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Could it be? Yes it could! Something’s comin’, Somethin’ good! – Part 2

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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 first Zentangle for the Crazy 8's Show - Notice the string is in the shape of the number "8"

My first Zentangle for the Crazy 8’s Show – Notice the string is in the shape of the number “8”

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 🙂

 

 

 

New Pictures

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Here are a few new pictures from some of my recent workshops.  The flowers are from a former student, Stuart, who attended one of our Tangle-and-Talk sessions.  These are from his garden.  Very beautiful and could be drawn and tangled as a ZIA piece.

Hope everyone is having a “Tangling” summer!  B.

Tangle Print Impressions

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I have a new workshop scheduled, entitled “Tangle Print Impressions”.  This is where you’ll learn to carve and print a tangle relief print to create an original work of art.  You can utilize this process for creating cards, stationery, journal papers, wrapping paper, fabric prints and more.  Shown below are some pictures. From three black & white ones are Bunzo, Hollibaugh, and Keeko.  You can see that the Christmas card is two different prints (one black, one green).  I used the tangle “Hollibaugh” and then tangled within the Christmas balls hanging from it.

Tangle Print Impressions

Tangle Print Impressions

Here’s the link if you are interested in reading more and/or registering

Tangle Print Impressions

Yellow Zen Christmas Card

Yellow Zen Christmas Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve also been meaning to share some information one of my tanglers shared with me recently regarding white pens.  I know some of you may not have worked with white pens on the black tiles, but they make for interesting pieces.  I’ve also seen somewhere in the Facebook posts comments about white pens, so you might want to try a search there if you have questions (as well as using Google).  I just thought Stuart’s thoughts might be helpful, plus if any of you have additional thoughts to share, please feel free to comment.

Stuart writes: “I have been searching for a white pen, basically since I took your class last winter. I just can’t seem to find anything that works for me. I have tried a couple of different ball point gel ink pens. They all seem to have the same problem, the ink just seems to pour out of them. It is real hard to control the flow and impossible to get a fine line. I’d all but given up on ever being able to do fine detail work in white. Then I happened to try a dip pen and a bottle of white ink. Walla! I think I am on to something. First I tried a Speedball B6. Still too wide but at least the ink doesn’t pour off it. Then I tried a Crow Quill and I think I finally found what I am looking for. A nice crisp fine line. I definitely need to practice with it but I am liking what I am seeing so far. It is a hassle to have to clean it CONSTANTLY to make it work right. And there is the possibility of spilling an ink well all over. But it is better than the alternative. I really wish someone made a nib style pen in white. I can’t understand why none of the pen manufacturers do.”

Happy Tangling!  B.

White on Black

White on Black

 

A Few Changes…

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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 http://www.tangle-and-talk.eventbrite.com 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 http://www.beginzentangle.eventbrite.com.

HAPPY TANGLING!

Classes

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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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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

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.