Zentangle® Art Shows

Hello friends, 

     I am so excited!
     FIRST, 20 of my Zentangle paintings have been chosen as feature art for July. I will be a “featured artist” at the Gidden’s Gallery, 624 Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051. This beautiful gallery is right downtown Grapevine and showcases the art of over 30 regional artists. ZIA paintings are the theme of my show – so I have been drawing and painting into the wee hours every night – and then drawing and painting every day. There are lots of new themes and colors. It has been so much fun, and there is nothing like a ‘deadline’ to get my creative juices flowing.
     If you are anywhere close, the artist reception is on Saturday night, July 13, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. I’d love to see you there.
     AND there is a second opportunity to visit and view art. On Saturday, July 27, paintings from the Penwomen art association will be hanging at Your Private Collection Gallery , 106 North Houston, Granbury, TX 76048. The artists reception will be 5:30 to 8:00pm. I hope to see you there also.
     July has been a creative month. Thank you for your support.

Zentangle® Birds

     View a YouTube – draw and tangle a beautiful bird using 6 new tangles.

    One of my favorite subjects to draw, paint or tangle are birds. With a little practice you can learn to draw beautiful birds, I give you a brief lesson and introduce 6 new tangles in my YouTube video this week. The 6 new tangles are Fins, Maize, Ocean Spray, Pinball, Chatter and Coral Seeds


     Taking art workshops is one of my passions. I love teaching but I love learning even more. Through the many years I have been involved in the art and craft industry I have taken a lot of classes and workshops. At the time that particular class may not even have been of great interest to me, I just wanted to create. 

      I can safely say I have come away from each class with renewed inspiration and having learned at least one new thing of value which I can incorporate into my own art. Many times I have traveled across the country or even out of the country to take classes with artists I have long admired. 

Jill Pankey’s art.. .I love this one. Jill’s art just makes me smile.

     It’s always nice when I can stay close to home and attend an exciting workshop with a favorite artist. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in a recent 3-day workshop with Jill Pankey. I adore her creative style and brilliant colors. Her work centers on the female form, and being from Texas many of the female forms are wearing cowboy boots and hats … another favorite subject for JillI love that she focuses on all types of settings and body types, Jill has a very humorous way of observing and presenting the female form. 

Having fun painting a blue goat and my grandaughter.

     Jill’s workshop involved drawing from live models as well as from photos. I could hardly wait to get started, I also enjoy creating figurative art and since I do many pieces with animals as well I loved experimenting with color choices and painting blue goats. What fun!! 

Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                 Zentangle #123


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 zentangle.com

French Knitted Beading

     View a YouTube  Carol Porter, author of ‘Making Jewelry with a French Knitter’,  shares easy tips to get you started creating lovely bead and cord jewelry with a French Knitter. 

     I am fascinated by all the jewelry Carol Porter has made with one simple tool, a French Knitter. Carol uses a French Knitting tool by Clover. Many of you may have seen this type of jewelry made using a “spool knitter”. A few small nails (generally four),  placed around the hole in the center of a wooden spool. Spool Knitting has been enjoyed by generations, it is an easy craft for young children to learn and a great introduction to knitting.  Carol uses monofilament, yarn, wire, various fibers and beads to create luscious strands of cording for bracelets and necklaces.
Lani and I visit on the coast of Maine.
     Before traveling to Virginia Beach to teach at Art and Soul Retreat, I made my way to Maine to visit my daughter Lani. I love the coastline of Maine, Lani and I can spend hours collecting sea glass and heart shaped rocks.  I am also treated to some fabulous food when I visit Lani, she is a wonderful cook (I attended one of her soup classes) and owns a quaint food shop in Camden, Megunticook Market. The market specializes in fresh, local meats and produce along with wonderful baked items. We also explored antique shops, one of my favorite pastimes. Seems there is always something new to discover. My latest passion is nautical maps… I found some dating back to the 1800’s. My plan is to use them for backgrounds in some of my art work. Maine is a good source for nautical antiquities of every kind, If you happen to know of a source for inexpensive nautical maps I would love to hear from you.  
     One of the Zentangle® projects from students in my Zentangle 102 class at the Art and Soul Retreat in Virginia.  We used a Zendala tile as a frame for a beautiful butterfly. You could also collage an image in the center or add a dried flower.   
      My recent entry into a local art show at the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth. I was thrilled when my Watercolor Sunflowers won an award… there were many wonderful works of art featured in the show.
Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!      

