Hi! It’s another summer and rocks have been on my mind…that is painted rocks! Throughout the year I collect flat rocks, which work well for painting tangles or mandalas. I search for the “perfect rock” on Alaska beaches because the waves naturally smooths them for me.
I usually teach a Zentangle® Rock Painting Workshop at the end of the summer but I’m not sure if I can swing it this year, so I’m sending you this blog post. ♥ I absolutely love to teach the classes but it’s such hard work preparing the rocks. I find them, wash and really scrub them clean, dry them, paint them (usually I spray paint them white but I can’t do that any more because I sometimes end up with pneumonia), and then truck them to the classroom. They are soooooo heavy!!!
Just the other day I saw this adorable painted rock outside Blaines Art Supply, which reminded me of how much FUN it is to paint rocks!! I went on Facebook and traced it back to Chugiak/Eagle River Rock Group, painted by Beverly Evans. Anchorage also has a large rock group and you can find groups all over the country! These groups “hide” painted rocks all over the place and unsuspecting people find them! They are little gifts from nature, from me to you, with love! You can re-hide them or exchange it for one of your own rocks. And yes, I’m keeping this cute chicken! 🙂
One of my rocks from last year. The tangle is “Spoken” by Zentangle®.
Here are some tips, but you can find tons of tips and videos on Pinterest and You Tube!
My favorite rock painting tools are POSCA Paint Pens (acrylic paint), Sakura Identi-Pens, and Faber-Castel B Markers as they are all easy to use and permanent when dry, and plus you can find them at Blaines Art. I sometimes seal my rocks with Golden Gel (no smell) or very-lightly spray a layer of varnish. Mod Podge works too but is too smelly for me. If you seal them, you can have fun hiding them all year!
So, get out there and find rocks to paint and hide them where ever you go!! This is a short video I made after my Zentangle® Inspired Art workshop 2017, called,“Random Acts of Zentangle®”. Have a GREAT SUMMER!!
Want to unwind from stress, focus your thoughts, and explore your creative side? As a CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher), this is what I do!
“A Therapeutic Process of Meditative Pattern Drawing” Designed for Everyone!
The Zentangle® Method™ offers a quick way to intentionally redirect your focus and allow you to enter a relaxed state, by drawing structured patterns (called tangles) while creating beautiful abstract art! Tangles are broken down into steps, making it easy for ALL ages and abilities to draw! Anyone can do it! As you combine these tangles together, you will be amazed at yourself when you discover that you are in fact an artist and you can draw and create your own beautiful and unique art!
- Zentangle can change your life!
- Enjoy the peacefulness and contentment of “living in the moment” (not yesterday or tomorrow)!
- An easy, fun, and relaxing stress and anxiety reliever you can do anywhere!
- Portable! Need only a pen, pencil, and paper!
- If you can write your name, you can do Zentangle! No artistic skills needed!
- No mistakes in Zentangle…only creative opportunities!
- No right or wrong way!
- Increases your sense of personal well-being!
- Opens your mind and heart to new creativity, imagination, and intuition for people of all ages and abilities!
8-Basic Steps in the Zentangle® Method™
- Gratitude and Appreciation
- Corner Dots
- Initial and Sign
- Appreciation Again
Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas created the Zentangle® Method™ and Zentangle® INC. about 14 years ago. They offer four intense seminars a year, in Providence, Rhode Island (where they live), teaching those who want to learn all about Zentangle and become a CZT ( Certified Zentangle® Teacher). We now have about 3000 CZT’s around the world!
Maria and Rick state, “As you practice the Zentangle Method, you discover that not only can you create beautiful art, you also can increase your focus and create a different mood and state of mind. We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. This Zentangle approach is not only easy and enjoyable, but also profound and uplifting.”
Students are given the same instructions…but each Zentangle® tile is different!
So, give yourself the gift of Zentangle® art and take a class with a Certified Zentangle® Teacher!
Find a CZT near you at: www.zentangle.com
Check out my website and classes at: www.tanglealaska.com
Hi! Before today gets away from me, I want to share a FUN project we did around this time, last June 2016. As you know I work for Blaines Art Supply, and last June, many art supply representatives came up from the lower 48 to throw a “Make it & Take it” event. I set up my tent, tables, and examples of my Zentangle® coffee cups I had done at home. I was so excited!!
Blaines Art donated white coffee cups and black pens (there is a beverage bar inside the store). We were going to have a tangled cup competition and I was ready! There were lots of other tent “stations” like alcohol inks, painting sneakers, Gelli printing plates, lots of different types of pens, watercolors, markers, and papers too to experiment with. Many of the products were on sale.
I had drawn some simple Zentangle tangles and their step outs on big pieces of paper and taped them to the side of the tent so people could follow step-by-step. I also had Zentangle books, supplies, business cards, and my up-coming classes. Everyone’s cup was sooooo different and creative! Some took their tangled cups home and some we displayed in the store and for the rest of the month people could vote on their favorite one! The WINNER got a goodie bag filled with awesome Zentangle supplies so they could keep tangling!!
Even though it was a COLD day and my hands were frozen we all had a good time! Jake even took over the booth so I could go inside to warm up 🙂 I think we should do this again!
Hi! I finally have my Alaskan Stuffies etsy shop up and running! It’s taken awhile to get it going, especially taking the photos, sweeking them, sizing and hopefully they are in focus! I think photo shop 2 is complicated for the lay person like myself and frustrating, but that’s all we have on our computer and I don’t excel in photography.
I’ve had to change a few things such as making two stuffies categories, “For all ages” and “For 3 year olds & up”, and making two different paper tags (one I stick in the pockets). Even though my 10 month old grandson plays with faux fur stuffies without problems, I’m not sure if it is safe for all babies. Safety is a huge thing I always worry about.
After I posted my forth stuffie’s photo, I got a nice message on facebook from Shaunna. I was looking at the stuffie and her facebook profile photo and realized the stuffie looked just like the white fur around her hood. It was soooo cute! I couldn’t figure out how to get her photo here, but I found another one and Joseph is in it too!
Eskimo Alaskan Stuffie
Shaunna's hood looks like Eskimo Stuffie
Click on “My Etsy Shop” (on blogroll) to see more Alaskan Stuffies!