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Dedicated to Supporting The Expressive Quilter
In Tradition, Innovation, Art & Computer Quilting

Soft Expressions Newsletter
June 2012

Newsletter Editor: Sharla R. Hicks
Owner of Soft Expressions, Expressive Quilter, Artist

& Certified Zentangle Teacher

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Creativity & the Frustration of the Process
by Sharla Hicks ©2012

In our last Soft Expressions newsletter several months ago I explored the idea of pursuing art daily. Recently I found a video that I felt was important to share with others who also pursue creative endeavors and to again reiterate about the importance of creating art daily, even if it is only 10 minutes of mindful pursuit.

The importance of Frustration in the Creative Process is animated in a short, sweet and to the point video! Well worth every viewing moment. (3 1/2 minutes) . Maria Popova of www.BrainPickings.org writes and I paraphrase: "The video is a teaser for Jonah Lehrer's book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, a "seething cauldron of ideas." The animator, Flash Rosenberg---Guggenheim Fellow, NYPL artist-in-Residence, live-illustrator extraordinaire, distills one of Lehrer's key ideas in simple yet visually eloquent line drawings."

Our choices of creativity are varied and all inclusive up to and including the pursuit of our daily lives. Who will benefit from viewing the short and well done video?

  • The Expressive Quilter and Fiber Artist looking for the next great quilt or art piece to flow from the minds eye out to the fabric
  • The Zentangle Artist pursuing the perfect line and the next break through in pursuit of the perfect Zentangle Inspired Art piece.
  • The Art Journalist pursing the goal of doing art daily even if it is only 10 minutes in pursuit of the completed journal and inspiration for the next exciting piece of art that is begging to be created..
  • The Scrapbooker looking to capture the perfect collage to express the emotion they feel about the wonders exhibited in the showcased photos.
  • The act of cooking a unique meal with the perfected savor to enhance the menu to be lovely savored alone, served to family, friends, visitors, or special occasions.
  • The act of being human and figuring out how we fit into the larger scheme (okay I am getting deep here aren't I)

Bottom line, we are looking for the ah ha moment, but little is spoken about the process that PROCEEDS the ah haaaa!

The concept, importance of Frustration in the Creative Process, illustrated in the video have been essential in my artistic endeavors, my work as teacher looking for the best way to be supportive of my students, my activities as a the owner and webmaster of Soft Expressions. I often experience the frustration before the flow / zone / meditative state (whatever term you are comfortable using) I find the frustration and obstacles quite profound as it produces the greatest break through moments. There is nothing quite like the Ah Ha distillation after the frustration of the journey.....

In my current artistic pursuit of Zentangle, I work at it almost every day and often ponder on a solution to an artistic idea percolating and I recently experienced one of those AH HAs. Here is how it went:

  • I experienced a percolation period
  • I practiced
  • I struggled
  • I studied
  • I day dreamed
  • I slept and dreamed
  • I reminded myself that Anything is Possible One Stroke at a Time™, the Zentangle Mantra <<<<<<
  • One day, AFTER many previous attempts, I pick up the pen and the FLOW poured out of my soul through my fingers, into the pen; petals and forms began dancing across the page.
  • I had a profound Zentangle Inspired Art moment an --- —ahhhh haaa— and I have been sharing with anyone who would listen. View the Black Spider Mum to the left <<<< It is part of my Fantasy Flower Series taught in my Zentangle Class 4 and is the my latest example of the flow AFTER the frustration and struggle.
  • I look forward to many more frustrating moments to find the flow!
Frustration is often seen as THE barrier and produces stop motion forward because opening oneself up to new experiences can be daunting, I hope after viewing the video it may help you reframe and under stand, frustration is the planted seed waiting to burst through soil and bloom.


Often when I talk to customers about the Zentangle they state, I can't do that, I can only draw stick figures. <<<<< BUT have you wanted to draw? If your answer in any form is yes, Zentangle will put you on a new path and creative endeavor. because it is a one stroke at time process that uses, GUESS WHAT, stick figure dashes, dots, lines, triangles, circles, squares. Are you looking for your NEXT break through? Yes, then join me in what may be a little frustrating at in the beginning but with just a little practice and some really good instruction from a CZT instructor (me) you will begin exploring the rewarding pursuit of drawing a better stick figure.

Thanks for reading and letting me share the joy of my latest Zentangle AH HA after the frustration of the pursuit!

