Monday, November 9, 2015

Tangles and watercolor

     Interesting people always interest people.  Jared is a young man in 10 grade that has taken only a few  classes, one of which was the Beginner Class.  He has done beautiful intricate designs from the very first class he took.  Since I've met Jared he is definitely in the interesting category.  I think when you see some of his work it will boggle your mind to think what is in his mind.  It must be a very interesting place.  Below you will find some of his work that he completed in school.  His art teacher made special note of his creative work also.  
     I love the tangles he has chosen.....and he has combined them together with watercolor.   What a beautiful, mind blowing combination he has created!  Look how Muchin just is falling apart and the creative grid of Florz!  Zinger is peaking from the top and Betweed and Zander has exceptional pen and ink shading to create the pumpkin.  The color just explodes from the page to enhance the tangles.  This is exceptional creative work.  It draws the eye and then you pause as you marvel at the line work.  Great job, Jared!  You are definitely an interesting, talented person!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Renaissance Tile Flair

Next week I will be teaching a Renaissance tile class.  These little brown beauties have captured my heart.  I love the rich color and then all the possibilities that can be created because of that color.  I'm looking forward to the students that will come and play with those possibilities to see what they create.  It's all just so much goodness and blessings.  Here's some of the art I created recently that I have been exuding, oozing, spilling, leaking.....it's just been erupting out of me!

Renaissance Tile Flair
 This class will be held next Sunday, November 8, at 4:00 to 6:00 at the Craft Shack Studio, 218 W Church Ave, Longwood, FL (407-448-1375).

To register for this class go to:
TheCraftShackStudio.com/Carolyn-Russell-Advanced-Zentangle

(You must have taken the Beginner's Class first.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Emma and Her Pumpkins

Dear sweet, smart, pretty Emma is my great-niece.  She is eight years old and lives near Atlanta, Georgia.  Emma and her family came to Florida for a vacation a year or so ago.  We had a fun time at the beach in the sand and jumping and swimming in the pool.  Emma and her brother, Nolan, helped Uncle Ted look for treasure with his metal detector.  It was a great and memorable vacation.  Emma is a spectacular kid.  She came home from school yesterday where she had drawn some beautiful and unique pumpkins.
Emma, the artist








Emma's pumpkins
We are surrounded by patterns.  Everywhere you look, it is almost impossible not to find a pattern.  I find them in nature all the time, and in our rugs, doors, fabrics, even paper towels.  We are surrounded by patterns.  Emma decorated her pumpkins with patterns.  Beautiful, unique patterns........just like Emma! 

Pumpkin patterns

Monday, October 19, 2015

Black Tile Goodness

What great classes!  A fun, relaxing Sunday afternoon with some gifted artists.  What could be better than that?

Black tiles are very impressive.
Patterns begin to emerge.
Making beautiful art, one stroke at a time.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Class Day

Today I'm going to teach a black tile class.  I always get excited on days like today.  I love to share the joy I get from drawing.  I'm checking my supplies and making sure I have everything I need.  It's always good to start the day with a little drawing and a cup of tea.  What a beautiful day today is going to be!  My fat cat, curled in a ball at my feet, would agree.




Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hawkers Asian Street Fare review

Hawkers Asian Street Fare at 1103 N Mills Avenue in Orlando is the place to go if you are looking for good food.  We met our son and son-in-law there for lunch on Sunday and it was a wonderful experience.  I had the lettuce wraps and summer rolls.  Delicious!  Of course, not only was the food wonderful, so was seeing Mike and Hank.  We had a delightful time laughing, visiting, and eating.  Isn't that what life is supposed to be about?

You may wonder where they came up with this unusual name.  When I asked our wait staff about why the name Hawkers he said it was taken from the Asian open air market when vendors would call out what kind of produce they were selling.  When I looked for it in the dictionary is said, "a trader who goes from place to place, or along the streets of a town, selling the goods which he carries with him, typically advertising them by shouting."

Someplace along the way I came up with a five point system for qualifying restaurants that I liked:
1-good parking situation
2-clean, I decide this by the bathrooms usually
3-good food
4-good service
5-reasonable prices

Hawkers came in at a Point 5.  The parking was a little tricky until we found out that you can park on both sides of the restaurant and in front.  I haven't tried everything on the menu, but the foods that I have tried have all been excellent.  This is an great place to eat.

Thanks to Mike and Hank for meeting us at Hawkers in downtown Orlando, FL for a great meal and a great time.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tri-Bee Tangle

This was fun to play with the new tangle, Tri-Bee, by Beate Winkler of Germany.


