In The craftroom 19th July 2014 – Coffee Stain Tangling
This week over on the Diva Challenge it was a B. Y. O. B (bring your own beverage) challenge and Jenna thought it would make a fun crafty afty for us all to have a go.
My daughter Jenna, a self taught Zentangle® addict, is regular participant on a couple of Certified Zentangle Tutors blogs. One of these being “I am the Diva CZT” blog where Zentangle inspired challenges are set on a weekly basis.When she saw this weeks challenge she decided that it was time our group had a refresher session -
A few months a go Jenna took over the group and gave us a lesson each Saturday for a month teaching us the basics of Zentangle® and a number of tangle patterns. The group thoroughly enjoyed learning and I have to admit Saturday afternoons had never been so quiet. lol.
The Challenge was to basically take your favourite/usual beverage and use it to somehow stain (splatter, splosh, mop up etc) your tile (3.5 x 3.5inch piece of card)
We just used coffee (very strong espresso) and tea (leaving the teabag in to use too) and just splattered, splodged, soaked and generally made a mess to get a few different looking tiles
Now we just have to Zentangle® them
Jenna made it a bit more a challenge by giving us 4 new tangle patterns and showing us the step outs to add to our library
The tangle patterns she gave us were Heart Line, Heart Rope, Heart strings, and Heart Vine, do you get the feeling there is a theme in there somewhere? lol. All these patterns and hundreds more can be found on Tangle Patterns.com along with lots of information and help to get started.
Then she gave us some inspiration to get us started
Though she did also use a few other tangle patterns here too, but they get the idea across. For the third one with the butterfly she dabbed a wet teabag through a butterfly stencil, dried it off and then dipped the tile in coffee. When dry the butterfly came out a darker shade and she just tangled around it
To see more of Jenna’s Zentangle inspired art work please visit her blog, there are some amazing pieces like this one
Now its our turn
Irene our recent addition to the group, not only has never done any tangling before but is also left handed. so once the rest of us were set on our tasks Jenna gave her a crash course
My Mum Margery, as some of you will know is also a bit of an addict (you must see my birthday post and the card she made for me – amazing)
and is a bit more practised than the rest of us, which definitly shows in her tile
Diane and I must admit that we haven’t really done much more Zentangling since our last lessons but have thoroughly enjoyed the refresher AND stuck the brief just using the heart tangles we were given
Diane managed to use all four tangles in hers and managed some quite clever touches too.
and finally here are my efforts
It has been a lovely, peaceful and relaxing afternoon.
I really need and make sure we have a Zentangle® session on a regular basis to help me recharge my crafty mojo which seemed to disappear this last week. definitely back now so need to go play. :-)
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