Monthly Archives: November 2013

Quick Update…


There’s been a change in schedule on upcoming workshops and I just wanted to make you aware. Because of the weather concern tonight, the “Framing on the Cheap” workshop has been postponed to Saturday, November 30, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  I only have room for 2 more students, so if you are interested, please register.

This change also impacts the “Introduction to the Art of Zentangle” workshop which I usually hold on the last Saturday of the month.  I will not be having this beginner workshop on Saturday, November 30, but will instead offer it on Saturday, December 7, and Saturday, December 28.

If you have a chance to visit, I’ll be at the “Calvary Arts & Crafts Mission Market” this Saturday, November 23 (Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm). Come visit and join in the festivities.  Gift certificates make great Christmas gifts to present to friends and family for workshops or products.

I’d also like to take this moment to thank each of my “Tangling Babies” for allowing me the blessing of sharing Zentangle with you.  I am so very grateful for each and every one of you, and hope all of you have a special Thanksgiving time with family and friends this year!

Happy Tangling!  Bon



Just a quick update… I’ve scheduled “Framing on the Cheap” for this Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Emerald City Tangles Studio.  So if you missed the last one and want to learn to frame your Zentangles easily for under $15 using ready-made frames that look like they were done professionally, join us.  This is just in time for Christmas gift-giving.  I only have room for 4 students, so you’ll need to register now if you’re interested.

Happy Tangling!  B.

Another Whirlwind Week…


IMG_0909Although I did have a beginner Zentangle workshop this week (again in Andover – see the class mosaic to the left), I deviated just a wee bit.  Twice a month I will be doing a painting class at The Regent with my lovely ladies and I just had to show you what Virginia did.  She is just the neatest lady!  She shared a little of her life with me and I was so fascinated.  She was raised in Kansas on a farm by parents who were both deaf.  When I asked how they had met, she said they met at a school for the deaf in Olathe.  She communicated with them through sign language, and when she was ready for school they sent her to stay with an aunt so she could learn proper English.  She’s in her 90’s, so you know that took place a long, long time ago.  I find people’s stories to be so interesting!IMG_0902

I have a couple of workshops coming up – a Paperweight Workshop this coming Saturday (plus you’ll learn a new tangle that just came out), our monthly Tangle & Talk on November 30, and then in December I’ll be doing a Black & White & Glitter Workshop.  Hope you’ll join us!  Check the “Workshops” tab for more information.

I’ll also be participating in a couple of shows this month, so if you are looking to do some Christmas Shopping or you just like shows, stop by…

Thursday, November 14, 6-9 pm, The TheraPlay Spot, 914 S. Hillside, and Saturday, November 23, 9-4 pm, Calvary Arts & Crafts Mission Market, 2525 N. Rock Road.

Happy Tangling,


40+ Students Last Week


What a week!  As you know, I consider all of my beginner tanglers as my “tangling babies”!  Well, this week I helped over 40 people become tanglers!  It is really quite exciting for me to be able to share the Art of Zentangle with so many people.

Newton Mosaic

Newton Mosaic

Here is a mosaic of the work that we did in the Beginner Workshop at The Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton.  I am always amazed at how wonderful these turn out.  Most people who take this workshop have not created a Zentangle before.  It’s so empowering to create these and realize that everyone has the talent and capability to create art.

After the Beginner Workshop, we also had a Tangled Ink & Watercolor Workshop.  I always have fun with this class, too.  Everyone seems to especially enjoy working with the pearlized and metallic watercolors.

Playing with Watercolor

Playing with Watercolor

Here’s a tip…when I tangle over the watercolor, I use one of the Apprentice pens (Pigma 05).  This is not to be confused with the Micron 05 pen.  The Apprentice pen has a hard, plastic nib.  Using a Micron pen on top of watercolor eats away at the nib.  But the Apprentice pen holds up quite nicely.  I am not sure where you can buy these types of pens.  As a CZT, I am able to get mine from Zentangle.  If you are interested, just call or email me; I’d be happy to sell them to you ($2.99 + tax + S/H).

Happy Tangling!

Bonnie 🙂



I have a friend who blogs just about every day and I’m looking at my site and it’s been two months!  I’m thinking I must be the slowest blogger on the planet.  So she says to me, “you need to blog more, just put in a tip or two if you can’t think of anything.”  Well, it’s not that I can’t think of anything, I have plenty going on in my life, it’s just that I can’t seem to find the time with everything else that I do.  You’d think with me being unemployed now for four months that I’d have plenty of time, but alas, I’m busier than ever.  In fact, I don’t know how I ever had time for a J.O.B.!  I am sure that some of you can empathize with me on that score.  It seems that many people I talk to who are “retired”, whether of their own accord or through circumstances like mine, are busier than a hen on a hot tin roof.  This is as close of a picture of a hen on a hot tin roof as I could find (actually, Foghorn Leghorn is a rooster and he’s laying in the sun on the ground, not on the roof, but beggars can’t be choosers, as the saying goes).  If you don’t know who Foghorn Leghorn is, check out this Foghorn Leghorn link to watch these great classic Warner Bros. cartoons.

FoghornSo, here’s my small, very small tip for the day.  When my micron pen begins skipping, as if the ink is running out, I don’t like using it to create my Zentangles.  So what I do is, I wrap a small piece of masking tape around it so that I can use it for fill in.  There’s still plenty of ink left in it for fill in so I don’t like throwing them away, and the tape keeps me from picking it up and thinking it’s a good pen to start tangling with.  Hope that’s of help.

With that being said, I’m way behind on reporting what I’ve been doing, so my goal is to put up a couple of posts a week to try to catch up.  As Chief Cook and Bottle Washer my time seems limited, but I do enjoy writing and sharing, so let’s see if I can keep this up.

Thanks to my friend, Gail Foley, for giving me the push!

Happy Tangling!  Bonnie 🙂