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Some recent Art and News

Some recent Art and News
This is a tile and tangle we did at seminar CZT-20

This is a tile and tangle we did at seminar CZT-20

Well, once again I am playing catch up! Since I was last here, I’ve been keeping quite busy drawing tangles daily! I am also scheduled to teach Basic Zentangle Art 101 at our local art center on July 25th! Very nervous but it will be ok after the first 15 minutes, I’m sure.

I have taught a private class to my adult daughter and husband, and here is a mosaic of their work (mine is on the left). I must’ve done something right because their tiles are Beautiful!
My first class ever!

I have also been dabbling at larger non-stenciled works – just free-flow tangling.

Here are two examples:


A few more pieces I’ve completed…A Stacked Tile

This was a lot of fun!

What do you see?

I would love to read what these look like to you, or what they remind you of… Which is your favorite?

Comments make my day!

Keep being creative- the world needs YOUR creativity!


Diva Challenge #222

Diva Challenge #222

“Colours of the Rainbow” is this week’s I Am The Diva Challenge , and I couldn’t be happier! I love color. No, you don’t understand- I looooooove color! I love it so much that I started an Instagram hub (group) called @jj_colorful… Do visit. (Also one for Zentangle @heart.tangles )

So, without further delay, here is my entry- it is a bookmark (my first ever) that I made for my very dear friend of 31 years (can that be right?!?!? Yep it is!) in Illinois who always gets my “firsts.” It was her idea that I Google “Zentangle” as I was frustrated and stuck in my creativity – or lack thereof. By far the best Google search of my life!

She even received and even framed my first attempt, which wasn’t an official Zentangle® tile but something entirely different. I forgot to take a photo of it but she sent me one: 

Not very Zentangly but I gave it a serious try! And this pitcher was an accident! I simply closed my eyes and made one line. I close the line and started… And in a short time after turning it all ’round to tangle it, the pitcher emerged. It was quite apropos and a good symbol for our friendship. 

So, without any further ado, here is my bookmark:

I’m sorry if it is too big! I can’t figure out how to make it smaller.

I thought I’d better get this completed and posted today since I leave early Saturday morning for RHODE ISLAND! I’ll be attending and hopefully graduating the CZT20. That’s Certified Zentangle Teacher training number 20. It is a 12 hour drive and complicated due to my disabilities and medical conditions but my friend of 5 years here in Appalachia will act as my assistant. I’m so excited I can’t even sleep more than 5-6 hours a night!

Happy Tangling, 


My First Diva Challenge!


I am so excited because my trip to Rhode Island to attend the 20th CZT session is less than 2 weeks away! When it’s over, all being well, I will be a Certified Zentangle Teacher. I’m a retired grief and trauma resolution therapist and have lots of ideas brewing about merging the two (therapeutic drawing).

I recently discovered an Instagram page @iamthediva and subsequently found out about her challenges. Go to I Am The Diva website to see what I mean. This week is #221 Beads of Courage, and my Zentangle tile has three patterns that contain “beads.

Do go to the site and find #221 and read it all the way through.

One of my “bead” patterns is one I created but I’m sure it already exists. It is called Beanz because the core looks like a coffee bean within a bead, with a black small bead between them on a strand. It’s at the bottom of this photo.
Hope I did this right!

Take care,


PS I made a second tile, and it is the next post. Please visit and see it! It is for challenge.

TOTD- Tangles of the Day


I am so eager to go to my CZT training in June. It is held in Providence, Rhode Island and I’ve never been there. My husband has never seen the East Coast so it should be an  adventure!

Because of preparing to teach others, I am focusing on 3.5″x3.5″ tiles for now. Here are some…

                 What do you think?

Kat in Appalachia

Art Liberated and Received Part 2


I’m continuing on with the postcards I’ve received through the Liberate Your Art postcard swap hosted by Kat Sloma… This will be a constantly changing post until I get it all completed, so please come back.

These are Side Swaps, exchanged outside the swap official. They are fun to arrange and receive, too!


This colorful card is from Sarah Calhoun of Atlanta, Georgia. So pretty!


This one came from Manila, Philippines from Lui (can’t remember her last name). She has a blog at as well as http://hounds  “This is…Ms. Moth caught…before she weaves a net around her where she hibernates for weeks before she emerges into a moth! Ms. Moth tells me that whatever changes in the weather, it will always be right in my world!”

I Liberated Art!


This post is the first of two pages– this page is complete but the second is not… yet, but I will have about 20 postcards to share. Please come back!

Every year, I find great joy in participating in Kat Sloma’s LIBERATE YOUR ART postcard swap. This year, I not only got six through the swap, but exchanged extras with about 20 others!

Posting them all will take time so keep coming back until I indicate that I’m done. 

 First: Cows from Maryland, from Charlotte Prado…  

She lives in Annapolis, MARYLAND, USA AND SAID “Enjoy this liberated photograph until the cows come home.”

Next, a Beautiful! old barn in Scholls, Oregon by Pat Mark of Tigard, OR. She owns Serendipity Photography and is on Instagram @PatMark and Flickr as Patricia Mark… 

   On the back, it has a great quote:  “If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them…” Bob Dylan.

This one is about a bird’s eye view, created by Jewels 


Now from wine country in Ontario Canada, a multi-photograph one by Elena Galey-Pride of Winestains.Ca  Here is a gorgeous postcard of a sunset in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii with a lovely quote -from Vicki Ducham of Pine Bush, NY.  Website : outofhand-altered The quote on the front is a favorite: “Nothing is worth more than this day.”– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From Teresa Harrington Hazelbaker of Powder Springs, GA  comes a spectacular flower card  she named Golden Slippers, along with a song.

  “Can’t you just image the fairies dancing in these ‘golden slippers’ displayed in this orange Daylily?”

  Oh my! Macaroons from France! I’ve never tasted a macaroon but I’d like to! This was taken by Deanie Houghtaling, of AZ.

  The back has a very favorite quote of mine: “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp.

Next, this intense one is from Linda Ursin of Norway entitled Raven Wing. Her website is


And last on THIS post is the beautiful “Wonder” by Sherry Harmes of  Alaska, She lives on a remote island named Amook Island, off of Kodiak Island.  Her motto? Conceive Believe Achieve!  


I think I’d better continue this in Liberated Art Part 2! Continue on next post, please…


Still Drawing my HeART out!

Still Drawing my HeART out!

I’ve been trying to get some work up on my store on Etsy called HeART Tangles Studios.  The address is

a whimsical teapot! I started this with no plan whatsoever but after making th pie-like “slices” I was off! Wish I could have a cuppa! This is another drawing I wanted to throw away but my husband insisted I not do so. 

More soon…