Sunday, December 26, 2010

Zentangle 101 - January 22nd

I am now happily relocated to Santa Rosa, CA (from San Francisco).  For those of you not familiar with the area, Santa Rosa is in Sonoma County, about 60 miles north of San the wine country.  It will be three weeks tomorrow since the move.  So there are still quite a few unpacked boxes lurking about.  But slowly we are getting it done!

And, I now have a nice location available for workshops, so I am now announcing my first work in Santa Rosa:

Zentangle 101......Saturday, January 22nd.....1:30 to 3:30 pm. Location:  The Orchard Clubhouse, at the corner of Orange Blossom Drive and Plum Tree Lane in Santa Rosa, CA.   Please contact me no later than January 14th if you plan to attend.  The workshop fee is $30 and includes all required supplies.  I will also have additional supplies for sale at the end of the workshop.  

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Shaded and Watercolored Posey #1

Lots of needlework preparations going on around here for the last six weeks and next Thursday I leave for 10 days to teach Columbus, Ohio.  But upon my return I will be preparing for a Zentangle workshop....which also means more tangles to post! 
I realized I had not followed up with shading the Posey #1 I posted on August 9th so I have shaded and posted it here along with a watercolor version using Graphitint pencils.  I scanned the original and then placed four of the design on one page of a Word document and printed it out on matte (speckled) cardstock.....a good weight for using a little water. 

There will be a series of "Poseys" so look for a new one by the end of the year. 
There is also a new needlepoint design in the works and I am using several Zentangle patterns as the inspiration for various areas.  That is something I will be working on in October and November so I will post some photo updates.

Enjoy your tangles into next time!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Making time to zentangle

Posey #1

I find time spent tangling is very rewarding so why I am I not finding time on a regular basis?!  Well,  like many of us I have a lots of various things going on..... with deadlines, etc.  So yesterday I made a list of things I like to do to relax and enjoy and then tried my best to assign a "priority" number to each.  No surprises really.....several things I do now, more as a matter of habit, are further down the list than I am determined to change that.  So hopefully you will see more posted here in the future.

Today I posting Posey #1.  It was drawn on a a "Zentangle square"..........and is not shaded.....yet!  I plan to add shading, but also to copy it onto a semi-smooth cardstock and try out some of the new pan pastels as well as watercolor pencils, or Inktense pencils.  I'll post the results later.

Wishing everyone a great week! 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Adding color to Zentangle

As you probably know, a Zentangle is generally created with a fine black Micron pen and possibly some pencil shading.  When something more is added it becomes Zentangle inspired art.  I love all the variations.  But as I work with color, color, color in my needlework designs, I find it hard to not add and then.  So, here are a few I have recently done with colorwash added using Derwent Graphitint Pencils.

Plus a few more "traditional" ones.

Wishing everyone a great July 4th weekend!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Toucan with Shading

Even though it was Father's Day today we made time to do a few tangles.  I added shading to the Toucan (see above) and Ashley tried her hand at a Kingfisher.  We also tried out a few colors from my new set of Graphitint pencils by Derwent......such fun!  The softness of the colors we look well with a Zentangle and don't tend to overshadow the design.  Planning on doing more with the Graphitints and will post some photos later in the week. 

Have a good week and happy tangling.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Toucan Zentangle

I love to incorporate flowers and animals in my needlework designs, so I decided to play around with tangling a Toucan!  In an effort to keep it simple, my original drawing was greatly simplified as my tendency is to be to "fussy".  There is no shading in the this first one.....something to try out tomorrow.  But I think it will be fun to draw again....with all new patterns.   Next up, a flamingo or an ostrich?

Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Tangle day

My daughter, Ashley, and I had a fun day....I introduced her to Zentangle.   We watched the DVD and then listened to the Spirit Wind by Rick Roberts while we did tangles.  She got really into it and created five.  Now she has gone home with plans to introduce this creative and relaxing form of drawing to her friend.   

I had a chance to do a few myself while she was involved with hers and have posted my favorite.  The tangle on the far right (above) was created by my friend Barbara Allen while we were at the recent CZT training, but I am uncertain of the name she has chosen for it. 

I am leaving Wednesday on a needlework teaching trip and plan to take my Zentangle travel kit along.  It is much easier to work on a tangle than take the 16" X 18" current needlework project along!  So, I hope to have something to share when I return in a week.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Certified Zentangle Teacher

I have recently returned from Whitinsville, MA, where I attended the Certified Zentangle Teacher seminar.  Such a wonderful three days! We practiced our tangles, exchanged ideas, and learned fun and engaging ways to present Zentangle workshops....and more.  
 This is my very first Zentangle!

Two recent tangles!
In this and future posts I will talk about new tangles and coming events and show new tangles and ideas as they occur.  Please ask questions or leave comments anytime.  Soon I will be adding a page about Zentangle workshops, but until then, email me at, for further information.

Please visit again soon.

Terry Dryden, CZT