Sonntag, 9. September 2018

Happy Tangling in Dresden

Last weekend we run two Zentangle classes in Dresden - a basic and an advanced class.
We had a lot of fun together and I am proud of my students and their results.
The motto of the advanced class was Shading and Tangle enhancers.
Embedded Letters are full of tangle enhancers:

Letzte Woche fanden zwei Zentangle Kurse (Basic und Fortschritt) in Dresden bei SimTangle statt.
Irgendwie hat es mir nach der Sommerpause richtig gut getan!

Wir hatten viel Spaß zusammen und ich bin stolz auf die Ergebnisse meiner Schüler.
Das Thema des Fortschrittkurses war Schattierungen und Tangle- Schmuck.
Bei "Embedded Letters" (eingebettete Buchstaben) kommt eine Menge von Tangle-Schmuck zur Anwendung:

These are some shading exercises of the tangles Flukes and Munchin:
Hier ein paar Schattier- Übungen mit Munchin und Flukes:

Shading / highlighting and Tangle enhancers on a renaissance tile:
Schattierungen/ Highlights und Tangleschmuck auf einer Renaissance- Kachel:

The beautiful results of my basic class:
Das sind die wunderbaren Ergebnisse des Basiskurses vom Freitag:

My Sunday tangle using "Poa" (Marion Kreuzweg), MySwing(mine) and HennaDrum (Jane MacKugler), inspired by Anya Ipsen:
Und das war eine Sonntags- Rangelei, inspiriert vom letzten Wochenende mit Anya und Sabrina hier in Dresden.

Freitag, 7. September 2018

The DIVA ist back - DC#365 , and much more

DIVA Challenge #365

I was happy to see that the DIVA challenge is back!
The DIVA needed a recreation break and I am sure many of us missed her weekly challenges. 
Sometimes it is good to pause for a while - the better is the restart ;-))

For this week we re challenged to do a tile with the "basic" tangles, in basic style- only black on white tile.
I used Crescent Moon, Shattuck, Hollibaugh (wonky) and Tipple.
For the preparation of my basic classes as a CZT I often draw tiles with only these few basic tangles and I show the students the possibilities to draw lots of different tiles with the same three or four tangles.
Thank you, Laura, for the continuation of your weekly challenge and for this lovely start

 Tangle Mosaic Project #14 

As every time I took part to the 14th Tangle Mosaic Project which is run by Annette (aka Lonetta).
I love this project and I am proud to be part of it. The whole mosaic of all participants you can see here on Annettes Blog. These are my tiles and small mosaics of my tiles, provided by Annette for each participant. Isn't it lovely?

Start in the new Zentangle Class season with SimTangle

Last weekend I opened the new Season of Zentangle Classes in Dresden. It is my second year as CZT. I am proud of the results of the last year and we celebrated it together with students of the last year and new students who are interested to learn Zentangle.

During the event I was accompanied by my lovely CZT friends Sabrina Stein ( and Anya Ipsen (Sutsche Tangeleien). I was so happy to have them here!

    I was surprised by a gift of four ladies who attend many of my classes and who are very loyal students. They tangled a couple of espresso cups and one of them was a gift for me. Can you imagine my pleasure?

During this event we did not only eat, drink, chatter and laugh, but we also made a little Zentangle Mosaic Project with 3Z tiles.

I prepared the strings on the 3Z tiles and a sampler of some fragments. All students tangled a tile and Anya&Sabrina created and framed some mosaics. We raffled them at the end.

CZT Mosaic

The next day we three CZT (Sabrina, Anya and me) had beautiful tangling time together.
We dealt with "hidden tangles" - these are official Zentangle patterns which are not well known.
We created a mosaic of four tile with the tangles Orlique, Vermal and Pinch. This is one version of the mosaic:

Some more tangles - just for fun! 

MySwing (mytangle) with Echoism , Nzeppel and Areal (all Zentangle)

A bijou mono tangle with Tristar (Anya Ipsen)

Variation of Poa (Marion Kreuzweg) with Tripoli (Zentangle)

Samstag, 11. August 2018

Tangling during a hot and dry summer

Some weeks left after our beautiful and relaxing summer holidays.
From this time we had a very unusual dry and hot summer here in Germany and I often had the discussion if this weather is good or bad weather??

Well - as we can not change it we need to cope with the heat and enjoy the warm summer evenings and nights...

I spent some time with the preparation of my next Zentangle classes - I am looking forward to start the new season of teaching Zentangle.
For August, 31th, I plan an opening class with my students- I hope that many of them will follow my invitation.
(Details of the event are published on my website )

Attached I show you some of the "spare time tangles" of the last few weeks:
First of all three pages from my TD calendar:

These are some tangles with the colors of the heat:

A few weeks ago, I found a very simple, but great string technique on a blogpost by Ria Mattheussen.
Thank you, Ria - here is my first try of it:

The next two are exercises, inspired by other anglers who I follow on instagram or facebook.

inspired by "Line Meditation by Ginny Lockhart CZT15"

"Embedded letters" , inspired by Nadine Roller CZT and Melanie Bartsch CZT
This is a little sampler of rectangular fragments - just for fun... need it for my next project.

