Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Meanwhile... Back at the Master Class...

Yes, it's a little late, but I finally took some quick pics of what I created at the Zentangle Master Class in Newport, RI in August. I really loved working on the illuminated letter. I did a "Bee" for Bartholomew and, of course, for "Beez Ink Studio".  It took FOREVER to fill in all the sections two days, plus I stayed up until 2am the last night) - this piece is about 13" wide and twice that tall. We were to color in our central letter section with tasteful, muted shades of watercolors... I'm not very good at "tasteful." I like bright and juicy, so I used my Inktense pencils and I really love the way it turned out.
The second piece was even larger, but our tangles were drawn bigger too. I love doing highlights and shadows, so this was a blast. Though I didn't actually... like... my piece until I added the little pile of Jetties at the bottom and the few slipping out of the main design. I think it is my illustrator's nature to need some kind of a "story." Speaking of stories, if you ever get a chance to talk with Rick or Maria, be sure to ask them where the name "Jetties" comes from! You will be very amused.

Yes, it does rather look like a shopping cart! (Unintentional).
Close up detail of Jetties pile

If you are sorry that you couldn't be at the workshop, you are in luck! Suzanne McNeil (from Design Originals) made an incredible video (actually 2 parts) that she posted on YouTube. I'm interviewed in Part A. Most of us spent a few hours being terrified to appear on camera for a few minutes. :-) Yes, I am camera shy. Oh and be sure to watch Part B too as there are lots of actual demos on how to draw some new Tangles, done by the CZTs. If you watch the videos in a hot, humid room, it will feel like you were actually there with us! But seriously, if they offer this Master Class next year, SIGN up ASAP! (Unless you are a "traditionalist" Zentangle fanatic. In which case you would hate it. Tee hee).


  1. I watched the video! oh my, I wish was there. What type of paper did you use for the sepia work? I just love all the highlight and shading also.

  2. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pieces from the Master Class. It was a great experience - especially meeting so many of our on-line friends for the first time. I especially love the tangle on the edges of your work, the rope-like one is the perfect 'frame'.
    Best regards
    Bette Abdu, CZT and Master Class attendee

  3. Absolutely stunning and what an inspiration! Thank you thank you!

  4. Both of these pieces are so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing. The master class video was awesome. What a experience for all of you!

  5. The paper we used was lokta paper. It's a beautiful, handmade paper from Thailand I think? It's the same as the paper that is now used on the green Zentangle Kits. It comes in different colors and has a beautiful deckley edge. If you want to see what others at the workshop did with their pieces look here:

  6. Gorgeous, Gorgeous Gorgeous!!! I am new to Zentangles, but love it!!This is great work.I love the white highlights!!Oh the possibilities!!!



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