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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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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL…

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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??

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J&V

J&V

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

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This post is thanks to my fellow CZT, Cris Strovilas Letourneau.  You can view her at https://www.facebook.com/CZTCris

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 Creativelyfit.com.

(http://www.creativelyfit.com/categorized/10-power-habits-from-om-times/)

Happy Tangling, Bonnie

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

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

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!

Sandy’s Blog

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One of the blogs that I keep up with is from Sandy Bartholomew, CZT, who has written a number of books and who has provided great inspiration to many people interested in Zentangle.  Her most recent post was quite interesting!  The part that I found to be most interesting was that she re-posted a blog from 2009, way before I even knew what Zentangle was. It just reaffirmed my belief in Zentangle, and why I create them and want to share the process with people.  I hope you enjoy the post as much as I did.

Sandy Bartholomew’s post can be found here.  You may want to bookmark her blog to read…she’s quite the gal!

Happy Tangling!

Bonnie

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

Zentangle a la Carte

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I’m cooking up something to tantalize your tangling tastebuds!  I’ll be holding a Zentangle a la Carte in Newton, KS, at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, on June 22 and July 6.  You pick and choose from 5 different courses!

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Here’s the List:

  1. Zentangle 101
  2. Zentangle Too – Beyond the Basics
  3. Framing on the Cheap!
  4. Zentangle Paperweight
  5. Tangled Ink & Watercolor

Choose 2 workshops and receive free, as our gift to you, a 3-piece Zentangle Pen Set or 12 pre-strung Zendala tiles, or 20 blank white Zentangle tiles!

Go to the “Workshops and Demos” tab to learn more.  If you did not receive my most recent newsletter and would like to be on the list, please email me.

Happy Tangling from the Land of OZ!