Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fall Zentangle Classes

I just posted the schedule for Fall Zentangle classes at my Belfry Studio. I am offering Zentangle 101, Zentangle 102, Tangled Art, and Zendalas. Visit my Beez Ink Studio website and click on "Classes" to see the descriptions and dates. You can also download a pdf with the registration form.

There are no classes in September, because I will be in FRANCE, baby! It seemed like a good place to turn 40. Speaking of which, my birthday is on Sept. 15th and this is an important birthday for many reasons. If you are curious, I'll tell you why. But I would love to collect 40 Zentangles to commemorate the event. Please send me one! This is a good chance to put some of the "Tangles of the Week" to good use, right?

Also, I just found out that I was accepted to teach at the 2010 Art & Soul in Hampton, Virginia. I can't even begin to express how freakin' excited I am (and a bit terrified too)!! It is very intimidating to prepare a class 6 months ahead of time for an unknown number of people. Gosh, I hope they like me. (I know they'll like making Zentangles, so that doesn't scare me!)

And tomorrow, I'm hosting a Tangle Share Party at Wingdoodle to see what all my students and their friends have been up to with their tangles this year. Should be a lot of fun! (Goodie Bags! Need I say more?)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tangle of the Week - Printemps

This is a fun tangle. It looks like a pile of frisbees or something. Adding the black to the background areas changes the look completely.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Last Class of the Season

Last night was the last Zentangle class of the season. I'm going to France in September, so I won't have any more classes until this fall. I will post the new schedule here when I have it set up. Next weekend we are having a Tangle Share party at Wingdoodle to show off what everyone has been working on and have a little fun. The party is free, but you do need to register. If you would like information, please email me.

This is a shot of the finished Zentangle tiles from last night's class. The set on the left were the very first ones drawn, the middle group was second, and the final set is on the right. There is one in the first group that should be in the last group - it kind of sticks out, doesn't it? It is just amazing to see the changes as people gain confidence and just "get it"! I get so excited watching as the students develop their own style and alter the patterns to their own taste. I had a nine-year old girl in this group and she was particularly fun to watch. She customized everything, adding stripes and patterns. Very cool! I LOVE this stuff!!

Tangle of the Week - Hollibaugh

Hollibaugh can look like a pile of elastic bands - or a ball of elastics, a pile of ribbons, or even a highway! Add patterns to the wider bands to make them look like ribbons. Add a dashed line through the center of each to make your pattern into a highway. If you color the background - behind each band- with black pen, it will look like the ribbons or bands are strung across a deep pit. If you do the background in a lighter color, light pencil-gray, it will look like the bands are just floating over a table or closer surface.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tangle of the Week - Cubine

I know I am easily amused, but I think this pattern is like magic. You have rows of boxes with diagonal lines, add a little shading and... POOF!! ... three dimensional boxes! That is SO cool!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Art is Medicine

This is my page for July's round robin Zentangle challenge. The book is Adele's and she asked us to use a particular shape for the initial string (it's the 5 sided shape in the center) and also to include a quote. I was inspired by this quote to create a jungle-y feeling tangle (some people believe most ailments have a cure found in the rain forests and jungle plants).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Angel is the Centerfold!

OK, so I was wandering around the Sunapee craft fair and, I admit, feeling a little insignificant and remembering my own rejections by the jury (was it really 3 times?) But then my mother showed me a little, free publication from Kearsarge Magazine, Art & Gallery Guide. She picked it up in Kathleen Dustin's booth (there's a nice article about Kathleen in it).

And guess what!? There's a nice article about me in it too! Whoohoo!

The angel/fairy shown is actually on the lower shelf of a table that I collaged and painted. It's in my Beehive Gallery in Wingdoodle. The teeny pics on the top show: some simple carved stamps from a class, a bit of a polymer clay mosaic piece, and part of a page from my "Hues'n Views: Jewels" altered book. I am so excited. I feel so "verified". :-)

And, yes, it really is in the centerfold!

