They split the beginners from the more experienced tanglers on the first night, with my experienced group doing a black-and-white project working with negative space, led by Beth. I liked the results.
On Saturday, we did two more projects, both tangential to pen and paper tangling. With Janet, we explored the use of polymer clay to created tangled beads, basing our designs on such tangles as Printemps and Tipple. With Beth, we learned to Zenquility, or paper quilling. We used basic flowers with coils and teardrops as the start of a Zendala or other tile. I especially enjoyed this, seeing the possible applications in Zendalas. Quilling is much like 3D tangling.
I really liked our session Saturday evening, which was a guided meditation with verbal cues for the tile. See the results--similar yet so individual! I can't wait to try this kind of meditation in one of my advanced classes. Over the course of the weekend, we did another meditation with Meredith, a breath meditation called Four Corners or Box meditation--you draw a box slowly, with the verticals and horizontals representing the exhales and inhales. We also did the Breath of Joy--three inhales and then an explosive "ha!"
|Our class mosaic from the meditation|
Our last session, with Meredith, was a very complex terrarium, using some Zentangle patterns and sophisticated Renaissance shading in browns, blacks, and whites. The result is a Zentangle-inspired art work (ZIA). My favorite part was the tips on pencils she gave us--softer ones for fibrous papers. Here, the woodless 6B creates nice dark shades that smudge beautifully.
It was another wonderful weekend and I look forward to the next year's!