Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book and Frame Making Workshop

Open Workshop: Book and Frame Making
May 19th, 3:30-6pm
Location: Franklin Art Center

Tell your friends -Open workshop means everyone is welcome - you don't need to know a thing about Zentangle to come to this class!
(although there is a Beginner Workshop at 1-3pm on the same day directly preceding this class for those who would like to make an afternoon of it and learn Zentangle first followed by a short break and then this workshop...) 

So where do you keep all your tiles, where do you display your current favorites? And wouldn't it be nice to have all your personal favorite tangles all together in one place? For non-tangling friends what could you do with your own personally handmade book and frame? Photos, art, journaling?

Using high quality bookmaking materials and papers, this class will teach you bookmaking skills and techniques to make a portfolio frame (see below) and these beautiful little concertina books. Both sides of the concertina pages are usable, so for tangling friends you can put your tangles on one side... 

...and store and display your tiles on the other side...

For display it can also sit on a desktop like this and you can flip through them like a rolodex :)

Our second book structure in this class will be a 'portfolio frame' and we will learn how to make neat  and professional inside corners and how to determine the correct spine width for a book structure.

This two and a half hour workshop is $40 including all materials for making the concertina book and portfolio frame. Places for this workshop will go fast... call or email me to sign up now!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hiding behind color

Thanks Jean for a wonderful class on Saturday! During our 'Touch of Color' workshop, guest CZT Jean Theurkauf introduced us to color, from choosing colors that work together, through adding color to tangles including colored highlights and shading, to making creative background washes to tangle on.The highlight for me was a technique to make tangles appear to hide behind a veil of color and I couldn't wait to try it out at home. I used a couple of ATC (Artist Trading Card) to put some swatches of color on.

See how the water colors don't mix and seem transparent and overlapping? Here's a second one with its wash of watercolor and dots, borders and strings... ready to tangle!

Here they are with tangles...the way the flux goes under the orange color in the bottom right is the effect I was shooting for.

This photo of the blue and green one doesn't show the effect quite as well, but if you look hard you can see it. We will be exploring these organic tangles and how to mix and layer them in our next tangle time, "Growing a Zentangle Garden: Stirring Tangles Together", this Sunday (April 21st) 4-5:30pm...

I will be posting some of our work from class as soon as I check that the students don't mind sharing online. In the meantime if you like you can check out Jeans art and classes on her website at

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 13th Touch of Color Workshop with Jean Theurkauf

This month crocuses and other spring flowers are bringing color to our yards and in this special workshop at Franklin Art Center we are exploring the use of color with Zentangle art....

Take your Zentangle art one step further by introducing color. On Saturday April 13th guest CZT, Jean Theurkauf, will present "A Touch of Color" workshop at Franklin Art Center. 

Students will experiment with :
  • Using a palette of watercolor pencils to add color washes and highlights to their art pieces. 
  • Choosing combinations of colors that work well together 
  • Layering colors 
  • Using color to play up or down areas of tangles. 
Jean has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Psychology from Brandeis University. After working for many years in software engineering, she has returned to her passions... art, fiber and teaching. Jean approaches the teaching of Zentangle as a way to help people unlock and expand their natural artistic talents. She also teaches knitting, crochet and weaving techniques, and encourages students not to follow a pattern, but to invent their own.

Hope you can join us!

Date: Saturday April 13th, 1-3pm 
Location: Franklin Art Center, 5 Main Street, Franklin, MA
Fee: $35 (materials included)