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Zenith ~ A New Tangle from Zentangle HQ


A new tangle from Rick and Maria at Zentangle Headquarters is always time to celebrate. It is a fun border tangle called Zenith.

This tangle is composed of a series of curved and straight lines, as well as an aura.  Aura is what is known as a tangle enhancer. It is simply done by drawing a border around the tangle pattern, following the shape of the tangle and keeping a uniform distance from the edge. See the fourth step in the drawing to the right.

Zenith was introduced back in April during Zentangle teacher training in Providence, Rhode Island, and was just released to the public.  Give it a try and enjoy!



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Happy New Year...tangled


I hope your year is off to a wonderful start.  Dan and I decided to go with a Happy New Year card this year and per my usual, peace is the theme.  I cannot think of any better wish for our friends and family, or the world.  The dove is similar to one in the well-known Woodstock poster (as in Woodstock music festival, not Peanuts : )   I drew everything after starting off with a pale outline of the numbers, done in Microsoft Word. This Zentangle Inspired Art piece (ZIA) is tangled with what would fit when working on a small scale.  And of course, it is shaded, which makes all the difference.


Office Max did a quick print-job in black on my own Cryogen White paper - you may be able to see the slight sparkle of the paper if you click on the image to view full size.  I hand-colored green in the leaves with my trusty Stardust Pen ~ love them!  The card is simple and very me, and as we said inside...

May your year be filled with light and love.


Blooming With Happy

I really do adore the things we sell at Stampassion.com and love having time to actually create with them.  There just isn't enough of it, which probably makes me like everyone else.  When I do have, or make, extra time, I enjoy combining four of my paper art loves...stamping, Zentangle, craft dies and embossing folders.  This card does just that and it is for my dear Mary D's birthday today and, being me, it was mailed yesterday. 

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The tangle, Splinters, is by Lizzie Maynes and you can find the step-out on my Tangle Patterns board on Pinterest.  It looks somewhat floral and I thought it would be a good focal point for the center of this gorgeous Memory Box die we carry, Loom Circle. I drew Splinters, and the checks, with a Black Micron .01 Pen, colored with PrismaColor Pencils and added sparkle with a Clear Stardust Pen, which you can't see in the photo : (

The circles were cut with Nestabilities dies.  I added dots around the Loom Circle with a Black Glaze Pen. The Embossing Folder is in Hero Arts' Chevron & Flourishes Set, embossed on our Cream Cougar Card Stock and popped off a Cream Linen Card.  A few scattered pink gems help tie-in the color inside the card plus, Mary likes the bling!



The stamp inside the card is a new image from PrintWorks, called Hope Your Day. It is stamped with a VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad on Sour Apple Card Stock.

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The small Isabella Butterfly die, from Memory Box, is cut from Razzle Berry Card Stock.  Both Sour Apple and Razzle Berry are in one of my favorite paper assortments, Festive Variety ~ the colors are happy and they work beautifully together. 

I drew the tangle, Finery, on the butterfly and added some Clear Stardust Pen, which you can see sparkling in the sunshine : )

All I can hope is that Mary received her card today and enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it for her. 

Happy Birthday Mary!

A Tangled Valentine

I must thank Maria Thomas, one of the founders of Zentangle, for the inspiration for my husband's Valentine card. Although I'd made a card for Dan last month, it ended up in a Stampassion Tangled_heart500E-Newsletter, which he saw, so I thought I should come up with something else.  I saw Maria's blog post and loved her ATC...after seeing that, I was ready to tangle.

So with that inspiration in mind, I also started Dan's card with a Zentangle Artist's Trading Card, or ATC, plus a heart, rather than a circle - how clever am I?  The tangle inside the heart is one I'd pinned to my Pinterest Zentangle board some time ago.  It's called Garlic Cloves and this is the first time I've drawn it.  Check the step-out here - I think the blogger is from Denmark, but luckily, drawings are universal.

I actually shaded the tangle with a PrismaColor pigment color pencil, rather than a graphite pencil.  Why? Because I'm brave and also didn't want smudging inside the rays : ) Do this only if you are confident in your pencil coloring skills since pigment pencil is there to stay! The heart is filled with rich Red Uniball Signo Pen - a gorgeous color.  I popped-up my finished ATC on Licorice Distressed Dots card stock, from Memory Box, then red card stock and a Licorice Duplex Card.  Three little Berry Pearls add a little balance and color. Best of all, Dan really seemed to like it!

