Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CZT Hideaway 2013 - Register Now!

Angie Gamble and I first met in March, 2011, at Carole Ohl’s Floatfest Re-Treat, before I ever thought about becoming a CZT. It only took that weekend for me to get hooked on this whole Zentangle thing and I was also lucky enough to find a new friend, too. So it seems very appropriate that the idea for our follow-up to the Floatfest Re-Treat would sprout in the car ride home from Dayton, Ohio, where we took a beading class from Carole at her new store, The Bead Stash.

We talked a lot about how much we enjoyed Floatfest and what made it so special. We soon came to the conclusion that we would want to emphasize "the teacher not the teaching" at our retreat. Thus, CZT Hideaway 2013 was launched. Yes, we'll have classes and planned activities, but mostly we'll be learning from each other through examples and informal demonstrations. In the spirit of what Carole did at Floatfest, we want to focus on the relaxation and rejuvenating aspects of Zentangle.

So many of the CZT events we see try to put so many classes, etc. into the least amount of time that they seem very busy and almost overwhelming. We want our retreat (and we use this term purposefully) to be about rediscovering some of the basic tenets of Zentangle - "being in the moment"...'finding our inner creativity"..."one stroke at a time".

So many of us have become so focused on scheduling classes and building our business; we want our participants to come focus on themselves in order to re-energize and renew the excitement we felt when we experienced our CZT training. Just as we encourage using the finest materials to create our Zentagles, our students (and our Zentangles!) deserve the finest teachers/creators - we must take care of ourselves!

Read more about CZT Hideaway 2013 and/or get a registration form at:  We hope you'll join us - YOU DESERVE IT!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

FYI - about the Comments

After months of trying to figure out why your comments don't show up on my posts, I GIVE UP! I know they are there, but the font color of the comments is the same color as the background and nobody has been able to tell me how to change the font color. The good news is that if you are interested in reading the comments, you can see them by just placing your cursor at the beginning of the comments and highlight them by dragging your mouse over them. Voila! They really do show up! I hope this will encourage my viewers to comment on my posts again; I hope we can even get some discussions going! AND TO THE FIRST PERSON who can tell me how to successfully change the font color of my comments, I'll be so grateful that I will reward you handsomely with something handmade and original just for you!!

Zendala Dare #39 - "ZenDon't"

I couldn't resist this week's Zendala Dare (see link at right).  First of all, Erin Koetz Olsen's template inspired all sorts of ideas and the additional challenge of the "don'ts" made it even more fun.  Normally, I use several patterns in a Zendala, so my first "don't" was to make it a monotangle.  And what better pattern to use than Erin's own pattern, Socc.  But of course, I couldn't do it all as a monotangle, so I threw in just a little bit of Auraknot as my second "don't."  My final "don't" is more of just indecision on my part.  Usually I either shade it all or none of it.  In this case, I took Solomon's lead and only shaded have of it.    That brings up another "don't" - while it's divided in half, it's not divided symmetrically.  Thanks for pushing me out of my usual comfort zones, Erin.  I always love your Zendala Dares and this time, I especially "don't!"