Honor your family heritage with Zentangle Inspired Art!

Celebrate your family history, welcome a new baby, etc.
Celebrate your family history, welcome a new baby, etc.

 

Some seats are available in my ‘family heritage’ class at
Wooden Spools  Sunday, Feb. 28
noon – 3p.

 

 

 

Zentangle® Inspired Art (ZIA)
at Wooden Spools, 2805 S Broadway, Englewood Co.
Sunday Feb. 28 (noon-3p) 

Have you dipped your toe into Zentangle® learning the basic tangles?   Are you fascinated by it?
Looking for another distinctive way to use it?
Ready to take it to the next level?
Then, this is your class.

 First, a quick overview of tangles to use, combined with tangles from your basic Zentangle® class (or equivalent)

Use this class to honor your family heritage, creating this fun & unique ZIA project.   

Themes:  family name, new baby, wedding, anniversary, birthday.

 Choose a letter template, add borders, draw tangles throughout the square and add color where you want.  Now it is perfect for framing and hanging it on the wall.

$35 Class price, paid in advance to Wooden Spools.
Register & pay online http://www.woodenspools.com/event/zentangle-your-family-heritage-with-dusty-darrah/
or by phone:   303-761-9231.

Teacher provides:

  • step by step hands-on instructions
  • 10.5” x 10.5” white watercolor paper
  • practice paper
  • letter templates
  • several hand-outs
  • color pencils to borrow

$10 materials fee paid in to instructor in class

Students bring to class:

  • Black Micro pens, (#3, #5 & #8 sizes)
  • H2 soft pencil for shading & sharpener
  • paper blending tool (tortillion)
  • White jelly roll pen for highlights
  • any type of colored pencils, markers or pens

 

Easy Valentine Card

 

Dusty Darrah, hearts, Zentangle, ZIA, color pencils
Create a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with a Zentangle twist

Don’t miss my Valentine class this Saturday,
Jan 23 (1p-4p) at
Colorado Free University, Aurora.   (near Lowry)

See what we’ll be making in this class?  Can you see the 3D look to the hearts?  Pretty, huh?

As always, I’ll teach you 8 new tangles that lend themselves to drawing inside a template so our end result will have a beautiful 3D look.  Then you will choose 5 of those 8 tangles to draw inside your hearts.

It’s so much fun! You can mail your finished project to someone you love, frame it and hang it on your wall;  you can do so many things with just a few tangles.

I’m starting to teach the ‘next step’ using tangles you learned in your previous classes and putting them inside templates similar to this.  They are called ZIA.
That stands for Zentangle Inspired Art because it doesn’t reflect true Zentangle techniques you may have already learned, ie a dot in each corner of the 3.5″ square white tile, connecting them as your border and drawing a string inside to use as a guide for placement of separate tangles.

Click this link  CFU CLASSES  to go to their class description/registration page.  You can either sign up online or call them directly.  303-399-0093

Bring your basic Zentangle kit, colored pencils (any type) and an eagerness to learn.

Here’s my schedule for class at Colorado Free University (1p-4p).
Feb  23 – basic Zentangle class
March 12 – ZIA greeting card with cute snail.

07 16 14 color snail 800
April 16   – basic Zentangle class

Hope to see you again soon!
Dusty Darrah, CZT 

 

 

 

Fantasy Letters – Before & After

Pat M had eye surgery the day before this class but look what a great job she did.  Actually finished the tangle part of the project and began coloring before end of class.  Pat is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher.
Pat M had eye surgery the day before this class but look what a great job she did. Actually finished the tangle part of the project and began coloring before end of class.

 

 

So far, two of my students from last week’s letter class have already finished them .

They are both Certified Zentangle Teachers that attended my class in Englewood Colo at Wooden Spools quilt shop.

 

 

Pat M was just starting on her coloring when she left class.
Pat M was just starting on her coloring when she left class.  Now it’s colored AND cut out.

Pat M is finished with her coloring & cutting out.

She laid it out on the
black background & added matting.
It’s ready for the frame.

Beautiful work, Pat!

 

 

Holly's letter H after tangling but still needs color & cut out.
Holly’s letter H after tangling but still needs color & cut out.

 

Holly W is the 2nd one to finish and send me a pic.

Holly’s letter H after tangling and ready for color & to be cut out.

Holly W sent the finished pic of her letter H and wants to do the whole alphabet now. :)
Holly W sent the finished pic of her letter H and wants to do the whole alphabet now. 🙂

 

 

 

 

And here is Holly’s finished, all colored, cut out and laid on the black background.  Great job, Holly, I just love it!

 

 

 

 

I just love showing off my students’ work in progress.

 

Using Micron Pens

Store Microns horizontally.  When using them, try to keep the 90 degree angle for best ink flow.  Use the lightest touch you can.
Store Microns horizontally. When using them, try to keep the 90 degree angle for best ink flow. Use the lightest touch you can.

Linda Farmer posted a new article on the use of Micron pens like we use in Zentangle.

Linda Farmer provides a great resource for Zentangle enthusiasts.  www.tanglepatterns.com
Linda Farmer provides a great resource for Zentangle enthusiasts. www.tanglepatterns.com

She received this  information from Sakura, the makers of the
Micron pen.   Very informative.

Click on her name at the top of this post to
view her article.

