Monday, April 25, 2016

Zentangle Journaling on a Sunday Morning

Shiela, Sharon, Jan and me.. Janet had a good time tangling in our journals on my lanai.
Love this class.  You put all your tangles in one spot.  Now we are organized.

                            Come join me next time....................................  Aloooooha

Sunday, April 24, 2016


     Class at Beverly's Fabric brought an ALOHA SPIRIT with the ZENTANGLE TROPICAL GARDEN.  I almost played my ukulele before class to set the scene.  Maybe next time.  I did wear flowers in my hair, brought lei's to decorate and offered the meaning of Aloha as told to me by a beautiful Hawaiian woman in Hawaii.

     The story goes... Aloha is a special word in Hawaii, meaning hello and good bye.  It is an exchange of your soul when you use the word to whom you are talking.  The "Alo" part of aloha is the facial expression to welcome the person, the "ha" part of Aloha is exchanging your energy/breath to that person - giving of yourself.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Corporations Need To Tangle

I had the opportunity to teach the Zentangle Art Method as a "wellness day" class
for a corporation today.  You can see in their smiling faces. 
You don't get "it", till you do "it".
The phrase on the wall above them says it all.

Sixteen same tiles, yet individual flair with their own interpretation of my instruction.  Good job ladies.  I heard they want another class.  Next time, let's get the men from the company in here.  This isn't a craft, it is an art. Guys love it as much as the ladies.  I heard that this company has hard working employees, and they often don't take time for lunch.  They need Zentangle to the help them focus, relax, de-compression with tangling on those days you need a break from the stress. 

More tangles await them in their next class. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bijou meets Micron

Just had to share, a fellow CZT, Marieke, shared a rare picture she caught on camera.

Zentangle's mascot, Bijou (French for snail).  Perfect combo pic. I have never seen a baby snail that small?   Thanks Marieke !!!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Three Generations and Tangles

This morning in San Diego, the weather was bright and gorgeous. Weatherman said rain by 5:00pm. Really, it's so pretty outside?  For all of you folks that get rain often -- RAIN IS A BIG DEAL IN SAN DIEGO. If it is going to rain, the news starts off with that because it NEVER rains in southern California (isn't there a song about that?). 

With California's water drought, the news is all about the rain we "might" get, when, how much, how long it will last (never long enough) and  the city almost stops with hopes of it.  At work, the topic of discussion is all the bout the rain and we drag our jackets out of the back of the closet.  We just usual don't need a jacket in San Diego. Yes, we have wonderful weather. The downside is we have a water drought.  The city's watering rule -  you can only use your sprinklers 2 times a week for 5 minutes at each station.  That just isn't enough to keep grass green or flowers happy.

(A quick side story about rain.   I was visiting my relatives in Washington State, where they get rain almost everyday - a beautiful mist that you can hardly hear.  My hubby and I were in line to pay with the "locals" at a grocery store.  We were admiring the huge glass area where you could see all the giant cedar, spruce, evergreen pine trees outside (note to self.... there is a reason that the trees are so GREEN). 

All of a sudden,  it started to pour.   Tom and I were doing the "ohhh, ahhh, wow look at it rain" like all the Californian's do when we see it... (and yes, I can be dramatic sometimes).  Not gonna lie,  we were being loud, it was so exciting to see something so rare from our "neck of the woods".  The "local" lady in front of us turned around and said "you not from around here right?".  So funny.

Back to my delimma.  Do I have my Zentangle class from 3-5 in my colorful backyard,  because It never rains in California OR be safe and bring it inside?  Since Zentangle tiles and water do not match -I brought the class inside today.

Today I had the pleasure to teach grandmother, daughter, granddaughter and last minute (nice surprise) Nancy.  I have taught several classes to multi-generations.  Learning something new together gives you that bond of like minds and speak the same language.  The age difference is no big deal with Zentangle art.  I enjoyed watching them sharing "fun" during the class.  This also works with corporate classes.  Someone you might not usual talk to, Zentangle breaks down that barrier.  You now have a common interest and it opens the door to team building.

Nancy, Sophia (14), Samantha and Deborah
At least we got to go outside for a photo......AND not one drop of rain during the class.
It did finally rain that night at 10:30pm.  ahhhhhhhh my plants were in heaven.
So bring on the moisture and let it rain.... 
This is Zentangle official tangle called MSST - appropriate for today to post.
Ladies, I forgot to include in my instructions today   WARNING: Zentangle can be addictive. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Beyond Basic Zentangle Class

Now that you have the Introduction to Zentangle Class under your belt, you can graduation from kindergarten and jump to the sixth grade with BEYOND BASIC ZENTANGLE class.

Join me at Beverly's Fabric (Balboa Avenue)in San Diego, Sunday  4/9/16 @1:00-3:00.

We will learn more complex tangles, string theory, tangleations, tangos, shading, embellishments, and more knowledge to take your tiles to the next level and really make them POP.

Prepay for class now (to the right on my blog: PAY NOW).  $35 ($10 of materials included).  Bring mini kit.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Midnight at the Oasis

Well, maybe it wasn't midnight but it was San Diego Oasis' evening class today for folks 50 and older.  If you haven't checked out all of their classes they offer, get a catalog or go on-line.
We tangled a Spring Garden class taught by yours truly !!! Boy did these folks catch on quickly.  We tackled a brick wall (with N'zepple tangle), a mosaic vase (with Tripoli tangle), a variation of Mooka with embellishments, Zingers, Island Flowers, Morning Glories, Doo lee do,  and I think all of our favorite -  Cat-kin.  We used tan tone paper and embellished with white charcoal pen and added grey Fabrico pen instead of shading.  Great job ladies.

Can you find Bijou?  Zentangle's little snail mascot in their pics? 
Sorry Jodie, you left before I remember to snap a picture of the wonderful achievements today.
WARNING:  Zentangle can be addictive.