Posts made in April, 2014

Influences: Early Mookas by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 0 comments

Influences: Early Mookas by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

I attended Certified Zentangle training in February 2011 and learned the new tangle Mooka that had not yet been published for the public AND it really was in flux as to what its official name would be. Rick and Maria (Zentangle Founders) settled on  Mooka which is so perfect.  I can not image calling it anything else. Oh my goodness my first Mooka tangles were  less than successful, I put it here so my students and fellow tanglers can see there is hope! How does one go from very shakey beginnings  like the one shown below to the Mooka Blues Series and even my early Mooka attempts? Mooka gave me the willies and I did not return to it for six months when I was motivated by the fact that my first set of Zentangle classes back in 2011 was coming up so I had to get a handle on the tangle.  Turns out that fear was unfounded and doing a journal page of just Mookas without any expectation of perfection had me up to speed on the essence of the basic Mooka.  Also that struggle gave me really good ideas on how to better teach Mooka to my students and remains a staple in my Zentangle Class Series which is up to 8 classes. With a little practice I was on my way to discovering that Mooka is one of my go-to tangles when quiet mindfulness is needed.  When I am dry and need a push to get in the Zentangle frame of mind, a quick Mooka tile is just the ticket. Below are early works experimenting with Mooka in 2011. I like to push the limits of a tangle and found the Mooka flow lead me to experimenting with Mooka-esk shapes. Metallic glitz has always been a favorite of mine so I had to play with my Sakura Metallic Gelly Rolls and sure enough Mooka made its into the tile stack.  Humm the beginnings of my over and under curves are beginning to show up here.   My friend Susan loves Mooka and her marvelous works inspired me to push my Mooka’s a little further with over and unders and just a little shading (chuckle).  Shading really is the magic touch to making a Zentangle sing.   I can honestly say 3 1/2  years of almost daily Zentangle practice has made a its mark. Little did I know that those early and very shaky Mooka beginnings would help lead me to my current style of curvaceous and organic tangles. I do see the influences showing up in those early works and experiments, AND I am grateful I did not give up on the scary and less than perfect Mooka technique back in 2011. Mooka was and is a crucial tangle that has helped me find my artist voice. I continue to be in love with the Mooka Blues and here is another addition my Mooka Blues Series   To view my previous post on Mooka Blues, CLICK HERE   Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & FREE Tangled Expressions Meeting the 3rd Thursday Soft Expressions, Anaheim California CLICK HERE NOTE: If you are looking for Zentangle Supplies, Sakura Gelly Rolls, Pastel & Watercolor pencils, Zentangle books , check out Sharla’s store: SoftExpressions.com for the full line. If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes contact Sharla Tangled Expressions Blog Newsletter Sharla has created a Pinterest board where she shares her love of expressive quilts, fiber art, arts & crafts, Zentangle, painting, drawing and more. Find color and design...

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Inspiration: The Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals | 0 comments

Inspiration: The Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks

Last week I gave a Zentangle® Workshop to 18 enthusiastic quilters from the Glendale Quilt Guild who did wonderful work.  The work inspired me to explore Mooka and Mooka-esk shapes and how they could be used in a quilt.  My shading supplies were at the office except for the my blue pastel pencil so I embraced the challenge and played with the Mooka Blues, I am in love with the Blues.       If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes,  use the form below. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & FREE Tangled Expressions Meeting the 3rd Thursday Soft Expressions, Anaheim California CLICK HERE NOTE: If you are looking for Zentangle Supplies, Sakura Gelly Rolls, Pastel & Watercolor pencils, Zentangle books , check out Sharla’s store: SoftExpressions.com for the full line. If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes contact Sharla Tangled Expressions Blog Newsletter Sharla has created a Pinterest board where she shares her love of expressive quilts, fiber art, arts & crafts, Zentangle, painting, drawing and more. Find color and design ideas, helpful tutorials, Zentangle Patterns, and more. Tangled Expressions Group on Facebook Follow Sharla & Join in with sharing, comments & remarks.  ...

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Exploring the Artist Within & Influences

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions | 0 comments

Exploring the Artist Within & Influences

Last week I was honored to give my lecture Creativity from the Heart, a Journey of an Expressive Artist to the Glendale Quilt Guild.  I review and revise my lecture before each presentation as I re-look at my personal artistic growth since the last time I did the presentation. Each time a new insight is gained.  I continue to grow in my Botanical exploration. This is one of my latest experiments with alcohol ink monoprint & Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, expanding my floral interpretations & enhancing with Zentangle patterns If you, your guild, or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes,  use the form below. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & FREE Tangled Expressions Meeting the 3rd Thursday Soft Expressions, Anaheim California CLICK HERE NOTE: If you are looking for Zentangle Supplies, Sakura Gelly Rolls, Pastel & Watercolor pencils, Zentangle books , check out Sharla’s store: SoftExpressions.com for the full line. If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes contact Sharla Tangled Expressions Blog Newsletter Sharla has created a Pinterest board where she shares her love of expressive quilts, fiber art, arts & crafts, Zentangle, painting, drawing and more. Find color and design ideas, helpful tutorials, Zentangle Patterns, and more. Tangled Expressions Group on Facebook Follow Sharla & Join in with sharing, comments & remarks.  ...

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