Category Archives: Zentangle

Could it be? Yes it could! Something’s Comin’, Somethin’ good!

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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.

Kudos to Cris Strovilas Letourneau for the video, and Dorian Eng for the creation!

B 🙂

Zendala Box

Zendala Box

Zendala Box

Zendala Box

ROAD TRIP…

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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.

Pink Circus

Pink Circus

Bijou Tile - open

Bijou Tile – open

Bijou Tile - closed

Bijou Tile – closed

LOVE

LOVE

Heart ART

Heart ART

From my Journal

From my Journal

So here’s the scoop…

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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.

Original THOM Gallery

Original THOM Gallery

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 YOUif 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 – emeraldcitytangles@yahoo.com.

Love to all of my followers who put up with my ramblings!!  B 🙂

Zentangle - Collision

Zentangle – Collision

 

Green Abstract

Green Abstract

Horse & Rider

Horse & Rider

Beginning of Collage

Beginning of Collage

 

 

 

 

Cool Idea and Upcoming Newton Workshops

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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 🙂

 

 

 

Camp Quality

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I had the wonderful pleasure of recently sharing Zentangle with 39 children (and 40 accompanying adults) who were attending Camp Quality for a week of summer fun.  Camp Quality’s mission is to provide community-based camping experiences and ongoing support programs for children with cancer and their families.  Their tagline is “Letting Kids with Cancer Be Kids Again”.

Susie Mooney is the Executive Director for the organization here in Kansas and is a delightful lady!  She has a real heart for her work and a fantastic staff (all volunteer), and was kind enough to sit with me for a bit and share with me.  One thing she shared with me is that they are not funded by any entity, all funding to keep the camp moving forward is through private donations.

In November, Susie and her staff (the Kansas arm of this organization) will be hosting the national organization’s conference. They will be setting up “goodie bags” for the members who will be coming in from all over to participate in that event, and so I’m putting out the word that if you are a local business or church (or even national or web-based) and would like to donate about 100 items (or I’m sure they’d take cash donations), please contact her.  You can go the website, www.campqualityusa.org/ks or call her office at 913.424.8355.

It was such a privilege to have this opportunity and it was really fun to meet such a group of amazing kids!  They did such a Zentabulous job on their tiles as you can see in the pictures below.

Happy Tangling, Bon 🙂

Camp Quality Mosaic

Camp Quality Mosaic

Camp Quality Mosaic

Camp Quality Mosaic

Rachel, Staff

Rachel, Staff

Sara, Staff

Sara, Staff

 

 

 

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 🙂