Last workshop for the year

The last 4 week class for 2020 has just ended. Thank you so much to all the lovely people who joined me at St George & Sutherland Community College. Everyone made some beautiful pieces of art. I’m loving the journey and seeing everyone’s creative growth.

This year 2020 has been a crazy year and I think I can safely say “bring on 2021”. It has brought many changes to our lives about the way we work, live and interact with others and we have had to be flexible and adapt. It is ‘change’ that we often resist because we have to move from the ‘known’ to the ‘unknown’. It is fear of the unknown which we can struggle with and I know that I have struggled with this fear.

My art workshops have been fewer and a little different this year and when I look back and see all art that my students have created my joy is restored! In particular, this year we’ve worked with an art notebook as well as tiles and that notebook has become a work of art in itself. So there is a natural progression for my workshops to evolve.

In 2021 I’m planning more art journaling, experimental printing, Zentangle workshops and retreats which will see new ways of bringing out people’s creativity.

So when I stop to reflect on 2020, I’ve had to learn to be even more flexible and look for creative ways to cope with new ways of living and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey…

Zentangle Class – this Thursday 2nd May

There are spots available for the advanced class this Thursday. We’re going to explore a special string which will create a ‘circle in a Square’. I hope it will be a spring board to inspire you to take your creativity further.

Looking forward to seeing those who are booked in. If you’d like to join us or find out more information then contact me on the ‘bookings’ page of Artoftangling.com.

Zendala Class

As promised here is the demonstration tile from class – all finished! I spent quite some time ‘tweaking’ it. I followed Maria’s example and filled in all the spaces with little orbs. I’d love to see everyone’s tiles when they are finished. I had a lot of fun with this tile Rumpus is a really relaxing tangle

Tangled Gardens

Bijou tiles warmup

We started today with open hearts and thoughts for our dear fellow student Bev who passed away suddenly this week. Bev was booked in to join us for the class today and I believe she was there with us in spirit.

I had the pleasure of knowing Bev through our Zentangle classes on about 10 occasions. Bev was a lovely, kind and wonderfully creative person. We will miss you Bev.

Borders explored

The Borders class was a relaxing morning of exploring different tangles as borders. We created a ‘border sampler’ which can be used for future reference to create borders.

A tip when deciding on a border for a piece of art would be to reflect some element of the artwork in the border. This can bring the border into harmony with the art rather than competing with it.

The second part of the class was ‘Embedded letters’. This is a technique described by Maria Thomas from Zentangle Inc in which words or letters are aura’d and embellished. The results were amazing! I love embedded letters – they can be used in such a great variety of ways – in journals, snail mail paper and and envelopes and they make a beautiful decorations for cards and gifts.

‘Borders’ Class

If you’re coming along to the Borders Class on Thurs 31 Jan I just thought I’d say a word about ‘journals’. Firstly: you don’t have to bring a journal but if you want to: it can be any type of journal, notebook or pre-printed diary. If you don’t have a journal we’ll be putting borders on tiles (which will be awesome!). I’ve added a few photos of my journal which I started in the middle of last year. I use this journal as my daily diary and scheduler. I also like to decorate some of the pages when I get time (these are some of my favourites).

If you want to look up Bullet Journals this is a great system for keeping track of appointments and tasks. I use my own modified version of Bullet Journalling and I love it.

Journal page from my journal
Journal page ready for text
Gratitude page

Zentangle Class – Borders

The first class for the year will be on “Borders”. I’ve had several requests for this class and thought that the new year is a great time to explore this theme. Other requests have been for journals, so I’m combining both themes with a very relaxed start to the year. If you have a journal, 2019 diary or notebook and would like to decorate some pages with borders, then bring it along. If you don’t have a journal, come along and decorate some tiles instead. It is up to you!

If you need any encouragement or motivation to start a journal visit UNESCO SIX exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales. This is an amazing collection of First Fleet Journals, WWI Diaries and notebooks. I visited there today. You can read more about this on the State Library website.

Pocket Diaries
Pocket diaries by Miles Franklin. Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin – ‘Stella’ to her family (activist, feminist, writer)
on display at the State Library, New South Wales

To book into the class, go to the bookings page and fill out the form. Looking forward to seeing you!

A New Year – Make it Happy

Happy New Year! Wow 2019 already. Last year was an amazing year. I gave plenty of Zentangle Classes and met absolutely wonderful people along the way. I am so grateful to Rick and Maria for creating, growing and nurturing the Zentangle community.

I have the schedule for Zentangle Classes on the Workshops page. Have a browse through and book into a class.

If don’t see something to suit, please ask…

Happy Tangling