Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Someone wanted to know...

I was recently asked if "it was ok" to sign up for the 101 Basics class more than once. The person asking had taken a 101 Basics class a while back and wanted a refresher. She wasn't ready to go on to a Beyond the Basics class, but thought that was required, or at least expected, of her. The short answer is, "Of COURSE it's ok."

I'm here to tell you that the Zentangle® method is all about meeting you where you are, where you want to be right now, without pressure or competition or evaluation. While there are a plethora of directions for you to go with this meditative art form, both in traditionally tangled tiles and in Zentangle-Inspired Art (ZIA), what is most important to me is that you be (or become) comfortable in your tangling at whatever level makes you happy.

So, yes, you can take the 101 Basics class once, twice, or three times if it makes you happy. I do vary the tangles that I teach in the 101 Basics class from time to time, so you may learn another tangle or two if you attend more than once. Or you may just gain confidence and feel more secure after a repeat session.

The written class evaluations I've gotten from past students usually comment on not just the fun they had learning something new, but also in my supportive and reassuring teaching style. I'm here to help you be and feel successful, so feel free to go at your pace, and if it means repeating a class, there's NO stigma or shame, only GREAT fun to be had.

To paraphrase Mr. Spock, in honor of the recently-released Star Trek adventure... "Tangle on and prosper."

Grow an Organic Tangle Garden with me on July 13th!

If you are on the list for my Zentangle® 101 Basics class in July, or have taken a beginning class from me or another Certified Zentangle Teacher in the past, you may want to jump in and "Grow an Organic Tangle Garden" in the Beyond the Basics class on July 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. No Wellington boots, clippers, shovels, or leather gloves required.

We are going to learn how to compose a tangled "garden" using organic tangle patterns. Just as you would plan which plants to place where in a live garden, I'll share some ideas on which tangles work well together in a garden setting. Supplies are included in the class fee of $35. If you are interested, please contact me sooner than later, as space is limited in this Beyond the Basics class.

For questions or to register, email me at arupley55(at) Tangle on!

Waiting list for July 13 101 Basics Class

If you are looking for a 101 Basics class coming up, the next one with available openings is August 10 from 1 to 3 pm in Woodinville. There's been a flurry of interest in the Basics class this month, so there is now a waiting list for that date. As with the July date, class space is limited, so contact me to reserve your space soon. To register, email me at arupley55(at)