Hello 2016!

Happy new year everyone!

Always a time for stating intentions and declarations, and reflecting back on the past year. While I have a number of goals, one of my main focuses for the year is to nurture my creative side and produce more work. Hoping to post a lot along the way to share with all of you.

For now, here’s a peek into my new Tangle a Day calendar for 2016 (made by Carole Ohl).

Tangle a Day Calendar

Tangle a Day Calendar

The new Zentangle┬« class schedule is also up on the site for January and February. I’d love to have you join me for a class!

Hope your new year is off to a great start!

 

Holiday and Renaissance Zentangling

The holidays have been keeping me pretty busy. This week offers a break from the day job, but still plenty going on in the studio and with the family.

I did some tangling for the holidays, and played around a bit with metallic inks on black.

metallic inks

metallic inks

I’ve also been doing a lot of playing around with Renaissance tiles to help prepare for some upcoming classes. Here are a few that I pulled various elements from for the final class. I do love the tan tiles!

Renaissance exploration tiles

Renaissance exploration tiles

I hope you holiday season is going well so far, and that the New Year brings joy and well being!

Small Works at Phoenix Village Art Center

The local art center, Phoenix Village, is having a Small Works show for the holidays. I’ve got a couple of new mandalas in the show, as well as a bunch of ornaments for their handmade ornament sale.

Woodland Compass detail

Woodland Compass detail

 

Woodland Compass

Woodland Compass

Urchin Mandala detail

Urchin Mandala detail

Urchin Mandala

Urchin Mandala

 

Selection of ornaments

Selection of ornaments

If you’re in the area, stop by during First Friday in Phoenixville for the show opening. I’d love to see you!

Open Tile and Open Studio

The Diva’s challenge this week was to create a tile with the majority of the tile left open. We tanglers have a tendency to fill everything, so this was a very good challenge to remind us that the eyes need a resting spot too. I used a renaissance tile for this one, with Narwal (my current go to pattern), BTL JOOS, and springkle.

Narwal, BTL JOOS, Springkle

Narwal, BTL JOOS, Springkle

The posters for the upcoming open studio at the Coleman’s Artist Studios are out! Big thanks to Rachel Romano for getting the posters made (and for making sure she got me on there even though I am getting into the space so close to the event).

November 21st - Hope to see you there!

November 21st – Hope to see you there!

Whole lotta prepping going on…

Its been a busy week, with more to come.

I am in the process of finalizing my paperwork for my new studio over at the Coleman’s Artist Studios in Phoenixville, PA. This is very exciting stuff, but a lot of work to come to get the studio set up and running. Keep an eye out for classes to be scheduled there, as well as details on the open studio that all the artists onsite are hosting on November 21st.

ColemanSign

Did a quick tile for Its A String Thing #114 last week (but not in time to send it in to Adele). I went Renaissance on this one and used a sienna colored pencil for shading instead of regular graphite. Really pleased with the affect.

IATS#114 Teenos, Ta-da, Ahhh

IATS#114 Teenos, Ta-da, Ahhh

And I have been busy working on water color backgrounds for my next series of work. Here’s a sneak of some of them in my current work space – the kitchen table. I can’t wait until I can share new work in progress with you from the studio!

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Last, but not least, for today. This week my Zentangle for Beginners had their card making class. We learned the brand new release from Zentangle HQ – Gourdgeous. We did a few rounds on apprentice tiles before beginning the final tile for the card, as gourdgeous can be a bit tricky to get a handle on. Overall the class did great, and we have a little happy mascot from one of the students! ­čÖé

Our Gourdgeous mascot

Our Gourdgeous mascot

Gourdgeous, Zander, and Sampson, with Zenith borders

Gourdgeous, Zander, and Sampson, with Zenith borders

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