Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Three classes!

Wow, this past week has been busy. I got back from a wonderful vacation on the East coast with family and jumped into three classes on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. They were great classes but on Monday I had to take a break and regroup! Here are the class pictures.

The Zenspirations monogram class was the first time I had taught this technique. So I was actually happy we had a smaller number!

Come to the Dark Side! Tangling on black tiles was the theme for the class at the Windy Brushes meeting! It was a big group. They did a grea job!

This was the group named Sassy Stitchers in Northbrook. While there were only 5 people participating, there were several others that worked on their stitching projects while I taught. Afterwards I had a couple of the stitchers come up to me and tell me how much they had gotten out of just listening! I'm working on setting up a return visit!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Zenspirations Gift

It is finished and framed and was given to the happy couple this past weekend. I'm happy with the way it came out! The closeups were posted in the past few posts so scroll back to see them.

Each square is the standard Zentangle tile size - 3 1/2 square. 

If you are intrigued by this technique please join me in the Zenspirations class at Banbury Fair in Bartlett, IL this Sunday. There are seats still available. Call Banbury at 630 837-1727 to sign up!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Zenspirations TM

This is the second part of the Zenspirations piece I have been working on.  It's a piece for my niece and her fiance for their engagement.  Congratulations! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Zenspirations AK

Working on a gift for someone special. Hopefully she doesn't check my blog today.
I love doing the Zenspirations letters. If you are excited by these too, come join me in the class in Bartlett on September 14th.  See the class tab for details.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Alphabet soup Z

The letter Z. I've made it through the challenge.  Each week I looked for tangles that started with the letter of the week. I did my best to find tangles that were new to me or little used.
On to new challenges.  I wonder what Cheryl will come up with next!
Tangles used are z-trick,  ziabolic and zoshtovo.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


When I first started tangling I didn't quite understand the tangle pattern Striping. The diagram with the step outs was clear enough but I couldn't quite understand how to do it myself. It's one of those patterns that - for me anyway - I needed someone to walk me through it. Now it's one of my favorite tangles. I love adding the highlights and the shading. These finished tiles make me happy! Thanks Adele for suggesting we do string 55 as a monotangle with Striping.

This was done on a blue/green handcolored tile with a blue Micron pen. Then colored pencils added the shading.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alphabet Soup - Y

We are finally up to the letter Y in our alphabet soup. There are some fun tangles that start with Y this week. Fun to draw and fun to shade! The tangles in the tile above are;

Y-ful power - Shoshi
Yabbut - Margaret Bremner
Yoga - Margaret Bremner
Yuan - Margaret Bremner

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Stripes. There are many tangles that work well in the stripe category. I enjoyed this challenge the first time around so I was game to go again. I looked through the many tangles I have in my book and there were SO many choices! Then I looked in the back of my book where I have just the tangles that I have named myself. Well, there were more than enough stripe tangles right there! So the tangles shown here are all under the tangle pattern gallery tab on my blog.


I wanted to do it on toned paper so I could add both highlights and shading. This is actually my hand colored paper that approximates the color of the renaissance tiles. I normally would use the Renaissance tiles but I knew I might be aggressive with some of my shading so I opted for my hand colored tile which can take a little more abuse. I used the Micron black pen, the brown pen, the white gelly roll, colored pencils in white and brown and my regular pencil.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ice bucket challenge


My son challenged me to the ice bucket challenge. I thought I might escape this, but NOOOOO! I thought I'd try doing a little something different so I decided to tangle my bucket first. Those of you who have seen it before know that you need to do it within 24 hours. So I needed to do some fast tangling!

Thankfully the Sakura IDentipen has a nice thick nib on one side, so I was able to do my bucket fairly quickly. I think what actually took me the longest was deciding what tangles to use. Sorry - no shading - but I was on the clock!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

hoot class pictures

Hoot 2014 is all done now and I've finally gotten a chance to go through all the pictures and see what all the classes did in detail. I taught 4 classes plus a free demo - plus working a booth with Cris Letourneau at the trade show. I was glad I had my husband there to help!

I want to give a special Thanks to Leslie Crumpler at Sakura of America. She sent along a few sets of Sakura Micron pens for special door prizes. That made for some exciting draws and some very happy people!

In the tote bag class we started out with a basic tile to get everyone familiar with the frame, string, fill, etc. I didn't get a picture of the tote bags but their tiles look great!

This was the two hour class where we worked on these strips to go around small tin boxes. They were so cute!

The Zentangle Christmas was the largest class - and we did cards, ornaments, and small boxes - so lots of pictures!

And the last class, on Friday, was the Zen Garden class. We started out by coloring the background of a paper with a watercolor wash. While that was drying we did some of the tangles on a regular size tile so we could go over the basics of zentangle at the same time.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Alphabet Soup - X

Alphabet soup - X  - getting close to the end of the alphabet. All the tangles shown here have names beginning with the letter X. This is a great way to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and explore new tangle patterns. Tangles shown here;

X - Lila Popcheff
Xeni - Jacqueline Janssen
Xenso - Sue Clark

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

water world

The theme of the Diva's challenge this week is 'water' and we are to interpret that in any way we desire. I envisioned all sorts of underwater flora and creatures, as viewed from a porthole. I used one of my hand colored tiles with a blue Micron pen and colored pencils for shading and highlights.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Alphabet soup - W

This is my take on using tangles whose names start with the letter W. I can't believe that we are almost through with the alphabet. It's been fun.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Columbus, Ohio HOOT

The Heart of Ohio tole painters convention in Columbus has begun. Cris LeTourneau and I have banded together in a booth at the trade show.  On Thursday, Friday and Saturday it will be open to the public.  Come on down to the convention center on High Street and say hi!

And if you tell me you saw this blog entry-  I'll have a little surprise for you.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy birthday Adele

This week we are celebrating the first birthday of Adele Bruno's string challenge.  This string is a fun little one that Adele came up with.  She suggested some of the newest tangle patterns that have been published.  It was fun to play with them.
I'm looking forward to many more string challenges in the future.