                Zentangle #122  


Choppy Waves and Calm Waters 

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 zentangle.com

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  perchpaperie@gmail.com
           June 5, Wednesday     10-1:00   Zentangle ® 101 – Basics
           June 5, Wednesday     2-5:00     Gelli Journal 101 – Basics
      In Santa Fe, NM – contact  rubberstamps@stampafe.com
           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 zentangle.com

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 zentangle.com

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 zentangle.com

Jewelry from T-shirt Yarn

     View a YouTube,  Lorine Mason shows how to make hair accessories and colorful jewelry from strips of T-shirts … a wonderful way to recycle.

Lorine Mason and I in the Design Originals booth at CHA.

     With a couple of T-shirts, scissors and Fabri-Tac fabric glue you can make some spectacular  accessories and jewelry. Personally, I love wearing my T-shirt necklace with a casual pair of jeans as well as dressier items from my wardrobe. Lorine Mason not only shows several ways to cut T-shirts into yarn, she also guides you through the steps to custom dye T-shirt yarn into some really luscious color combinations. Her bookMaking Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn‘, explains techniques for creating spiral necklaces, bracelets and rings as well as fabulous hair accessories and flip-flops.

Lorine and some of her favorite T-shirt students in California.

     An exciting new art gallery has opened right on Main Street in Grapevine, Texas. Giddens Gallery of Fine Art hosts more than 20 Texas artists. I am pleased to say I am one of them. My new series of Narrative Paintings is hanging in the gallery. I really enjoyed working on this group of paintings. Each painted subject has a story to tell… it was such fun painting the subjects and then coming up with a narrative for each one.  If you live near Grapevine I hope you get a chance to stop by and see Giddens collection of art work. My pieces will be up through the month of March.  

 My paintings at Giddens Fine Art Gallery in Grapevine, TX.

     In April I will be teaching at Art & Soul in Virginia Beach. It is such a fun venue, and all the creativity recharges my soul. I not only enjoy teaching in this venue; I also love meeting new people and taking some fabulous classes from other instructors. If you are attending this event I hope to see you in some of my classes… or just stop by to say hello. Below is a list of classes I will be teaching with workshop number. There are also some videos on the Art & Soul website introducing the workshops I will be teaching. 

Art & Soul Sketchbook 

VA220  Weds/Thurs April 24-25 Treasures Unearthed – Patinas for Brass, Copper and Iron

VA164  Friday          April 26       Zentangle 102 

VA165  Friday eve   April 26      Silk Scarves- Dyeing with Sharpie Markers

VA163  Saturday    April 27       On Safari with Art & Soul Sketchbook 

Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

Zentangle #118


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 zentangle.com

Fun and Inspiration at CHA

     View a YouTube , create a  pop-up owl card using easy to do circular shapes and zentangle® patterns.

     Once again fun was had by all attending the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. Even though I have been attending these shows for longer than I would like to admit I still enjoy seeing my old friends, meeting new ones and getting first look at all the possibilities of the coming year with new ideas and products in arts and crafts.

My dear friends Karen Thomas and Suze Weinberg.

     The Fox Chapel/Design Originals booth was a beehive of activity. Demonstrations and make & takes were scheduled every day… all through the day. I enjoyed the opportunity to introduce some new Zentangle books, ‘Zentangle 7’, ‘Zentangle 8’ and ‘Joy of Zentangle’.

     The series of Zentangle books (Basics thru 8) have been so popular it was exciting to once again be invited to the R&M West Coast Enterprises booth to sign the latest in the series. I also had great fun introducing some willing participants to the creativity and value of Zentangle through some make & takes. My favorite was the adorable little Tangled dimensional owl card.

     On Monday I gave a 3 hour workshop to a large group of store owners… everyone was excited about the Zentangle buzz. I taught some new tangles and introduced creative ways to add tangles to scrapbooking, cardmaking and other forms of art making. A special thank you to Marie Browning of Tombow for her demonstration introducing color to Zentangle ZIA’s.

Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                        Zentangle #117

Stepping stones

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 zentangle.com