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This week in art – Special Arts Crawl edition

This coming weekend, February 26-27, is the Railway City Arts Crawl in St. Thomas. You can check out the Arts Crawl website and the Arts Crawl Facebook page for details on all the venues.

I have been invited to be at Romantic Designs Artist Studio (120 Wellington ave) and will be demonstrating coloured pencil techniques, and autographing my colouring books. All four of my colouring books will be available for purchase. The hours are Friday 6-9pm, and Saturday 11am-5pm.

Colouring books

In addition, Clifford will be exhibiting some of his coloured pencil paintings.

Colouring books

If you want to see all the artwork I have done
since the beginning of the year,
I have posted all the pieces in this Flickr album.

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Memories of Tangle University 2014

Last month, I attended Tangle University 2014, a learning event for Zentangle teachers, in Portland, Maine, organized by Elaine Huffman. One of the coolest things about attending was that I got to meet in person, people I have known online for several years. Here are just a few.

This is my roommate Lynn Noga (centre) with Karen Izzi (right) and Karen’s wife Phyllis (left):

Here I am with some of the other teachers, on our way out to dinner the evening before the beginning of the event:

And here is a view of the whole classroom:

Several weeks ago, Sandy Bartholomew came up with the brilliant idea of having trading cards that we could exchange. Sandy created the template for the cards so that all we had to do was add our photo and information. Here is mine:

my trading card

And here are the ones I collected (click to enlarge):

trading cards

Here are some of my class projects.

Sandy Bartholomew introduced us to a cool technique on black paper:

Molly Hollibaugh taught us a cool teaching technique; here is the tile I created in the class,:

and a mosaic of the tiles from the whole class (click to enlarge):

Cris Letourneau taught a great shading class based on her Made in the Shade workbook:

And Marie Browning taught us a fun coloured pencil technique:

Finally, Leslie Crumpler and Julia Reed from Sakura (and my classmates from CZT class #4) talked about the 30th anniversary of Gelly Roll™ pens, and brought us a goody bag of Sakura pens, along with a booklet in which to try them all out:

Before class, we were asked to do a 9-tile ensemble set. Barbara Gill then collected all the sets and did a swap so that each one of us received a set with our own centre tile and eight tiles from different participants. Below you can see the set I created on the left, and the set I received on the right (click to enlarge):

During the event, we were all ask to contribute a section to a group tangle, which was then raffled off  (click to enlarge):

There was also a banquet, silent auction, vendors, and more. A good time was had by all! The next Tangle U will be held in 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Gelli® Plate Demo at STEAG meeting

Yesterday, I did a demo of the Gelli® Plate at the meeting of the St. Thomas-Elgin Artists Guild meeting.

Here is my setup:

demo prep

I also introduced some custom stencils I had made from my artwork:


Here are some photos from my demo:





Finally, in case you were wondering, I painted my top with spray inks, monoprinting with the Gelli® plate, and stamping.

 painted top

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Zentangle Class at the Embroiderers’ Guild

This week I had the pleasure to teach a one-day Zentangle class at the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, London (Ontario). There were 66 people in the class!


Here is the mosaic of everyone’s first tile (sorry to those who are missing, some people left early before I took the photo).

Zentangle tiles

I used a new setup for the first time in this class, using my new iPad as a document camera. I was also able to use my iPad for a slide presentation at the beginning of the class.

Presentation setup

I hade a great surprise at the end of the class, I received this card signed by all participants. Thanks everybody!


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Zentangle Untangled Blog Tour

We’re having a blog tour to celebrate the publication of the book Zentangle Untangled by Kass Hall.

The official blog tour begins tomorrow, and here are the participants, some of whom will be having giveaways:

Monday July 23 – START – Kass Hall
Tuesday July 24 – Jill Berry
Wednesday July 25 – Rachel Grieg
Thursday July 26 – Sandra Strait
Friday July 27 – Melanie Testa
Saturday July 28 – Ingrid Dijkers
Monday July 30 – Pam Garrison
Tuesday July 31 – Genevieve Crabe – that’s me!
Wednesday August 1 – Traci Bautista
Thursday August 2 – Fran Meneley
Friday August 3 – Jane Davenport
Saturday August 4 – FINISH – Kass Hall  (major prize giveaway)

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Zentangle class at Coast to Coast Creative Arts Convention

I will be at the Coast to Coast Creative Arts Convention which takes place on May 2-6, 2012 in Mississauga near Toronto. I will have a booth at the trade show, and my Zentangle class is scheduled for Friday, May 4th, at 6pm.

Here is a video preview of my class:


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Zentangle workshop on October 17th

On October 17th, I had the pleasure of attending the Wellness Day event organized for retired teachers. There were over 100 retired teachers attending, and it was great to share the day with them.

One of the many events that day was my Introduction to Zentangle workshop. It was an abbreviated version lasting only one hour, but I think everyone had a good time. Here are the tiles they produced:

Zentangle workshop 17 October 2011


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Celtic Art Workshop

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a class in Celtic Art at Romantic Design Studio in St. Thomas. I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and created this cool drawing.

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Newspaper Article

Earlier this week, I was interviewed for an article in a local newspaper, the St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News. To my surprise, the article appeared on the front page! (Scroll down for a close-up of the article.)

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Coast to Coast Decorative Painting Convention 2011

I’m back home from the Coast to Coast convention in Toronto. Here is my booth, all set up and ready to go:

My booth

I shared a booth with my friend Tracy Moreau whose stencil design I used recently as a string.

Over the three days of the trade show, I did several Make & Takes in my booth, including one in French. Everyone had a good time, and I got several people hooked on Zentangle, which was my goal. Many of the people who stopped by to chat expressed interest when I told them I would be submitting to teach at next year’s show.

Doing a Make & Take

When not doing the Make & Takes, I was doing demos. I bought a gourd from one of the vendors and started to decorate it.


The guys from Studio Backstage gave me one of their small canvas bags for me to decorate and display in my booth.

Canvas bag