I've been working like crazy and trying to set some time aside for the stuff I like to do. Found a slice of time on Thursday night to visit with my friend Sharla at Soft Expressions. Seems she has been zentangling with a wonderful bunch of people from dusk till dawn. Yep...Its a zentangle friendship group and they welcomed me with open arms. I sat down and got back to tangling. They meet once a month at Soft Expression and usually learn a new tangle pattern or two. Maybe a new technique, tool or toy to play with.
This is the first one I made when I sat down. After some direction from Sharla, I just started drawing and this is what came out. The piece is only 3"square so not very large.
Then she passed out some more of her favorite tools, This is white on black was done with a white Gelly Roll Pen and Pastel Chalk pencil for the shading. I am learning shading as you can see. These two pieces were done in about 2.5 hrs
Sharla Hicks is a Certified Zentangle Instructor and owns and teaches at Soft Expressions. Here is a list of her upcoming classess
If you have never taken art classes or are an accomplished artist. This is a different way to expand your brain and learn to fill space. It is typically done in smaller bite sized pieces so you can actually accomplish something incredible in a small amount of time.
I started zentangling in 2011. It has really helped with my quilting by showing me how you can free form draw in a structured space. I highly recommend taking the time out to take some classes you will amaze yourself at what you can create.
I hope you all get a chance to sew and relax this weekend. That's what I'm doing ;]
Love Aunti Nicole
PS - Some anonymous commenter asked about my blog design. I created my own background and logo in Adobe Illustrator. Thank you for the kind words.