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IMAGINE: How Creativity Works from Flash Rosenberg on Vimeo.
Flash Rosenberg imagines how the ideas in IMAGINE are tackled, tickled and teased-out by the author Jonah Lehrer.
Direction and live-drawing by Flash Rosenberg— video edit by Lin Sorensen— narration: Jonah Lehrer—Book: IMAGINE: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer— published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt— animation © Flash Rosenberg 2012— flashrosenberg@gmail.com

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Who is Noelle? Noel is my new go to lady in the store and also helps me on my website. She has worked in the craft industry for many years. Thanks to having a art teacher for a mother she as pursued arts and crafts her whole life. She is young and sassy and bring a youthful outlook to our neck of the woods. Our goal between the two of us, is more frequent newsletter (1 or 2 times a year is not enough), more tutorials and meaty fun stuff.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a graphic designer based in New York City, and she has created many wonderful stencil designs in conjunction with The Crafter's Workshop.

She is famous in the scrapbooking, art journaling and quilt world and has been published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Quilt Scene, and Scrapbook Trends.

Her ideas can be translated into Zentangles and art quilts to add interest and adornment.

FREE Stencil 101 Class Review by Noelle Halliday (employee and craft lover at Soft Expressions)

Julie is currently offering a FREE stencil class through her website. I personally took the class and it was time well spent. I am a seasoned crafter, I knit, crochet, draw, and paint, yet I have never really used stencils, save for the elementary school art classes where we folded a piece of paper in half and made our own stencils. I am truly surprised at how many crafters are unaware of stencils and their creative possibilities. I love working with different mediums and tools (the more the better!), Julie's class provided me with many different ideas and projects which I can take and mold to my specific needs.

The class consists of eight videos along with wonderful pictures of the final projects. She starts, rightly so, with the basics, describing stencils vs. masking, and so forth. She covers all aspects of stenciling, from cleaning, to wet vs. dry techniques, repetitive patterning, and more. The class also demonstrates three different projects for the avid crafter.

Julie has a wonderful personality and that really shows through the videos. She is easy to listen to and her projects are clear and understandable. She has a wealth of knowledge and passion for art which left me feeling inspired, looking forward to my next project. Everyone will leave the class with tons of tips and tricks.

To take the class, contact her at balzerdesigns@gmail.com, state your name in the email and tell her that you want to take the "Stencil 101 Class." She got back to me within a day. She will provide you with a username and password which are required to access the class. Once inside the class, each video is password protected, the correct password is provided above the video. *For those of you with slow Internet browsers* I suggest turning off the HD option.

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    Tanglers let Sharla help you take your Zentangles to the next level

    Sharla has been tangling almost daily for 3.5 years. In that time she has had many ah-ha moments that she will teach you. Expand your understanding of how to bring YOUR OWN style to Zentangle, expand  your tangle enhancer vocabulary and understanding of how to add depth, dimension and the ah-ha factor to your work. Below are examples of taking your tangles to the next level.

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    Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012 Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012

    Sharla's Comments Regarding Zentangle

    Confused about the difference between Doodle & Zentangle®?

    **Those of us who Zentangle® shy away from the term doodling because we understand that the principles behind Zentangle® transcends doodling because it is teachable. Zentangle®s® is a teaching method that is breaks down patterns into step-by-step lines, curves, dashes, and circles to support those who have been intimidated by drawing and doodling or those who want to expand their personal expression and art. PLUS the greatest benefit is tangling brings creative focus and relaxation.

    • Class Benefits: The Zentangle® journey is creating One-of-a-Kind Abstract Art while finding relaxation that allows clarity and focus to tap into your personal creative intuition.
    • Exploring Zentangle® patterns will improve your ability to create new textures, patterns, ideas for quilts, quilting lines, scrapbooking, cards, journals and more.
    • With guidance, learn how to create one-of-a-kind Zentangle® tiles.

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    Prerequisite: Attended Class 1 with a Zentangle Instructor or Sharla's Permission
    NOTE: This group is setup in a friendship group format with Show & Tell, introduction to new tangles, and working with alternate materials. Sharla is a guide and group participant. We will have access to a document camera for demonstration and the Internet so that we can share our discoveries. Sharla & other participants offer demos and mini workshops on techniques of interest to the group.

    DAY SESSION: 3rd Thursday of Every Month
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    October & November 2014
    Zentangle Class Series Schedule >>>>
    NOTE: Class fee includes all supplies needed and handouts for future reference after the class

    Sharla has been listening to what her students want and developed a new series of Zentangle classes with a Botanical and Organic Twist. Each class in the series builds on the skills learned in the previous class.

