New Classes for June

Hello Friends, 

      Just scheduled:  3 new classes in New Mexico.
      I love to visit Santa Fe, NM.  I enjoy visiting my sister Amy who lives there, I am inspired by  the creativity on every corner, and I feel swept up by the romance of the area.

     Next week I will be in NM and have just added 3 new classes. Here’s the schedule… I know it’s late but you can still join in the fun.
      In Los Alamos, NM – contact
           June 5, Wednesday     10-1:00   Zentangle ® 101 – Basics
           June 5, Wednesday     2-5:00     Gelli Journal 101 – Basics
      In Santa Fe, NM – contact
           June 9, Sunday           9-3:00     Gelli Journal Sampler
      These classes are in addition to the ones I posted in my previous blog.
      I hope to see you there.

Fun Times at Art and Soul

     View a YouTube, Anna Bondac, author of Simply Paper Cutting, demonstrates tricks to cutting perfect multi-dimensional patterns from colorful papers to use for gift tags, cards and scrapbooking.

 On the beach in Virginia with Jill Berry.    
     Art and Soul Retreats are such a welcoming, inviting place to create. I love attending these inspirational events. I just returned from the April retreat held in Virginia Beach. I was thrilled to have Jill Berry as my roommate. I have taken several of Jill’s classes and always enjoy them. Part of the fun of attending these retreats is being able to hang out with other artists. Funny how we all seem to gravitate to the same things… Jill and I had fun exploring the beach together. There were tons of shells to pick up as well as stingrays (to look at) and even a seahorse.
     I also had fun taking a few workshops given by the other artists. Misty Mawn’s Paper Bag Expressions and Collage Workshops were great ones for me since my art features a lot of ladies faces. In this workshop we painted faces onto paper bags with different types of media. 
Treasures Unearthed – jewelry with reactive metal paints.
     I am teaching in only three venues this year, two of them are at Art and Soul. I will be giving workshops at the Portland Art and Soul Retreat in September/October. One of the workshops I teach incorporates VerDay paint from Ten Seconds Studio. It is a reactive base paint with metal particles. When you apply the Patina solution with a brush or spray, it creates wonderful blue-green patinas and rust effects. The thing that is so cool about this process is it works with not only metals but all types of mixed media –  paper, plastic and fabric. I also love to use it for my journal pages – and we’ll make a little art journal in the same class.
Rustic Sketchbook… ‘On Safari with Art and Soul’
     My Portland class schedule is as follows, hope to see you there. Workshops run from September 30th thru October 6th. Check out their website to see all the classes and teachers that will be available. Come along and join the fun – it is a real treat to attend this event.
Treasures Unearthed – Patinas for Brass, Copper & Iron  
Mon & Tues evening  Sept 30 -Oct 1

Silk Scarves- Dyeing with Sharpie Markers Weds evening October 2
On Safari with Art & Soul Sketchbook Monday September 30

Zentangle 102 Tuesday October 1

Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                Zentangle #121

Checkered Zag

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at

Off to Sante Fe

     View a YouTube, join Marisa Pawelko, author of Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects, as she shows you how to make her Petal Point bracelet from colorful duct tape.

Marissa Pawelko with Duct Tape

     May is my month for a little R&R… I am resting up to get in gear for my next class schedule and art adventure. Sante Fe, New Mexico is one of my favorite art stops. I go out to visit my sister Amy every year – and this year I am teaching a few classes.
      Artisan is a fantastic art store full of every type of art material you could want or need. The Artisan store is BIG – and has a wonderful selection of decorative papers, canvas by the foot, paints, supplies and brushes for every art form.  They will be hosting a mini-workshop for me in their Artisan Art Spot in June.
Zentangle® and Mini Journals             Saturday            June 8  1:30-3:00
      If you love art journaling and want to explore Zentangle, come along and join the fun. We’ll create a few Tangles and we’ll make a mini  journal with watercolors, markers, and shading. This is a great introduction for you. I’ll have all the supplies so come tangle with me! 
Mini Art Journals for Friendship traces and gifts.
     I also adore the local stamp store in Sante Fe, Guadalupe’s StampaFe Art Stamps. Every time I visit their store, I come away so enthused. When I use their fun stamps in a project or book I get many requests for how to purchase them. I am thrilled to be teaching workshops at their store in June. 
Zentangle 102 – Zendalas, Colors & Beads Friday       June 14  9:00-3:00
     Learn new tangles and explore tangle variations.
Day by Day Journals Saturday        June 15   8:00-1:00
     Record your life’s journey, design day-by-day pages.
Intuitive Art Journal Sunday         June 16   9:00-3:00
    Mixed media and creativity with color, paints, images and more. 
Intuitive art journal – this class is so colorful, fun and creative!
Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

              Zentangle #120


The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at

The Gift of Zentangle

View a YouTube, Cindy Shepard shares great tips for drawing with gel pens and rubber stamps. 

     I am not sure I know where to begin… it has been exactly two months since I have been able to sit down and share anything on my blog. I have been thinking of my friends but life has been so-o-o hectic. Almost the entire two months I have been immersed in Zentangle® in one form or another. The “gift of Zentangle” has been all around me.
Meeting in Texas with Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas and Cindy Shepard.
      It was wonderful to visit with Rick and Maria when they came to Texas for the National Art Education Association Convention. CZT’s and other tanglers attending NAEA got together with Rick and Maria one night for a reception sponsored by Sakura. It was very inspiring to hear Rick and Maria talk of all the people they had met and hear stories told to them by teachers, and how the Zentangle method has touched their life as well as the lives of their students.
      An opportunity to experience the force of Zentangle was presented to me by the 125 guest artists that Cindy and I worked with for the book ‘The Beauty of Zentangle’.  The art in the book is truly amazing – from classic black and white tiles to exquisite and intricate work from CZTs and tangle artists around the world. Each artist also contributed a short paragraph about how they were introduced to Zentangle and how they use it in their daily life and enjoy sharing it with others. It was so touching I wiped away tears a few times. 
      The book is posted on Amazon and is expected to be available in September.  
     Like the Trojan Horse, my journey with Zentangle is full of surprises. I was on a long flight and needed something calming to do, so I opened my sketchbook and began drawing tangles on this horse. A teenage girl and her mother sat next to me. The girl didn’t say anything, but she watched me work through the entire flight. As we were gathering our things to leave, the mother said, “Amy was fascinated by your tangles, she has been learning them in her art class at school. She has a Zentangle book. Are you Suzanne McNeill? I thought I recognized you from the photo in the book.” I nodded as she told me how much her daughter enjoyed my tangle art. 
     Hearing my name, Amy finally overcame her shyness and shook hands with me. “I can’t wait to tell my friends I actually met you. I’m going to put a page about meeting you in my sketchbook,” she beamed. “You have a sketchbook?” I inquired. “Ya. It’s homework, so I left it home. My teacher is always telling us to keep the sketchbook with us. Now I know why. Nice meeting you.” We parted with smiles and I had a story to journal in my own sketchbook.
Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                   Zentangle #119


The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. and is used with permission. Learn more at