Monday, February 18, 2019

Skyline Hills Library Up Up and Beyond Basic Zentangle

There is much more to basic or Introduction to Zentangle class.  Twenty tanglers joined me and took Zentangle to another level.  For me, most valuable class is "Beyond Basic Zentangle".  You learn string theory, embellishments, enhancers, shading, tangleations, tango's, tracing, and more.

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A couple students brought show and tell of projects they have completed with The Zentangle Method.

Tangle your own Valentine.
Zentangle - I
❤❤❤❤❤❤ you

Kim (President Skyline Hills Library), above left,  designed this Zentangle thank you card for me.
Good job Kim !!!

Skyline Hills Library - 3rd series class will be:
March 23, Saturday @ 10:30-12:00
Project will be created a Spring Bunny

Be sure to support your FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY so programs like
 Zentangle continues being brought to library.  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bonita-Sunnyside Library Joins the Zentangle World

The Bonita-Sunnyside Branch library is a gorgeous, friendly library with a beautiful community room, perfect for teaching a Zentangle class.

Many Tuesday mornings I attend Bonita Library's Merrie Ukes and play with a large group of ukulele strummers.

I was asked to present a Zentangle class at this branch.  Yet another library joining me in sharing of this amazing art method.  The co-founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas created an art.method that takes the "HARD" out of art by using simple materials then add corner dots, border, string and add "tangles".  Whaaalaaa. a beautiful piece of art.  Kids - seniors can complete a Zentangle tile.

A few lucky early students and I had "tangle" time before the rest of the group arrived.  Tangles are what we call the patterns. There are over 160 official Zentangle patterns (go to official site:  Zentangle creates a new pattern at each of the four certification seminars they hold each year.  So many tangles, so little time.

Many other folks have created interesting patterns that have been documented. Go to to see patterns organized by a Linda Farmer, CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher).   New tangles are created everyday.  Get on her email list.

Eighteen bright eyed adults and kids joined me to see "what is Zentangle?". 

Tangles used today were:  Onamato, Crescent Moon, Rainking, Paradox, Tipple

Below we are admiring all the tiles created today.  Each student interprets my instruction and their tile reflects that.  A great activity to do as a multi-generation family.

Check out the Bonita Library website for other events/programs/classes.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Poway Library Delivered Flower Bouquets

This evening Zentangle class was at Poway Library, San Diego, California.  You could almost smell the flowers as we created a Valentine Flower Bouquet for someone special.  Using The Zentangle Method, we applied patterns to our canvas tile and added a hint of color.

I am hoping you have someone special this Valentine's Day.  If not, you can always celebrate with anyone close to you.  It's HEART day - not date nite.   Share this day with someone you LOVE.


Below is Poway Library direct link.  Check out what amazing events/classes/programs they have to offer patrons at no fee.  Check other libraries in your area and support the Friends of Library by purchasing things from the bookstore and joining FRIENDS OF LIBRARY.  The fee varies but is usually only $5-10.   FRIENDS OF LIBRARY fund many of programs like Zentangle classes. My classes are typically $35 per person.  Thanks Friends and county library for bringing Zentangle to those that might not be able to afford classes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

I Heart Lakeside Library

What day is coming up?  Come on, a little hint:  red/pink/chocolate/hearts/love?   You guessed it - Valentine's Day.  I remember one year, I didn't have a "special" someone, so I made Valentine's cards and sent to  my friends that also were without. That was many many years ago and that was the Valentine's Day that I remember well.

Zentangle class was at Lakeside Library, East County of San Diego, California. The library is located next to a beautiful park with a lovely lake and lots of fowl to watch as you walk around the area.    FYI - a new location and brand new library is coming to Lakeside by 2020.  Whoo hoo.

Another rainy day in San Diego.  When it rains here, the news is all about the weather.  Let me tell you … driving the 38 miles to class, all I could see were the tops of the cars next to me.  Wow  Six braved the weather to join me.  We created a Zendala in the round for some lucky person for Valentine's Day.

Typically, Zentangle tiles are black and white, keeping it more simple and relaxing.  When you add color, you have to think, what type of color pen/pencil, how many colors, where do I put the colors.  I do tell students that the Zentangle patterns speak for themselves.  When adding color, a little goes a long way.  We added just a hint of pink sharpie pen to the piece today.  

Make someone's day with a personalize Valentine's Day Card.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Oak Park Library Meets Zentangle

Oaks Park Library in San Diego, California was introduced to The  Zentangle Method. Gotta give a shout out to all the folks that ventured out into the weather today.  Yes, it never rains in Southern California but today was an exception.  San Diego had flood warnings and high winds - exciting - weather.

Eight of the library patrons began the first of five series Zentangle classes coming to this branch.
We started out the series with Introduction to Zentangle - the history of this new, unique art method, philosophy and how to create a basic Zentangle tile (that is what the paper we draw on is called).  We had multi-generation ages for class today.  I love that entire families can learn this art method together.  No matter what age - people LOVE Zentangle.

Come to one or all four series: dates
3/9  Beyond Basic Zentangle (a must have class)
4/6 Zentangle Butterfly with Color
5/4 Zentangle Hummingbird
6/1 Zentangle Garden Hand Fan

Side story:  Remember that storm I was talking about at the beginning of the blog?  Well, after class, the sky dump on me while heading to my car with my "buggy" of Zentangle teaching materials.  Luckily I covered the items before heading outside.  The drive home was slow and steady (thank goodness most drivers went slower on the freeway).  I saw folks hydroplane across the freeway in streams of water coming off the banks near by.  Wow.  Weather.  Hope everyone got home safe after class.

Thursday, January 31, 2019


This well kept secret is nestled in an urban section of Carmel Mountain Ranch, in San Diego, California.  The owners, Lisa and Darius Miller, created a beautiful intimate, friendly experience at their winery.  The owners wanted to bring two ideas together - wine and relaxation.  
This was a perfect match with wine and Zentangle.   Zentangle is a meditative art method that creates beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  During the process you relax, focus and get into a state of well-being- happy place.  Add a glass of wine, and what more could you ask for?

  Friendly staff makes it feel like family.

Thirteen mostly "newbies" to Zentangle had a delightful evening sipping and tangling.

Above is Donna, a seasoned tangler.  She comes to many of my classes.  There is always something new to learn at each class.  I teach about 30 different classes with The Zentangle Method in mind.  Today's workshop was a ZIA (Zentangle inspired art).  Here are some of the students art work.

 Thank you Lisa and Darius for asking me to share Zentangle.

Join me for next class at the Koi Zen Cellars Winery:  March 20th, 6:30-8:30
The workshop will be creating a Zentangle Koi Fish.

Register on line or call:  858-381-2675