    • Did you learn your tangles online or from a book and feel you have a handle on Zentangle?
      • It might surprised you to know so did Sharla and it surprised her how much she learned when she attended formal Certified Zentangle Teacher training. She then spent the last 3 years exploring how to take that training, add in her 30+ years of fine art and textile education to her Zentangle Series: The Dance of Zentangle.
    • Each Class will include an in depth look at how tangles germinate from geometric into organic, and botanical patterns.
    • Sharla will lead you in exercises that will help expand your own style and vision one stroke at a time as you learn you too can tap into artistic and creative expressions through the dance of the tangles.
    • Each Class includes time to evaluate the previous week's work and learn from each other with personal insights and awe-ha moments.
    • When you are done with this 8 part series, you will become a master of geometric tangles and learn the simple one step at time methods to make them more organic and botanical.
    • We will use the One Stroke at a time Dance to gain a deeper understanding of the value of Zentangle beyond the tile, paper and pen as it opens a mindful focus that allows creativity to flow at the same time it is relieving the stress of the day.
    • Each class includes extensive handouts and when done, you will have your own 8 chapter book of Zentangle by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT. Remember with each handout you will have an additional 4+ tangles as homework related to the week's theme.

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    October & November 2014
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    NOTE: No August Classes, watch for September scheduled. Sign up for newsletter

    NOTE: 2 class days include 1 hour lunch. We go to a local El Polo Loco with a Starbucks or Sandwich Shop next door. If you want to bring your own lunch we encourage all to join us at our El Polo Loco table as we continue bonding together with our fellow class members who on the same Zentangle Dance Journey with you.


    bullet $175 Premium Series (SAVES $120)
    The Dance of the Zentangles
    New to Zentangle & Seasoned Tanglers will Explore Geometric, Botanical & Organic Zentangle Patterns & Zentangle Inspired Art

    • NOTE: All supplies: Pens, Pencils, Shading Tools & Tiles, Paper & Fabric provided for Series.
    • Each class includes extensive handouts with 4+ homework tangles. At the end of the series you will have 8 chapter book.
    • IF you are taking individual classes you may need to purchase additional pens, pencils, and shading tools provided in a previous class.
    • Returning Students or Have Questions call Sharla to sign-up:
      714-630-7414 or Toll Free 888-545-8616

    (4) Saturday 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM:
    Class 1-2: October 4
    Class 3-4: October 11
    Classes 5-6: November 1
    Classes 7-8: November 8

    bullet $95 The Zentangle Dance 1, 2, 3, 4 Series:

    The Zentangle Dance of the Geometric, Organic and Botanicals Patterns:
    Classes 1, 2, 3, 4
    (2) Saturday 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM:
    Classes 1-2: October 4
    Classes 3-4: October 11

    bullet $95 The Moving Forward Series:
    Zentangle Dance of Petals & Leaves
    Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, Fantasy Scapes, Lettering & Mandala, Dimension, Shade & Shadows
    Classes 5, 6, 7, 8
    (2) Saturdays 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    Classes 5-6: November 1
    Classes 7-8: November 8

    bullet $70 Foundation Part 1:
    Zentangle Dance of the Geometric, Organic, Botanical Patterns
    Classes 1 & 2
    (1) Saturday 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM:
    Classes 1-2: October 4

    bullet $70 MORE Foundation Part 2:
    Zentangle Dance of the Geometric, Organic, Botanical Patterns
    Classes 3 & 4
    (1) Saturday 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM:
    Classes 3-4: October 11

    Code: 001—Zentangle Classes 1-8

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    Zentangle® Individual Class Dates
    NOTE: All supplies: Pens, Pencils, Shading Tools & Tiles, Paper & Fabric provided for Series. IF if you are taking individual classes you may need to purchase something used in a previous class.

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    bullet $40 Class 1 ONLY:
    The Zentangle Swing 1-2-3: The Foundations Class
    Dance to the Music of Geometric, Botanical & Organic Tangle Patterns
    Saturday 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    Class 1: October 4, 2014

    • NOTE: Class 1 & 2 lay the groundwork for Sharla's series and are not to be missed classes. Sharla promises it will be worth your time for ALL beginner and seasoned tanglers as this is where she covers enhancers and building the foundations for the Zentangle Tile.
    • NOTE: Included in fee, all Tiles, Pen, Pencil & additional supplies needed for class PLUS extensive handout for all tangles & techniques with 4+ themed homework tangles.
    Code: 001—Zentangle Classes 1-8
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    • Class 1 begins your personal journey to the dance of Zentangles one step at time. Sharla offers the whys behind each tangle, and magical shading techniques and enhancers chosen for this class will make your tangles stand out from the crowd.
    • The carefully chosen tangles build the vocabulary & skills needed for the rest of Dance of the Zentangle Series that covers geometric to organic and botanical styles.
    • Did you learn Zentangle online and books? Good resources for patterns, but unfortunately, often these excellent resources do not offer the tools on how to tap into the creative mindful process that begins fine tuning your own creative expression.
    • Learn why Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas developed the teachable method of patterning called Zentangle. You will be surprised!
    • Also, know you are learning from Sharla, an artist who could NOT draw and still cannot draw realistic images and no longer feels it is necessary to draw realistically to be an artist as she has found her artistic voice through Zentangle. She is looking forward to helping facilitate your journey into the Dance of the Zentangle.
    • Each class includes an extensive handout with 4+ tangles as homework related to the week's theme.