Tri-Bee



Tri-Bee Monotangle

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Zendala Dare 110

Zendala Dare 110

Logjam

As soon as I saw you, I knew an Adventure was going to happen.
                                                                                       ~Winnie The Pooh
Logjam

Friday, October 2, 2015

Florida Sunshine

                    A day without sunshine is like, 
                                  you know, 
                                      night.
                                             ~Steve Martin
Indy-Rella



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Classes

Hope to see you for the Beginner Class or the Advanced Technique's Class on October 18th!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Herb Garden

I have a little patio herb garden off of my kitchen.  I eat my breakfast out there many mornings when it's nice.  I like planting, growing, and harvesting my little treasurers.  A while back I clipped a bunch of oregano and dill weed and then hung them from a hook in my kitchen to dry.  Today it was time to strip the stems of it's leaves and put them in bottles.  You should have smelled my kitchen while I was doing this!


Stripping the oregano leaves

Oregano all bottled up and ready to use

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Duck in a Tub Nightlight

You can tangle on just about anything.  Here is a nightlight with a duck in a tub.  Now it's a tangled tub!

Diva Challenge 236

Monday, September 21, 2015

Teaching is a Joy

Yesterday, I had my two classes at the Craft Shack Studio in Longwood, Florida.  Both were inspirational!  Teaching such nice people is a true joy.  I was inspired by my students and the individual creativity they all displayed.  In the beginner class the students were very attentive, and when it came time to put pen to paper, they launched right in, undaunted, to create some beautiful work.  You can see some below.  Thank you for coming!

Terri, Beginner's Class
Beginner Class Bijou Tiles

In the Advanced Technique's class everyone jumped right into the project of Zendalas.  It was a full table with lots of laughs and drawing.  It could have gone longer but we ran out of time.  Again, the student work was extraordinary!  This is the example of what we did.  

Zendala, Advanced Technique's Class

I love getting together with other tanglers.  The process of Zentangle® is relaxing and fun, and something I look forward to.  Next month the Advanced Techniques class is doing black tiles on October 18th.  Look for "Black Tile Goodness" at the Craft Shack Studio (TheCraftShackStudio.com or 407-448-1375), Longwood, FL to register.




Friday, September 18, 2015

Hershey

 This is Milton Hershey's birthday.  The program CBS Sunday Morning had a segment about the town of Hershey: chocolate kisses for street lights, the chocolate factory where you could watch all that yummy chocolate floating along in huge vats, and of course, the amusement park!  Milton Hershey not only made his mark in confection, he also gave back to his community.  My great aunt and uncle ran the Hershey School for Boys for a number of years until their retirement.   I used to teach 3rd grade at Derry Township Elementary School in Hershey.  I gained fifteen pounds the first year because all I smelled was chocolate!  The mulch around the shrubbery was cocoa bean shells.  It was a wonderful town.  Happy birthday, Milton Hershey!

It's a String Thing 110 - Nzeppel, Antidots, Maisie

Fence Row

We put up a fence ten years ago.  It's wooden and keeps our backyard private.  It used to give our dog a sense of freedom.  I love to sit out in my yard and watch my birds come and go at the feeder and hedges.  I love my flowers and garden.  That fence defines our yard and is important to us.  It's sagging a little now.  Each board has a personality of its own.  Some have knot holes that have fallen out, some have a nail missing, some boards have a vine that has called it a home.  I love that fence too.  When Laura talked about putting up a fence and planting some flowers in a bed in front, it made me smile at my own sweet fence.  She's been a good fence.  I thought about my own good, old, wooden fence, with each board being it's own board, not looking like any other in the row.  Here's to you, backyard fence!  I salute you!

Diva Challenge 235

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Love Lives On

Two months ago we lost our dog....our old dog.  She had been with us for fifteen and a half years.  She was a part of our family and she was loved.  We had gotten her when she was just 10 weeks old.  She was a big part of our lives.  What a blessing!  Now the house is just a bit empty without her sweet presence.  I find myself trying to do things that had become habit but the need is no longer there.  She is gone.  But, love lives on.

Zendala Challenge 109

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Creativity Thick in the Air

Last night I had the opportunity to get together with some other tanglers for a creativity zen session.   You know the old adage, "Birds of a feather flock together?"  Last night after some talk and sharing we settled down for some zen to see what sprang out of us.  We were birds of feather.  Our table was hushed as ink stroked the paper.  I love when creativity is snapping like lightning!  After a time we emerged from our places in Oz to share what we had created.  I started this and finished it tonight.  I loved my time among the other birds last night.  Creativity was thick in the air!

