Creativity Notebook Prompt #1

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While I have a new business blog that has my Zentangle work, I do want to use this one for exploring my creativity. I recently enrolled in a Udemy course that is taught by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic as well as Eat, Pray, Love. I adored Big Magic and recommend it for anyone who is creative or who seeks to be creative. It is fantastic.

Anyway… This is now my creativity notebook, and the following was our first prompt. This is a place other classmates can visit to read my thoughts as well.

Prompt #1.

I answered several questions.
The last thing I wondered- or had curiosity about- is nature. Specifically, types of birds that we saw on a walk recently: a killdeer and a cedar waxwing. I want to find out more and I want to photograph more wildlife.
The last time I had creative flow was working on an organic tile with henna drum and Sanibelle. I love plant/nature related Zentangle tiles.
What I love to do most at age 8 was to swing at the Catholic grade school on the very tall swings. I also loved to read and to ride my bike to a little pond at Saint Benedict’s seminary and spread out a blanket to read.

  • My superpowers are: facial recognition. (I am able to spot similar faces and faces that are aging just as easily as a forensic computer.)
  • Nature photography
  • Listening skills
  • Zentangle Teacher
  • Compassion
  • Kindness

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What I would do for a living if I wasn’t afraid: publish books, calendars, and notecards with my art and quotes or my own words.
What themes do I see?
Love for nature
Love of art and photography
Love of organic (plants and flowers) tangles.
What is exciting to me?
Working on art and photography outside
Drawing nature tangles
What do I want to start creating?
Focus on organic/nature oriented tangles
Collect and use quotations on tangles and on photography
Discover how to get an art or coloring book published
Notecards and Calendars

That’s it for now. To see my art and photography blog, please visit  http://HeartsUntangled.com

NEWS ALERT

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NEWS ALERT

I have had to change my web address/business name and email address. PLEASE watch for my new site to be up and running and follow it there rather than here. I’ll be phasing this one out.
New site: http://HeartsUntangled.com.

Based on the fact that as one does Zentangle, one’s mind and “heart” becomes untangled with cares of the day.

New Email is  (no spaces) Untangled .Kat @ gmail . Com

Thanks for following me and sharing in this new journey!

Kat

Tile Parade Part One

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Tile Parade Part One

I have a quite few tiles to share with you. If you’ve dropped by, please leave a message to let me know. Comments are golden! 

I’ve been going through my tangle book (more on that soon) and tangling some early patterns I learned before becoming a CZT. You’ll see a lot of similar tiles yet different all together. One of the many joys of Zentangle is that you can do the same tangles with no or only slight variations (“tanglations”) and never have the same work of art twice. That is never so evident as when I teach a class and the students’ tiles are placed into a mosaic!

Here are the start of the Tile Parade (click to enlarge):

First off, I participated in an ATC (Artist Trading Card) exchange with some people mostly located in The Netherlands. Here are some of my contributions…

 

I used Distress Ink to add color to the tiles before tangling on it.

  

Some of my “mac n cheese” tangles — old standby favorites.

    

The next entry will be my newfound love — ZenGems!

Kat 

Recent Newsletter

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Recent Newsletter

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News from Heart Tangles Studios

A pleasant surprise….

We hope you have had a special Thanksgiving day with family and/or friends and remembered to be thankful for all the liberties we have here in the United States of America. And for the great food, of course!
I love to see your Zentangle art and recently Blaine Street from my very first class sent me this great pumpkin that he made. Enjoy!

 

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    Belaine Street’s Pumpkin #1

      

    Blaine Street’s Pumpkin #2

     

A Friendly Reminder…

The holidays are upon us, so schedules get full for many people. Because of this, we will make accommodations so here are our changes:
Heart Tanglers will meet THIS MONDAY at the Tazewell Public Library on Dec 14 from 6-8pm. These meetings are free and always a fun time of sharing our artwork, ideas, questions and info as well as good camaraderie. Bring your supplies for tangling or you can purchase from Kat (me) or David if you are getting low on tiles, pens or other things. 
Please note that these meetings are for those folks who have already attended a class or who have some experience with Zentangle.

 

Remember…we will not be meeting on December 26th

 
 

A brand new American! Bear and the judge.

 
I coudn’t resist this photo!
He Did It!…

After a 15 year journey, my husband David (“Bear”) finally became a naturalized US CITIZEN! The Oath Ceremony was December 3 in Abingdon, VA. The photo above was taken as he received his certificate from the judge. THAT is what a new citizen looks like! He and 10 others were beaming after making America their official home. Bear is thrilled that he is going to be able to vote in the presidential election!
Wytheville Museum has contacted me and asked that I start teaching classes there Saturday, January 16 2016, 2-5 PM. I am willing to teach anywhere, including private or individual classes. I will also teach another Basics: Zentangle 101  at the Appalachian Art Center in January.
Please feel free to pass this email to those whom you think might want info on classes. Ask them to write to me at Heart.Tangles@gmail.com for more information or to be added to this newsletter mailing list. 
And now, I’ll close with some recent tiles of my own….. I’ve created three new tangles which I will teach at the Monday meeting if anyone is interested.

