Sunday, June 16, 2019

Rancho San Diego Library Finds a Zebra in the Room

Twelve excited folks found a friend today at Rancho San Diego Library.  Using the Zentangle Method, we went black and white to created an adorable zebra.

Using Ben Kwok zebra outline, we learned lots of "tangles" to adorn our zebra with.
Check out  Ben's Facebook page. Ornation Creation/Ben Workz
Beautiful work posted by others, and downloads to use.

It isn't recommended to ride a zebra.  Riding a zebra isn't practical because they are smaller than horses and unlikely be able to support the weight of an adult human for an extended period of time without getting injured.

Zebras can reach up to 65kph when galloping across the plains to outpace predators such as lions.  Foals can run within a few hours of birth.

A zebras coat is thought to disperse more than 70% of incoming heat, preventing them from overheating in the African sun.

In addition to keeping zebras cool, the strips serve as camouflage in the long grass to distract predators.  Lions are color blind, and a herd of stripy running zebras will be confusing if everything you see is black and white.

The zebras stripes are like a fingerprint, each unique to each animal.

The little boy (in the pic below) came with his grandma and joined in the class.  He was so shy, he would never tell me his name.  I called him Shy Guy.
                           What a sweet boy. Kids as well as adults, LOVE Zentangle.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Cool Off With Zentangle

June 1st, last of five series Zentangle classes at Oak Park Library.  With the hot summer on its way, we design a Zentangle garden fan to cool ourselves off when the heat is on.

Whether you decide to color your fan or go black and white - these fun fans will bring on a cool breeze for those hot summer months..   

Mental Health Day and Zentangle

June 1st, Over the bridge this morning to lovely Coronado for a Mental Health Day at the Coronado library.

Today, the library brought in several mental health presenters.  With wellness being a large part of life these days - Zentangle fits in well.

Zentangle is a meditative art form that can improve mood, be calming, as well as a tool to reduce stress, anger management, anxiety, depression and improve mental and physical health.  Corporate/office, medical (staff and patients), teachers/students,  etc, can all benefit from "tangling".  

Zentangle teaches you how to own your mistakes.  No rulers, no erasers, no mistakes. Just like in life, if you go the wrong direction, you don't erase your steps, you re-direct.  This is why there are no mistakes in the Zentangle Method.  Tangling teaches you how to incorporate what seems like a " mistakes", into something positive  Nothing is ever perfect, but how you adjust to imperfections in life is what really matters.  Zentangle reinforces mindfulness.   It is more about the process than being "number one".


Zentangle is not just another art class. Zentangle is a new, fresh idea and very different  because of theory and approach to art.  Take a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher that has been trained by the founders that design the method.  See for yourself what all the talk is about.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Anyone Lose a Button? ZenButton?

What a beautiful morning in San Diego at Kensington/Normal Heights Library.  Thirteen folks join me today to create a Zentangle Zenbutton.  ZenButton's are tangles in the round. Applying reticula and fragments (reticular - fine network of netlike structure and fragments - pieces of tangles that fill the reticula space).  Using two different pencils (graphite and white charcoal) for shading, you add depth and brightness to your tile (that's what we call the paper).  

After each class, we admire each and every art piece.  Before making a mosaic of tiles, we passed each tile around so everyone can admire individually.  

Kim and June and me.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Holmes Elementary School Get's Robotic

I love teaching The Zentangle Method to the children.  Today, I was invited to Holmes Elementary school in San Diego, California. 
I have been to a lot of elementary classes.  This one was different.
Upon entering this first grade classroom, I noticed not one item was out of place.

In the middle of each table, was an organizer center for pencils and markers, writing slates were stacked perfectly under.  There were organizers every where you looked in the room.  With only a couple weeks left of school, the room actually looked like the first day of school before the children walked into class.  Beautiful class room Ms. Curtis, very impressed.  How do you do it?    

Ms. Curtis asked me to create a Zentangle Father's Day gift the kids could give to their Dad's.  I came up with a robot bookmark.  Twenty five first graders started their Zentangle journey today. Learning that there are no mistakes, no rulers, no erasers with The Zentangle Method.  They followed along with my suggestions of tangles (that is what we call the patterns).  I even let them create a tangle or two on their own.  Kids like the idea of creating their very own tangles.    If you can draw a circle and a straight line - you can tangle.

The big secret is to not let the Dad's of Ms. Curtis class know that they will be receive the best art piece their kids have ever created.  Shhhhh - keep the secret.  Great job kids - it was a pleasure to be in your classroom today.

Below, is Lilly... my youngest granddaughter.  Best assistant ever.  This was my first time teaching Zentangle in Lilly's classroom.  After class, she asked me if I could come and teach Zentangle next year in her class. Ahh. kids love Zentangle.

Need a idea for your class?
 Let me know the subject and I create a Zentangle art piece for your classroom. Watch the kids relax, focus and enjoy early art development with The Zentangle Method.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Zentangle Club at Oasis

Zentangle Club at Oasis,  San Diego, Cali, brings folks together for a Zentangle class.  I bring a surprise project for each class.  Today, I introduced Zentangle Dingsplatz.

What in the heck is a Dingsplatz?
A typical  Zentangle Renaissance tile is working on tan paper with black, brown pens with white charcoal pencil.  If you take a renaissance tile   and threw it against a wall, it would become a DINGSPLATZ

.  Fourteen ladies got Dingsplatz today.


A basic Zentangle tile is black and white.  When you add color into art it becomes more thoughtful, less relaxing.   You have to think, what color, what type of color/pen/markers/pencils?  How many colors? Where do I put the color?  Even when you want to add some color to your Zentangle tile, I say, the patterns speak for themselves so a little color goes a long way.  Like in one of the ladies in class today (Jan), added a little blue, to bling up her tile.  Lovely.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mira Mesa Library Gets Tangled Up in Zentangle

Each year in San Diego, some of the libraries have a HOW-TO-FESTIVAL.  Throughout the library there are centers to learn different subjects.   I was asked to do a demonstration at the Mira Mesa Library on How-to-Zentangle.  This wasn't an Introduction to Zentangle, but just a hint of what would be in store for you when you take the "basic" class.  

The class turned out to be one of my favorite class, multi-generations.  Dad's and daughters, brother's and sister's, and Mom's and kids, ten in all were lucky to learn about Zentangle - a secret gem.

We created a bookmark  on 2x4 cardstock using The Zentangle Method.  Tangles taught were:

Zentangle is a meditative art method.  During the process of drawing, you relax, focus and get into a state of well-being - healing art.

Below is the multi-hat Mira Mesa Library Manager, Ina Gibson.   She taught the How-to-play the ukulele.  Great job Ina.

Some of the other classes were:
How to make slime
How to grow your organic urban garden in a tiny space
How to be on time
How to make paper beads
How to make S/more pops
How to do Yoga for children

This was my thank you card from Mira Mesa Library for sharing Zentangle with the library. 
My pleasure.