More Fall Inspiration…with leaves! And Free Coloring Page!

This week the Diva (#289) challenged us to include some leaves in our tangles. I went outside, and luckily I’m in Michigan right now, and found some beautifully colored and uniquely-shaped leaves to inspire me.

First, I took some photocopies of these leaves so that I could experiment.

I tangled on color and black-and-white photocopies… The colored ones turned out better I think. Here’s a collage of those:img_20161017_164648

This black and white photo copy worked out well, I tangled in Metallic and Glaze Gelly Rolls from Sakura. I love the stained-glass look achieved in the top left corner!

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I then traced the outlines of a couple of the leaves and used them as a string to tangle within.

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I also attempted to use them with my Yupo paper and alcohol inks…

 

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…it didn’t work but the in-process pictures look pretty neat 🙂

 

This challenge (combined with some insomnia) also inspired me to work with more floral and organic tangles and doodles…which led to me starting a new coloring book. I was “adult coloring” long before the fad set in, and coloring is what led me to Zentangle, so I still hold it near and dear to my heart. I also love that tangling has given me the courage to try my hand at designing and drawing my own coloring books. I have one in my Etsy store already, and now I have two more in the works.

 

Here’s an example of one page, feel free to download it, print it, and color it. Please don’t redistribute, but share a link to this post with your friends and share your colored masterpiece by posting it on Instagram and tag me @zenandzin_czt or post onto my Facebook page to share! Or, post on your own blog and comment with a link back here! 🙂 I just want to see what everyone comes up with!

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Cheers!!

 

Sarah, CZT, Zen and Zin

 

You Know It’s Fall When….

I have been working on getting involved in different weekly challenges, it helps me focus on patterns I may not otherwise choose on my own and helps me get involved in the Zentangle community. I am a bit of an introvert, so it is all too easy for me to stay in my comfort zone of alone-ness. This week there have been two challenges, The Diva’s challenge of Guordgeous and the Facebook Square One group’s Antique focus.

Guordgeous just has fall written all over it. It’s so guord-y and pumpkin-y, it’s quite lovely this time of year. And for some reason this pattern as alway eluded me… I can never quite seem to get the hang of it, so I will continue to focus on it for the rest of the month and see if I can grow to love it.

Antique is another pattern that is beautiful, I tend to stay away from the less-than-abstract patterns, but this one is fun and works well as an autumny tangle.

 

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Scallamp Step-Out and Deconstruction

Hi, friends!!

Here is the deconstruction/step-out of my pattern “Scallamp.” I’ve also included a video I shot of myself tangling this pattern with some filler possibilities! Leave a comment to let me know what you think and if you have any questions!

Scallamp was inspired by a lamp I had from Ikea. It tall and had a paper shade with papier-mache-like strips spiraling around it and vertically. It was pretty trippy! It took me a year of playing with the lines and curves to come up with something that was easily repeatable and met a lot of the requirements for a tangle pattern.

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Always Learning and Growing!

As a Certified Zentangle Teacher I am constantly learning new patterns and techniques to bring to you, my students! This week I was introduced to a lovely new pattern and I have been obsessed with it. To boot, it was also part of The Diva’s Weekly Challenge. I have not participated in The Diva’s Challenge, something has always come up or I’ve been distracted, so I am really excited to participate this week!

I encourage you to check out her blog, she’s pretty amazing 😉

So, here’s what I’ve been working on for Weekly Challenge #287

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I am really excited about this pattern and its applications. For those of you in my Alumni group on Facebook, be expecting some new videos coming your way showing you how to use this pattern and how to fill it!

You can find stepouts to Dreamcatcher by CZT Daniel L. here

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Until next time!

Keep calm and Tangle On!

Sarah, CZT, Zen and Zin

What’s So Great About a Certified Zentangle Teacher Anyway?

As you peruse this website and my social media posts, you may start to ask yourself, Why Zentangle®? You may wonder why not hundreds, but thousands of people are so drawn to this method, this art form. And why do so many choose to learn from a Certified Zentangle Teacher. I mean, it’s just doodles and lines and circles, right? Right.

RIGHT!

The simplicity behind the Zentangle® method* is what makes it so great. And once you start you realize it’s not JUST doodles, but intentional strokes of the pen, it all starts to make sense. It is abstract, too, so you don’t have to worry about making things right or perfect. It’s all about the process.

So, why do you need to learn from a Certified Zentangle Teacher, like me? You don’t. There are tons of wonderful books, blogs, and Facebook Groups to help you learn on your own. But, I can nearly guarantee you won’t enjoy learning alone as much as you will with a CZT and with your closest friends. There is camaraderie that takes place when you learn with your friends and develop new skills together. And the CZT is there to help guide you and encourage you along the way. I designed Zen and Zin Parties so that you could experience the learning of Zentangle n the privacy and comfort of tor home and with your favorite people. It is just that much more fun!

So, why am I writing this?

It’s been a rough week for me. I’ve been uninspired, unmotivated, and even a little stubborn against trying to get out of my own funk. I couldn’t find it in me to do ANYTHING-no tangling, no journaling, not even coloring. And then someone sent me a picture of what they did this week in their weekly get-together. Beautiful tangles. I could see the passion coming through in their strokes and I was excited and inspired again, because I had a part in their journey.

It brings me joy to see my “alumni” get together after the party has ended to continue to learn and grow together. I get to see friendships strengthen, confidences grow, and creativity blossom over and over and over again. How cool is that?

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As a CZT I am here to help you learn and grow. And I am learning and growing right long side you. Even though I am “certified” it doesn’t mean I’m perfect, knowing all the names of patterns or how to do them. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have bad days or that I am always happy with the results of my tangling, regardless of how great the process was. It doesn’t even mean I get every stroke right or can teach anyone better than another CZT or better than they can each themselves. It does mean, however, that I am committed to learning, to growing, to making mistakes, and to help you do the same!

So, come learn with me and enjoy the world of Zentangle!

Cheers!

Sarah, CZT

*The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. “Zentangle” is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.