Zendala Challenge 108

Monday, September 14, 2015

Flying Tortoise Time!

I live near a Florida state park/forest/wildlife corridor.  I count myself lucky that I get to see, experience, and live among wildlife.  I'm in awe of fox squirrels, bears, deer, raccoons, opossums, ibis, eagles, and even the many type of turtles and tortoises here in our state.  We seem to see them all on a regular basis.  Today as we were driving home a poor gopher tortoise was trying to cross a country road.  It was busy at that time of day.  Teddy J (husband) and I drove by and noticed our friend just starting into the roadway.  We turned the Bean (SUV) around to go back.  It warms my heart at the cars that had stopped.  The tortoise was directly in the middle of the road.  Teddy J got out and picked him up.  As soon as the tortoise was being raised in the air his feet started going a mile a minute!  He thought he was flying as Teddy J took him away from danger and into the state park lands.  Thanks to all the folks that value and protect our wildlife, regardless of what it is.  Thanks, Teddy J, for being you.  Live long and prosper, Mr. Gopher Tortoise!

Phicops, Inapod, Cruffles, Rain, Wired, Mooka, River

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Opus

I don't know about you, but I tend to get stuck in a rut at times.  I keep doing the same things day in and day out.  At some point, I just get tired of it all and want something different.  Fortunately for me I have Zentangle with always new patterns to do, or tangles that have been around for awhile but somehow I missed ever trying them out.  This is the case with this week's tangle.  It's Opus.  It's an official Zentangle pattern and one that I haven't drawn before.  So, I launched out with an unusual string line and other patterns to create a finished tile.  With any drawing it's a process.  So, I've taken three pictures.  The first one is Opus alone.  This was a practice piece and very much to the actual presentation.  The second picture is my tangled tile before I shaded, and the third picture is after I added some shading.  Shading is an enhancer that changes your art tremendously; sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad.  Truly a good, bad, and ugly scenario.  This is the part that usually takes a day.  Usually, with drawing and writing, I wait a day.  Over night preferably.  Let it marinate and then take a second look.  It's amazing when you look at it again.  You wonder if you did this!  Sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad.  Now with all this good advice thrown around I'm taking the bold, unprecedented, and foolish step to just publishing it.  Fingers crossed I will like it in the morning.  Opus....


Opus Monotangle

Tile with Opus, not shaded

Tile with Opus, shaded


Friday, September 11, 2015

CanT Monotangle

This week's Diva Challenge 234 is the new tangle CanT by Chris Titus, CZT.  I played around with it a bit and then decided on a simple monotangle.  There are lots of variations that can be made from this tangle.  For now, this tile shows the basic lines that form the pattern.  Very interesting tangle!



Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's A String Thing 109

This week I posted to Adele Bruno's blog challenge It's a String Thing.  We were to draw Footlights, by Carol Ohl, CZT; Morf by Susan Archer; and Tour by Nancy Domnauer, CZT.  Previously, I'd tried drawing Morf with much difficulty.  I'd set the pattern aside thinking I wouldn't use it again.  When I saw this week's challenge I decided to give it another try.  This time it came together so easily and I enjoyed drawing it so much I just couldn't stop at the string line.  It called to me!  Completed it reminds me of a Chrysanthemum which just happens to be my favorite fall flower.  Morf was a complete surprise this week.  I'm glad I did this challenge and I plan on using Morf in my regular drawings.  I feel like an explorer just discovering new land!  It makes me happy inside.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yaya Potluck Night

Longtime friends bring such joy!  The six of us used to work together at an elementary school, saw each other every day and shared our lives together.  We call ourselves the Yayas after the movie of years ago and like that movie we have established close bonds.  Each month we get together over a meal to catchup with each other.  Last night we planned a potluck at my house.  I drew this while I waited for my girlfriends.  What fun!  Friendships are such a gift.  They grow with each year.

Cat-Kin by Mimi Leppart, CZT


























Monday, September 7, 2015

You will find me in...

You will find me in this book!  I was delighted to be asked to be a contributing artist in this new Zentangle® book.   It has just hit the bookshelves everywhere.  This one is in German but the English translation is due out soon.  It's interesting when I go to use some of the 101 patterns you'll find in this book that you don't need the words.  It's all in the pictures.  Amazon.com is the sure way to find it but I've also seen it other places as well.  It's a great book to have!  #feelinghappy


Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 20th Classes -Beg & Adv Tech






































Limited seating.