Tangle of the Week - Keeko

This week's tangle is dedicated to "mcelroyfam" who commented on the last tangle. Good point - I mention Keeko, but don't say what it looks like. So here it is. Keeko is a very simple pattern, but it makes a perfect filler behind more complicated patterns. If you draw the lines fairly straight, it has a nice cross-hatching feel. If you curve the lines a little, it becomes more three dimensional - like a basket. I've noticed, in my classes, how differently each student draws this pattern. Some do tiny, tight lines that look like mesh or screen. Others do large, almost cartoony, curved lines that look like woven, puffy yarn... so experiment with size and line thickness.

art... art... ART!!

There are so many incredible artists at the League of NH Craftsmen Show in Sunapee, NH this week. I always leave the show feeling almost deliriously-desperate to get into my studio and MAKE STUFF!! If I could only actually create the stuff that I plan to, then I would become very famous and successful and then I'd have the money to buy all the pieces at the show that I crave. The other (lazier) option is to tour the grounds with an "arts patron" and get them to buy stuff. So, I took my mom. The drawback is that she stops and talks to absolutely everyone. My son, Alex, and I would leave a tent, look at each other and say, "Where is she? Wasn't she right behind us?" Then we would backtrack to the last place we remembered seeing her. 1. Luann Udell's booth drooling over "ancient" polymer clay pieces and mixed-media fiber wall hangings. 2. Adele Sanborn's demonstration tent.... oooo, nice paste papers! 3. The booth right next to Adele's - I didn't catch her name, but she has lovely, richly colored quilted bags. My mother convinced her to sell at Warner's Fall Foliage Festival! OK, where is she NOW? 4. Barbara Sperling's insanely detailed gorgeous flower and bird polymer clay jewelry. I kept nudging mom toward a necklace and a bracelet each made with polymer clay and precious metal clay (silver) 5. Nancy Nobis' beaded masterpieces... 6. Kathleen Dustin's polymer clay evening bags. Alex and I feel the urge to sing "oop-de-ooo, Audrey 2!" Don't stand too close, those bags look hungry! After lunch and some ice cream. Mom returns to Nancy's booth to buy the necklace she has been "testing" throughout lunch. And Alex and I plow through the remaining tents. Standing on the hill surveying a field of white tent tops, we wonder, "where is she now?" Yep, she is still at Nancy's booth, chatting. We finally tear her away and I redirect her back to one of my favorite booths.

This is Tom Burns, jeweler. Well, that's my mom and the guy is Tom Burns... ooo look, she's wearing the necklace she bought from Nancy Nobis. Anyway, these photos don't do Tom's booth justice. If you have been to the show, you will already know that there are A LOT! of jewelers there. I have a bad habit of letting my eyes glaze over and moving on. But Tom's booth stopped me dead in my tracks and even kept Alex engaged for almost half an hour. First of all, it is BRIGHT orange and there are no glass cases. In fact, there are little signs everywhere saying "Please Touch", "We Like to be touched" and, my favorite, "Please touch. Only one of the necklaces is electrified." Every necklace had a sign with funny commentary about the materials and Tom's interpretation of what the shapes suggest to him. The pieces are all beautiful, unusually cut stones and fossils. One piece had an unmessed-with piece of garnet still partially embedded in the stone in which it was found. This whole chunk was set in silver. Some stones looked like paintings of the southwest. The settings were very unusual too. Instead of just hanging down from a chain, many were canti-levered or had the silver decorations reaching around the side to hold the stones up from below. Hard to describe. I had a really hard time deciding between the ammonites and the trilobites. I finally decided on a mother and child pair of trilobites that still had the raw rock around them. Very cool! I still want the ammonite too though. My birthday is next month if anyone wants to get me a present... hint hint.

Oh, and most importantly, this artist is VERY funny! You probably have picked that up from the orange booth and the funny signs, but he is a lot of fun to chat with on all subjects. No, really, all subjects. I think my mom covered most of them.


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