    ***Prerequisite for Classes 2-8: Attended Class 1 or Sharla's Permission. If needed, call her at 714-630-7414 or Toll Free 888-545-8616

    bullet$35 ***Class 2 ONLY:
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    Dance of the Grids or is it Twist & Turn
    Saturday 2:30 AM to 5:30 PM:
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    NOTE: Included in fee, all paper & pen needed for class PLUS extensive handout for all tangles & techniques with 4+ themed homework tangles.

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    Class 2 The Zentangle Twister:
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    NOTE: Class 1 & 2 lay the foundation & groundwork for Sharla's series and are not to be missed classes. Sharla promises it will be worth your time for ALL beginner and seasoned tanglers.

    Did you think Sharla meant a checker board grid, think again! Ever heard of the random grid, No? What about an organic grid., No? What about the free form grid, No? What about a dimensional grid, No? time to learn, Sharla offers creative exercises that move past the traditional checker board into unique grids that reflect you and your personal expression of the Grid Dance. Learning the grid foundation is essential to bringing many Zentangle Tangles to life. Come learn the steps and then add new tangles to your dance card.

    • Class includes time to evaluate the previous week's work, learn from each other and earn your surprise reward for completed homework.
    • Continue learning new steps to the dance of the stripes, a marvelous enhancer that have potential to pop any tangle every time you use them. Learn the secrets little tricks that makes them special.
    • Then move into a special Tangle that grows from a rigid geometric form into a beautiful botanical you will want to use again and again.
    • Each class includes an extensive handout with 4+ more tangles as homework related to the week's theme.
    Zentangle Example for Class 2  by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Zentangle Dance of the Grids
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    Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Zentangle Dance of the Grids
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    Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Class 3:
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    NOTE: Class 1 & 2 lay the groundwork for Sharla's series and are not to be missed classes. Sharla promises it will be worth your time for ALL beginner and seasoned tanglers.

    • Class includes time to evaluate the previous week's work, learn from each other and earn your surprise reward for completed homework.
    • Learn the power of repetitive and concentric lines and the role they play in geometric, organic & botanicals tangles.
    • Learn the Official Tangle first & then evolve each tangle into organic flowing forms as they dance their way to inspiring Zentangle Inspired Art using simple one stroke at time methods for integration and flow.
    • Working with Tan, Black, Gary & Color Backgrounds, learn more about shading and adding highlights.
    • Discover how quickly the line dance covers a page. These tangles may well become your comfort tangles you return to again and again.
    • Each class includes an extensive handout with 4+ more tangles as homework related to the week's theme.
    Betweed Between
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    Betweed Between by Sharla Hicks
    Zentangle Inspired Art  by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentanble Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2012 Teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Fantasy Forest by Sharla Hicks
    Zentangle Inspired Art  by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentanble Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2012 Teaching in Anaheim CA
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    NOTE: Included in fee, all paper & additional pens, pencils, shading tools needed for class PLUS extensive handout for all tangles & techniques with 4+ themed homework tangles.

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    Class 4:
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    Dance of the Monotangle with a little Tango for Spice

    NOTE: Class 1 & 2 lay the groundwork for Sharla's series and are not to be missed classes. Sharla promises it will be worth your time for ALL beginner and seasoned tanglers.

    • Classes 1 & 2 have prepared you for this very special dance of tangles on black, gray, tan and other color paper and surfaces that are enhanced with shading, the special component that makes the Zentangle sing and dance across color backgrounds.
    • Class includes time to evaluate the previous week's work, learn from each other and earn your surprise reward for completed homework.
    • Dance of the Organic Monotangle introduces more complex tangles that dance through the one-stroke-at-time Zentangle Dance Steps that makes even complex tangles simple.
    • Learn the Tangle first & then we will evolve each tangle into organic flowing forms that make exciting Zentangle Inspired Art.
    • Explore how the paper choices influences shading choices and how to make the sparkle happen.
    • Learn the Tango Dance of patterns that blends and fuses 2-3 patterns together as they smoothly glide across the paper or fabric merging together into one unified form.
    • Creative exercise leads you into how Mooka evolves into complex tanglations. Mooka has become the fundamental tangle to many organic and botanical patterns Sharla calls Mooka-esk.
    • Each class includes an extensive handout with 4+ more tangles as homework related to the week's theme.
    Under the Sea, Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    The Black Mooka Floral by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT copyright 2014
    Tripoli by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentanble Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2011
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    Mookas in Blue on Renaissance Tiles by Sharla R. Hicks Copyright 2014

