Category Archives: Workshop Fun

Quick Update…

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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

Framing…

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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…

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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,

Bonnie

40+ Students Last Week

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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 🙂

Dallas Divas

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Suzanne, me, and Angie

Suzanne, me, and Angie

I spent almost five whole days with some of the most talented and amazing CZTs in Dallas this week!  Suzanne McNeill (author and artist extrordinaire), Angie Vangalis (calligrapher, graphic artist, CZT Marketing Diva), Marney Makridakis

4' x 3' Floor Cloth We Tangled

4′ x 3′ Floor Cloth We Tangled

(author and ArtellaLand inventor) and a group of the most fabulous, ZENTABULOUS CZTs in the world!  We gathered for a Business Promotion program for Certified Zentangle Teachers to help us better understand the world of promoting our Zentangle businesses.  We discussed so much my head hurts!  Getting started, marketing tools, getting ready for class, classroom environment, running a class, email marketing, social media and more.  Added to that were different projects we had to complete.  It was so much fun sharing and learning from everyone else.  There was also a bonus workshop where we learned lettering with various pens, colors, and markers.  It has provided me with a whole new level to add to my Zentangles.

I’ll be posting some of the things I learned in the near future.  Right now, I’m still recuperating from staying up past 1:00 a.m. and driving to and from Dallas (six hours each way)!  Until then…

Happy Tangling, Bonnie

Workshops Posted

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Watercolor

Watercolor

You asked for it, you got it!  The Tangled Ink and Watercolor Workshop will be offered again in September, along with my advanced workshop – Zentangle Too!

Beginner workshops are offered every last Saturday of each month unless noted.

Register by clicking the link.

Come on out to enjoy the fun and learn some new tangles and techniques!

Happy Tangling!  Bonnie

Tangled Ink - still needs tangling!

Tangled Ink – still needs tangling!

Prairie Quilt Guild, Wichita, KS

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Lecture Hall

Lecture Hall

Over a year ago I contracted with the Prairie Quilt Guild to present a lecture and workshop on Zentangle.  Who would have known that a year later, when it was time to do the presenting, that I wouldn’t have to take off from work to complete this?? Things happen for a reason, no?  I was able to do my presentations and workshops without worrying about using my PTO (paid time off).  Plus, it was a paid lecture/workshop event, so I even made a little money (good thing…bills have to be paid)!!!  The morning lecture had about 200+ people and the evening lecture had about 100+ people, so I was quite excited to expose Zentangle to this group of quilters!  A few of them had already experimented with Zentangle on their quilting and were looking forward to taking the workshops – they were very excited about translating Zentangle to their quilting craft!!

The new document camera!!  Ain't it sweet??

The new document camera!! Ain’t it sweet??

The program was a wonderful two-day event where I met many of the members, had the fun of enjoying the “Show and Share” – seeing quilts different members had completed and were showing off on stage, and just being in awe of the beautiful work and amazing talent I was surrounded by!  I gave a 45-minute lecture presentation about Zentangle in the morning and evening sessions on the first day, and then on the following day we held a Zentangle 101 (Beginner) workshop and, following that, Zentangle Too – the advanced workshop.  I was quite excited about presenting the workshops because I finally purchased a document camera and projector, so now my students can see me working on a tangle on the “big screen” in real time.  It is so much more fun than the whiteboard or the chalkboard!!  A picture on the left…

Beginner Tiles Mosaic

Beginner Tiles Mosaic

Advanced Black Tiles Mosiac

Advanced Black Tiles Mosiac

The workshops were well received.  I had 16 participants who attended both workshops.  For the beginner workshop we learned the basics and completed a tile which is shown in the mosaic on the left.  In the advanced workshop we worked on black tiles.  All I can say is ZENTABULOUS!!  The black tile mosaic is shown on the right.

