Saturday, February 28, 2015

Positive and Negative

I cut a template out with my silhouette die cutting machine with black cardstock. I originally had a different purpose in mind but after looking at it I had the sudden urge to tangle it. Of course then I couldn't decide if I wanted to use the positive portion of it or the negative. You guessed it, I decided to do both. I used the same tangles on them. It's surprising to see how different they look. 
Perhaps I should do a ZIA class like this. 
Here are the results. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Tangle

I've created a new tangle based on iron work I saw while out shopping. 
Here is the piece I saw. 
And here is the new tangle. I'm calling it IROK, short for IRon woRK. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Selling a wooden box on eBay

I had quit a few people ask if I was ever going to sell any of my wooden boxes. I hadn't though about doing that till I was asked. So as requested here is a link to an eBay listing for one of them.

I'll have to see how this goes and maybe I'll do more. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I'm still around...

I'm still getting use to blogging and lately I've seem to have failed. It doesn't mean I haven't been busy drawing, I just haven't posted anything... I plan to get better at it this year.
One of my bigger projects was a gift for my daughter Jessica. I couldn't post that before Christmas for obvious reason but I can post it now.
Jessica also loves to draw. For Christmas I got her some drawing pens. I wanted something special to store them in so I decided they needed a special box. I bought a good size wooden box and covered it with tangles. I lined the inside of the box with felt and decorative paper. My husband did the sanding and sealing and added the clasp. I was very pleased with the end results and Jessica loved it.
Here are a few photos of the finished box.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Black Walnut Ink

Larry and I are blessed with some very tall beautiful trees in our yard. That also means we have seed and seed pods. That at times can be a bit messy. But like they say -  if you get lemons, make lemondade, I have black walnut pods so I decided to make black walnut ink.
I've never done it before but I thought it would be something fun to try so...
So I did YouTube searches and found several site. So in October when I had what seemed like thousands of pods I began. They've been steeping in a pot every since.
Today I decided it was time to check out the results. It's a very messy jobs. I strained the ink and added a little gum arabique to it. That's suppose to help make it flow. Here are the results.
It's more brown than the markers we use for the tan tiles. And it's not as thick or flowing as I'd like, but I may be able to fix that. I also want to try it on tan paper and as a background wash.
Needless to say I'm pleased that it worked.

I may have to create a class project in which we use the ink.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Zentangle Art Expo is coming to Madison, WI July 11-12, 2014. I will be teaching a Tangle and Origami Note Card class. Class registration is now open. I hope to see you there. Here is the link.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Zentangle Art Expo

Here is the info on the Zentangle Art Expo.
I will be teaching a class on July 12th for Tanglegami. It will be an Origami notecard enhanced with Tangles. I hope to see you there.

Zentangle Art Expo
Celebrate the 10th Zentangle Anniversary!
Madison, Wisconsin will be hosting the first ever Zentangle Art Expo in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Zentangle art method. We have officially booked Monona Terrace, a premier convention location and are enthusiastically engaged in preparations for this event. 
The Zentangle Art Expo will take place on Saturday, July 12th and will focus on educational Zentangle classes. We are also planning a Zentangle Art Gallery, Vendor Exhibit Hall, raffle contests, a Master Class Session, guest authors, demonstration tables, feature lecturers and design tables for attendees to create cards for the local children's hospital.
The event is being planned in conjunction with the Art Fair on the Square; the Wisconsin state art event of the year. Association with this event alone has already provided a wide range of interest and awareness for Zentangle art and we are really excited!
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

How Much is Registration?
Saturday's public events will have a $20 online registration fee or $25 registration at the door.
For a Limited Time... Special Pre-Registration Offer! 
For a limited time, special early pre-registration is available to the public for only $15. These pre-registered individuals will also enjoy first dibs on the classes once the full registration is released. To view more information about the event or to register, please visit or follow the link above. We expect full registration to become available sometime during the month of May. 
What is Included with Registration?
Registration includes admission to the Zentangle Expo venue. Attendees will have full access to the Zentangle Art Gallery, demonstration tables, Vendor Exhibit Hall and FREE tickets to the Master Class and featured lecturer on creative meditation. In additional, all registered individuals will receive a free goodie bag at registration and have access to a wide variety of classes taught by Certified Zentangle Teacher from across the region. These classes are optional and most sessions only cost $15 to attend. 
Are Children Allowed to Attend?
Yes, Zentangle Art can be very beneficial to people of all ages. However, to maintain a conducive learning atmosphere, all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. We are even planning special class sessions just for children. Any children under the age of six years old are free, but will not be permitted into classes or lectures. For the regular classes, we ask that parents make a judgment call based on their individual child's ability to sit and learn for a 50 minute art session. 
Please Note: The regional CZT Conference will be held on Friday, July 11th and is only open to Certified Zentangle Teachers.

Promote Your Business at the Event
Do you own a company that sells products for art? Do you have a clever idea that other Zentangle fans might enjoy? If so, you should consider advertising or running a vendor exhibit booth during the Zentangle Art Expo.
Please note, you do not need to attend the event to advertise your business by sponsoring. Further information and printable application forms can be found by visiting the website at or feel free to email me with any questions at

July 12, 2014

What is
Zentangle Art?
"The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.
The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.
We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life."

Zentangle for Kids
The Zentangle Art Expo can be a family affair. Even children can participate with specific classes, display areas, raffle contests and products
just for them.
This event can provide an opportunity to share their own work and learn more about the Zentangle Art Method.  

Spread the Word

This will be the first Zentangle Art Expo and
we are looking for your
help to make this event successful.
Spread the word to friends or family that may enjoy participating.

Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc®. Learn more at 
The 2014 Zentangle Art Expo is independently organized and presented by Katie Butler, Certified Zentangle Teacher, with permission from Zentangle, Inc.