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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.

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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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Julie's blog is a wonderful essential for every crafter.

She frequently uploads clear and creative ideas with beautiful pictures and easy-to-follow tutorial videos. Her blog offers Stencil Hops (where one stencil "hops" between several graphic artists and crafters to explore different designs and projects) and Challenges for her blog readers. Julie's blog is easy to navigate and offers a biography page, a Frequently Asked Questions page, and a class list. This blog is a really good resource whether you are a new crafter or a seasoned professional.


TCW223 Fragmented Flower
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    Tangle Inspired Botanicals
    By Sharla R. Hicks, CZT


    What is the teachable drawing method called Zentangle?

    • Zentangle is a SIMPLE TEACHING METHOD using One Stroke at a Time that supports those who have been intimidated by drawing and doodling or those who want to expand their personal expression and art to create unique one-of-a-kind abstract art. No two designs come out the same even when following the same theme and patterns.
    • Zentangle Benefits: Learn why & how One Stroke at a Time is the single most important concept of the Zentangle Method. The simple repetitive stroke takes you beyond the tile, paper and pen into a mindful focus that allows creativity to flow at the same time it is relieving the stress of the day.
    • Sharla's 8 part series offers an in-depth look at how tangles germinate from one form into new inspiration for organic and botanical patterns.
    • Class will expand  your tangle enhancer vocabulary and understanding of how to add depth, dimension, shading, and the ah-ha factor to your work as shown in the examples above & below (scroll down)
    • Class will improve your ability find your OWN style when creating new textures, patterns, improve drawing skills and inspire new ideas for quilts, quilting lines, scrap booking, cards, and journals.
    • Class will include time to evaluate the previous week's work and learn from each other with personal insights and awe-ha moments.
    • 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. Each handout offers an additional 4+ tangles as homework related to the week's theme

    Sharla's Comments Regarding Her Zentangle and Expressive Botanical Series & Retreats:

    • Did you learn your tangles online or from a book and feel you have a handle on Zentangle?
    • Sharla did too and it surprised her how much she learned when she attended Certified Zentangle Teacher training.
    • Since 2011 she has been exploring how to take that training, add in her 40+ years of fine art and textile education to her Zentangle Series.
    • She has had many awe-ha moments that she will teach you.
    • She will expand your understanding of how to bring YOUR OWN style to Zentangle using a creative technique she calls 'intuitive logic.'

    Zentangle Series (8) Classes & Tangle Inspired Botanical Retreats
    Study Expressive Tangling, Botanicals, Mixed Media

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    Zentangle, Anything is Possible, One Stroke at a Time

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


    Example possibilities for Big Bear Tangle-Inspired Botanicals Retreats
    Dancing with Petals & Leaves & Moving Forward


    Learn at the Dancing with Petals and Leaves and Moving Forward Retreats


    Example possibilities for Big Bear Zentangle Retreats


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    Example possibilities from Big Bear Zentangle Retreats


    Metal Point Example from Moving Forward
    Tangled Expressions and Botanicals Retreats

    Mixed Media and Monoprint from Tangle Inspired Botanical Retreats in Big BearMixed Media and Monoprints from Tangle Inspired Botanical Retreats in Big Bear
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    2019 Zentangle Retreats


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    Tangle Inspired Botanicals
    By Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

    October 2019
    East Coast Retreat

    Tangle-Inspired Botanicals:
    Dancing with Petals & Leaves

    Sharla R. Hicks
    Certified Zentangle Teacher & Author of Tangle-Inspired Botanicals

    Location: River Twist Homestead
    5334 River Road  Jamestown, NC  27282
    Host: Jan Galloni
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    Thurs. to Sunday: October 24, 25, 26, 27, 2019

    $399 Limited to 12 students, sign up ASAP

    Thursday:
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    Friday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
    Includes 3 continental breakfasts, 3 lunches and Thursday night dinner & the majority of the supplies needed for class.
    Optional Dinner with wine:  Friday and/or Saturday night,

    How to Register & More Info
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    INCLUDES:
    Room, Board, with Meals prepared by Cordon Bleu Chef, Diana Hudson, Instruction, and most Supplies
    SMALL CLASS SIZE: Limited to 8-10 students for a small hands-on class environment.


