An Intimate Garden Gathering

On Saturday, I taught a Secret Garden of Zentangle© Class of four, and it was fun and intimate. We met at Beth Christopher’s lovely shop Blue Mountain Mercantile in Bluefield, WV.

I’ve had to put two versions of some photos because they show up upside down on different devices! Weird, I know. Sigh.

The Secret Garden of Zentangle: Botanicals I These are the wonderful gardens the students Teresa, Natalie, Lisa and Cherie drew!
The Secret Garden of Zentangle: Botanicals I
These are the wonderful gardens the students Teresa, Natalie, Lisa and Cherie drew!

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Speaking of the Blue Mountain Mercantile, I really hope you will go and visit Beth the next time you are in Bluefield. She has only been at this location a few months and I really hope she is a success. She has crafts, soaps, jewelry, and other works by local artists, including MINE! We must support our local artists if we want them to keep making their art. Visit her website, which is an evolving work in progress

Blue Mountain Mercantile

In fact, I’m teaching a FUNdamentals Basic Zentangle 101 for beginners at the Mercantile on October 8th. See our Events Page under “Menu” above for details. Invite those who would appreciate the benefits of Zentangle!

Lately, I’ve been very involved in the Travelling Tiles Project on Facebook. One person starts a tile and swaps tiles with another. Then, the two recipients finish the tile however they wish, then post a photo of the results, with a “before” photo as well. If you want to be involved OR just watch the fun and see beautiful works of art, look up the group and join! I have three students who have joined and would love to know if you do!

Here are some tiles I’ve finished:

This one was started by Stephanie Jennifer of Singapore. She put the background color on and drew the "waves". I added the rest
This one was started by Stephanie Jennifer of Singapore. She put the background color on and drew the “waves”. I added the rest

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This was started by Anne Marks of Australia. She drew the outlines (the “string”) and the top section and 4th down. I added the rest plus the color between sections and on my own sections.
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More soon! Please do comment below. Let me know someone is reading!

Keep your heart untangled, My name

 

RAZ: Random Acts of Zentangle

Have you ever heard of random acts of kindness–where you pay for someone’s toll in the car behind you, pay for purchases for the person behind you in line at a store, giving a coat to a cold homeless person, add money to someone’s parking meter before it runs out…. It is an act of kindness for which you expect NO repayment.

It’s a lot of fun to do, and to receive! 

Now, what could random acts of Zentangle be? Well, do you see the photo of the Zentangle tile above? Yesterday, while at a doctor/specialist’s office, I drew that tile while waiting to be called back. When the nurse was done taking my vitals I handed the tile to her. She was shocked when I said it was hers, and thrilled! I made her day.

I challenge you to commit a random act of Zentangle: leave a tile on a bench at the mall, give one to your kids’ bus driver, hand one to the cashier at your next store visit, leave one on the counter at the doctors office or pharmacy, etc. you get the idea.

Before you leave the tile, make sure you sign it (all artists sign their work!) and date it on the back, as well as an email address or phone number. They may want to thank you or return what was “lost.” Then you have an opening to share the stress reliever that you’ve discovered….. Ah see there? A random act of kindness after all!

Before I close, make a note of these upcoming classes:
The Secret Garden of Zentangle: Botanicals #1

September 17, 1;00-4:00pm
Blue Mountain Mercantile 

Bluefield, WV
October 15, 1:00-4:00pm

Wytheville Museum

Wytheville, VA
Happy Tangling, 

Kat 

Your CZT


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PO Box 464

Tazewell, VA 24651 USA 

Creativity and An Old UpRight Piano

Zentangle Inspired Art can take unlimited forms… Boots, clothing, seashells, stones, guitars, cell phones, boxes, aprons, envelopes, picture frames, cars… Anything with a surface!

I’d like to share a video that a fellow Certified Zentangle Teacher posted on her blog about an old upright piano that she and her husband rescued and restored. She wrote about it on her blog and near the end, she posted a video to watch. I suggest that you read and watch both. The video is very good and she talks a lot about Zentangle and how it changed her life.

Enjoy!

http://lolavisuals.com/life-art-entangled-short-documentary/

Keep your heart untangled,

My name

 

My Story: a video

https://youtu.be/3eI1ETveNHw

Please watch this brief YouTube video to learn a bit about me. It was recorded at the CZT 20 training in Providence, Rhode Island in June 2015, and recently made available. I’m so proud to be affiliated with Zentangle, Inc. They are a top quality organization and everything they do is excellent.

Recent Classes Were Such Fun!

I’m so frustrated that a month has passed since I last posted here! I think of the blog daily so I just need to get myself in gear. I really care about my readers and students, so don’t mistake my lack of posting for a lack of caring. I have taught two classes recently and both were so much fun. The first was a FUNdamentals beginner class of 10 students held in the North Tazewell United Methodist Church. Here are some photos from that day…

Working hard at learning Zentangle patterns.
Working hard at learning Zentangle patterns.
It's amazing how five strokes that we all use (when we write) turn into beautiful patterns!
It’s amazing how five strokes that we all use (when we write) turn into beautiful patterns!
The class mosaic. Everyone learned the same thing, with same instructions and look how different they are!. It's fascinating how each piece of art we draw is unique even if we use the same four tangles every time!
The class mosaic. Everyone learned the same thing, with same instructions and look how different they are!. It’s fascinating how each piece of art we draw is unique even if we use the same four tangles every time!
Here they are, three hours of teaching and we have ten new artists!
Here they are–three hours of teaching and we have ten new artists!

On July 28, I taught a class of my own design called The Secret Garden of Zentangles: Botanicals©, and there were 12 student who had completed the beginner course. They came from a variety of places: Tazewell, Grundy, Wytheville, Bluefield, Richmond and Mississippi! There was much joy and many “aha” moments, and I’m eager to teach that class again! It was the first time I had taught this class, and I wasn’t sure if the class could go as far as I had planned, but they were quick learners! I was able to teach 17 tangles!

We met in the midst of wonderful Appalachian art, helping the creativity to flow!
We met in the midst of wonderful Appalachian art, helping the creativity to flow!
SGZ
Students hard at work, creating their own secret gardens.
Creating their gardens
Creating their gardens and feeling the peace and relaxation that comes with Zentangle 
12 Intermediate Students
12 Happy students of The Secret Garden of Zentangle:Botanicals ©

Please check out the new page (see menu or list across the top) called TESTIMONIALS. If you see two pages, one works and one doesn’t 😟. I’ve tried everything I know to get rid of that bad page nod I give up.

Ah, well.  I’ll write more soon, and I mean that!!

Happy Tangling,

My name

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