Friday, April 24, 2015

Architectural beauty

The architecture and art of the Grace Episcopal Church in Providence is spectacular.

I was lucky to be there at a time when the church as open to visitors and we were allowed to photograph the magisty.

I was so delighted with my iPhone's ability to take wonderful low level photos with no flash. I'll soon post more photos from the Rhode Island School of Design which also had the "no flash" requirement for photographing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Tangle Named "C!"

This tile has the letter "c" as it's string but bears little resemblance when complete.

And this is how it started! We will talk a little more about the beginnings of a tangle soon! Shading is so important! I'll try to remember before and after photos!
P. S. I don't really name the tiles.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Some days are just too sweet to be believed!!

When I was a kid, I could never have dreamed I'd have "pen pals" all over the world! Today, I received the loveliest surprise from Michelle in New Zealand - a package which just epitomizes her magnificent country. I especially love the handmade needlepoint needle case with the kiwi design which will house my working needles and help me keep those pesky little sharp things out of the carpet. 
The kindness of others just makes one glad to be alive, doesn't it? 
Thank you Michelle!!

And now, my tile using the letter "B" as a string - or roadmap for where my tangles might go!

Sweet Pippin held the tile for me while I put the string "B" within the border.

And here's the tangled "B"!! The tangle on the right is called verdigogh. We were given a cutting of Rosemary when we did this tangle. I think it's one of my favorites. Rosemary is for remembrance - and today I'll certainly remember for the kindness of my far away friend, Michelle!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Little Panda

Can you just feel how soft this little panda is? He's just 4 inches tall and made of a wonderful new viscose fabric I ordered from Italy. He's not available as he's already in his new home. I expect there will be more, though, as you cannot imagine just how precious he is!! 100% softness!!

So, now I'm back from my CTZ experience, I'm challenging myself to make a group of tiles (the paper we use to make Zentangles) using strings (the lines we make on the paper - or tile) to divide the space we use to make the individual tangles ... made of the letters of the alphabet.

Starting with A:

Can you see where the "A" is?? The lines of the strings just disappear! They are only a suggestion to use when choosing the tangles for the space. I'm eager to get started using "B." I'll take a photo of the string before I do the tangles!

Thanks for sharing my joy of my new panda and these new tangles!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Graduation Day!

It was graduatin day for my class of CZTs (Certified Zentangle Teachers)! The seminar flew by and we all made tons of new friends literally from all over the world. There were 16 countries represented: Singapore, Oman, Malaysia, Germany, Equador, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden , the USA! 

It was fun trying new tangles and getting ready to share the magic!

But hard to say goodby to new friends!
I'm traveling home overnight by train. What a wonderful experience!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Zentangle Fun!

Here are some tiles from today. We learned many new tangles and had lots of fun.

At lunch time, we had time to visit Grace Episcopal Church just steps from the seminar and see this lovely organ and the beautiful stained glass windows.

The church was built in the mid 1800's and we enjoy the chimes through the day which announce the time on the hour.

We also did Zendalas today - mandalas done with tangles! Last day of seminar tomorrow and then an overnight train ride home!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Having a wonderful time- wish you were here!

Every detail is just perfection at the CZT (certified Zentangle teacher) training seminar here in Providence, Rhode Island.

We received many wonderful things including hand lettered name tags and notebooks.
This is a detail of a huge mosaic of Zentangle tiles done by my class during the first hours of instruction.
A closeup of tiles done in the afternoon class today.
There are 106 of us from at least 10 different countries. I had lunch today with the ladies from Malaysia. They are a delight!
Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Do you Zentangle?

I've arrived in Providence, RI, to take part in a seminar to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher! I'm posting a couple 
of photos from my notebooks to give you an idea of what the art form is. More about the adventure soon!