Please note that “ZenXpressions: A Showcase of Zentangle Inspired Art” has had a date change. The new Final Friday date will be September 25, 2015. All other information is correct. Thank you for your understanding in this! B.
IT’S HAPPENING!! THE COMMITMENT HAS BEEN MADE!!
This art show is going to get the word out to the people of Wichita that Zentangle is taking over!! Let’s show them what Zentangle is all about!! My goal is to share the wonderful world we have become involved in and let them know that you don’t even have to know how to draw a straight line to be an artist! We are ALL ARTISTS, with creativity inside of us just waiting to be nurtured and let out.
Think about it…how many of you, when you first came to learn Zentangle said, “I can’t draw”, “I’m not an artist”, “I haven’t done any art since high school”, or…. “I remember loving to create when I was younger, but family and work got in the way and I just didn’t have time”, “I wanted to be creative but I never thought I was good enough”, “It takes too much money to buy materials”, or some other such thing?? But when you sat down and someone shared with you, you found a voice, a wellspring within you, a gleam of light showing you the way, and you realized that, “YES! I can create this wonderful piece of art!” Remember the fun and joy? How we looked at each other’s tiles and were so excited to see how everyone’s was different and unique?
I am so looking forward to having you participate in this great event.
CLICK HERE to find all the information you’ll need to participate and/or attend the show. SCROLL DOWN the page to download the event entry forms (there are two pages).
I’m counting on you to share with others you know who are Zentangle enthusiasts. Invite friends, family, and coworkers to the show. Share it on Facebook and other social media to help me spread the word. I could always use some volunteers as there is a lot to be done. If everyone can do one little thing, we can get this big thing done!! All my volunteers will get recognition!
LET’S REACH FOR THE STARS!!
Happy Tangling! Bonnie
Did I ever tell you how I got involved with Zentangle? I have always been involved in the craft world – sewing, crocheting, dabbling in watercolor and painting, cake decorating, calligraphy, jewelry making, taking workshops here and there of crafts that were of interest to me. I came from a family of artists (dad is a comic book artist, uncle was an illustrator) and although I tried my hand at watercolor and painting, I always felt like I was never much of a “real” artist. I made the joke that my family had the fine art gene and I got the arts and crafts gene. I really wanted something that I could call my own and feel like I was good at.
Enter the world of Zentangle. I was on the internet one day and I honestly don’t even remember where I saw it, but suddenly there was this black and white abstract drawing that caught my eye. I followed the links and finally ended up at the Zentangle.com site. I got so excited! They actually had a kit I could buy! So I did…I bought it and started creating some Zentangle pieces.
I really enjoyed the process. It was fun, it was easy, I didn’t have to buy a lot of supplies, I could take it with me pretty much anywhere because it was small and portable. I had found my niche.
Then I saw in the local newspaper that a gallery downtown was going to have an exhibit, and that I could participate! The exhibit was called “Crazy 8’s” and was to be held at Gallery XII on Douglas in downtown Wichita, KS (a picture of that first piece is shown below). I was SO excited!! I decided what I was going to make for that show, completed it, framed it and took it down to the gallery. I invited friends and family to visit with me on the evening of the program (it was on a Final Friday) and people actually showed up! What a great feeling that was, and it propelled me to the next step. I talked to the gallery owners adjoining Gallery XII and they seemed impressed with what I had done. So I consigned a few pieces to them and lo, and behold, I sold some!! And, boy, did that make me feel good!!
Because I knew Zentangle was a fun and easy art form, it was not hard for me to make the decision that I wanted to share it with other people. Since the founders of Zentangle, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, hold a certification program for those who want to share the Zentangle art method with others, I made my way to the East Coast to participate in that certification process. It was there that I really came to understand the value of Zentangle in people’s lives. Not only was it a fun and easy process, but there was a whole other realm to it. It increased my focus, created a different mood and state of mind in me, provided me with artistic satisfaction (Yay! I really AM an artist!), and increased my overall sense of well being. It was uplifting!! Something I knew so many of us need in our everyday, hectic lives. If it could do all this for me, I knew it would be beneficial to anyone I was able to share it with. I became so much more grateful for having found it and for the privilege of being able to be certified to share it. You can learn more about the Zentangle method here and here.
