Summer is winding down…

Ha! As soon as I said I might start blogging on the reg, I should have known that was a lie. Summer is now winding down, and it’s my favorite time of the year: fall! and my birthday! At the beginning of summer I started a new job. It occurred right after my last post and it’s been a whirlwind summer ever since! I’ve actually been working two jobs as I stuck around and helped my old employer out while they found a replacement. I love my new job and everyone there is amazing. I hope to stick with them a long time and grow in my adult education background.

I’ve also had a lot of fun this summer. Ted and I took a bus down to Chicago and had some amazing deep dish pizza followed by a trip to WNDR museum – super fun and super Instagrammable. My mom came to visit, which was so wonderful and so needed! We went kayaking, which I’ve never done before but can’t wait to do again! I showed mom around Madison…now I’m looking forward to my BFF’s visit next week for my birthday! I love my birthday, and even more so here in Wisconsin because the weather is always amazing — not hot like it was growing up in Phoenix! We’ll get some kayaking in as well as a little Ice Age Trail light hike, eat some good food, and catch up!

I have been working on another Skillshare class the past few weeks. Since I’ve been working with auras so much in my practice recently, I figured I might as well find a way to share my approach with the world! It’s funny timing, too, because Zentangle HQ also released their Project Pack series that featured a lot of auras. I find it curious how so many tanglers seem to be on the same creative wavelength. If you haven’t checked out Zentangle’s videos yet, I highly recommend them!

If you’ve followed me on Instagram you’ve seen me playing with a lot of fun art supplies and techniques. I recently picked up Blackest Black acrylic paint from Culture Hustle and it’s gloriously black (read the amazing back story to this pigment here). I painted a canvas with it and I am currently working on tangling over it in white with one of my fountain pens. I was really excited to discover a white fountain pen ink, and I think it’s really going to increase my white on black tangling productivity–as well as help me reach my goal of using all/mostly sustainable and renewable art supplies, one less thing to throw in the garbage! And, it’s going to look awesome! I haven’t decided yet if I will sell it or keep it, I guess it depends on how it actually turns out!

So, as summer comes to a close, keep a look out for my next Skillshare class! It’s going to be thorough and include several different completed tiles. I’ll also start working on my next class – white on black!

A peek at my upcoming Skillshare Class

I have received a few reviews on my older Skillshare classes that have mentioned the video and audio quality. It’s been something I have wanted to go back and change for a long time, and as time goes by I think it becomes a more glaring issue… but that happens when technology is constantly updating! So, I have high hopes too for going back and updating my older classes over the next few months so that the videos are shot with more modern technology šŸ™‚

Until next time!

Tangle.Sip.Repeat.

-Sarah

It’s been awhile…Updates and New Class!

So, it’s been a hot minute since I updated my blog. The last year has been, to say the least….interesting. A little bit of a dark period for me, if I’m honest. But, I feel like I’m coming out of the tunnel now. I’m refocusing and getting my ducks back into a row, even if that row is a little uneven and chaotic still.

Good news is, I just hit the publish button on my new Skillshare class! This one is a lot of fun and I put a lot of work into it, so I hope you like it.

Can you do me a favor and check this class out? It would be most helpful to make sure this class gets off the ground as soon as possible. I’ve included a link here, so the first 25 people can access the class for completely free! Once you’ve watched the class, if you could give it a thumbs up and maybe even a review to let me know what you think? It would be immensely helpful! And, you’ll have fun doing it! Click here to access the class

This class is the first in a series I’ve dubbed “Becoming a Confident Tangler.” I want to share my “wisdom” with you about tangling and getting to a point where you feel comfortable tangling on your own. In the past I’ve always said that practice is key when it comes to ZentangleĀ®, but I know that just doesn’t cut it for most people. So, here’s to making something tangible to help you become confident and independent!

So even though it’s been a rough year, it hasn’t stopped me from tangling and drawing. I’ve been really inspired by Peter Draws in the past few months, and his style has helped me realize a few things about my own style and what I enjoy most about different patterns and how I compose my artwork.

Enoying a cold brew and tangles/doodles at Barrique’s

I’ve also been thinking about ways I can reduce waste. I use a LOT of paper and pens and other art supplies. But I thoroughly enjoy the tactile aspects of pen and paper, so I’ve been researching and trying to find ways I can use traditional art supplies with less waste (without going digital).

What I’ve found so far, and it’s become a bit of an obsession now, is fountain pens! Infinitely reusable, with infinite ink possibilities. Many pens are pieces of art themselves (most are WAYYYY out of my budget, too!), and the inks are gorgeous. The pen in the picture above I was able to purchase used (reduce! reuse! recycle!). I’ll share more of my fountain pen finds in future posts, too. I also found an option to replace white gel pens, which I love to use on black paper, and this is the Isograph pens. They have a white ink that is really lovely and you can achieve super fine lines. A little expensive at first, and a bit of maintenance is required. But, a great way to reduce waste!

I’ll update more in the next few weeks. Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to read this! I hope you enjoy the new class, and if you have any requests/suggestions for my future classes, please drop me a line!

Take care!

Sarah