Here is the gorgeous ATC from Maria that got me thinking.  ATC_Maria-400

To look at larger photos for each of these, just click on the image.  Note how prevalent Maria's shading is.  When I went to my Certified Zentangle Training, class #4, I asked Maria about shading and was pleased when she told me she really went for it.  I have always done that too, with any art or stamping, so it was good to hear.  It make all the difference when you want a one dimentional drawing to pop and look more 3-D.

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Zendala Tile Set

Rick and Maria, at Zentangle Central, have come up Zendala_tile_strings400with a new surface to tangle on... round tiles called Zendalas—a marriage of the Mandala and Zentangle. 

Zendala Sets come in a nifty round tin which contains 21 tiles, eighteen beautifully pre-strung tiles with inspiring strings (2 sets of nine strings) and three blanks.  This photo shows just 6 of the prestrung tile patterns, with the strings darkened so you can see them.  Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

And because I can never resist asymmetry, on the left is a tile I created using a blank Zendala and two new tangles.  The more organic one, from Zentangle, is called, Springkle.  Love it!  The border tangle is my creation, which I named Frippery.  Also love it—I have so many variations to this tangle that it is ever-changing and super fun to do.  I will have instructions up here once I've introduced it at my classes.  On the right, is one of the gorgeous, symmetrical Zendalas created by Maria Thomas.  Can't believe I'm bold (or goofy) enough to place her work next to mine.  At any rate, it illustrates the versatility of the great new surface... available at Stampassion.com!

Springkle_frippery_400 Maria'sZendala

Zentangle Inspired Christmas Card

I am beyond impressed with this lovely card created by one of my students, Beth, after just one Zentangle class!  Obviously, she had lots of talent to start with and Zentangle added another technique to her artistic quiver.  

After I snatched it out of her hand, Beth agreed to let me to share it with everyone ; )  Her ornaments include each of the tangles we did in class, as well as a couple of additional ones.  Beautiful, isn't it?


CZT Retreat Group Mandala Project

Bette Abdu and Christine Britos, hosts & facilitators extraordinaire for the Certified Zentangle Teacher's Retreat in North Andover, MA this summer, planned a group project.  Each of us chose a section to tangle within a 'pre-strung' circle. Best of all, everyone received a copy to take home (which I must frame for my office!).  Here's a shot of the entire piece; just click on the image for a larger view:

I decided to draw a fun border tangle I dreamed up and named Frippery.  Below, you can see a close up of it within the group project; it's the diamond shaped border right below Suzanne McNeill's red heart and hands.  Christine did her section after I completed mine and I love the way she shaped her Betweed columns under the Frippery border to integrate the two patterns.  Looks great!  Again, click on the photo for a larger view:


CZT Retreat, North Andover, MA: Part 2

Continuing the post from yesterday, the first-ever CZT Retreat was held at the Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, MA.  It's a lovely place, with beautiful grounds, next to a lake—great spot for a creative retreat*.  

The group shared so much and I tangled more that weekend than I ever have, proving that practice really does make perfect (or close enough!).  My tangle skills improved quite a bit. I had the opportunity to introduce my tangle, Frippery, to the group and also taught those who needed it a lesson in how to stamp. Speaking of which, here is Part 2 of Suzanne's video from the retreat:


*Disclaimer:  maybe not ideal on the hottest weekend of the year... no A/C!

CZT Retreat, North Andover, MA: Part I

Planting my feet firmly in the better-late-than-never camp, I am writing about the  first-ever Certified Zentangle Teachers Retreat that took place in July.  Yes, July.  2011.

It was not a Zentangle company event, rather one put together by fellow CZT's Bette Abdu and Christine Britos, and I signed up immediately.  When it was time to go, I was mentally doing the usual, "but I don't have time" and "I won't know anyone there" and blah, blah, blah.  Thank goodness I don't always listen to me, because I did go and was enriched by the experience.  

The CZT's who attended were a group of wonderful, talented women.  Rick and Maria have attracted a lot of exceptional people to Zentangle and I'm happy to one of the tribe.  While we were there, CZT Suzanne McNeill of Design Originals, publisher of all those great Zentangle books, videoed many of us sharing a bit of tangle-love.  Here is Part 1 of her video (I'm in Part 2 and praying I won't be too goofy).