Favorite Quotes

Therefore do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. - Jane Austen

If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. -Mary Engelbreit

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Teaching Week One

Between visiting with family and playing/feeding/changing diapers over the Thanksgiving weekend, I tangled a few times. The first one is a prestrung tile.

When I finished the second tile, I did not love how it turned out but the more I look at the picture the more I like it. It is another lesson to not be so critical of myself and just focus on the process. I left it the guest book at a bed and breakfast I stayed at last week.

On my soapbox: If the artistic juices have been encouraged throughout your life, I can see how structured tangles could feel restrictive. I think the structure adds a feeling of security. Plus if someone does not want to follow the method exactly, they do not have to. The corner dots, borders, and strings are optional. Even the tangles are optional. Mindful drawing is the key instead of mindless. Off my soapbox.

This week was my first week teaching at my facility. I work as a Therapist at a adolescent residential facility in my local area. Right now, I am teaching two groups, each 30 minutes once a week. One group is 12, 11-15 year olds and the second is 12, 15-18 year olds. Both groups went fairly well. Some of the girls were just going through the motions but I'd say more than half of each group got into the process. Unfortunately I can't post pictures of the residents' work but I will make a habit of posting my practice pieces to get ready to teach.

 Prior to figuring out what tangles I wanted to teach I did some more practicing:

Throwback project: I made a t-shirt quilt for my husband to sleep with while on his ship. The layers are tied, not quilted together.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve

My CZT business cards came today!

Moo.com is awesome. The cards turned out a lot thicker and "professional" feeling than I expected. They are a little plain looking so if someone did not know what Zentangle was I would not expect anyone to take a second look at them. Regardless I like them. The back of the cards have a QR code for more tech savy people to scan and link directly to this blog. I plan on leaving my cards around in the local places that have cork boards and such. I'm not actively holding organized classes like some of my fellow local CZTs but I want to be ready if someone would approach or contact me.

Next week will be my first week I will start teaching my two weekly Zentangle classes to 24 young ladies at my residential facility. I bought an easily portable easel last week. Yea for the Hobby Lobby app with 40% off coupons. I need to buy craft paper or something to draw on for my presentations. If I do not have time to go to Jerry's, the local art store, I will probably buy a flip board from Office Depot or Office Max. Maybe over the Thanksgiving weekend I will practice on a few family members.....now I have a few more things to add to my packing list.

Now for a few Zentangle tiles I made this past week:

Now for some older tangled tiles:

Throwback picture of the week: My second (and only major) cross stitch project. I started this my sophomore year from college and finished a year after graduating.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Tangled Beginnings

As long as I can remember, I have considered myself to be a crafty person. I tend to be fairly impulsive and wide ranging in my interests. Over the years I have cross stitched, crocheted, quilted, quilled, stamped, and created countless smaller projects. I plan on have "throwback" pictures to each post so I don't overload my feed with older works.

I was first introduced to Zentangle by the art therapist at my work in the Summer of 2013. I was drawing a repeating pattern in my altered book during a training at work to keep my mind engaged, the art therapist looked at my work, and told me I had created a zentangle. 

I went to zentangle.com and was unsure. I did not have confidence in my ability to draw. The examples on the website seemed fantastical and far beyond my abilities. Thankfully I bought the zentangle kit anyway to learn more. 

Fast forward to the present, I am a freshly Certified Zentangle Teacher and eager to pass on some knowledge. I fully believe the many and varied positive effects of the zentangle method such as improved self-esteem and increased focus. I have noticed my increased ability to cope with frustration, especially in tasks I find less than enjoyable such as the endless and usually tedious paperwork at my workplace. 

I am motivated to share my work with you. I hope that you may to be inspired to take a risk and try something new, even if it is not creating zentangles. Or return to something you enjoy but haven't made time for. I hope you have something that makes your burden lighter. 

The zentangles in this blog are some of my firsts. 

Throwback picture of the week: My first completed cross stitch project I gave to Jason, my husband, for our first Valentine's day.