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

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.