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    Tangle Inspired Botanicals
    By Sharla R. Hicks, CZT
    $1250: Tangle-Inspired Botanicals Retreat
    Dancing with Petals and Leaves

    Workshop Instructor: Sharla R. Hicks artist, author of Tangle Inspired Botanicals, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Mentor

    Wednesday to Monday
    2019: June 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

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    NOTE: Most supplies provided.
    Includes:
    room & board with Cordon-Bleu Chef prepared meals
    Location:
    Big Bear, California

    Suggested Attendees: Tanglers familiar with Zentangle who wish to explore how to morph fundamental tangles into organic style botanicals, petals, leaves and scapes and explore color, design, composition, and enhancers.

    INCLUDED: Open 24 hours a day, mixed media studio stocked with multiple kinds of transparent, opaque, pearlescent and metallic paints in watercolor, brushos, gouache, water and acrylic inks, speed ball inks, acrylics. For your use: stencils, stamps, textures, brushes, daubers, water containers, palettes and more.

    $175 Optional Early Bird Workshop with Sharla Hicks
    Color Exploration & Mixed Media Monoprints
    Create One-of-Kind Tangle Ready Backgrounds
    June 2019: Monday to Wednesday
    2019: June 17, 18, & 19


    Optional Early Bird Workshop
    Arrive:
    Monday afternoon to settle in. We will leave for town at 4:30 pm for a buy-your-own-dinner.

    Instruction: Monday Evening, Tuesday & Wednesday AM with open mixed media studio Wednesday afternoon.to provide the time and opportunity to make multiple, ready to tangle backgrounds to take home or use during retreat. An indepth color presentation sets the road map for your color journey offering the essentials that turn complex color theory into simple, easy to understand vocabulary and exercises that will be the foundation to all color decisions you make in any medium, art, or craft.

    You will develope rich backgrounds that bring to conscious awareness how to make color choices by understanding how value, warm and cools, lights to darks, how pure, shade and grayed tones interact to develop foreground, middle ground, backgrounds for botanical and landscape tangle pieces. Time will be provided for experimenting on your own. You will explore multiple techniques and paper types using and develope an understanding of the differences between opaque, transparent, and translucent paints. You will explore as many of the following as time allows: alcohol inks, watercolor, brushos, gouache, acrylics, marbling, and printmaking with Speedball ink, weeds and reeds, foliage, textures. Use a small press at the workshop and learn hand pressing techniques to use at home. Remember, essential supplies provided in the well stocked mixed media studio. Just come and enjoy a lighter suitcase.

    Tangle-Inspired Botanicals Retreat
    NOTE: Each student will have a 45 minute one-on-one time with Sharla to help you discover the journey you have been on, and where you are going. You will be encouraged to verbalize your goals and explore together recommendations on where to expand your skills. You will set goals to explore during the retreat.

    Instruction: Learn how simple lines, C & S curves, dots, circles, expressive line, and more become tools to enhance and personalize your work and begin developing your own style of organics. Sharla introduces the fundamental components found in many tangles that easily evolve and morph into botanicals. Multiple Power Point presentations will lay the groundwork for hands-on exercises that explore enhancers, framers, textures, shade, shadow, color, design, and composition. The journey includes finding your unique visual vocabulary.

    Exercises and instruction simplify the color essentials needed to make pens and shading choices using graphite, pastel pencils, color pencils, and color pens to develope a well balanced piece using value, warm, cool, light, dark, greyed choices that sing together when making the correct magical, yet very strategic, color choices. For a greater indepth study of color, take the Optional Early Bird Class: Color Exploration & Mixed Media Monoprints: Create One-of-Kind Backgrounds

    Eco-Dyed Tangled Inspired Botanical by Sharla R. HicksAt the retreat, you will learn how to eco-dye unique one-of-a-kind backgrounds on a variety of papers and fabric that offer organic information ready to tangle. Each combination of paper, botanicals, bits and pieces, and mordants creates a unique look. Then learn how to read the eco dye shapes and forms that turn the ho-hum into WOW tangled botanicals, land and sea scapes. Each eco dyed shape, form and mark has the potential to evolve and morph into organic leaves, florals, botanicals, trees, stems, backgrounds, forgrounds and more with the addition of shading and line.

    You will leave with handouts for additional guidance at home, a filled notebook, completed tiles, and an extensive set of color, eco-dyed backgrounds for additional play at home, and a (3) month membership in a Facebook group that offers mentoring and encouragement to help keep you on track after leaving the retreat.

