Thursday, September 10, 2015

Free Demo Monday Sept 14th: A Taste of Tea and Tangles

To introduce our new Monday morning Zentangle program at Franklin Art Center, we are having a free 'Meet the Teacher' and Zentangle demo. Swing by the art center Monday Sept 14th, 9-10:30am to meet me, see some Zentangle art and find out about Zentangle, the art method that everyone can do, where beautiful art is made one simple line at a time. I will also teach an informal demo class (ages 8+ thru adults and seniors) from 9:45-10:15. Come by and join the fun! Kids welcome with a parent. Tea and Tangles will run twice monthly on Monday mornings, $20 per class or $120 for eight class the series (Sept-Dec).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall Fun - Breathe, relax, create

I love this time of year. Even though my kids are now eighteen and twenty, I still can't help thinking yellow school bus and backpacks and new crayola crayons and pencils! New routines, cooler weather, fall colors, holidays bringing a special focus on sharing with friends and family. In honor of the season, I have been working with Kate Lamontagne at Kamala Art and Soul and Linda Kabat at Franklin Art Center to ensure plenty of fun opportunities for you to come play at their studios. Keep reading to find out more...

In Franklin we are launching a new program called 'Tea and Tangles' in a new time slot for Zentangle on Monday mornings. Yes, while the kids are occupied and entertained and working hard at school, you get to breathe and relax, sip your favorite beverage, and make beautiful art at your local art studio :) How fun is that! 

If you need a restful weekend class, then consider 'Traveling with Tangles' and join us for our relaxing Sunday afternoon classes over at Kamala. 

Both programs, 'Tea and Tangles' and 'Traveling with Tangles', run twice per month and will include a mix of skills classes and seasonal projects. I am also working with Woodside Montessori School in Millis to see if we can set up a kids afterschool program again this year, probably on Mondays; if anyone has kids that would be interested in weekly afterschool Zentangle program please let me know. 

And finally (for now!) stay tuned for some Family Fun classes at Franklin Art Center - more on that soon! Check out the details and photos on my class information page CLICK HERE and if you have any questions, suggestions or requests, please call or email - as always I would love to hear from you! 774-571-8461 or You can also stay in touch with the latest news on my Facebook page - CLICK HERE or just google 'The Traveling Tangler' (its a public page, you don't have to be a FB member to view it)

How much fun will YOU have this fall? Hope to see you soon :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Zentangle Workshops at Franklin Art Center

Hi everyone! Here are the details of the upcoming classes at Franklin Art Center. Also check out the Class Info page to find out about classes at other locations, including a kids afterschool program and a weekly opportunity to get together with other tanglers at a local library. Hope to see you soon (in class or on My Facebook page!)

Zentangle Workshops at Franklin Art Center

Second Sunday of every month, starting Jan 11th
$30 per workshop or $150 for six week series

At each workshop (details below) we will use Zentangle method to create a unique piece of art and mount it in a themed ‘peek-a-boo’ style card which can be decorated, along with the envelope, to create your own original-design, coordinated stationary. Beginners and experienced tanglers welcome. Ages 12yr+ through adults and seniors. $30 per workshop or $150 for six class series. All materials for class are provided. Demo pens are available but you may want to bring your Zentangle kit if you have oneStudents without previous experience of Zentangle are welcome to attend any of the workshops, but a Beginners Class is a great place to start if you can make it!

January 11th - New Beginnings

Begin the new year by learning something new (or re-visiting the magic of your first Zentangle tile!). We are kicking off the new year, and our new program at Franklin Art Center, with a workshop that teaches all the basic steps along with the fundamental skills, techniques and philosophy that forms the foundation of the Zentangle method. A great place to start if you are brand new to Zentangle, or if you are self taught with books and online resources. Also a wonderful experience for returning students to get reconnected with the core principles and values of Zentangle, and explore and develop variations of simple beginner tangles.

February 8th - With a Valentine in Mind

Love is in the air and is the theme of February's Zentangle workshop at Franklin Art Center. Join us to explore lots of ways to introduce love into your Zentangle work this month. Use heart themed borders, strings and tangles to create a beautiful card to frame and display or to gift to someone on Valentine's Day.

March 8th - Tangled Garden

With warmer weather in mind, let's encourage spring along by creating a tangled garden in our artwork at this month's workshop. Learn a variety of plant-like tangles and how to layer and merge them to form a tangled garden on a peek-a-boo card. We might even sneak in a shamrock in honor of St Patrick!

April 12th - Great Grids

There are lots of grid based tangles that you can incorporate in your Zentangle practice, and endless variations that you can create for yourself. In this workshop we will learn some classic tangles based on grids of lines, circles and squares and explore the ways in which grids can be used to create 3D effects. And of course mount your work in a peek-a-boo card and decorate with matching tangling. All within the simplicity of the Zentangle approach!

May 10th - Ribbons and Curls

Celebrate Mother's Day with us. Bring your mother/grandmother or son/daughter/grandchild to join you in class today and lets explore different ways to create ribbon and curl patterns to decorate a beautiful card to honor the mother/child connection on this special day for all the mothers in our lives.

June 14th - Finale!

