Gratitude & Great Company

Aloha tangle friends ~ with the latest group of Certified Zentangle Teachers just graduated (CZT #12) I wanted to say WELCOME to a wonderfully talented group of teachers, artists and creators of all flavors. I’m honored to be in the company of such a diverse and gifted tribe!

I was so thrilled to receive my copy of The Beauty of Zentangle—Inspirational Examples from 137 Gifted Tangle Artists Worldwide. I had waited a long time in anticipation for this book, knowing it was going to be gorgeous. Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT did a wonderful job compiling the examples and laying out the pages. Mahalo, ladies!

I am humbled and grateful to have two pieces of my artwork in this book, alongside amazing tangle artists from all over the world! There is so much inspiration in these pages and I am motivated to try new techniques as my tangle repertoire evolves.

The Beauty Of Zentangle

The Beauty of Zentangle, “Peace in the World” on page 45

The Beauty Of Zentangle

The Beauty of Zentange, “Twirling” on page 157

Taking my own advice and MAKING TIME FOR MY ART!

New-ish… tangling on koa leaves. Play that feeds my soul. :)

Hazy Shade of Winter

I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like a hermit for the past month or so… the energies have been swirling, rain and wind howling, and I’ve just wanted to curl up somewhere… like a seed in the ground waiting to emerge. Thankfully, I feel like things are starting to get lighter… of course the return of sunshine has helped! Time to bloom! :)

I’m so grateful for the CZTs, crafters and hobbyists who have given me such positive feedback and encouragement in my Zentangle endeavors. In return, I’d like to share something sweet with you… a book that has nourished my hermiting soul during the hazy shade of “winter” in Hawaii…

I recently purchased Cris Letourneau’s workbook, Made in the Shade ($15.99 on Amazon). It’s all about shading your Zentangle art! This is indeed a workbook—with step-by-step techniques and suggested projects to practice with. I love the Shading Playground in Chapter 6!

The book is entirely black and white, allowing the most basic shading techniques be clearly demonstrated—no distractions. Cris takes the reader through simple shapes, to more complex and even tangle-specific shading options with ease. I gobbled this book up in a few hours—tangling supplies in hand—exploring new techniques and refining ones I’d learned years ago!

If you’re interested in learning more about shading your Zentangle art, this book is for you!

In my previous post, I mentioned that KalaDalas Stencils for wet media (in vinyl) were coming. Well, they’re available now on my Etsy shop!
***CZTs, if you’re going to the upcoming Tangle U 2013 workshop, there are KalaDalas stencils for door prizes so check ’em out!***

Zentangle Classes forming in Hilo for March! Get started with The Basics on Saturday, March 9th at Hairy Monkey Books. Click here for more information.

Free photo printing from your iPhone or iPad!

CreativePro is a great resource for designers and creatives in any medium. In this week’s CreativeProse ezine, I found a gem of a deal on photo prints… up to 1000 free 4 x 6 photo prints per year from your iPhone or iPad! I encourage you to make time for your ART and this is a great way to share the love… <3

FreePrints by PhotoAffections is a free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, that allows you to order up to 85 free 4×6 photo prints per month.

Just a few ideas: Print photos or scans of your Zentangle pieces as promos, print Instagram photos for framing or use in art journal pages (square prints available), or take advantage of the deal for printing holiday photos.

I can hear the gears turning, tanglers! If this sparks a creative idea in you today, my work here is done. Aloha for now!


A gift of HOPE

Recently I had the honor of illustrating a wedding gift for a friend of a friend. The recipient is a children’t grief counselor and the group presenting the gift performs puppet shows for kids about loss and  the grieving process. Very special individuals, indeed. Two of the main characters in the show are an anteater and a rabbit ~ and the theme is Hope.

I began this piece on 11-11-11 as part of my meditation that day, infusing hope and love into each tangled stroke. It is truly a gift from the heart ~ from many hearts ~ to a very special person.


A gift from the heart.