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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. 

  

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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

 

A Gift

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A Gift

I gave away a tile today to someone who knew nothing about Zentangle. She was thrilled and loved learning about this art method. This is the one she got (Remember to click on photos to enlarge them):

 

She loved it!


I noticed AFTER I gave it to her that I had forgotten to shade it! It was one of my earlier ones. Ah well, she doesn’t know better. Sigh…

This is the Tangle I made for my son yesterday. It’s on a notecard 4.25 x 5.5″.  
 

I hope he likes it!


Hope your day is full of beauty and creativity!

Kat 

More Art and a Fawn, too!

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More Art and a Fawn, too!

i have more art to share with you. I’ve been busy preparing for my Basic Zentangle 101 class on Saturday. Glad I have a few more days to prepare. So far as I know, it will be a small group which I find more intimate and better for the student. They get more attention and that’s nice. 

It’s been raining here at least once a day for a couple of weeks, as well as being in the mid- to upper 80s, which makes for a very humid (miserable) day. I like it best when I get to go outdoors and go for a drive in my chair with Bella. I always find some wildlife to photograph and Bella can use the exercise. 

Yesterday, I came upon-almost literally!- a very young fawn just sitting in the grass inches from the road. I could have touched her, she was completely u afraid of me even when I spoke to her. She startled, however, when Bella barked! So did I! All I had with me was my phone- last time I go out without my “real” camera!

 

such a pretty thing

  

a bark and she’s off!

  

she lingered in the firld for awile then went to our neighbor’s apple tree for a good munch

 
And now for the art!  

practicing fairly new tangles

 
Take care and be creative- you’ll feel better!

Kat 💖

Some recent Art and News

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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:
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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!

Kat

So much to catch up on

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So much to catch up on

and no time tonight in which to do it! I attended the CZT Training in Providence Rhode Island and would go back in a heartbeat. It was absolutely magnificent and met the needs I had and many I didn’t even realize I had! 

I have been tangling like mad since returning, and today I made the front of a 5×7 notecard. This was the largest I’ve done without a stencil or outline yet. Here it is… 

   I sent a few photos with it as my friend, the recipient, has no computer and has no idea what Zentangle is. 
Speaking of Zentangle, I am holding a workshop BASIC ZENTANGLE 101 here on July 25th at the Art Center. Yay 

Take care, and create some art today,

Kat

Diva Challenge #222

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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, 

Kat

My First Diva Challenge!

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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,

Kat

PS I made a second tile, and it is the next post. Please visit and see it! It is for http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com challenge.

Still Drawing my HeART out!

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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 

http://www.Etsy.com/shop/HeartTanglesStudios

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…

Kat