Mind Your Tangles

with Lori Champine, CZT

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Tangle on the Bay - Maryland

I attended and taught at - Tangle On The Bay - on Sat, April 9th at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.  This was a full day, CZT- only event, which drew folks from several states to gather and inspire one another.  My class was Wood You Like To Tangle? and it involved using a Sakura Gelly Roll and/or Souffle pen to tangle onto a wood piece and adding a stain to create a resist.  The students were so creative with their work.  I was amazed and thrilled with the results.  What a great group of fun and talented people. 

I also was fortunate to participate in a few of the offered classes that day.  I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Lori Manoogian in - Tangle Transitions: Go With The Flow.  She encouraged the class to choose a "lead" tangle to start with, then add a "supporting" tangle, and finally, sprinkle your tile with a little "comic relief" for the big finale. We also took this technique and gave it a twist.  Here are a few of my tiles:

I am still working on a piece from another awesome class I took that afternoon with Patti Euler of The Queen's Ink, MD.  Her class - The Illuminated Letter - results in a frame-worthy ZIA, and is based on the ancient tradition of illuminated letter art. I cannot wait to complete and frame my letter.  I will post the picture when it's finished.

Finding the Zen in the Tangles was another class at Tangle on the Bay, which was offered by the organizer, Dawn Poley Schulman. This was a theory oriented class with a focus on creating a truly Zen-inspired environment for our students when we teach Zentangle workshops. Many creative ideas were shared.

The final offering of the day was a second class taught by Lori Manoogian.  This mini course, entitled - Tangling Thoughts - featured tangling in our new Fabriano journal, and adding color. Very fun!

In addition to a great selection of classes, participates in Tangle on the Bay were treated to a lovely luncheon, morning goodies upon arrival, snacks and a gift bag, which included a white travel cup with a black marker for tangling on it. All class materials were supplied, too, so all you had to do was show up ready to tangle!

Not only did we learn new ideas from the Tangle on the Bay classes, but CZT's  were also encouraged to bring samples of their work to share with the group, and most everyone did, complete with handouts.  Such a generous and talented crowd.  It was a very inspiring event, and a lot of fun!



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