I did a guest blog post for the Diva Challenge this week!
MANDELLA MEET UP Offered through the Morris County Art Association located at
Morris County Art Association
10 Catherine Lane
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 267-1722
Zendalas® are small mandalas made on lovely die cut circles of watercolor paper. Zentangle® patterns are used to provide a drawing meditation to fill the circle with beauty. All materials will be provided. Materials fee $5.
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I have been asked about creating art parties for birthdays and other special events and I have come up with an outline of what I would like to offer.
What we would do would depend upon your budget and how many people of what age range would be participating. Each party starts with a $50 setup fee. The most cost-effective party would consist of me bringing simple coloring pages that I would teach the people/children to Zentangle® on and then we would color them. This would cost $7/ person and I would supply everything necessary. I have artist quality pens that are appropriate for children and other pens for adults that they would keep. The most expensive art party would include each person/child getting a Zentangle® gift bag that would include a pen, pencil, tortillion, and 5 Zentangle® tiles. These are either the basic 3.5 inch Zentangle® tiles or the Apprentice® (bigger) tiles of a good quality watercolor paper that are die cut with the Zentangle® logo on the back. That would be for them to take home. I would provide 2 hours of instruction and we would decorate 2 tiles during the party. One of the tiles could be assembled into a mosaic of your child’s initial/name or an image that would be meaningful to him/her and depend on the number of participants. The participants would not know about the overall design until we put it together in the mosaic. This would be $30/person. I wouldn’t recommend this package with many children under about 9. Of course, there is a lot of room in between to see what we can put together. I would require a temperature controlled room with tables and chairs appropriate to the class. I bring my own easel and drawing board for instruction.
Anybody interested? Use the contact form to start a conversation about an art party or to register for one of my classes.
The Zentangle® tiles that have been created for drawing mandalas are called Zendalas®. They are die cut from lovely hot press watercolor paper and take the addition of shading and color so beautifully. The key to improving any skill is repetition and I have been participating in a 100 Mandalas challenge for a few years. These small Zendalas® are really rejuvenating my mandala drawing practice! I’m so excited to kick off my 100 Zendalas® challenge and I hope you will join, too!
Here is my tile for the Diva’s Challenge this week. I used the tangle patterns Onamato, Snail, and Satsu. They represent beads for the Diva’s son who lives with chronic health problems. Here is her definition of Beads of Courage. She does this challenge once a year in conjunction with a fundraising Color Fun Run she organizes.
Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey. Each bead represents something different. A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance. For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing. (blue for doctor, black for poke… some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child’s string is different and unique to their story.
Art is so therapeutic for me in so many ways. Laura’s story is one of the great examples of the power of art. She and her son are surrounded by love and support. That is why I used a heart as the string for my tile. I kept a nice peaceful, clear space in the middle for healing and surrounded it with beads for the courage of Laura and her son.
I’m also including a picture of my cat because he is hilarious. Here he is curled up with the book my husband is reading. I’m not sure anyone else could sleep on Guns, Germs, and Steel, but sometimes when I have insomnia my husband will read it to me to help me fall asleep.