Okay, so I’m getting a little better at posting these pictures, but still need to learn more about it.  I finally went to the help section on WordPress to see if I could figure out anything and I learned a teeny, tiny, little bit as evidenced in this post – the pictures are at least are synchronized with the paragraphs.  I’m still trying to figure out how to get the pictures to go across the face of the page in a row…eventually I’ll take better pictures, too, so y’all just gotta be patient with me 🙂

Tween Tangler, Holly, and Grandmom

Tween Tangler, Holly, and Grandmom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have to tell you a story, too!  While we were in the workshop, one of the quilt members stopped by to introduce us to her granddaughter, Holly (to show us what Holly had created).  Holly had recently attended quilt camp and had come to the meeting the day before with her grandmother to sit in on the lecture I gave about Zentangle.  After the lecture she and grandma purchased a couple of Zentangle books I had for sale.  Holly promptly went home and created a Zentangle even before she opened the books.  She had seen the pictures on the screen during the lecture and enjoyed it so much that she just stated tangling!!   This is one of the reasons I love sharing and teaching Zentangle!  You just never know who will catch the fever!

Me and Susan

Me and Susan

AND, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to those who helped make this program possible for me – Evelyn Gernaat, PQG President; Susan McMillan, VP of Programs; Donna Loehr, Workshops; Shirley Prouse, Publicity; and Mary Ann Smith for being my helper in the workshops! Without your incredible efforts and coordination this would not have been possible! ZENTABULOUS!!!

Happy Tangling (in the Land of OZ),
Bonnie

Silk Scarf Workshop

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At the end of June I headed to Irving, Texas, to visit with Angie Vangalis.  Angie is quite a gal!!  She works with the Texas Lettering Arts Council and puts on amazing workshops with Zentangle.  I was fortunate enough last year to attend the CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) Marketing program she offered.  This time she offered a silk scarf painting workshop and it was great!!  It was a small class, which was nice because we received more individualized attention.  Plus we had an opportunity to get to know her better.  I find it amazing that some people can accomplish so much in their busy lives.  I must be time challenged because I can’t seem to find the time to complete all the projects I want to complete, even now that I’m not “working”.  “Oy vey” (as they say in my country of NY)…where did I go wrong?? Here are some pictures from the workshop.  I have to tell you, I will never look at a handmade, painted scarf in the same way again.  Now I know how much time and effort goes into making such a piece.  And the samples that Angie had of work she and some others have done was extraordinary!! Again, sorry my pictures are always out of skew…I’m working on it! Happy Tangling…B.

Color Wheel

Color Wheel

Beginning to Paint

Beginning to Paint

Drying

Drying

Angie's Scarf

Angie’s Scarf

Angie's Scarf

Angie’s Scarf

Dragonfly Scarf
Dragonfly Scarf

 

Catch My Breath!

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It has been quite a whirlwind on my end of the world.  But, if you know anything about Wichita, it is quite windy here and those pesky little funnels show up all the time.  No, we didn’t get a tornado, but my life sure feels like it sometimes!

It’s been about a month now since my job at Via Christi Hospital was eliminated.  To say I am enjoying my time off is an understatement; however, I do know that I will have to go back to work eventually because the bills will not magically disappear.  And, unfortunately, I haven’t won the lottery yet!

In the meantime, I’ve been keeping myself busy with learning new things (I took several workshops regarding WordPress, Taxes, and Business) and I’ve done several workshops myself sharing Zentangle.

Zentangle a la carte was a success!  A number of workshops were offered in this grouping – Beginner, Advanced, Framing on the Cheap, Tangled Ink & Watercolor, and a paperweight making workshop.

Pictures are below – we ran out of time to actually tangle the Tangled Ink piece, so the students took them home for homework.  The watercolor ones dried quickly and we were able to tangle those.

Art of ZentangleFraming on the Cheap
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Tangled Ink
Watercolor

The gentleman taking my workshop is Stuart and I haveIMG_0428 to show you what lovely work he does. He is a pyrographer (the art of woodburning) and he carved and tangled the most lovely cane!! Check it out!!

Stuart Countryman and Cane
Stuart's cane

Well, it appears that even with those classes I took, I STILL cannot get WordPress to put the pictures in for me the way I want them — it is sooooo frustrating! If any of you have WordPress experience and feel the urge to share with me, I’m willing and able to listen!!

More to follow….until then, Happy Tangling!!!