Sunday, February 18, 2018

Zentangle Zenith

Last weekend, I had a marvelous getaway at a Zentangle retreat at Copper Beech. The beautiful grounds with the stone labyrinth, the delicious food, the calming meditation and yoga classes, the diverse participants, and the inspiring workshops all combine to make it one of my favorite places.

And, oh, the tangling!  This is the third Zentangle retreat I've attended at Copper Beech (plus a one-day workshop)  and it was my favorite so far.  Taught by Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) Beth Malley and Janet Valencis, the class was well-paced and informative with lots of different projects, new tangles, goodie supply bags, and fun raffles (I won a small photo cube that will hold small Bijou tiles.)  So many great projects, including our double-heart-string puzzle, a piece of which was given to someone else to tangle and returned to us at the end of the weekend.

And the gorgeous bleeding tissue paper that colored our Opus-sized tile for our tangled heart.  I experimented with lots of "frills" or "doodads" outside the heart, also with random white dots to highlight the patterns.  And of course, I don't usually work in color.  This was a great way to use color without worrying about coloring or painting in the tangles.  

We also made gratitude bouquets (the vase is made from acrylic paint applied onto paper with baby wipes!), a little book (acrylic paint scraped on paper with a gift card or hotel key card), and a little Bijou tile book which will contain 26 tangles A to Z.  I made the book but will add the Bijous later.  I was mostly focused on the bigger, higher concentration projects like the heart and the puzzle.  At the end, instead of a class mosaic, we did a mini-exhibition with all of our projects displayed.  

I really liked the group of women (and one man), both CZTs and newbies, who attended, several of whom I'm now in touch with online.  And I'm already saving the date for next year's retreat.  Until then, I'll be playing with doodads and tissue paper.

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