    ***Prerequisite for Classes 2-8: Attended Class 1 or Sharla's Permission. If needed, call her at 714-630-7414 or Toll Free 888-545-8616

    NOTE: Class 5 , 6, 7, & 8
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    $95 ($150 value) Classes 5-8

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    NO previous art background necessary!

    NOTE: Included in fee, preprepped mixed media paper, additional pens, shading tools, and all tiles & paper supplies needed for class PLUS extensive handout for all tangles & techniques with 4+ themed homework tangles.

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    NOTE: Class 1 through 4 lay the groundwork for Sharla's series. Students who do not attend previous 4 class in the series feel they have missed out on important foundation material that lead into the botanical series. Sharla promises it will be worth your time for ALL beginner and seasoned tanglers.

    Class 5 & 6: The Zentangle Dance of Petals & Leaves
    &
    Class 7 & 8: The Zentangle Dance of Zandalas, Mandalas, Ensembles
    Explore the Zentangle Dance of Shade and Shadows.

    NO previous art background necessary!

    Sharla's Zentangle Journey has had many ah-ha moments as she learned the magical shapes and forms that dance, sway, bend and bow into petals and leaves. Come find your own style of Dancing with Petals and Leaves as you move across nature, organic and botanical forms. This is the foundation for creating fantasy scapes.

    • Continue working with White, Tan, Black, Gray & Color Backgrounds.
    • Class includes time to evaluate the previous week's work, learn from each other and earn your surprise reward for completed homework.

    Explore a unique approach of self-inspired Mandalas aka Zendala.

    Explore futher how to add jazz and pop to Zentangle Inspired Art with Serendipity Design and the Dance of Shade & Shadows as keep your audience mesmerized with natural forms that dip, turn and explode off the page under your dnacing fingers.

    • Classes 7 & 8 are your opportunity to conclude a wonderful, artful Zentangle Journey with additional tools to make Zentangle and Zentangle Inspired Art a life-long, mindful journey of creativity that enriches your life.
    • Learn how the Mandala aka Zendala is an excellent exercise that taps into creative mindful focus preparing you for a joyful Zentangle Inspired Art journey.
    • Sharla brings pre-prepped color enhanced backgrounds that will become your dance floor. Learn a few techniques on how to develope your own color backgrounds that will become the foundation of your composition, design, form and structure for Zentangle Inspired Art.
    • Move forward with more complex strings and tangle variations that use the one stroke at time methods to simplify complex tangles that evolve beyond the expected as they grown into florals and fantasy scapes.
      • Sharla will not let you down as she simplifies shading, design and composition.
    • Add the Dance of Shade and Shadows to your Zentangle Inspired Art as you sway, swing, zig and zag with brown, blue, metallic pens. Each pens has a unique dance that is dependent on background choices.
      • Explore what changes when you use white, ivory, black, grey, tan or color backgrounds exploring the dancing highlights, low lights, depth unique to background and pen choices.
      • Light sources woes disappear when you approach shading with simple, one layer at a time methods.
    • Class includes time to evaluate the previous week's work, learn from each other and earn your surprise reward for completed homework.
    • Class includes an extensive handouts with 4+ more tangles as homework related to the week's theme.


    Zentangle Inspired Art  by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentanble Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2012 Teaching in Anaheim CA
    Classes 5-8 Example

    Sharla Hicks current art work that incorporates Zentangle®
    Certified Zentangle Teacher teaching in Anaheim CA and Nationally

    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Dance of the Petals & Leaves
    Classes 5-8 Example
    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Dance of the Petals & Leaves
    Classes 5-8 Example
    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Dance of the Petals & Leaves
    Classes 5-8 Example
    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Dance of the Petals & Leaves
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    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Mums the Word by Sharla Hicks


    Zentangle and the Circle 2011
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    Zentangle® and The Circle 8 " x 8"
    by Sharla R. Hicks


    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla Hicks

    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Petal Dance by Sharla Hicks
    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla Hicks
    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla Hicks
    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla Hicks

    Happy Birds by Sharla Hicks, Certfied Zentangle Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2012
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    Happy Bird by Sharla Hicks

    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
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    Dance of the Petals & Leaves by Sharla Hicks


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