Last night Grandpa took me to my first Zentangle class. It was taught by Gay Pool CZT 20. We were her first adult class which was pretty exciting. Not many people get the opportunity to take a class from someone fresh out of certification.
She showed us a copy of her certification. If I would have been thinking about this post I would have asked to take a picture. The writing and tangling on it was just beautiful and I’m told it was done by Maria herself. To think that I was sitting taking a class from someone who has actually met and sat with Maria and Rick! Excuse me, got a little fangirl there.
As luck would have it one person didn’t show for class so instead of having Grandpa just sit with me in case I needed assistance she had him participate. I can’t say I was sad. Some of the stuff we learned, in addition to the tangle patterns pictured below, included a bit more on shading, what the heck an aura is and most importantly how to remember to breathe. I was amazed how every time she reminded us to take a breath I could feel the tension flow out of me and was able to sink back into drawing. She didn’t have any music playing it was just the quiet of four people drawing which was surprisingly peaceful.
Our first tile had four patterns on it that we learned. Those were Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Tortuca and Knightsbridge. Once we finished she made them into a mosaic, which was cool. Again, if I had been thinking about this post I would have taken a picture of it. Instead I’ll show you what Grandpa and I did. By the by, I really like the chop Grandpa made. My signature is to put my initials hidden in the piece at the end, near a swirl if possible. He has a great chop that I’m a little jealous of. Then again, it makes it really easy to see which is mine and which is his.
Gay was surprised that we found her online. I encouraged her to update her bio to say she was available for classes and I’m glad to see this morning that she did. If you are interested in contacting her please do so here. You don’t need to tell her I sent you, I don’t get anything for referring people. Then again, it might be a hoot.
After the first tile we took a break and then we came back and learned four more patterns. The first was Rain. Again with the auras!
The class took right around two hours and I had a blast. I hope to be able to take more classes and learn even more. None of these tiles are finished so at this point they don’t get numbered. Just a work in progress. When I finish mine I’ll show those off. Normally I don’t do work in progress but I wanted to show what we both got done in just one class.
All in all it was fun to learn some new things. The great part was that I’ve been tangling already so I wasn’t getting overwhelmed with information. And maybe, just maybe, Grandpa has been bitten by the bug. Time will tell. Here’s everything we did. I also got a Pigma Micron 01 pen and Grandpa got a student pen by Pigma. We also got a couple of tiles, pencils to shade and smudgers. Oh, I also got a nifty little box and a sharpener.
I want to wax poetic about the paper for a moment. When she had us check out the tools I patiently waited while she talked about the pen but when she said we could pick up the paper I was all over it! I’ve been wanting to feel this paper since I started. Zentangle tiles as described at the site “Set of 55 Zentangle tiles. Each 3.5″ square tile is custom die-cut from mould-made, acid-free, 100% cotton, heavy-weight fine artists’ paper with a beautiful vellum surface finish.” For craft junkies like me those words seem like butter. Grandpa and I have been looking at paper and I finally decided on Bristol that I cut myself. I must say though, this paper. Oh my! It is a delight to touch. The surface has more tooth than I expected but it doesn’t seem to affect my ink the way I thought it would.
At $29 a set works out to just over 50¢ each. Adding in the cheapest shipping it’s closer to 60¢ each. So for now those go on my wish list for Christmas and I’ll continue to be happy with the paper I have, which honestly is pretty darned good. I plan on sharing one of the blank tiles I got to take home with my daughter. She’s been doodling longer than I have but not actually doing Zentangle until now.
On the way home I showed Grandpa the tangle pattern I was working on that day. I felt like I wanted to just practice tangle patterns for a while but not work on a tile. We picked up a little book to use for that. I had to laugh because when I showed him the first thing he asked was who drew it. I was alone all day! Of course it was me! I realized he meant it as a compliment and took it as such. I didn’t think it was all that fabulous but I did enjoy it.
The tangle pattern I was working on was Aura Leah. See? Auras. Who knew. Oh by the way, if you don’t know an aura is just a line drawn outside or inside the initial shape that traces the original shape. I’ve been doing them since my first tile. I just didn’t know it had a name. I was practicing it for this weeks diva challenge which I’ll be posting about a little later.
I got my new pencil box in the mail today and I’ll be doing a review of that after I’ve had some time to use it. For now, back to finishing the tangle for this week’s diva challenge and then I need to see what Bright Owl has up.