And last not least this tile which I drew during an open air piano concert near the "Japanisches Palais" in Dresden. The little charming festival is called "Palaissommer". There are lots of activities and concerts, free of charge in a very "cool" atmosphere. On the Foto below you see the Palais, illuminated at night

Japanisches Palais, Dresden, during the "Palaissommer"

and on the opposite the scene of the old city of Dresden at the river Elbe. It is sooo beautiful here!

Dienstag, 3. Juli 2018

Summer Holidays : Beach, Sun and Zentangle ....

This is a blogpost from the "Toppen of Danmark" - North of Jytland, where I spend my holidays with my family in a beautiful cottage while we have the best summer weather you could imagine.

It is a time full of releaxing, walking, cycling, swimming, tangling and watching the games of the FIFA World Cup.

Danmark and Iceland unfortunately already left the competition, but today our hearts are beating for England.
Congratulations to Sweden for reaching the quarter final!
Of course: Dynamo Dresden forever...
This is a tangle on an ecodyed tile, I drew Molygon as a reticulum and filled with some fragments 
My contribution to Adele Bruno`s IAST#249 : Ecodyed tile with Abeko and DivaDance

A beautiful variation to Icanthis is "Icantoo" , presented by Hanny Nura

Some days ago Diana Schreur posted a tangelation of "Eaxy" : Isn`t ist stunning, how different the same tangle can look?

I tangeled this as a frame for any certificate, Zentangle Class vouchers ... Love it!

Last friday I realized, that my tangle "MySwing" is the focus tangle in the Faceboog group "Square One: Purely Zentangle"
I am very proud of it an I am so happy to see all the tangles from various rtists with my pattern. While I stuck a bit in my own version I can see now so many different interpretations- I am so grateful for this experience! My great thank you to  all of you who give MySwing a try! You are beautiful!
This is my MySwing tile this week

tangled on the beach- the waves are leaking it away...
Paradox awaiting the sunset ...

After the sunset ...

I wish all my blog readers a beautiful summer and a relaxing time.
For all who live south the equator .... I assume it is not really as winterly as we are used to in Europe ;-))

Sonntag, 17. Juni 2018

Sommer-Sonne- Zentangle und Fußball! Summer-Sun-Zentangle and the FIFA World Cup...

I am so proud to show you a report which has been published in the German Journal "bella (Nr.25)" this week.
The editor of this report has attended a Zentangle Class in January and she was so impressed by Zentangle that she decided to write this report. Thank you!!

Some days ago I contributed to Adele Bruno's IAST Challenge. The theme was Helen William`s tangle "String Grid" - I love it!

Yesterday I read the latest post by the DIVA here on her blog.
I was deeply impressed by her words and I can underline every word she wrote. Thank you Laura, for your brave words and for this post. I am sorry that my English skills do not allow to express my thoughts exactly but I hope you can understand it well.
I also felt sometimes that we have instantly some stress... even when we do our beloved hobby. 
We do not only draw- this is fun! We post and blog and comment each other...
At the beginning ogf my Zentangle Journey I loved to do this every day, but now I realize a lot of "administrative work" around the drawing. 
Even though I love to be a part of the Zentangle family with all the aprreciation I decided to reduce the blogging and commenting to a lover level. I am sorry for that but I hope you all will understand.

I wish you, Laura all the Best. 
You are such a powerful wife, mother , artist .... and sometimes it is to much for one person. I very much appreciate your blog and all your activities around it, the challenge...

Take you time as much as you need! We will miss your weelkly challenge but I will wait patiently until you feel fit for it again. It should not be  "work"...

Today I finished my Zentangle Project Pack#3 tile. I decided to use an Opus tile which is sized 3x3 "normal" tiles.
I am not so very satisfied by the result, but I show it here. I feel it is not complete yet, but I don`t fell like continueing. 

Some days ago I read an article about ecodyeing. I was so interested that I immediately started a first attempt, very easily. Some sheets of Fabriano paper, layered with onion shells, some plant parts and pressed them together. Then I cooked in boiling red tea (fruit tea). Look at the results- arn`t they stunning?! I am sure to play with this method again someday.

This is a real "relaxation" tile: 
Using only Well as a fragment in a rectangular grid... without any tangelations, on a ATC card.

Last not least I attach a little tangle on one of the ecodyed papers:
A tangle, which I dedicate to the match of the German Soccer team which is going to play it`s first match in the Fifa World Cup 2018 this afternoon.
This is my contribution to a successful match ... (hopefully! :-)

This summer is so beutiful this year- the nature shows uns some of it`s perfection: