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Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new hobby?


Why yes ... it IS snowing again but see the Arts Council (ACWC) there across the street from my office? On the 4th Monday of the month they offer art classes for a small fee. Often they are painting or drawing which I have a severe lack of skills for. Last night it was Zentangle!!


For just $5 we got this great kit! Cloth bag, 01 pigma pen, pencil, blender, 5 tiles and acrylic case and several handouts. I ate the choco already. Sorry! Ok, not really...

For another $5 I bought 10 more tiles in a case. Chris, the teacher, said that good quality water color paper would also work but I liked the acrylic cases to carry/store them in and I thought $5 was a cheap treat for myself. Any excuse, right?!


For the class we started  by learning these 4 tangles. The shading really changes them. I did discover that less lead was better than more when it came to shading.


Horribly out of focus but here are the tiles the entire class made - amazing how me made the same tangles but the tiles are all so different.


Chris went on to teach us some of her favorite tangles.


During break Chris had supplied lavender shortbread topped with lemon salt and the ACWC provided several tea flavors. Yummo! She had also put out these spectacular napkins. She washed the muslin, hemmed and tangled them and then heat set the ink. I am sewwwwww making some of these for my next tea party. Wouldn't they make great gifts? I also need to get a signature shortbread recipe since I really could have gone for another piece last night... Suggestions?

I've been looking at tangles as machine quilting opportunities and now I am even more excited! I know it's hard to see in some of the pictures but I have already stitched pebbles (ZT calls them perfs) and the spiral design called Rick's Paradox is essentially what I used on my Walkabout quilt which I just discovered I either never photographed or didn't label  properly. Oops.

Now before certain people get worried about my hexies...
A - Yes, I will at some time tangle a hexie something or other.
B - They asked me to teach one of these monthly classes on hexies. whoo hoo! New converts!!

I think my zentangle pin board is going to be expanding soon...


8 comments:

Ruth said...

I have wanted to do this for a long time. Yours are so pretty.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a lovely idea for classes and I think for what you got for class supplies was a super price!!

Janet O. said...

Your kit was an amazing bargain! You did great things--I think you have a future here, if the hexies will allow you some time off.
My favorite shortbread is strawberry jam filled, but my boys love coconut with Nutella filling. I have made lavender, but DH thinks it tastes like soap (that is what I get for making lavender soap!). I think lemon ginger would be nice. I have made lemon, and made ginger, but I have never combined them. Orange spice is a nice one, too. I have made lavender mint, as well, but DH thought that really crossed the line into soapy tastes. What does he know? : )

Michelle said...

Looks great Sarah........!!!
They are very addictive and fun to do and it may look hard but it isn't.
I keep watching YouTube tutorials........

Frances said...

How great to have a class nearby, Zentangle gets everywhere. Great news on the classes too.

Teresa in Music City said...

Zentangles are so much fun to look at! I've never drawn one - I'm afraid I'd get drawn down into their vortex and never climb back out LOL!!! It looks like a lot more fun than I need to be having right now :)

margaret said...

zentangle has certainly taken off worldwide, I am amazed at all you fit into a day, do you ever sleep?

wella said...

love zentanglesd=