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with Lori Champine, CZT

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Tangle U 2016 - Portland, Maine

From Apr 28th to May 1st, I attended my first Tangle U event.  This year it was held in beautiful Portland, Maine.  There were several great workshops throughout the weekend, but my favorites were Pure Zentangle with Molly Hollibaugh, Compass Rose Mandala with Kate Lamontagne and Zero Drawing Technique with Meredith Yuhas.

Here's part of a mosaic from the class with Molly.  I loved this class because it was just as you would expect from the title - Pure Zentangle.  Molly has a wonderful, relaxed, teaching style that I always appreciate.  She quickly put everyone at ease and got us right into tangling.  The tiles were all gorgeous.

 

In Kate's class, I enjoyed learning to use the Helix Circle Maker to create our own Mandala. We also incorporated Prisma Pencils, which are old favorites of mine, so I was happy to pull them out and dust them off! This class was more about creating the Compass Rose and blending with the Prisma Pencils, and less about tangling.  I loved my finished product.
 
Similar to Molly, Meredith Yuhas also has a very comfortable teaching style. She spent a fair amount of time preparing students with techniques for relaxing the mind and body so we were ready to tangle.  I really loved learning about Zero Drawing and using the Tombow Mono Eraser in the process. We began by spreading a layer of graphite on good quality paper, then used stencils and the mono eraser to create an open image that was ready for tangling.  It's a cool look when finished. 

 

Overall, it was a great weekend.  I met many wonderful people, including three CZT's from my own neck of the woods!  The atmosphere was generous and inspiring, and the talent was plentiful!

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