It starts with just one stroke, doesn't it?

I was trying out a new fabric pen.  Just one stoke and down the rabbit hole I go, only to emerge on the other side with my whole Zentangle starter bag tangled.  I was shocked!...and, I kind of like it.

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Serendipity and Morning Brew Mugs

My friend and fellow Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) took off for California this summer and asked if I would play substitute for her.  I love when opportunities fall into your lap.  They are meant to be, serendipity, "the cosmos is talking, so you better listen, Carolyn," type of thing.  I love Sindy so it wasn't hard for me to say yes.  I love tanglers too.  They are my people.  We are on the same path and as we draw separately and collectively a hush transcends over the group as we each grab hold of the golden thread of creativity.  It's awe inspiring!  Well, I'm off on a tangent and what I really wanted to show you was the group and the cups!  Yes, we each brought cups and created our own coffee/tea mug for our morning brew.  I think they turned out fabulously!  It was a wonderful night with a wonderful group!







Tanglers...







 ...and their mugs


Creating sparks!

This summer I was asked to do some specialty classes for our county library:  I chose to present two string lines and five tangles.  It was a lot of fun and I met some of the nicest and creative folks in the process.  A few days after my presentation I received an email from Jean thanking me for the class and showing me what she had done.


What beautiful work and just from a little spark!  She had added color, matting, and a frame from Ikea ready for hanging.  I was happy for her and happy that she had shared her tangles with me.  A few more days passed and then I received another note.


At first I thought Jean had added a yellow one to the other two, but on closer inspection, no!  She had done three brand new additional pictures and was planning on giving them to her son and daughter-in-law.  What a wonderful, personalized gift!  I often have students share their art and creativity with me and it warms my heart.  I'm glad Jean decided to share her beautiful work.  I'm still smiling.  And, I thought I'd share with you.  Thanks, Jean!



 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Classes for 2015-2016

School buses are rolling again and all of us are beginning to think about classes.  I had a wonderful summer celebrating my anniversary with my hubby at the beach and having all my children here for the summer.  It's been a busy fun time!

I've put together some classes for the upcoming months that I think you might enjoy.  I've also expanded my classes to include both a Beginner's Class and an Advanced Technique's Class.  The Beginner's Class will continue to offer the philosophy, basics, and vocabulary of the Zentangle Method® while the Advanced Technique's Class will go beyond the basics to offer some fun and challenging projects.  A pre-requisite of the Advanced Technique's Class is the completion of the Beginner's Class.  You may wish to do both in the same day.  That's perfectly acceptable.  I've limited the class size also.

I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than to take some time to relax and tap into the creativity that is inside us all.  Slow down, make new friends, relax, enjoy...




Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Teaching Zentangle

It is a pleasure to be able to teach Zentangle!  I love it!  On Sunday afternoon I taught a Zentangle class at the Craft Shack Studio in Longwood, Florida.  I had a wonderful time and I was so proud to see the beautiful tiles that were created.  A big thank you to my students for making my afternoon such a pleasant one.  You are amazing!

Peace, Harmony, Joy, and Balance


























As much as I love teaching Zentangle I will be taking a break from my teaching schedule for the month of July.  Vacation and family will take precedence, but look for new classes coming again in August.  Check http://theCraftShackStudio.com website calendar.  Enjoy your summer!  And, remember to keep tangling!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

All Straight Lines

Diva Challenge 219 - All straight lines.  I found this somewhat difficult.
I must use a lot of curve lines normally.

Florida Palm Tree

Bouquet of Flowers


Bouquet of Flowers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Trees

Growing up we had two new trees in our front yard.  A gift from my Aunt Ethel and Uncle Laverne.  My parents cherished those trees, nurtured them, and our family watched them grow bigger every year.  When I have the chance to drive past the house I grew up in, those trees are still there.  They have survived the decades and are now huge.  I remember when they were babies and now I feel like a proud parent!  My fascination with trees is still with me.




I also decorate envelopes with them.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

White on Black

Here is my newest tangle.  It seems I was looking for my morning sun.  Have a great day!



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alcohol Based Inks

Recently I learned about alcohol based inks and had a chance to play with them again this week. I added a little something with a black Sharpie marker and a Uniball white pen over top.


What's ON the gift box?

Not, what's IN the gift box!  Don't you love when a gift box is part of the treat?  These gift boxes went to some special girlfriends.  They were perfect for holding a little stretch bracelet I had made for each of them.  I had a good time drawing them too!