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.
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
I hope you holiday season is going well so far, and that the New Year brings joy and well being!
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
Urchin Mandala detail
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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!
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! 🙂
Our Gourdgeous mascot
Gourdgeous, Zander, and Sampson, with Zenith borders
This week the Diva has challenged us to use Munchin and confessed her dislike of black tiles. She offered up using white on black as an optional portion. I happen to love black tiles, so that aspect of the challenge was a no brainer for me. I have been playing with shiny things lately, so I went gold with Munchin with some white accents.
Munchin, Tipple, Flux
I recently order the new Tints on Tan kit from Jenny Peruzzi and Marty Deckel. They do a fantastic job putting these together, and provide very clear instructions so it feels like you are taking a class with them.
Tints on Tan – Autumn Splendor
Autumn Splendor detail
I enjoyed the tinting techniques so much, that I tried my hand at a tinted black tile, with a psuedo snowflake theme.
Snowflake Zendala with Printemps, Hypnotize, Paradox, and Finery
In addition to the white pen, I had to go back back in with the Starlight gel pen to give it a little extra winter sparkle. (I know it is not winter yet, but I sooo love when the snow starts falling.)
Don’t forget to check out the other tiles submitted for the Diva’s challenge.
Let me know what you think in the comments.