Getting ready for a 'Zentangle Inspired Summer' with this class which explores combining Zentangle drawing method with collage. Instead of the traditional black pen and white paper tile we will explore creating designs on tan 'Rennaisance' tiles and we are excited to welcome Ellen Levy to join us to walk us through tips and techniques for card making with a special emphasis on using collage with Zentangle. $30, materials included, ages 12yr thru adults and seniors. This class is already half full. Register soon if you would like to join us!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Starting this Monday! New class for kids and teens, Millis MA

Kids' Zentangle classes at Woodside Montessori

Six week afterschool program: Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22
Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm

Kids and teens are welcome to join us for these fun classes on Mondays after school to learn Zentangle. Discover how easy it is to create your own beautiful and original designs and use Zentangle to make handmade cards, ornaments, gift tags, bookmarks, framed pieces and other unique art, for yourself or as gifts (thinking holidays here...) 

Fee: $96 for six week session (includes starter kit)
Ages: 8yr+ kids and teens
Location: Woodside Montessori School, 350 Village Street, Millis MA
Call to register: Woodside 508-376-5320 or call me at 774-571-8461

Photo: Add some elegant edges to your holiday season. Zentangle inspired borders are a great way to make great gift tags, notecards, place cards and dress up menus and invitations. Join us at our Thanksgiving themed Zentangle class on Sunday to explore border designs and learn simple but very effective ways to make your borders shine.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bijou etait a la plage!

Mid July some tanglers got together at a local beach and had some fun tangling in the sand. You can see the photos and read about how much fun we had here, but there was another piece of the story that I couldn't share online until today...

As we began our tangles with a little 'Flux' and 'Printemps' something appeared at the waters edge. At first it was hardly noticed by the passers by... 

First one line...

Then two...

Who could it be,
Coming out of the sea,
To surprise you and me,
When there are tangles to see?

Oui, oui, c'est lui...
Notre nouvel ami!


Thanks Bijou for joining us and thanks Maria and Rick for permission to share his photo here. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sand Zentangle

What do you need to practice Zentangle? Pen, pencil and paper, right? But, as Rick has been known to point out, you can also practice Zentangle with other materials that happen to be at hand including "with a stick in the sand at low tide". That idea stuck with me when I heard it during CZT training, and I knew at some point I would have to give it a try. So, with this Thursday 17th being Zentangle's tenth anniversary, this past weekend being the lowest tides for the month, and the weather forecast looking great, we took it to the sand. 

It was such a big canvas, a little intimidating, but 'Anything is possible, one stroke at a time'. We started with familiar, comfortable tangles, a variation of 'Flux' and then added some 'Printemps'.

Experimented with 'Indy-rella' and Elaine added some 'Sanibelle'. Looking for a grid and some contrast we added some 'Knightsbridge' which worked really well! Grew some 'Antidots' (one of my personal favorites!) and Maryann and Carl worked on some 'IX'

 What to do with the edges of the grids? Add 'Zingers'!

Getting to know our tools, we experimented with different ways to use them. This might have to be a new tangle? 'Rake Swirlz'???!


Taking photos at the end we discovered that the greatest impact came from photos taken facing towards the sun. From this position all the little shadows being cast by the raised sand lines created nice dark lines. Played around with angles and photo composition.

At the end of the day, when the adults downed tools, the children moved in to play among the tangles...

...and the seagulls arrived to see what they might find...

Thanks to fellow CZT, Elaine Huffman (to check out her website click here), for hosting us for the day. See you in the fall perhaps, or shall we plan for next summer?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New, new, new...

New Classes, New Location, New Tangles, New Products... and a beach trip THIS WEEK!!! The last six months have been busy with my regular work...but summer is here and it seems there is once again time to get out and about teaching and sharing Zentangle, and there is so much new to share...

Classes at Kamala Art and Soul, Holliston
This summer and fall I will be teaching a schedule of classes for Kate at Kamala Art & Soul in Holliston, MA staring with some Beginner (Zentangle Basics) classes and some themed classes starting in August with an Ocean Theme workshop and a Teach me a Tangle workshop. To check out the details click here .

Community Tangle Time, Norfolk
If you are free on Wednesday mornings (9:30-10:30am) feel free to join Community Tangle Time at Norfolk Public Library (if the weather is nice we will be out on the Town Common beside the library). All ages are welcome, including children as long as they are able to sit quietly with the group. Currently we are tangling our way through the alphabet with tangles beginning with a different letter each week. There is no fee for this informal meetup (but donations towards a copy of A Book of Zentangle' for the library are welcome), so just come and have fun with friends and take some time to breathe, draw, relax.

Field Trip to the Beach
****Sunday July 13th ****
This month is Zentangles tenth (Zenth?) birthday; to celebrate I am planning a field trip to a beach to create supersized tangles in the sand. For more details click here for my Class Info page or  Click here for my facebook page. All are welcome; bring friends and family and make a day of it!

New Tangles
'Like' my Facebook page to hear about new tangles. There is a new one from Rick and Maria called ING and a new one from one of my students called 'Ellie' and another that I am still putting together but will be ready to share soon :)

New Products
As well as regular square and round (Zendala) tiles and black as well as white, there are now new tan tiles (and brown pens to go with!) and soon there will be another size of tiles to play with. To stay in touch, join a class, follow me on facebook, email me to get on my email list and/or or check out the blogs and newsletters from Zentangle.

It's going to be a fun summer, wont you come play?