BUT WHY AM I TELLING YOU ALL THIS??
Because in the next couple of days you’ll see a post that will tell you about an upcoming Zentangle show where YOU can exhibit YOUR work!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this journey with you, knowing that many of you have allowed me to share the Zentangle art method with you. What a joy it has been to me to see you “take off” with your Zentangle projects! How it has provided me with such pride when I see your work at one of our “Tangle and Talk” gatherings, or in a store or art/craft show somewhere in town, or on Facebook when you share. I feel like I have brought “Tanglers” into the world –kind of like giving birth! And now, on the next portion of this journey, I will be honored to have a way for you to share your love, nay, addiction, to Zentangle with the people of Wichita!
So STAY TUNED…notice will go out in the next few days giving you the WHERE, WHEN, AND HOW!!
Happy Tangling! Bon 🙂
My plan is to make an announcement at the beginning of March which could involve all of you if you are interested!! All I’ll say for the moment is…START TANGLING!!
In the meantime, though, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a video on how I made the little box pictured below. Would make a great little trinket box for Valentine’s Day, or a birthday, or for any occasion. Just tuck a little treasure inside. If you need Zendalas, let me know.
I read a joke recently —
“How are you?” “Fine. For details, read my blog.”
Of course if you were to read my blog you wouldn’t find much. I keep telling you that I’m busy and that I’m going to get better at doing this thing. Has it happened? Not yet, but life is a journey and I’m a work in progress.
That being said, I would like to catch you up on what’s been happening on my side of the planet.
The holidays certainly kept me busy. As some of you know, I work part-time for the UPS store in Wichita. Needless to say, from about the middle of November through the end of January it was soooooo busy that I didn’t even get a chance to put up a Christmas ornament, let alone a Christmas tree. That being said, I did enjoy time with my family on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. January kept us busy at UPS with returns and such. I think things are finally calming down, though, which is good, because quite honestly I really thought I was supposed to be retired.
During that time-frame, I re-ignited my interest in my art and started painting. I did a number of pieces, mostly for family and friends. Most of it is abstract, you can see some of the pictures I’ve posted. But I’ve also been working at tangling more often, and have posted some of those, too. Over the holidays, a friend of mine in Virginia, Kathy Strauss, introduced me to Whitney Freya and Creatively Fit. What I found through Creatively Fit was another piece to put into my toolbox. I am currently working my way through Whitney’s online certification program to become a Creatively Fit coach. You’re probably thinking, so what does a Creatively Fit coach do, Bonnie, and why are you telling me this? Over the past several years (I became a Certified Zentangle Teach in 2011), I have come to realize that I’m on a journey of opening up myself to creating — both art and my life. I find it fascinating that the road has opened up to me to begin painting again. But not just painting; enjoying myself and immersing myself in the PLEASURE of art. I’m so much of a “business person” that I see everything as a “business”. My family laughs at me all the time because everything I hear about, or think up an idea about, I’m like…”hmmm, how can we make this into a business?” What I am beginning to see in myself, though, is the PLEASURE of art for art’s sake. I’m not famous, I’m not perfect, I’m not a “professional” in the sense that most people would consider an artist to be, but I am so thrilled to just being in the moment. And this is where I think the whole key lies. Instead of “working” or trying to “do”, I’m finally just “being”. And that’s a HUGE breakthrough for me.
I’m anxious to see where that journey leads me. I know that I’ve become more excited about what I’d like to share. I’ll still teach, but instead of being “the teacher” (as in standing in front of the class saying, “Now, class…”), I hope to be a guide. A guide to those around me who also want to take that journey on the road to “being in the moment”. I’ll still probably stand in front of a group of people who want to learn the Zentangle method, but I feel a shift in my thought pattern and I hope that will come out as I share in future programs. Let me know the next time you take a workshop with me if you see any of that shift. I’d sure love to know if I’m an inspiration to you. I don’t want to be droll, dry, or dead. I want to share my excitement, my passion, my joy with you in the act of creating.
Am I beginning to sound a little too far in the clouds? I hope not.
Take the journey with me and let’s see where we land, shall we?
