Keystone – a new tangle

Keystone – a new tangle

Hope all is well with everyone, this week before Thanksgiving (in the US). A lot has been going on lately: just finished one art show last weekend, one more to go this weekend.  If you live in the Albuquerque area, please come and see me, my sister, and some other wonderful artists at Christmas at Clear Light in Placitas, just north of Albuquerque. It’s exit 242 off of I-25, east 7 miles and on the right.  Follow the red signs and you can’t miss us.  There are other shows going on as well, so keep going past them (check them out on the way back), until you reach Clear Light Cedar Co.

So on to the post. I created a tangle called KEYSTONE and have posted the step outs below. It’s a pretty easy one, but seems to me that it lends itself to many variations. So please enhance at will.  I found the basic pattern on a bedspread at a friend’s house. There were many patterns in rows on this throw, but this one called out to be ‘deconstructed’ and turned into a tangle pattern.  Hope you enjoy it, I’d love to see what you do with it.

Here’s the pdf file if you want to download it. . . keystone


Classes with Suzanne McNeill, a “RAZ” and NEW CLASSES!

Classes with Suzanne McNeill, a “RAZ” and NEW CLASSES!

Just a quick post. . . my sister and I spent last Friday in Santa Fe at the Artisan’s Expo at Buffalo Thunder resort.  We took two wonderful classes with Suzanne McNeill, one on Zentangle of course, and one on patina finishes on different medium.  As always, her classes are so much fun.

Zentangle at Artisan Expo

Zentangle class with Suzanne McNeill (center), Karin Tarter (right)

We made a cute little patina sampler book in the second class:

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We didn’t have time to finish these little sample books, the class was only 3 hours. . . but we learned a lot about how patina works on cloth, papers, floor cloth, copper.  Think we’ll be incorporating some of these finishes in our artwork.

We had lunch before we came home from Santa Fe at Tia Sophias, just off the plaza.  I had purchased a clear glitter gelly roll pen and some end cut card stock at Guadaloupe Fun Rubber Stamps store around the corner and just had to play with them at lunch.  I left it there as my first Random Act of Zentangle.  Hope someone found it and enjoys it. . .


RAZ with mooka, printemps, tipple and a bijou


We visited with Lee Kellogg at Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe and it looks like we’ll be teaching some Zentangle classes there! We’re very excited about this.  The first will probably be on December 6, a ZT101class in the morning and ZT201 in the afternoon.

The great people at Bob’s Sewing and Vacuum is again letting us use their wonderful classroom for our ZT501-Organic Tangle Garden class on Saturday Dec. 13.

We’ll be sending out an email update on this and more very soon.

Finally, I’m Back

Finally, I’m Back

After more than a month of not being able to pick up a pen and draw a line. . . I don’t even want to go into why. . . I was able to finish a tile last night.  I’ll post that later, but for now am going to post my entries for the Diva’s Challenge this week: ING, the new tangle from Molly Hollibaugh of Zentangle HQ. It’s a very lovely, easy, and versatile tangle that I just love. It’s my kind of tangle. I did these a while back, before my zentangle ‘vacation':


On a Bijou tile (2″ x 2″), Ing, nipa, zinger, fescue


Ing with various fillers and enhancements, and some bijou


Ok, I’ll post the tiles I did the last couple of nights, not great, but was able to get myself back into drawing.  The first is credited to Margaret Bremner as I was using her step outs to the tangle: wud  and just ended up using a lot of her tangles and style, which I love and wish I could do justice to. She makes everything look so elegant and easy.  The second is just a jumble. . .


starring: knustler, zedbra, coaster, gingham, wud, paradox, sanibel, and a bijou


Tangles: yah, viaduct, flameta, thing in the middle of another thing (I abbreviate it to: titmoat)


Thanks for visiting. Don’t forget to look at the other post for today to see the beautiful tangles that our Zendala class did last Saturday. . .

Any and all comments are greatly appreciated.

New ZT401 Class – Zendalas

New ZT401 Class – Zendalas

We had a wonderful class last Saturday at Michael’s. Four very talented ladies took our Zendala class. We did two Zendalas on pre-strung tiles, one black and one white. Here are the beautiful results:


ZT401 Zendala Tile 1 Prestrung Zendala Tile using: tipple, striping, angelfish, beadlines


ZT401- Tile 2 Prestrung black Zendala tile using: crescent moon, finery, bales (var.), tips, and orbs/tipple

This class was so much fun in spite of the fact that our projector just doesn’t do well in a very well lit room.  So, because of the small classroom and number of tangles, we were able to do the class at each table.  Wish we could do every class that way!

Zentangle 201-small but beautiful

Zentangle 201-small but beautiful

We had a small ZT201 class this weekend, but the results were beautiful! Just look:

We used BtlJoos, cadent, bales, and printemps with enhancements.

We used BtlJoos, cadent, bales, and printemps with enhancements.


And for the second tile:

ZT201-tile #2

zander, purk, flux, mooka and knightsbridge with a dewdrop. Nice!

it is always amazing, no matter how many times, to see the way each person interprets the tangles and instruction. I always come away with new inspiration from my students! Thank you each and every one.

NEW CLASSES are scheduled, so please click on the Classes tab and check out the dates and times.  The next one will be on Zendalas! Attendance is limited to 10 at this one, so . . . sign up early! We will have to consider you signed up and registered when we receive payment.  Thanks for understanding.