Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Wisdom of Children

My 6 year old informed me very sagely this morning, "You know mom, alot of people have butts.... So they can sit down.  'Cause if they kept walking all the time, they'd get really tired."

Very true, I guess I'd never really thought about it like that before.  I suppose I should be more thankful, for both my 6 year old and my Glutieus Maximus.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Zentangle

Here's my latest zentangle.  I've been wanting to try this idea out for awhile.  I would really have liked to do it on some bigger tags but this was the only size I had and right now I'm on a "use what I have" kick, (translated as, i have no money).  I also thought the twigs anchored the tags nicely on the page, but I'd love to hear some feedback. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A quick craft project

The words "craft project" will make some people shudder in revulsion.  But I wanted to share this one since it was cheap, easy and made my boys very happy.  We move ALOT...  I don't think we've been in the same house for more then a few years.  So for my boys, learning to feel at home in a new house is a big deal.  One way that I've found to do this is to personalize their bedroom by hanging their names on the door.  I decided that painting the letters would look boring and flat so instead I covered them with scrapbook paper.  I chose a different color family for each boy, blue for Charlie, and red for Tommy, and decoupaged the papers to the wooden letters.  The letters I had were unfinished when i bought them so I had to sand them, and paint them white first, but you could buy them white.  I painted the glue on the letters then turned them onto the paper which i lay wrongside-up on the table.  Once the it was dry, I cut around it with an exacto blade and lightly sanded the edges.  Here's the results....
I know...  bad picture... If any one's interested, I can put up a close up picture of a letter.  Anyway, hope someone trys this project!  It's super easy and the results are terrific!

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Shoes

(or how I got started)

I never imagined that a discussion about my stinky shoes would lead to an invitation to teach a class at Stamp Your Art Out.  But, that's exactly what happened one afternoon when i wandered into the store in search of a white pen to tangle on my old, beat-up, blue sneakers.  When I mentioned to the ladies there what I wanted the pen for and they said they had never heard of Zentangling, I was shocked!  Zentangling was absolutly the coolest thing ever!!  and i was so sure they would love it, that i ran out to my car to grab my sketch book and show some examples. 

"Wow!  This is amazing!"  They said. 

"I know."  I replied.  "You should offer a class here on how to do it."

"Why don't you teach it."  They said

"Oh, no.  I can't teach it.  I'm not certified."  I said definitely.  They laughed at me.  I explained the process, gave them all the information to the Zentangle website and left.  Two months later, I was back with my shoes and despite everything, they still wanted me to teach the class.

One of these days... I'll get that certification...  i swear.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

First Untangle Class

I hope all my students had a great time in the Zentangle class yesterday.  I know I did!  It was a wonderful first experience for me because you all were so supportive and enthusiastic.  Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you! 

This site is still a work in progress, partially because I'm not sure of its full purpose in being yet.  Perhaps I'll do some Zentangles and the answers will come to me. :)  I did want to make sure that I posted your beautiful artwork from yesterday so here it is! (Click on the image to get a better view)

I'd love to see any new Zentangles you all create so please take a picture and send them to me.  Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask and I'll do my best to answer you.

Thanks again,

Thursday, October 14, 2010