Sorry for the late post. I had so many things I wanted to share this week that I thought I would never get it done.
First, I promised a full report on the Zentangle retreat at the Copper-Beech Institute, West Hartford, Connecticut. From their website: “The Copper Beech Institute is a community that values mindfulness practice and compassionate action.” What a perfect place to explore the mindfulness aspects of Zentangle. The building is one of the oldest Passionist monasteries in the US. The entire place was filled with beautiful art, and a feeling of peace welcomed us as soon as we entered. The food was delicious, and everyone who attended was friendly and caring.
Hosted by Kathy Parulski and Dr. Meredith Yuhas, the retreat featured Zentangle and origami classes, and they provided a plethora of art tools to explore. Since they asked us to refrain from using our phones in public spaces, I was hesitant to take mine out of my pocket, so I have almost no pictures to share. I can’t remember the last time I said that!
One of the classes Meredith taught was tangling on fabric. She is known for her “organic tangles,” and she inspired me. This is the result:
I used a cookie cutter for the entwined hearts, and it was so much fun that I wanted to make a video to show you how I did it. I’m just learning to use the new video editing software, so it is “a bit rough.” I do enjoy learning new tools, but ran out of time this week! I’m going with the motto that “done is better than perfect.”
Finally, I taught 17 talented tanglers this week as we made “Valentangles.” Hope you enjoy looking at some of their creations.
Wishing you all a lovely week filled with peace and joy.