Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Zentangle Round Robin Pt.2

Here's the second book that I got to work on. The artist asked that we continue her loopy string and try to find faces and creatures in the patterns! This was a very cool challenge. Even though I am an illustrator at heart, I have been doing my tangles pretty straight. Partly because that provides the unthinking art break I need and partly because that's the "way" to tangle.

So this book challenged me to apply my own art to the tangles, yet still look like it belonged next to the previous images. Fun, fun. I was very happy with the results! I have to try this on my own designs.

I have been messing around with more mehndi designs and branched out to play with Japanese kimono patterns. Wow - some of those are HARD!! When I figure out how to make a re-creatable tangle out of one particularly complex pattern, I will post the ATC for it.

Next week I am off to Alaska, so I will have to discover some Zentangle-able Alaskan patterns while there!

Tangle of the Week - Onamato

I think that Onamato has some very cool potential to look like jewelry. If you leave off the bands on the edges, you've got "Pearlz". But those tiny black circles look like jewels too - I guess it's all in the shading. Think "smiley-face mouth" for shading the pearls and give a dark pearl a little highlight on top.

Little Pink Hoody Visits the Dark Forest

A Cautionary Tale in 6 Pictures Proving That Two-year-olds Will Fall For the Same Trick Over and Over.

Also, this proves that girls who kick butt can still look good and appreciate a pretty dress and stylish flipflops. This is a lesson that Lilah learned from her babysitter, Kayla, who is starting boot camp very soon! (Good luck, Kayla!) By the way, the pretty dress or, rather, "pwitty dess" - is from Little Girl Pearl. Her booth was at the Concord Arts Market and I couldn't resist. Isn't it odd how a girl can grow up as a tomboy (sprained ankles, scabs and ToughSkin jeans) but find herself buying 'pink" when she has a daughter? I never thought I'd own anything pink. The camera that took these pics was pink! I wouldn't have been caught dead wearing a dress when I was a kid. But then, they didn't make dresses like these back in the "old days". It's hard to believe we didn't have jeans either. Or cotton t-shirts. And we had to program our own computer games. And I think there were only two real TV channels. My son doesn't believe any of this. But, MAN, it makes me feel OLD! Oh, and Barbie Dream Furniture came in BLUE!! Can anyone else remember a time before "Barbie =Pink"?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tangle of the Week - Bales

Bales is one of those patterns that just keeps showing up everywhere once you learn it! I saw it on a mod bathing suit in a catalog, and one of my students had a great pair of pants with Bales on it. I've seen it on carpets in hotels and sofas too.

The basic pattern looks like simple flowers, but by adding black or shading in areas, it changes completely. Try coloring in only one half of each "rice pellet". A student thought she had messed up the design - I said she'd made it even better. Try it, you'll see.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Summer Zentangle Classes

I finally got a schedule worked out for this summer! If you would like the pdf version to print out (with registration form), please visit my Beez Ink Studio website and click on the link for classes.

Zentangle 101

Learn the basics of Zentangle - a relaxing form of meditation that uses pattern-making to focus your mind. Approx. 2.5 hours. No drawing experience necessary (Really!)
Class= $35 Kit fee= $10

Zentangle for Kids!
Hey kids! What’s Zentangle? Think of it as “artistic doodling”! After learning the basics and some cool patterns, we’ll do some tangled printmaking. Lots of fun - but tell your parents that “Zentangle can improve focus in class and boost test scores” (it’s true!) and they’ll sign you up right away! Parents: this class is for ages 7 + ( we’ll be using Sharpies and stamp pads). Messy fun.
Class= $20 Kit fee= $10

Zentangle - In Depth
Learn new, more complex patterns, shading and how to achieve a 3-D effect. Also try out some techniques for using limited color and alternative tangling materials. Zentangle 101 required. Class= $40 Kit fee= $15

Tangle Share Party
A party for anyone who has taken Zentangle workshops! Bring your tiles, notebooks or other Zentangle art and show it off. Add to the group Tangle, trade patterns, enter the raffle, nibble on yummy munchies!

Workshops are held at The Belfry studio above Wingdoodle, in Warner. The building is #19 on Main Street, in the center of town. For directions to Warner, please email Sandy at or call Wingdoodle at 603-456-3515. Please be aware that the studio is on the second floor and there is no elevator available.


