a job with its own routines. ........

"This is no different for a painter finding his way to the easel or a medical researcher returning to the laboratory. The routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration (perhaps more). And it is available to everyone. If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is the result of good work habits. They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming."  Twyla Tharp 

Having just taught a Zentangle class where everything I said and did is fresh in my mindI am reminded reading the above on Robert and Sara Genn's blog post this morning, that this is mostly what the "ceremony" of Zentangle is about.  I REALLY stress the ceremonyrelax, breathe, smile, appreciateetc with my students because I feel this REALLY something they cannot get by just reading a book or just visiting blogs.  THAT is what being a CZT is mostly forto show people how the "ceremony" of Zentangle fits in the picture of Zentangle in it's core essence.  

Even though you may Zentangle your pumpkin which is a totally nutty thing to do (but fun).  The real Zentangle comes with pen and paper.  The minute you get in the ceremony where you "draw the string" you have completed the ritual (ceremony) and you slide effortlessly then through the rest of the ceremony to the reflection and appreciation.  

It is partly way I like the new group called "Square One" on Facebook.  No pumpkins.  Hahaha.  I am not knocking pumpkins (obviously) but that is not what this is all about.  On Square One it is just that, black, white and gray and paper.  So go ahead an tangle your shoes, your nails and your upright piano.  But never forget the ceremonythe breathing, and the pen and the paper.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Manitowish Art League Zentangle Class

What a nice morning and a GREAT bunch of people.  We tangled away happily and they made me go home at 1 pm so they could eat lunch!  

Next class is Sept 15th in Rhinelander.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Diva Challenge: X-Did

Well, here I am with a Diva Challenge again.  This time X-Did is the challenge tangle.  At first I wasn't sure I'd like it but I rather do!   Ooples is one I have not tried before also so I threw that in for tomorrow.

I'll be off teaching Zentangle most of tomorrow so best to get ahead!

The background of Sept 2 is a watercolor wash of Qor (pronounced "core") which is Golden's new line.  I used Burnt Sienna and Indian Yellow for the wash.  The highlights on that tangle and on September 3rd are done with Derwent Inktense wc pencils.  In X-Did I used the color "Baked Earth" and on Ooples I used Sea Blue and Apple Green.  

Zentangle Calendar Updates

Did you notice that 28,29,30 are all tangles that start with the letter "g"?  Just kinda something fun.  

I have been keeping up with my daily Zentangle calendar just not posting about it for awhile.  Over the holiday weekend when Verizon usage in the north woods peaks, I cannot use my hotspot (Mifi) much.  The competition for data space is too great.  My data speeds (which I check regularly) roller coaster up and down at those times.

Example:  On Sat (the peak usage day for a holiday) my speed fell to 25 kbps.  It is almost impossible to send or receive anything at that speed. In fact I was amazed I could get on line to even check it at that speed.  This morning it was up to 784 kbps.  Still not very fast in terms of normal data speeds but FAR better.  At least I can get online, post on my blog, see pictures on my Facebook, etc.  I still could not watch a video or anything…but I save those to watch on my iPad when I go to the library or stop at McDonalds for coffee.   I do miss my cable connection in Florida sometimes!  But when you live in a remote forest you are lucky to be connected at all!  

I am pretty much all ready to pack up the car this afternoon for my Beginner Zentangle Class in Manitowish Waters tomorrow morning.  I have 18 signed up for that class.  I expect a few no-shows but even so, THAT is a way too big class.  Wish me luck on that one.  I will try to remember to take some photos to share.  

You can see by my sidebar that I have added several other classes now to the list and the local Stamping and Scrapbook store is going to host me on the 17th of September.  This will be my first time in that kind of venue.  But the new owner is very optimistic and a real go-getter and she plans to serve lunch as part of the charge of the class!  Now THAT is a first for me!  How fun.  And I've added a beginner class on Oct 8th in Lake Geneva, WI which is my old "stamping ground" for many many years.  We will be on our way south by that time but will spend 4-5 days in that area.  

