Back in the Saddle

It’s been a hard year. My (step)daughter was found dead in her home country of England on November 14th of last year, and my Zentangle® classes fell by the wayside for awhile. My two biological adult kids each have had major issues going on, as well. My son lives in Houston and Hurricane Harvey only added to the struggle. My eldest daughter has had double pneumonia for eight months now, and the search for the cause continues. All this to say that I do have a good reason for not writing here… but I’m back now. 

I recently taught a small beginners class at the Appalachian Art Center in Cedar Bluff, VA and tried something new. I taught the regular beginner class but added a seasonal ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) Project. It turned out to be my favorite class to teach, and the students loved it as well! 

I’m going to post photos from the Class next. I’ll be back soon to share some Tangles, among other things. I have some that I created to share.

Hard at work
Teaching a class with my new equipment! So much easier showing the work while everyone stays seated. Before, students had to come to my table to watch me draw it because my motorized wheelchair didn’t work with the easel
Their beginner tiles… wonderful work!

The same but different…no two are the same in Zentangle.

I painted these watercolor sheets and put the stencil on it so the students could choose the one that tickled their fancy. Then I release them to draw the tangles they had just learned. These are 7×10” and frameable or used as autumn decoration or years to come.

Proud students! L-R: Karen Sullivan, Brenda Sayers, Robin and Samuel Brown (age 14).

I wanted to remind local folks that I not only hold public classes but private classes from 1-20 people. Great birthday party 🎉!

More soon!

Keep Tangling…

Kat

Back in the Saddle

It’s been a hard year. My (step)daughter was found dead in her home country of England on November 14th of last year, and my Zentangle® classes fell by the wayside for awhile. My two biological adult kids each have had major issues going on, as well. My son lives in Houston and Hurricane Harvey only added to the struggle. My eldest daughter has had double pneumonia for eight months now, and the search for the cause continues. All this to say that I do have a good reason for not writing here… but I’m back now. 

I recently taught a small beginners class at the Appalachian Art Center in Cedar Bluff, VA and tried something new. I taught the regular beginner class but added a seasonal ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) Project. It turned out to be my favorite class to teach, and the students loved it as well! 

I’m going to post photos from the Class next. I’ll be back soon to share some Tangles, among other things. I have some that I created to share.

Hard at work
Teaching a class with my new equipment! So much easier showing the work while everyone stays seated. Before, students had to come to my table to watch me draw it because my motorized wheelchair didn’t work with the easel
Their beginner tiles… wonderful work!

The same but different…no two are the same in Zentangle.

I painted these watercolor sheets and put the stencil on it so the students could choose the one that tickled their fancy. Then I release them to draw the tangles they had just learned. These are 7×10” and frameable or used as autumn decoration or years to come.

Proud students! L-R: Karen Sullivan, Brenda Sayers, Robin and Samuel Brown (age 14).

I wanted to remind local folks that I not only hold public classes but private classes from 1-20 people. Great birthday party 🎉!

More soon!

Keep Tangling…

Kat

Exciting Town News

This is definitely the mark of small town living…we get terribly excited over new businesses coming in, especially restaurants. And I discovered on Friday that we have a new coffee shop in town! It’s the only one we have, so you know we’re thrilled!

It’s called The Well…  Continue reading “Exciting Town News”

Getting back to it

It’s time to pick up my plow and work… it’s been 6 months since our daughter (my stepdaughter) died and things seemed to come nearly to a screeching halt with my Zentangle practice on November 14. Now I’m ready to take up my Micron pen and draw daily once again -and post.

I don’t want you to think I didn’t tangle during these past 6 months– that’s not true. I’ve used it to help with insomnia and anxiety but found myself struggling with those things again and I hadn’t for a full two years! So it was a wake-up call when they reared their ugly heads in my life again. I was shocked by their presence until I realized I had let several days go by at a time without tangling. Once I started to rectify that, the anxiety and insomnia packed their bags and left. This only reiterated how much Zentangle works and how much I need it…and how much I want to help others learn it.

So… here are some of my tiles I’ve done…


I’m so ready to teach! My question is this: Another beginner class or an Intermediate class with more tangles and  techniques? A Renaissance (tan tiles) or Black Tile class? A “14 Shades of Gray” class? I could go on and on! Suggestions welcome in the comment section…please?  

 I’m going to be publishing more than Zentangle here, such as other art posts, photography, and writings. Another passion I have are fountain pens and I may talk about those, too. I’ve had fun integrating my passions by drawing tiles with my different pens and inks. Explore!
Keep Tangling… I know I will!

Kat van Rooyen

Postcard Art Liberated 2017!

It’s time for Kat Sloma’s wonderful Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap once again.  I’ve been participating in this swap for many years– 5? 6? I’m not sure, but from the start. I have used my photographs of nature in the past, but this year, I’ve used my Zentangle® Art.

The swap consists of sending five postcards to swap (6, if you want to give one to Kat herself) to Kat, where she and several volunteers sort and then send out five cards to each of us, plus Kat’s card for us.

Here’s the card I sent, Continue reading “Postcard Art Liberated 2017!”