|Our Zentangle Starter Kit|
|The Horticultural Center at Morris Arboretum, the beautiful location of our class|
|Our instructor, Terri Greenberg, standing next to a projection of one of her designs, published in a local paper.|
|One of my two completed class tiles|
- Sign and date your work on the back of a tile.
- Use a pencil to draw four small dots in the corners of the tile. The dots are a kind of ritual, signifying that you are entering a creative space.
- Continue to use a pencil to connect the dots in order to create a border to frame your art on the tile.
- Also with the pencil, create "the string," which is a line that further subdivides the space into the areas in which you will draw your tangles.
- Switch to a pen, and fill in each of the spaces your string has created with the tangles of your choice. Terri showed us Knightsbridge, Printemps, Hollibaugh, Dooleo, Trentwith, Shattuck, and Huggins. Some are official tangles, and some are designs of her own creation.
- Go back to using your pencil (along with your finger or a tortillon for smudging) to add shading, which causes your designs to either recede or project from the page. I have a huge amount of trouble with shading!
- As a final step, add a stylized initial, or "chop," to your piece. Terri showed us how she created hers, and encouraged us to develop a presentation of our own initials that we like for our pieces.
I walked around during our ten minute break to sneak peeks at my classmates' projects; there were a lot of talented artists among us! Even if everyone is doing the very same design, each person brings a little bit different look to the final result.
|Our class, hard at work|
Terri is offering a Zendala workshop, in both black-and-white and color, during the summertime, and a more in-depth Zentangle class in the fall. You can check out her web site here, and search for a CZT in your area here.
Here are some of the tangle patterns we worked with today:
Check out Tangle Patterns for the best source of new tangles to try.
Come by on Monday to find out who our Giveaway Winner is!