Sunday, October 19, 2014

"'Tis almost the season" holiday book sale

I know, I know, October is only a little over half gone and the Halloween activities haven't ceased yet. But thinking ahead, for Zentangle® fans, I've got a sale coming up just in time for the holidays.

Option 1 - Purchase $40-$65 of Zentangle®-branded products and receive 25% off on your choice of one of the following books to keep for yourself or give as a gift.

Option 2 - Purchase over $65 of Zentangle-branded products and receive 30% off on your choice of TWO of the following books. (Note: that my book prices are already competitive with a certain on-line retailer, so this is a good deal.)

Books available for this sale include:
  • "Totally Tangled" by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, CZT
  • "Yoga for Your Brain" by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, CZT
  • "Zentangle Untangled" by Kass Hall
  • "Zenspirations Letters & Patterning" by Joanne Fink
  • "Time to Tangle with Colors" by Marie Browning, CZT
  • "The Joy of Zentangle" featuring CZT artists Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning
  • "Zenspirations Dangle Designs" by Joanne Fink
  • "Zentangle for Kids - A Comic Guide with Alex and Lilah" by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, CZT
  • "The Beauty of Zentangle - Inspirational Examples from 137 Tangle Artists Worldwide" by Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT
  • "The Art of Zentangle - 50 Inspiring drawings, designs & ideas for the meditative artist" featuring the work of CZTs Penny Raile, Norma J. Burnell, Margaret Bremner, and Lara Williams 
Supplies are limited, so shop early for your first choice(s). Sale runs through Thanksgiving weekend and is valid only in Washington state. Sales credit does not include sales tax. Purchase either in person, at a class, or contact me to make other arrangements.

Gift certificates for classes or supplies are always available.

Made in the Shade coming up this Saturday!

I have a single, unexpected opening for Beyond the Basics - Made in the Shade class this Saturday, October 25th from 1 to 3 pm. Would you like to add to your tangle knowledge with our class?

Details... 101 Basics is the only prerequisite. Focuses on shading tools and options. Class fee of $50 includes supplies AND your own copy of the excellent resource "Made in the Shade" book by Cris Latourneau. (If you already have a copy of the book, just let me know, and I'll adjust your fee.) If you would like to snag the remaining seat, register today!

Contact me at arupley55 (at) gmail (dot) com for more information or to register.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I Bijou! Do you Bijou?

Have you met Bijou, the newest member of the Zentangle® family? Here's a peak to enjoy.  Introducing Bijou!

And watch Bijou tangle...

If you would like to tangle a la Bijou, I've got tins of darling Bijou tiles available. The tiles are the same wonderful Fabriano Tiepolo paper used for the original Zentangle tiles. Love the feel of this paper, and the way the pigment ink flows so nicely onto it from the Sakura Pigma Micron pens.

(And in case you are wondering, this little French one's name is pronounced "Bee-joooo.")

Z'Art to me!

Have you ever wanted to draw or paint or create, but felt intimidated by what others might think of your art? I've felt that way. I don't have an art degree, can't seem to remember all of the principles of composition and design, and have a day job that limits the time I have to exercise my artistic creativity.

But I find beauty, joy, and appreciation in a wide variety of visual treats. Something as simple as new crayons, with their unused points still sharp and colors spilling out of the box, lifts my spirits and makes me feel like a kid again. A well-composed photograph of a gorgeous sunset over the Cascade Mountains or Puget Sound, with myriad colors splashed across a cloud-streaked sky like a bucket of paint, gives me a sense of wonder and awe. The feel of an artisan pottery mug in my hand, sturdy, solid, and well-balanced, makes my morning tea or coffee a particularly comforting experience.

A unique Christmas ornament fashioned from a juice can lid, some red lace, and a miniature photo of a small child, glued together with love, if not precision, is art in my book. No, it won't win critical acclaim, but it is from the heart. I think all art comes from the heart, and I think it's important for us to express our art, to let it out, whatever form it takes.

To me, art is all about the emotions that it evokes in both those who create it and those who view it. Regardless of whether or not it always appeals to my particular preferences, I appreciate the effort and emotion that each artist puts into her or his creations, and I try to look with non-judgmental eyes. I hope that others will do the same for you and for me, and that we will each dare to express the art inside us.

