Monthly Archives: February 2015

Playing with Walnut Ink-Challenge #206 9

This week’s Diva Challenge was to explore Zentangle® through a different media. Yay!  What a great challenge as I have been exploring dip pen and ink this week.  Sketching with dip pen and even a stick – preparing for my upcoming trip and deciding which materials to take – those to leave behind (sadly).  My packing for trips usually focuses more on the art supplies, books and music than clothes, food and accommodation.  So a great opportunity to tangle with ink.

Walnut Ink & Dip pen with water to wash in the shading.

Walnut Ink & Dip pen with water to wash in the shading.

Such a fun way to work with tangles on the tile.  The beautiful paper with its subtle texture ensured slow mark making.  And timing the shading was an adventure in letting go of control.  Trying to time just the right moment while the ink was drying (but not too dry) to allow the wet brush and water puddles to melt the ink and create shading was very enjoyable.  I like the spontaneity of the finished piece.  I can see areas where I would like to go back and add more ink and play a little more but I want to maintain the freshness – so tools down!

Beautiful French Walnut Ink & Dip Pen

Beautiful French Walnut Ink & Dip Pen

I have been discussing with students the value of keeping a sketchbook and have been sharing pages from my own in class.  They offer the opportunity to practise with freedom.  It’s not the final piece, which can sometimes add a restrictive dimension to the art making process.  This is your private space and you only share should you feel comfortable.

I have so enjoyed peeking into other artist’s sketchbooks over the years and so in the spirit of sharing, I’m going to include pages from my sketchbooks at regular intervals.

Exploring walnut ink & dip pen... & a stick from a branch!

Exploring walnut ink & dip pen… & a stick from a branch!

Here’s a page where I had been exploring ink and the dip pen.  Holding the pen right at the far end and loosely pushing it around the paper.  Sometimes on its side or back.  Light and heavy strokes.  Not like holding a writing pen at all.  On the left you can just see a little where I used a stick (twig) from the garden – no shaping of the end.  Just dipped it straight into the ink bottle and pushed it around the page.

Exploring Zentangle with pen and ink

Exploring Zentangle with pen and ink

And then the challenge was announced.  So I played with some tangles.  Some worked with the pen easier than others.  And I particularly wanted some that I could shade with the ink and not graphite.  Just for fun.  In the top right you can see where I dripped ink and water onto the page and then pulled the ink out of the liquid pool.  Loved this.  I could get some very fine lines with this technique but wasn’t sure how it would work on the more textured surface of the tile.

More ink investigation!

More ink investigation!

Really enjoyed some of these effects.  Particularly the variation in the shading when water was applied to ink before it completely dried.  However, go in too early and it melts into a puddle.

Losing the freshness

Losing the freshness

And in keeping with we ‘Learn by our mistakes’, I’m including the first tile that I created.  While we all know that Zentangle® is all about the process not the results – I do enjoy a pleasing result!  And this was going so well until I added Nzepple under the Purk.  Too similar shapes and tones and I couldn’t see how to rescue it.  So abandoned this one.

So I hope that I’ve encouraged you to pick up a dip pen, or even a stick and dip it into some ink.  Lots of fun!  I’m voting to take the ink (love the effects) but not keen to open a bag and find that it’s spilt all through my belongings.  So the verdict is still out.


Feeling Stressed – Draw a Line – This SATURDAY Feb 21st @ The STUDIO 4

Final call for enrolment in Classes this SATURDAY.  10am – 12.30pm  Introduction to Zentangle®. 

2.00pm – 4.30pm ZenDALA Introduction – Zentangle meets Mandalas.

The STUDIO – Lara. 

Enrol here…or phone 0433 661 925

Come and enjoy a pocket of peace while learning this art form.

Enjoy the benefits of a calm, focused and creative mind.

$39 includes all materials (including kit to take home).

Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount on class fees.

I look forward to sharing this beautiful art form with you!

A student's tile from last week's beginner class - beautiful!

A student’s tile from last week’s beginner class – beautiful! (Student’s photo – thank you for sharing)

Anything is possible - one stroke at a time

Anything is possible – one stroke at a time! (Student’s Photo – thank you for sharing)

ZenDALA Introduction

Saturday Feb 21st 2.00 – 4.30pm

Extend your Zentangle knowledge and learn the techniques of working in circles.

Mandalas are an ancient cultural art form and are simply joyous to create when you know the secrets.

All freehand – no compasses needed!

$39 All Materials included. or $35 if you bring your kit – I’ll provide the beautiful ZendALA circles.

Note: You need to have attended an Intro to Zentangle class prior to this session.

Enrol in the morning beginner class & the ZendALA afternoon and enjoy a day of peaceful creating.

Enrol here…

Zendala - Swirling Black and White

Zendala – Swirling Black and White

Classes @ The STUDIO Lara

The STUDIO - Winter Morning Sunshine

The STUDIO – Winter Morning Sunshine

Enrol now for classes in Feb and March at the Studio.

February 21st (Saturday) Introduction to Zentangle 10am – 12.30pm

February 21st (Saturday) ZenDALA creating – (Zentangle meets Mandala) 2 – 4.30pm


March 8th (Sunday) Introduction to Zentangle 10am – 12.30pm

March 8th (Sunday) Renaissance Zentangle 2 – 4.30pm

Enrol here…

All classes $39 (includes all materials and take home pack)

***Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount on class fee.

Come for both and enjoy a peaceful day of creative recharge!

I so hope you can join me!

2015 February and March Classes at Abbotsford

Abbotsford ConventAbbotsford Convent Corridor

Classes dates for Feb and March 2015 are now open for enrolment at the beautiful Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.

Such a stunning venue that we all enjoyed during last year’s classes.

Two Introduction to Zentangle classes and I’ll be introducing Zendala® creation for the first time.

Zendalas are Zentangle meet Mandalas.  And if you wish to make a day of it join both classes on March 7.

THIS SUNDAY – Feb 8th, 10am – 12 noon.  Introduction to Zentangle®

March 7 Saturday, 10am – 12 noon.  Introduction to Zentangle®

March 7 Sautrday, 1.30 – 3.30pm ZenDALAs – ‘Zentangle meets Mandala’

Enrol here …