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ZIA…zentangle inspired art

I just learned what to call my doodling with a plan…zentangle inspired art. I guess since I am not a CZT..certified zentangle teacher by studying with Rick and Maria…I can’t call what I do zentangle.  So, semantics aside, I received a wonderful new book for Christmas called The Beauty of Zentangle by Suzanne Mc Neill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT. They have included examples from 137 tangle artists from all over the world. It is a fabulous book full of inspiration! I was so entranced by a couple of tangles I hadn’t seen before, that I set about doing them over and over to learn them well.

I was also delighted to see two of my friends included in the book. Sandra Strait of lifeimitatesdoodles and I exchanged atcs (artist trading cards) just before she began her obsession and delight in tangling. I remember her asking if anyone else loved making up new designs. I was mesmerized by some of her early work and how intricately she would shade her art. I’m not surprised at all about her current success. The other person I recognized in the book is the owner of a shop I frequent,  someone I know  personally, Jennifer Van Pelt, CZT. Her work is so precise and designed so beautifully that it is a pleasure to see it around the shop.

Right now I am working on a card for my Mom’s 91st birthday. No one should have a January birthday…especially if it comes early in the month. I’m using a card that I marbled when I had out the shaving cream some time ago. I drew two halves of a heart and “tied” them together with strings. One of the cards shown here will give you an idea of that.

So here are the cards I made from December 26th to the 29th. The face idea came from Annika Sylte of Norway. She drew a beautiful face, I glued one on. The cards are atc sized because I plan to trade them at Artzona in February. atc,zentangle001 atc,zentangle002


Sample poster for street fair

Today I made a sample poster for an upcoming streetfair in San Diego.  We have a booth to promote the business I teach through, Inspiresdstudio.  I will be selling some small encaustics and whatever else I can find around here…rocks, visors, etc.  While we’re there, we will have make and takes and I’m in charge of the Inspire bookmarks.  Later this week I have a class in a zentangle-inspired mixed media canvas.  So we will do patterns on the bookmark.  On the pics, the part I did in pencil didn’t show up…sorry.  The poster was too big for the scanner, so it is in two parts.

Here is the sample for the class as well. I start by putting text all over the stretched canvas with mod podge.  Then I add a copyright free image. Each person chooses their own…as well as their own saying and choice of patterns. This is why I love this company…it encourages creativity and individual expression.  We include all the materials and lead you through the process so there is never any skill needed!

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