Whatever the media, whatever the skill level, if it comes from the heart, it's art to me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Woohoo! Sign up for Zentangle® classes for summer and early fall!

Time to register for a new round of Zentangle® classes! Come and join the fun. Discover your inner artist while increasing your focus. If you are already an artsy person, add Zentangle to your creative tool box. And remember, "anything is possible... one stroke at a time."™  
  • All classes listed here are on Saturdays in Woodinville, WA, from 1 to 3 pm unless otherwise noted.
  • All classes are $35 each (unless otherwise noted), which includes supplies for the class.
The 101 Basics class is the prerequisite for any/all of the Beyond the Basics classes. The BTB classes are all independent and have no additional prereqs. So you can pick and choose from what piques your interest.

July 12101 Basics - Learn basics including how to start, what materials to use, the philosophy behind the method, and official patterns to tangle.

July 19 - Beyond the Basics - "On the Grid" - Concentrates on a variety of grid-based tangles to add to your tangle repertoire and how to play with your grids. By the way, if you think Knightsbridge is too simple a tangle to be interesting, join me for this class and I bet you'll change your mind!

August 9 - 101 Basics 

August 16 - Beyond the Basics - "White on Black" - Explore tangling beyond the basics with white tools on black tiles. Create some striking results with this "reverse" tangling!

September 20 - 101 Basics 

September 27 - Beyond the Basics - "Grow an Organic Tangle Garden" -  **1 to 4 pm - $45 - This 3-hour class includes an opportunity to learn several "organic" tangles and then plant your own tangle garden. This class runs a little longer so that you can increase your repertoire of organic tangles, and still have time to grow your garden.

October 18 - 101 Basics 

October 25 - Beyond the Basics - "Made to Shade" -  **$50, includes supplies and your own copy of "Made in the Shade" book by Cris Letourneau - Focuses on shading tools and options.
Contact me at to let me know which classes you would like to attend!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Your tangles are just "Made to Shade"

See what you can do with shading on your tangles! Add depth and highlight without having to worry about doing it "right." My students have heard me say over and over, "there are no mistakes in Zentangle®, only opportunities," and I mean it!

The "Made to Shade" Beyond the Basics class is coming up on May 31, 1 to 3 pm, in Woodinville, WA. Class fee is $50, which includes supplies AND your own copy of the "Made in the Shade" workbook by Cris Letourneau, which goes home with you for additional practice and as a reference tool.

Limited seating. Zentangle® 101 Basics class is only prerequisite. Contact me at arupley55 (at) gmail (dot) com. Remember... "Anything is possible...One stroke at a time."™ And you, too, can do this and be successful.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Start somewhere and just tangle!

Interested in Zentangle® and wondering where to start? Feeling a little intimidated? My best advice is to sign up for a class with a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), whether me or someone else, and just start. I recently received a reminder about how important it is to just start and try, which, of course, applies to many life experiences as well as to tangling.

Last week I returned from attending a fantastic continuing education event for CZTs in Portland, Maine. I traveled across the continent and met up with CZTs from, literally, around the world, including South Africa, Belgium, Netherlands, Taiwan, Canada, and several from Australia. This terrific 4-day learning experience included technique and project classes from the likes of Marie Browning, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, Beckah Krahula, Suzanne McNeill, and several other talented CZTs.

While I received an excellent grounding in the Zentangle® method and how to share it when certified by originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, there's always more to learn. And the more I learn, the more I can bring to my students. (That's the reason I took time to attend continuing ed classes in Northampton, MA, in 2013, as well as the Portland adventure this year.)

Even when one theoretically knows what she is doing, trying something new can be a bit challenging. Learning from such stellar and well-known teachers was a great opportunity, and yet at little intimidating at the same time. What if I couldn't "get it"? How was I going to make something as cool as they did?

Then I reminded myself that the Zentangle method is all about process, and we let the results take care of themselves. While we were doing things I'd not tried before, and I made a few missteps along the way, in the end I learned a lot, felt good about it, and was successful because I tried.

So... Let's tangle together. If you aren't in my area, but want to find a teacher near you, consult the website under the "Learn" option to see the long list of teachers all over the world. If you are having trouble finding your best option, let me know, and I'll help you.

Remember, you CAN do this because "anything is possible, one stroke at a time."™ Take a deep breath, start somewhere, and just tangle!