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    $1250: Intermediate to Advanced Tangled Expressions Retreat AKA sometimes referred to as the Alumni Retreat
    Moving Forward in Expressive Tangling with Visual Vocabulary and Personal Imagery

    September 2019
    Wednesday Evening to Monday Morning
    2019: September 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

    $175 Optional Workshop OR Independent Study

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    Suggested Attendees: Tanglers looking to advance their personal style and art, CZTs, Alumni, and Attendees from Sharla Hicks & Beckah Krahula Retreats & Classes

    Moving Forward Workshop facilitators / teachers: Sharla R. Hicks & Beckah Krahula are artists, authors (see books list below), mentors, and Certified Zentangle Teachers who understand the struggle of artists looking to improve their work and are eager to learn the fundamentals to allow them to soar. Sharla and Beckah have a mutual ideology and find that team teaching offers students the best of each of them.

    Moving Forward Workshop
    GOAL: Create a one-of-a-kind fusion of mixed media piece, collaged with personal imagery and tangling, character personas, shape, form, gold leaf, eco dyeing, and using new tools and techniques to develop a narrative in your art. Explore more indepth how to add content and a narrative in your work.

    This workshop is a journey on 'how' to move forward in your art by developing a 'personal and unique' repetitive pattern syle with an identifiable visual vocabulary of mark making, design, composition, and color choices that can be identified as 'your' work.

    Each student will learn how to find, refine, redefine, or even reinvent your artistic voice and unique expression with inventive ways to incorporate mixed media, eco dyeing, collage, gold leaf, and more.through the art of mark making, repetitive patterning, design, composition and color. So what does that lofty sounding, long sentence really mean and who does it apply to?

    • Many come to tangling and repetitive patterning as a way to reconnect to their art of earlier years and they are struggling with how to make it their own.
    • Also, many come with a spotty understanding of the basics to create good art and often feel ill equipped to make the decisions to develop a work of art that stands apart from others.
    • Some are looking but have not found their way to develop their own 'unique' artistic voice.
    • Some are looking for permission to just do art for art sakes

    Okay, then "Moving Forward's' small intimate (8-10) students retreat is the perfect supportive environment. Here, your will meet fellow seekers on their own art journey coupled with supportive teachers tthat offer gentle guidance tailored to each student. Each year the 'Moving Forward' retreat goes indepth into a few select mixed media techniques that offer learning opportunities that expand color, shading, composition, and design skills while helping your define and refine your own artist voice and skill level.

    This year, Beckah Krahula will be offering a unique blended color pencil technique that looks like an oil painting when finished and making your own inks from Botanicals and learning how and when to use them. These techniques will explore how shading, color, and value choices influence a finished work of art.

    Sharla will explore futher how to develop composition using narrative elements, color and design elements that enhance and expand your choices. This is a more cerebal, controlled approach to developing a work. that incorporates multiple mixed media techniques. This is an indepth how to approach to develope a unique organic art pieces that speaks with 'your' voice.

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    Optional Early Bird Classes
    $175 Tangle-Inspired Botanicals with Sharla HicksIncludes: Light meals, room and board
    Arrive:
    Monday afternoon to settle in. We will leave for town at 4:30 pm for a buy-your-own-dinner
    OR
    $175 Metal Point with Beckah Krahula
    Includes:
    Light meals, room and board
    Arrive:
    Monday afternoon to settle in. We will leave for town at 4:30 pm for a buy-your-own-dinner
    OR
    $175 Independent Study under Sharla & Beckah's Supervision

    Includes:
    Light meals, room and board
    Arrive:
    Monday afternoon to settle in. We will leave for town at 4:30 pm for a buy-your-own-dinner
    Schedule: Monday Evening, Tuesday & Wednesday AM
    2019: September 16, 17, & 18
    OR
    $350 Dancing with Natures Muse, Eco-dyeing with Beckah Krahula
    Eco-Dyeing Retreat ONLY? CLICK HERE
    2019: September 13, 14, 15, 16 (3.25 days)
    SCHEDULE: Arrive Friday afternoon by 3 pm.
    *Friday 3:30 pm: Big Bear boat pantoon ride & Buy your own dinner in Big Bear Village, return and start book covers in the evening
    * Instruction: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, (independent study & rest day Tuesday/Wednesday AM or take another optional class)
    This workshop teaches you the chemistry and  serendipity of the  eco-dyeing process controlled by recipes for 5 or more unique looks.  Each technique will become a chapter (signature) in an heirloom Coptic Stitch Bound Art Book. Learn how to enhance your leather cover with botanicals. As time allows, intuitively decide if frame ready art pieces or if you want to enhance and embellish with your unique styles of Intuitive Tangling and Mixed Media techniques.