Sandy Steen Bartholomew is a Certified Zentangle Teacher, an illustrator, and a mixed-media artist. To learn more, or see examples of her work, visit Beez Ink Studio online at
If you would like to arrange a Zentangle class for yourself or your organization, please email Sandy at A minimum of 4 people is required.
For a list of certified Zentangle teachers available outside of the NH area, visit


Wed. June 24, 10am-12:30pm Zentangle 101 ... $45
Sun. July 19, 1:00-3:30pm Zentangle 101 ... $45
Wed. July 29, 10:30am-1:00pm Zentangle 101 ... $45
Sat. Aug. 8, 10:30am-noon Zentangle for Kids! ... $30
Sat. Aug. 15, 1:00-4:00pm Zentangle In Depth ... $55
Wed. Aug. 19, 5:30-8:00pm Zentangle 101 ... $45
Sun. Aug. 30, 2:30-4:00pm Tangle Share Party ... Free!

Deadline to register is one week before the date of the class. Classes with fewer than 2 people will be cancelled.
To register, please mail this form, with your check payable to Sandra Bartholomew, to:

BEEZ ink Studio
PO Box 359, Warner, NH 03278

September Note: I have no classes scheduled for Sept. because I will be traveling. I will also be turning 40 on 9/15!! It’s an important achievement for me and I’d love to get 40 Tangles to commemorate it.
Bribery: Send me a Tangle in Sept. and I’ll invite you to an Art Party near the end of the month!

My Honeycomb Hideaway

A few years before I got pregnant with my daughter - ah, now I see what happened - well, anyway - before I got pregnant, I found a little retreat on Blaisdell Lake in Bradford/Sutton. It was only about 15 minutes from my real life and I thought it would be perfect as a place to escape to and make some art. I did escape and I made some art. I also sat on the dock and splashed my feet in the water, kayaked and watched the loons. I even got to stay overnight a bunch of times (and actually SLEEP through the night. It's so quiet there at night.

Once I let my son, Alex, stay overnight too. We stayed up really late transcribing the words to an epic poem/rhyme about history that he had set to the tune of the Blackbirds-baked-in-a-pie rhyme. But usually I was there alone. Ahh. Sometimes Ken and Alex would come out on the weekend to splash around or take the boats out. But once Lilah was born, we no longer seemed to have time to go to the cottage. I couldn't stay away overnight much anymore, and since there is a road in front of the cottage, it wasn't really safe for a little person.

So, I've come to the realization that it is no longer my retreat. It needs a new master/mistress and I must sell it soon. I have fantasized about picking up the cottage and moving it somewhere for storage. But everyone thinks I am making a joke. sigh. If you are interested in knowing more about the retreat, please look at the website:

I have put lots of photos and videos on the site so you can tour it virtually. There is a link to the realtor on the main page and she can answer all your practical questions and give you a real tour if you like. The cottage itself is like a treehouse with a huge sunny porch, and there is a very large detached garage-barn that makes a great studio space for scultpure or a boat. It also has a lovely view of the lake from the porch, the bedrooms and from the garage! And don't let the composting toilet scare you off! We had put it in to be enviromentally correct and also so that if we came to iceskate in the winter, we could still go pee! The water gets turned off in the fall so the pipes don't freeze. So, YES, there is water, and there is a septic tank. We are considering having a standard toilet put back in.

(At one point, this lake was an enclave for personalities from the vaudeville circuit. There was a very interesting article about it in the Kearsarge Magazine.)

We put a lot of work into this cottage - turning it from a shack into a cozy place to hang out. We sanded the porch floor, scrubbed all the creosote (yuck) off the walls, built a bathroom, new rugs, curtains, furniture, stove and fridge, pipes, electric stuff. It's pretty nice. I try not to go and visit it, because I miss it so much. But someday, the time will be right for me to have a retreat again. Oh, and we are selling it furnished (except for a couple of things I still need to take out of there). There are beds and chairs, table, sofa, curtains, plates... you can buy it and come right over for a vacation! We might even let you have one of the kayaks!

So let's see the magic of the internet at work. I really need to sell this cottage. It really wants to be occupied. If you, or any of your friends need a place to escape to (especially if you live in the city!! Or if you don't even know what a LOON is!!) please check out the website and forward this post or the web link to anyone you know. Thanks thanks thanks!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

News of the Gnu

The Gnu that we (WCANH - Womens Caucus for Art) decorated with Zentangles for the "Gnus of Gnu London" was featured in the most recent email newsletter from the Zentangle mothership!
Read it here - and see the photos too.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tangle of the Week - Eke

"Eke" is very simple in concept - just repeat the letter "e" in cursive, right-side-up and then upside-down. try shading in between each set of two rows. It will look like cording. If you are very clever, you can use a name in cursive! It works best with very curly letters.


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