Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A new season brings new Zentangle classes at the Victorian. I am so excited to announce a new class I will be teaching:
Tangled Journal

  A chance to dig deep into the Zentangle method. This class will take you on a 6 week journey of creating a visual journal using the Zentangle method. Forget about words for this class, we will express ourselves through tangles and at same time create beautiful art work to show for it. This work will for sure speak for itself. Enjoy the camaraderie of other creative minds as they both nurture and inspire your work and your evening.

Class meets every Wednesday from September 17th - October 22nd from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
$210 (includes 6 sessions, journal, and selected supplies)
Please bring general tangling supplies.
Pre-registration required
Intro to Zentangle suggested
I have joined up with some other wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers to offer a very complete schedule of different classes. Whether  you are brand new to Zentangle or have been tangling for years, there is something here for everyone. Check out our complete schedule at
I can't wait to see what everyone creates.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tangle to tangle

This week was all about flow. We reminded ourselves that Zentangle is a process and a journey and took this opportunity to let each stroke dictate the next and let each tangle flow into one another. It was so fun to watch how one tangle can grow off another.
As you can see my students played off this theme and the creations are beautiful.

A close up of one tile shows how the class so elegantly demonstrated the flow of one tangle to another.
 A special thanks to all my students. Your awesome. 
I feel as though you are the ones teaching me.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Its a string thing!

A string is an integral part of the Zentangle method.
As defined in "The Book of Zentangle",
String: A string is a line or lines that divide a marking surface into sections to be filled with tangles.A string is drawn with pencil.

This week my class was all about strings. We explored the way a string acts as a
skeleton, a structure, a foundation, or a root system for you to build you drawing from. Once we worked through how to put down a string we ever so naturally watched how our tangles attach and cover it like a skin over a skeleton, bricks over a structure, a house over a foundation, or a flower from a root.
The work that was created as we played with these thoughts was AMAZING.
Thank you!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I am not sure why, but it seems that the more classes I teach the more new interesting things I learn about the Zentangle method. You would think it would start to get repetitive, but it doesn't. In fact it seems to get more interesting and more complex each time. I usually drive home from my classes and replay all the strokes of the night ... and how the collection of different creative minds came together to create this amazing energy.

One thing I love about Zentangle is how it can bring together different generations. This week was a great example of that as we wonderful group of a wide range of ages ... 
but the tiles only speak of their beauty.

You are never too old or too young to decide you too can be an artist!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Zentangle is good for your Heart!
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This week at The Victorian!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
6:30 - 8:30
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The “Heart” of Zentangle
What a perfect time of year to spend the night focusing on our hearts. This playful theme will guide us through a fun filled evening of creating beautiful art with the Zentangle method. We will explore both new and old tangles, some lovely strings, and special project. You will see how the “heart” can play a role in all our creative endeavors. This evening is bound to leave your heart filled with smiles, tangles, and pleasant surprises. 

Upcoming classes
February 13 - The “Heart” of Zentangle
February 20 - No Class
February 27- Intro to Zentangle
March 6 - Beyond Basics - “String Theory”
March 13 - Beyond Basics - “Tangle to Tangle”
March 20 - No Class
March 27 - Zendala la la!
April 3 - Renaissance
April 10 - Tangled Eggs!
April 17 - Beyond Basics – “In Hollibaugh fashion”
April 24 - No Class
May 1 - Beyond Basics - “Paradox”
May 8 - Tangle, Bangle, Bracelet! (3 hour class - $40)
May 15 - Beyond Basics - “Just a drop of color”
May 22 - “It time to make a change … purse that is” (3 hour class - $40)
May 29 - Tangled Earrings

All classes are $35 and include supplies unless otherwise noted.
Full descriptions coming soon.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"B" by Julie Tomanoco

Monday, November 18, 2013

Just Be ...

I never thought in a million years I would be a teacher. But alas hear I am ... life's journey has led me down this amazing road and though I know it is my job to give guidance and support to my students in the end I feel like the lucky one who is learning so much from all the creative minds that find their way to may class. It is actually become quite profound, that I go home with some amazing lesson, sentiment or discovery during each class I teach.
Before most of my classes I try to take a moment, maybe take a couple of deep breaths to unwind from the day. I extend this to my students and encourage them for the next 2 hours to allow themselves to be in the present ... to let go of the day and not dwell on tomorrow.
Easier said than done though right. I think I often practice this idea ... but then there is life and well you forget how important it is to do this.
I had a wonderful class last week. It was in the midst of a particular busy time for me and though the class was wonderful and exciting, I was full of stress and probably a bit more stuck in what had happened earlier that day and what was to happen tomorrow, instead of just being completely there.
We happened to working on this beautiful project where we were tangling around letters and then gilding the letters. Everyone's work was coming out so beautiful and I was in complete awe. Most people had picked letters from there names or had referenced they were doing it for a friend. However, I did have one student working on a letter and I knew it wasn't for her first name or her last name, so I asked her.
"Julie, what is the "B"for?" 
Without hesitation she replied, "Oh, just to remind me to BE in the moment."
I was kinda stopped in my tracks. As I of course thought this was a direct message to me ...
So,thank you Julie, for reminding me to embrace, awaken, and of course just "be" in the moment.

I am still waiting to see the end result of that beautiful "B". 
Here are some photos of some of the other wonderful creations done that night.