    Suggestion: Sign up ASAP Retreats fills rapidly

    Sharla R. Hicks Book:
    bullet Tangle-Inspired Botanicals
    Beckah Krahula has authored 3 books on Tangling:
    bullet One Zentangle a Day, A 6-week Course in Creative Drawing
    bullet Tangled Journey, Exploring the Far Reaches of Tangle Drawing
    bullet 500 Tangled Artworks, A Showcase of Inspired Illustrated Designs
    Cover, Tangle-Inspired Botanicals by Sharla R. HicksOne Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula 500 Tangled Art Works compiled by Beckah Krahula Tangle Journey by Beckah Krahula

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    2019 Winter
    Zentangle Class Series

    Anaheim, CA

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    • 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:
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    Anaheim CA at Soft Expressions Warehouse
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    Winter 2019
    (2) Saturdays and Sundays
    Time: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    Class 1-2: Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Class 3-4: Sunday, January 27, 2019
    Classes 5-6: Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Classes 7-8: Sunday, February 3, 2019

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    bullet $95 The Zentangle Dance 1, 2, 3, 4 Series
    The Zentangle Dance of the Geometric, Organic and Botanicals Patterns

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    Time: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    Class 1-2: Saturday, January 26, 2019
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    ***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 $95 The Moving Forward Series
    Classes 5, 6, 7, 8
    Zentangle Dance of Petals & Leaves
    Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, Fantasy Scapes, Lettering & Mandala, Dimension, Shade & Shadows

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    Anaheim CA at Soft Expressions Warehouse
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    Winter 2019
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    Zentangle Dance of the Geometric, Organic, Botanical Patterns

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    Winter 2019
    Saturday: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    Class 1-2: January 26, 2019

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    bullet $70 MORE Foundation Part 2: Classes 3 & 4
    Zentangle Dance of the Geometric, Organic, Botanical Patterns

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    Winter 2019
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    Time: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    (2) Saturdays and Sundays
    Time: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    Class 1-2: Saturday, January 26, 2019
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    Mooka in Gold and Monoprint Florals by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2015
    Mixed Media and Tangle-Inspired Botanicals

     


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    Prerequisite: Attended Class 1 with any CZT 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.

    3rd Thursday of Every Month
    Time 1:00 PM to 3:30 through 6 PM
    NOTE: Ending time is flexible.
    AGENDA: Begin by exploring in depth a new or existing tangle. Show & Tell starts at 1:30

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    Zentangle Individual Class Descriptions
    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: Note: Call to register for 1 class only
    The Zentangle Swing 1-2-3: The Foundations Class
    Dance to the Music of Geometric, Botanical & Organic Tangle Patterns

    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.

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    Zentangle Class 1 Example by Shala Hicks Copyright 2012
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    Explore Geometric and Organic Tangles

    • Class 1 begins your personal journey to the dance of Zentangle 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:
    Note:
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    The Zentangle Twister


    NOTE: Included in fee, all paper & pen needed for class PLUS extensive handout for all tangles & techniques with 4+ themed homework tangles.

    SUPPLY LIST: Bring supplies from previous week(s): pens, pencils, shading tools.

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    Class 2 The Zentangle Twister:
    Dance of the Grids or is it Twist & Turn

    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.
    Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Zentangle Dance of the Grids
    Class 2 Example
    Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Zentangle Dance of the Grids
    Class 2 Example
    Zentangle Example for Class 2  by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Zentangle Dance of the Grids
    Class 2 Example
    Organic and Zentangle Inspired Zentangles by Sharla Hicks, Certiified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012
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    Organic & Geometric
    Class 2 Example

    ***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 $40 ***Class 3 ONLY
    Note: Call to register for 1 class only
    The Zentangle Line Dance

    NOTE: Included in fee, all paper needed for class PLUS extensive handout for all tangles & techniques with 4+ themed homework tangles.