The outdoor painters up here want to have one more paint out next Thursday but now RAIN is forecast for that day.  Still it is so up and down and the forecasts are so unreliable up here that there is no reason to get too gloomy about that yet.  Although our time here is drawing to a close this month, I really cannot get my mind around that yet.  I have so many things I want to do yet.  I haven't even started painting my Christmas card yet (something I always do up here in September!)  I am considering a Zentangle Christmas this year.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Getting Ready for an Advanced Class on Zentangle

Ing, Yew Dee-Well, Zander, Purk, Indy-rella, Bumper

I admit that I am head over heels in love with Renaissance tiles.  They are my FIRST choice when I go to do a tile now.  

I am putting together a resource of as many different tangles now that I can that look "swell" on this color tile with using the brown pen and the white charcoal accents.  

As you can see from the "sidebar" I am teaching an Advanced class on October 10th in the Lake Geneva area and I want to have my "ducks in a row" for that class.  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Needing a title for my painting!

8 x 10 Mixed media on canvas

I posted this en plein air painting a few weeks ago on a white background and asked my blogging friends for suggestions as to whether to leave the background stark white or paint in a background.

The vote came out heavily in favor of a dark background. I didn't want to lose the nice ground shadow, however, so I compromised.  A little white remains.  It's not signed yet, but I think it might be done.  

Does anyone have a title for me?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Diva Challenge: Striping

Krinkle, Brabs, Coaster, Hearts Divdided, Knightsbridge

Okay…always time for a few little stripes.
Laura is posting on FB that she is doing birch bowls.
How this woman finds time to sleep is way way beyond me.  And everything she does is pretty awesome too!  Runs the challenge, is wife and mother of two busy little boys, AND makes birch bowls…it's amazing.

I am prepping for teaching a big Zentangle group on Sept 3 (see side bar).  I have 17 signed up for the class.  Whew.  Lots of materials to get ready!!!  The Rhinelander class looks like a "go" too on September 15th although I do have more space in that class!

Cool front just hit the north woods again…back to autumn.  We are rolling into our last month now with so so many things on the September calendar. 

We are beginning to plan our fall trip east and south now thinking of dates and stop over points.  We take like 3 weeks from start to finish because we just like to sight see and play along the way.  Have a good week everyone…we are headed to Labor Day weekend already!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Calendar Catch Up

Been trying to  keep up as usual.  Even a day ahead…but then I get busy and a day or two slips away.  Still I am keeping up.  

One tangle as no name as I have not found the name for it yet.  Someone posted it new and then after I copied it I realized if the name was given, I'd forgotten to write it down.  Darn.  Hopefully when I post it to the CZT FB page someone will recognize it.

I am LOVING "Trio".  What do you think Roberta?  Would you like to learn that one?  It as so many possibilities and I think could work on Renaissance Tiles too.  B'Dylan does not follow the rule of not looking like something.  But there are a number of organic tangles that are floral like "cat-kin" and they are still considered okay.  So we sort of have a thin line we cross back and forth over for that.  

The gold one in the last square was watercolored before tangled.  Note Helen loves to use "screws" on her tangles.  Can you find them?  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Zentangle Challenge: Water

Mooka and Yew-Dee Well

Water is our theme for the week and this is by far one of the wackiest interpretations of the theme I've probably ever done.  One of those "let it just happen" tiles.  

I love Yew-Dee Well and I use it often and I thought of it as "wave action" when I started but like a true Zentangle had NO idea where I was going with it.  It just seemed to wave up and spill over at the top.

Where Mooka came from I have no idea.  But it sure is getting wet.  I think of Mooka as organic plant-like tangle.  

I wanted to do this challenge without resorting to color…I am guessing there will be a ton of blue and green tiles this week.
However this might look better with some colored pencil. I may reconsider.   

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wildly Diversify

Box cover (Kraft box) about 6 x 8" with sliding drawer
black and brown ink, white charcoal

iPad cover (gray rubber) done with black Identi-Pen by Sakura

earrings (wood) and ceramic cat pin

We've had company at the north woods cabin over the last week…but now and again, things would quiet down and the kids would all go out fishing and I'd have a few moments to slip into the studio.  Skies have been gray 4 out of 5 days (although not as cold as usual) and so sunning on the deck was only available one day last week.

CZT friends on Facebook have been talking about crazy things like doing Zentangle on your iPad cover. 
And I began to wonder why THAT had never occurred to me.  (Any flat surface is vulnerable.)
But wow, was that a difficult surface to master…that rubbery finish did not take kindly to ink.  Identi-pens are a permanent ink with a thicker nub on it and that was about the only pen that would work.  I tried a little shading with a Pentel gray brush pen which turned out to be the only "gray" pen I possess here. It was only moderately successful.  I think up on the top I may do some lettering later. 