Fantasy Letters Class Yesterday

Dee L is almost ready to start coloring her tangles.  After that, she'll start cutting out the edges of the letter.
Dee L is almost ready to start coloring her tangles. After that, she’ll start cutting out the edges of the letter.
This is Stacey's 2nd class with me and she also kept right up with the class.  Looks like she's ready to start coloring when she gets home too.
This is Stacey’s 2nd class with me and she also kept right up with the class. Looks like she’s ready to start coloring when she gets home too.

Fantasy Letters

You won’t believe the beautiful work my students did on their Fantasy Letters yesterday.

You’re seeing the students’  letters at the end of class.

Holly has been tangling for about 5 years and has a really unique style.  She is definitely ready for color now.
Holly W has been tangling for about 5 years, is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and has a really unique style. She is definitely ready for color now.

 

 

 

 

We worked a little too long on our practice letters, testing which tangles we liked the best inside the letters

 

 

 

 

 

& learning how to use the X-acto knife so we didn’t get as far in the project as we had hoped.

 

Katy R has been taking my beginner classes and fit right into the Fantasy Letters class.  Very nice!
Katy R has been taking my beginner classes and fit right into the Fantasy Letters class. Very nice!

I have a feeling that they will finish and frame both letters because even their practice letters turned out beautiful.

 

 

 

Pat M had eye surgery the day before this class but look what a great job she did.  Actually finished the tangle part of the project and began coloring before end of class.  Pat is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher.
Pat M had eye surgery the day before this class but look what a great job she did. Actually finished the tangle part of the project and began coloring before end of class. Pat is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

We’re talking about a “finishing” class in a week or so for questions and guidance.

I just want to make sure everyone is able to finish their project and get it framed.

 

 

Krista is brand new to Zentangle, she's only had one class and look what beautiful work she does.
Krista is brand new to Zentangle, she’s only had one class and look what beautiful work she does.

I am so very proud of them.  Soon, they will be proud of themselves.  (some of them left class with a nice sparkle
in their eyes)

 

Ever Had a Magical Day?

In the Dr’s waiting room the other day, I had the most amazing, magical experience. Well, of course I had my drawing book with me cuz I ALWAYS draw when I have to ‘wait’ anywhere.

Two little boys, about 8 & 10 were watching me so I asked them if they wanted to see up close. They were all grins, sooo cute. They sat beside me as I flipped thru some of my finished drawings . . . smiling and with wide eyes. The oldest said “You must be an artist!” I said “you can draw too, I can teach you.” So I taught them the steps for the simplest ribbon, showing them on paper along the way, then handed them the pen, one at a time.

Ribbons done by 1 CZT and 2 young boys.
Ribbons done by 1 CZT and 2 young boys.

DANG, I wish I had taken pics of our 3 ribbons on the page before I start filling with more tangles later but you’ll see them near the top. Mine is in the middle, the 10 yr old’s is on the left and the 8 yr old’s is the shortest one on the right. Of course they surprised themselves and were so proud.

About that time, their mom was ready to leave, she practically had to drag them out the door as we said our goodbyes. A few minutes later the oldest boy ran back up the stairs to the waiting room, his mom was already in the car, wanted my number and asked if I could teach them more some time. Kids are so eager to learn and are such little ‘sponges’, they just learn so fast. Soooo, he left with my # and website for his mom . . . just beaming.

With color.
With color & shading added.

 

I finished the rest of the page in the next few days, applied the shading and then tonight, I added color. Made a copy for each of them to color when I see them the next time. Can hardly wait to hear from their mom. I must be beaming a bit myself, reliving the experience by telling you about it.

Extended Time for Fantasy Letters Class

Cut out paper designs, ZIA, Zentangle, Dusty Darrah, CZT, flux, Crescent moom, Zinger, Bunzo, Mooka, Henna Drum, color Zentangles, south Denver classes in Zentangle
Using a block form of the letter A, I tangle within the letter, colored them and with an Exacto Knife, cut ALL the white background away.

Special Note about the Fantasy Letters class on Aug 2 at Wooden Spools.

I want to be sure we are able to finish your letters IN CLASS, I’ve extended the class at Wooden Spools.

 

The class starts at noon and we’ll go until 4p.

Don’t worry if you can’t stay that extra hour, you’ll have all the info to finish the project at home.  I just wanted to allow you the extra time if you need it.

NEW CLASS: Fantasy Letters at Wooden Spools Aug 2

Dainty & delicate looking.
Dainty & delicate looking.

I am teaching a
ZIA class
(Zentangle Inspired Art) called
Fantasy Letters on
Sunday Aug 2,
noon – 4p at
Wooden Spools,
2805 S Broadway in Englewood CO.

There is a very important supply list on her website, check it out quickly, especially if you don’t own an Xacto Knife or Craft/Art Knife.

Michael’s has many coupons for all kinds of savings, don’t forget to take advantage of them .

Since this is an advanced class, there is a prerequisite of attending at least one beginner/basic Zentangle class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher before coming to this class.

I’ll have templates of the entire alphabet in block form, just like this letter A, for you to use in class.

If you want a fancier looking letter, check online and bring a copy of it to class.  It must be able to fit nicely on an 8×10 sheet of paper.

Here’s the link to read all about it, see what’s supplied for you and YOUR supply list too.  You can register for this class at the same link.

OR you can call to register:  303-761-9231.

Attendance is limited to only 10 people so register
as soon as you can so you don’t miss it!