I do want to tell you about some new classes I’ve put up. If you go to the workshops/demos page you’ll see two new classes there – BEYOND THE BASICS: String Theory and Embellishments, and SHADES OF GRAY. These are going to be really fun classes and you’ll enjoy the deeper, richer experience you’ll have with your tangling through them. Interested in both classes? I’m holding a DOUBLE-HEADER.
Once I finish my course work in Creatively Fit, I’ll receive my certification there and will be preparing to share that, probably sometime around May 2015.
I almost forgot! I’m also headed to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take a weekend program from Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson. Her collage work is extraordinary and I am super excited about learning from her. Her story is awe-inspiring and you must look at her work. Click here to see it.
Will it be another three months before my next blog? Who knows. A couple of roads keep coming to my mind…the long and winding road (Beatles) and the Yellow Brick Road (leading to Oz and home). I’m on the road and I’ll keep you posted at the stops along the way 🙂
HAPPY TANGLING, B.
I am appalled that I haven’t sent out a message in two months! But what can I say? Life gets in the way all the time. I joke with my friends that I have no idea how in the heck I was ever able to work a full-time job because, as of right now, I don’t have enough time to do all that I do and fit a full-time job in!! I never understood what people meant when they said they “retired” and didn’t have enough time. Well, that’s the case. Between the regular grind of just doing household chores, shopping, and keeping up with my family, I find that all the other activities I want/need to do eat away at what little time I have. I do work part-time, so that takes up several days, and I still do my classes so that takes up some time. But I have been trying to do artwork of late and that, along with helping out a new project get off the ground (I’ll tell you more all about that in the paragraph below) has been keeping me hopping. I’ve been trying my hand at Gelli printing (which I am enthralled with), collage, papercutting, and in general, watching YouTube videos on how to create things (I guess that REALLY takes up time). I WANT TO DO IT ALL!!
But here is one of the newest projects I’m involved with…ThomGallery.com. It’s been quite a crazy ride over the last month or so. You can read all about it at the blog on ThomGallery.com. The core people of the project have been trying to get the program off the ground and we’ve run into some obstacles. We originally had a beautiful Victorian home in the downtown area that we were beginning to fix up, but the lease fell through on us. So now we are looking for a new home. I’ve posted a picture of the original place we had, so if you know of anyone who has such a marvelous piece of property that they want fixed up, we’re willing to do the work (we’d love to trade some of the leasing fee in exchange for that work). We’d like it to be somewhere in the downtown area and have lots of room for all the visions we have in mind.
Please “Like” our Facebook page here. And bookmark ThomGallery.com. We have our First Annual Muse Art & Talent event scheduled for November 15, so keep checking the website for details. We are looking for artists to participate, so if you are interested in that download the entry form here.
Finally, if you are interested in helping us financially, we have a GoFundMe campaign going. Anything you can offer would be so very much appreciated.
AS A SPECIAL THANKS TO YOU – if you donate $5 or more you will receive a bookmark from me; if you donate $10 or more I will make you a Zentangle tile with your first initial; if you donate $25 or more you will receive an original matted Zentangle tile; if you donate $50 or more you will receive all of the above. If you donate $250 or more you will receive one of my abstract paintings using three colors of your choice – paintings are one of a kind, so I cannot tell you what they will look like. Some pictures below are representational only.
IF YOU DONATE, please let me know by commenting below or sending me an email – email@example.com.
Love to all of my followers who put up with my ramblings!! B 🙂
I came across a really neat video on my Facebook page with instructions on making a flower card, and wanted to share it with you if you haven’t already seen it. This would make a really neat card for someone (think: Birthday, Hello Friend, Get Well, Mother’s Day, etc.), especially if you tangle the flowers. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to embed the link, so if you want to see how it’s done, go to my Facebook Fan page, EmeraldCityTangles, and check it out. While you’re there, if you’d “Like” my page I’d be most appreciative. Feel free to share with others you know who may be interested in this type of fun idea.
I’ll also be offering two workshops at the Carriage Factory Gallery in Newton, Kansas. I’ll be there on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Two workshops will be available; Introduction to the Art of Zentangle (beginner), and Tangle Print Impressions, where you’ll learn to make a relief print. Come join us if you have never had a beginner workshop, or come see the new workshop I’ve put together. We’ll have lots of fun tangling and learning together!
HAPPY TANGLING!! Bonnie 🙂