The kraft type box was a gift at CZT training and actually contained a sketchbook.  But everyone there liked the box too and Molly Hollibaugh (Maria's daughter) gave us some examples of how she tangled her box and we were all consumed with trying it too.  Despite the empty space on the box, I think I am done.  Space is good when tangles are complicated.

And the jewelry is just 25 cent garage sale jewelry I picked up at a garage sale recently.  I painted them all with black gesso and then tangled with white jellyroll pen.  I will give them all a light spray of matt  acrylic and then probably the jewelry will get a gloss coat of gel on top of that.  

After all the company takes off on the 24th of August I hope to settle down and prep for several Zentangle classes I have coming up.  Hubby and I are now beginning to make our travel plans for the southern trip.  We plan a week in southern WI before we actually start the major trek east and south.  Seems like we just got the cabin open and now we have to think about closing.  ARRRGH.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Some painting fun

6 x 8 Watercolor on Strathmore CP wc paper

Art Exhibit at Howard Young Hospital August - Oct 1

Just to prove I do some things besides Zentangle now and then!

These are wall watercolors.  
The ones in the exhibit are wc on canvas.
The abstract is collage and acrylic.  

The story on the little bunch of flowers is that the jar is an old original cottage cheese container from the Lockwood Dairy in Plainfield, Il.  The nice jars have been carried around from move to move since the dairy closed as memories of the old dairy and farm life.  Imagine cottage cheese in a glass jar?  

The words on the jars say:
12 oz liquid
Lockwood Dairy
Plainfield, IL

The little bouquets were door prizes at the church pot luck last night and I painted the painting to give to Mr. Lockwood as a memento of the jars.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Diva's Challenge: MacDee

A blanket is just what MacDee looks like to me.  And here in the north woods on August 13th we had the first mention of the "f" word on the weather last night.  Yes, that is right "FROST" 

Temps in Land o Lakes, WI just 1 hour north of us were down to 42 already at 10 pm news time.  Yikes.
I slept in to after 7 this morning and it was bout 48 degrees when I woke up…so I don't know if WE had frost or not here in Lac du Flambeau…but temps are supposed to start moderating for the week…a bit anyway.  
But anyway, drawing MacDee inspired a blanket for sure!!!!  This is pretty early for frost here although we often have warnings before Labor Day and that is like 3 weeks away.  I am in total denial of the end of summer.  Yet all the grandkids are getting ready for school again, starting football practice and sports teams again, and we do have some color starting in the trees up here.  Like my hubby says…4th of July is summer and then we get autumn.  ARRRGH.

Ballace is way complicated but in a way it has a sort of delightful lace-like look.  This is a "variation" of the main tangle, of course.  

I am baking a cake for the church pot luck tonight.  Great day for baking.  The sun is shining and by noon it was up to 60.  Still brisk but pretty.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zentangle Calendar…coming to a close on month Nine.

It's been quite a ride Jan 1 to August 12 without missing by more than a day or two and then catching up again.  Discipline?  Habit?  Daily meditation?  

My one regret is that Carole Ohl has stopped posting on her blog Open Seeds (she created this calendar) and I know I am not alone in missing her.

Margaret says that Carole is busy with her Bead Store and I did look at that web site.  I am not much into beads so that wasn't so interesting to me.  Anyway, no one seems to be communicating with Carole.  I leave messages and comments for her here and there to let her know how much her Zentangle friends miss her.  

Incidentally my Sept 3 class is FULL (see side bar) and I am starting a wait list for that and encouraging folks to consider the Rhinelander class Sept 15 instead.  It may not be as "convenient" for some folks from this area.  But it's a nice shopping town and people could combine lunch and shopping with the class!  We'll see.  

ps it took some time to figure out the variation on Fiore on Aug 12th calendar above…but it is kind of cool once you get the hang of it.  

Illuminated Letter "D"

Onamato and Printemps

Just a little fun for another grandson's birthday card  whose name begins with "D".  The paint is Twinkling H2o which has iridescent qualities.  It's done on a 4 x 6 greeting card.