Monday, May 26, 2014

Whatcha gonna do with all those prints?

That's the question I have been asking myself ever since I got addicted to my gelli plate printing. So, I set to work over the weekend to play with my big pile of prints, and here is what I did. And now, these projects have turned into classes for Saturday, June 14th at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ. You can take the cards class or the journal class for only $30. But if you take both, you get $5 off! Such a deal. Some I stitched, and some I glued. The reason for this is that I know there are people who like both, so during classes, I will teach both how to attach with glue and with thread. YOU can choose whichever works best for you. You do NOT need to be a sewer at all. If you want to rent a machine for the day, the fee is an additional $5 for the day. So grab your gelli prints and come play! If you have no prints, you can substitute with scrapbook paper pieces, or I can sell you some of my prints on class day. Most of the supplies are included, so that is a bonus. More details are in the sidebar. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Brand New Class for July

Update 5-26-14 I went to the Diva's weekly challenge today because I had a little extra time on my hands today, with my ususal Monday plans on vacation. Turns out, the challenge is to tangle in a circular shape. Seeing as how I just put the rest of this post a few days ago, I decided to run with what I already had here as my circular tangled work. Then I will be off to do some more work in my altered books I have talking about. I actually finished one, and now my personal goal to finish the other and then add other things. One will be a book of quotes, and I believe the other will be used as a personal diary type journal. Time will tell, but they sure are fun.

I have a brand new class lined up for July. I call it Tangling in the Round, a take off on mandalas. As shown in my last post, I have been doing quarter rounds for a while. The two altered books I have been working on for over a year have many examples of them. Recently, I saw a way a fellow CZT, Cris Letourneau used her quarter rounds, by putting them all back together in a circle. I wrote to her, and got her permission to do the same. She uses different colors, tangles, and an overall design, but since what I wanted to do and what she did are somewhat similar, I felt it best to ask first. Thanks, Cris, for being such a sweetheart!
Shown in the pictures below are the individual tiles we create, and then one way they could be put back together to make an ensemble.
Class details are as follows:
The Occasional Artist
7150 N. 57th Ave. Glendale, AZ  623.847.2215

Please call the store to register.
Sat. July 5, 2014        10:00 am - 1:30 pm $30. 
Students should bring: a tortillion or paper stump, a standard pencil, and one or more Micron pens in size(s) of choice. The sample was done with 05, available from Jane on class day, if needed.
Materials Provided by Teacher:  Zentangle tiles, paper, and
takehome stepouts (directions) for each tangle,

 The last picture is another sample of my tangling in the round from one of the altered books I have been mentioning in posts. It is not part of the class. I decided to add a few words on this one for another variation on what I was doing before. Fun stuff!

Monday, May 19, 2014


In case you have been wondering what I have been up to since the last post, let's just say that I have been letting a lot of ideas simmer, some fabric, some paper, some Zen, some other things. Simmering is how some of my favorite things come to fruition. I usually wake up with an idea of what I want to do in the studio, but these are rarely things I just "dreamt up," rather things I have been allowing to jiggle around in my head for a while. While all that action has been happening, I have actually been getting other plans and projects done and taken care of, ones that boiled over, in a good way.

I have spent some time prepping to venture out to teach a Zentangle® class in Flagstaff in June. It sure will be nice to get away from what the heat always is here in AZ for June, as well as make some new Zen friends.

Another (wonderfully) time consuming thing I have been working on is for one of my upcoming classes at Art Unraveled this summer called Tangling on the Walls.  We will be using a book by Sherwood Forlee called Walls Notebook. Every page in the book is a photo of a wall. I have been doing Zentangle Inspired Art on the pages, also known as ZIA. Even though I have plenty of pages done, almost 80 and way more than enough for class, I just keep happily working away. It is almost like I cannot stop myself. :) You can see a few of those pages here. The newest ones I am keeping a lid on until class. (If you are interested, details on my Art Unraveled Basic Zentangle class using ATCs are here, and my gelli plate class info. is here.)

Because the Walls book was so much fun, I started another altered/tangled book using Sabrina Ward Harrison's book called, The True and the Questions. It is a journal designed for people to add whatever they wish to the pages. About 65 pages are now tangled in my copy. I am including a few of those altered pages here today. I hope you enjoy them. Maybe this book will turn in to a class, too!