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It’s just a practice piece

Taking an art class doesn’t have to be intimidating!    

Have I told you what happened to me when I took a silk painting class?  I couldn’t wait to try out the technique and I knew exactly what I wanted to do for one of my scarves.  The instructor showed us what to do for the first scarf; drop some colour onto the scarf and let it blend over time.  I pictured a lovely scarf with sunset colours, orange and green and red.  I could see it in my mind.

I picked up the red ink and dropped some colour onto my white scarf.  Hmm.  It looked like blood drops.  Well, okay, it will get better.  I looked over at another student who was dropping greens and blues onto her scarf.  It looked luscious already.  Well, I thought, I’ll just keep going and see what happens.  I picked up the yellow and dropped it in places around the scarf.  Now it looked like some kind of pus or infection. And the red was spreading out.   The whole thing looked a bit like a crime scene!  What to do? 

Before Zentangle I probably would have started to panic and worry that the whole thing was ruined.   But actually, I started to laugh.  I decided to call my scarf Dexter (remember that show?) and set it with the others to continue spreading the colour throughout the scarf.  It doesn’t matter – it’s just a practise piece anyway.

Onto the next scarf.  After stretching it on the frame, we were shown how to add resist lines to create an image.  I pictured a scarf full of giant poke roots and poke leaves in purple on a blue background.  Again, I could see it in my mind.  As it was the first time using resist, I worked slowly and carefully, but there were still places where the resist didn’t get right onto the fabric and when I added the colour there was a little bleeding.  When I looked around, I could see some of the other scarves and they looked perfect – colours all in place, lines clean and neat, and overall effect quite stunning.

But here’s where it got interesting again.  Instead of comparing my efforts and feeling discouraged, I found myself saying, okay, this worked here, but not there.  Next time, I want to ….   and I was enjoying the parts that I liked and analyzing what I would do differently next time.  I was thinking of this as my practice piece.

And that makes so much sense!  Once I let go of the idea that I was going to create a perfect scarf in this very first attempt, I gave myself permission to risk trying other things, experimenting, and analyzing as I went along.  It’s just a practice piece.

And in true  Zentangle fashion, when both scarves were done, I was very happy with the overall results.  Dexter was a beautiful splash of orange, yellow and red – not exactly sunset looking, but bright and cheerful and quite lovely.  And my pokeroot scarf goes perfectly with a dress I sometimes wear. While it’s not perfect, the effect is quirky and charming. 

So the best lesson I learned from taking this class is to embrace my own learning style, and enjoy the process.   Others may ‘get it’ the first time around, but I don’t have to.  I can just have fun learning about the process, trying it out, and just messing around and figuring things out on my own from there.  The result might not be perfect, but it’s me!

I’m not going to pretend I never succumb to ‘comparanoia’, but when I do, I just think of my Dexter scarf and smile. 

“Art is in intention, not perfection.”

AIZIA – Alhambra-Inspired ZIA

The Alhambra is a palace in Granada, Spain, known for its beautiful architecture and gardens, among other things. In this online class, (originally taught by Inge Frasch, CZT), we will create a ZIA piece reminiscent of the Alhambra using a string created by Marieke Sanchez, CZT.

Together we will transfer the string onto paper and then explore various tangles to fill in the spaces. You can create a gorgeous piece in black and white, or use your favourite medium to add colour. We’ll have time to get a good start on the tile and you’ll be able to finish it on your own confidently and be able to do more.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

1:00-3:30 pm PST

$30 CDN

Click here to register now

Prerequisite: This class is offered only to students who have already taken a class with me. But even if you’ve only taken Zentangle Basics or Art Bites you will love it! And if you’ve been itching to add colour to your Zentangle work, this is the perfect opportunity. Contact me if you have any questions.

Supply list:

  • Your starter kit (01 pen, pencil, tortillon)
  • Black PN pen
  • White 10 gelly roll pen
  • Good quality art paper (watercolour or dry medium) roughly 7.8” square (19-20cm) or larger
  • Your favourite medium to add your own touch

Class materials kit (PN pen, paper and #10 white gelly roll) available for $15 –  pickup only

Upon registration, you’ll receive and email with the Zoom invitation and further details.

About the paper: You’ll want a nice quality thick paper with a little bit of tooth.  140lb watercolour paper works nicely, but if you’re not using wet medium, a dry media art paper would be fine.

Contact me by e mail if you have any questions about materials needed.

Zentangle on Demand

Here’s a fun way to get some Zentangle® in your life!

Online private and semi-private Zentangle lessons are now available. Choose a class with your friends, or arrange some quiet one-on-one instruction just for you. Online lessons and classes are taught via Zoom, and materials are not included. Most can be taken with the materials you already have at home; for others, we can discuss the materials you would like to use.

• Individual (2-hr private lesson ) – $40CDN
• 2 or more people (2-1/2hr lesson) – $30CDN/per person
Contact me to book a lesson

Here are some ideas – or ask for a custom lesson and we’ll see what we can do.:

Classes with no special materials required (just pen, pencil and paper)
• Zentangle Basics (your first stop for all things Zentangle)
• Zentangle Revisited (refresher for those who have the Basics)
• Beyond the Basics (refining your skills, more tangles)
• Level Up: Tangles and More (enhancers, tangleations)
• Shady Practise (get a handle on shading techniques)
• String Theory (how to create and use zillions of strings)
• Reticula & Fragments (the meat and bones of tangling)
• Pop-Up Tutorials (focus on just one tangle and make it yours
• Dynamic Dingbatz (tangling in closed dingbat format)

Classes required special materials (what you have on hand or want to order)
• TransZENding technique   –  (requires white gelly roll and white chalk pencil)
• Watercolour backgrounds  –   (requires watercolours)
• Tangling on Fabric  –   (requires fabric, and special markers)
• Impossible 3D Tiles  –   (requires scissors, glue: coloured paper/pens is an option)
• Zen Buttons   –  (requires compass or other ability to trace circles; colour is an option)
• Zen Gems   –  (requires coloured pencils or brush markers)
• Black Magic  –   (black paper, white/coloured pens, white/coloured pencil)
• Renaissance Treasures  –   (tan paper, brown/coloured pens, white/coloured pencil
• Zentangle Blue Steel  –   (grey paper, white/coloured pens, white/coloured pen)
• Zendala Discoveries  –   (5” round tiles – or trace a CD), white or coloured paper
• 3Z Mosaics  –   (triangles roughly 3” equal sides), white or coloured paper
Some of these materials are available to order from me or directly from zentangle.com.