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A Few Changes…


The “Tangle & Talk” that is normally hosted at my studio on the last Saturday of the month will have a slight change to it for April (the 26th).  Instead of meeting at my studio, we are gathering at 10 am at Scrapfunatic in Andover to enjoy their “garage sale”.  And after shopping we’ll head out for enjoy lunch together.  If you’d like to participate in that outing, please register at so we know who plans on coming.  That will help us better decide where we might be able to go for lunch and if we’ll need a larger-than- normal seating arrangement.

Also, because of this outing, the regularly scheduled Begin Zentangle workshop will have a time change.  Instead of meeting from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm as usually scheduled, we’ll be meeting from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.  You can register for that workshop at




Hi one and all…

It’s been quite a 2014 already!  I was away on a cruise for a couple of weeks in January, returning home the last day plagued by a sore throat and congestion.  After checking with the doctor it was determined I did not have strep throat, but just a virus which would keep it’s hold on me for another two weeks before basically allowing me to return to normal.  Today is Day 17 of that illness and I still have a residual cough, some congestion and up to a couple of days ago a sore throat.  I haven’t been sick in over 15 YEARS, so it was a real shocker to me!!  In any event, that hasn’t slowed me down any – LOL.  I have taught several classes and also picked up a part-time job during that time frame.  Needless to say, the day I started my job the boss was kind enough to tell me to go home and not come in the next day…I guess he could see how crummy I felt and he didn’t need me infecting his other employees.

So now that I’m kind of back in the saddle.  I have a few classes coming up in case you are interested or know of someone who might be.  You can click the “Workshops and Demos” tab or you can go directly to these links to sign up for a Beginner Workshop on March 8 in the morning or on March 29 in the afternoon.  Both are being held on Saturday.  The other workshop is the Tangled Ink & Watercolor class, which I’m holding on Thursday, February 27.  These classes will be held at my home studio.

Here are a couple of pictures from my cruise…don’t you just feel those warm, balmy breezes on your face???  The one in the middle is from a curtain panel that I thought might make for good tangling.  I’m anxious for Spring to come forth and bring it’s fresh green color to the world.

Happy Tangling…B.

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So what else is new?  You’re probably thinking, “she’s late again…hasn’t posted in a while.”  You are absolutely correct!  The holidays have a way of getting me off track.  Thanksgiving was spent with the family (those who could make it).  My family is strewn across the country, so it’s not always easy for everyone to get together.  My boys, who I miss terribly, live on the East Coast — next year it’s time to visit momma!  Aren’t they handsome??





Then, of course, the Christmas frenzy begins.  Up goes the tree and decorations, baking, shopping for gifts, and the like.  Throw into the mix classes, tangling, and doing the household chores and the time just flies….

Here’s pictures from all the things that have been going on since the last post.

Mission Market Craft Show

Mission Market Craft Show

Tangle & Talk Party at April's

Tangle & Talk Party at April’s

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Making Pizelles

Making Pizelles

Framing Class

Framing Class

Beginner Class

Beginner Class

The winter solstice has just passed and you know what that means?  That spring is just around the corner.  I am not one for enjoying the disappearance of daylight savings time.  I like it when it stays light out until 9 pm.  For some reason, that makes me feel like I have more hours in the day.  Anyway, now that the shortest day of the year has come and gone, a minute of light gets added on to each day.  That’s my internal signal telling me that spring is a’coming!  

But, until then, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, with many blessings for the New Year.

Many Happy Tangles for 2014 – Bonnie 

Power Habits for Zentangle


This post is thanks to my fellow CZT, Cris Strovilas Letourneau.  You can view her at

POWER HABITS for Zentangle.
I saw this article about painting and thought it was perfect for Zentangle.

1. Take responsibility. Nobody else can tangle for you.

2. What do you really want? While tangling focus on WHAT you want or the ENERGY of the DESIRE or the feelings you want to feel.

3. Empower your questions. For example, ask yourself, “What can I add to make this more FUN or BALANCED or DELIGHTFUL?” Never ask yourself, “Why can’t I tangle like (insert favorite tangler here)?

4. Don’t blame others. No one else made that mark that you don’t like.

5. Don’t blame yourself! You are learning. Every “mistake” is simply the opportunity to go off in an unexpected direction. This simply expands your creativity.

6. Give yourself permission to succeed. I can teach anyone to tangle. If “they” can, then so can you! Find a CZT and ask for a class.

7. Challenge your assumptions. Just because UP UNTIL NOW you have told yourself that you “can’t even draw a straight line” doesn’t mean that is the truth.

8. Stop your stinking thinking. If your inner critic starts saying, “See, I knew I couldn’t do this…,” tell her to shut it. You can’t judge a work in progress. Zentangle is about joy. Negative thinking robs us of joy.

9. Keep a daily action journal. Tangle for 15 minutes every day in a journal. Make notes alongside of things you did today, especially those that were creative. Every time you make your mark, you are empowering your creative heART.

10. Keep a daily gratitude journal. Either add this to your action journal or create a new one especially on things you are thankful for. Remember that the final step of the Zentangle process is gratitude. Increased gratitude = increased happiness.

Thank you Noah St. John for this empowering article at OM Times and to Whitney at


Happy Tangling, Bonnie

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,