Keep on Tangling!

Kat 

Certified Zentangle Teacher 

Heart Tangles Studios,VA

 

The flowery tangle is my own called Chic

  
  

This tile has one tangle of my own.

  

There are two of my own tangles in it.

  

This has some of my own tangles in it.

 

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The Mind is Astounding

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The Mind is Astounding

This is a different kind of post… As a retired psychotherapist, I know the advantage of drawing and allowing the subconscious to express itself. The same can and does happen with Zentangle-type art if it is not planned out or forced in any way. I often pull out a tile if I’m feeling strong emotion (including anxiety) and lose myself into this wonderful meditative activity.
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Yesterday was my son’s 24th birthday… The infant son who only lived thirty days and never got to come home from the hospital. I was amazed how my body reacted to the date in spite of not feeling great sorrow. My body remembered what my mind tried to forget. 
I sat down with my trusty pen and pulled out a tile. This was the result. I didn’t realize it was heart-shaped with an empty section until I was through. I have two other biological children who are reflected as sections of the heart. There are even more remarkable revelations that I’ll not share here, but how amazing was this tile?! I felt so much better when I was finished… The feelings were expressed without words. 

  

I have Busy Hands!

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I have Busy Hands!

Well, the Celebration of the Arts took place on Saturday, and I’ve been busy ever since! Tamara and I had a great time sharing her space – she was so kind and gracious. We had taken our two tables and a box of things for the tables to her office on Friday night. We didn’t hear Bear’s alarm go off (did it?) Saturday so instead of being there by 7:30 to open at 8:00, we awoke at 8:30! Groan. When I messaged Tamara to tell her, she asked if we wanted her to set up for us! Yes, please! What a sweetie. 

Bear and I sold about six of my many stones (mostly turtles), and that was all for day. But our good friends who happen to be neighbors came to our booth (brightest spot in our day!), and the woman of the couple picked out a picture… And bought it! Yay!

When I got home, I got a call with a big order from someone in Florida who had seen my work online. He ordered five items for Christmas gifts! A good friend from junior high contacted me and also put in a Christmas order. I am enormously blessed! And busy! Just the way I like it.

Without further ado, here are recent works for your approval. Seriously, do leave a comment and/or a “like” to let me know that you came by. Click on the picks to make them larger. Also, if you like something let me know, as it is all for sale. 

this is a tote bag that is approximately 13.5×13.5×3″z it is original one_of-a-kind art. Can be washed by hand, sparingly.

  

This is another tote bag that is approximately 13.5×13.5×3″z it is original one_of-a-kind art. Can be washed by hand, sparingly.

  

This is an original Italian paper tile, using archival ink. It is 3.5 square and comes with a frame or small easel.

  

another tile, same as above.

  

Another tile made with a thick Italian mould paper.

  

A notecard, blank inside, suitable for framing. approx 4×5″

  

Another notecard, this time an elephank.


I hope your days have been peaceful and creative. 

Kat

 

So busy doing…

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So busy doing…

…That I’ve not been blogging! Very sorry as now I’m woefully behind. But one must make a start…

I am preparing for a festival called Celebration of the Arts held this coming Saturday. I only found out about it a couple of weeks ago so I’ve been madly creating. One of my students from my first class has graciously invited me to share her space free of charge. So kind of her! I didn’t even know it was happening if not for her!

Here are some of my wares (click to enlarge):

First tile, 3.5 x 3.5

Zentangle® tile, 3.5 x 3.5″. There will be about 50 or 60 to choose from, which can then be placed in a frame

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A stacked Tile of Tangles

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Bookmarks , 7×10″ not including the laminate. Watercolor with  Micron black ink over top.

I have many more stones that I have tangled upon and then sealed. They vary in size, shape and color.

I have many more stones that I have tangled upon and then sealed. They vary in size, shape and color.

I have more work I’ve completed but I’ll add that later. I have brochures to print and fold as well as more bookmarks and stones to tangle. I have artwork that is framed already and some matted and sealed.  Whew!

I will take photos to share here, and a full report!

And a reminder that I started an Instagram community of tanglers called @heart.tangles, open to anyone who does any kind of tangley art. Come check us out! We are 300 strong now!

Most importantly, Keep Creating!

Kat