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    NOTE: Included in fee, all paper needed for class PLUS extensive handout for all tangles & techniques with 4+ themed homework tangles.

    SUPPLY LIST: Bring supplies from previous week(s): pens, pencils, shading tools.

    Class 3:
    The Zentangle Line Dance

    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
    Class Example Click to Enlarge
    Betweed Between by Sharla Hicks
    Zentangle Inspired Art  by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentanble Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2012 Teaching in Anaheim CA
    Class Examples, Click to Enlarge
    SharlaRella by Sharla Hicks
    Auraknot Flora Zentangle Tile by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT copyright 2012
    Class Examples, Click to Enlarge

    Fantasy Forest by Sharla Hicks
       
    SharlaRellaZentangle Inspired Art  by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentanble Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2012 Teaching in Anaheim CA
    Class Example

    ***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 4 ONLY:
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    The Zentangle Solo
    Dance of the Monotangle with a little Tango for Spice

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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.

    SUPPLY LIST: Bring supplies from previous week(s): pens, pencils, shading tools..

    Class 4:
    The Zentangle Solo
    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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    Class Examples by Sharla R Hicks
    Tripoli by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentanble Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2011
    Click to Enlarge, Monotangle
    Example by Sharla Hicks

    ***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
    are NO longer offered as individual classes, they are too closely tied together to be separated.

    $95 ($150 value) Classes 5-8

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    Class 5-6: Saturday, August 5, 2018
    Class 7-8:
    Sunday, August 6, 2018

    NO previous art background necessary!

    NOTE: Included in fee, prepared 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.

    SUPPLY LIST: Bring supplies & handouts from previous week(s): pens, pencils, shading tools.
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    NOTE: Class 1 through 4 lay the groundwork for Sharla's series. Students who do not attend previous 4 classes 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 further 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 dancing fingers.

    • Classes 7 & 8 are your opportunity to conclude a wonderful, artful Zentangle Journey with additional tools to make Zentangle, Zentangle Inspired Art, and Tangle-Inspired Botanicals 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 develop 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, gray, 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.



    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
    Classes 5-8 Example



    Classes 5-8 Example
    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
    Classes 5, 6, 7, 8 Click to Enlarge
    Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla Hicks

    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
    Classes 5 & 6 Click to Enlarge
    Petal Dance by Sharla Hicks
    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
    Classes 5, 6, 7, 8 Example, Click to Enlarge
    Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla Hicks

    Happy Birds by Sharla Hicks, Certfied Zentangle Teacher, CZT, Copyright 2012
    Classes 5, 6, 7, 8 Example Click to Enlarge
    Happy Bird by Sharla Hicks

    Zentangle Inspired Florals by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT teaching in Anaheim CA
    Classes 5, 6, 7, 8 Example, CLICK to Enlarge
    Dance of the Petals & Leaves by Sharla Hicks


    Color and Zentangle Class Example of Illuminated Lettering
    Classes 5, 6, 7 , 8 CLICK to Enlarge

    Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla Hicks

    Fantasy Entangled I by Shrala R. Hicks copyright 2012
    Big Bear Tangle-Inspired Botanicals Retreat



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    Turn Stick Figures into abstract art.
    (See below examples)

    Zentangle® and Learn
    Anything is Possible. . . One stroke at a time™
    Being an Artist is NOT required & Artists are welcome!

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    Home Party
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    Teens and Tweens love Zentangle
    Kids from 5+ are enjoying themselves
    and are very proud of their drawings.


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    Turn Stick Figures into Zentangles

    Zentangle Tile Copyright 2011
    Class 1
    Start With Your Stick Figure's
    Simple Lines, Curves, Circles & Dots

    Zentangle Tile Copyright 2011
    Take the Simple (see above example)
    Add Perfs, Dots,
    Shading, Weighted Line, Striping
    Really, it is that easy!

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    Beyond the Basics: Classes 3 & 4
    Class 3 and 4 exampels

     

     

    Color, Zentangle and Decorative Letters & Landscapes
    Color and Zentangle Class Example of Illuminated Lettering
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    Color and Zentangle Inspired Art
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    Zentangle Inspired Art using the Monoprint
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    Tangle Inspired Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks
    Tangle Inspired Botanicals
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