Monthly Archives: April 2014

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

1st mooka back in 2011 by Sharla R. Hicks done at Certified Zentangle training, I had much to learn. Check out my Mooka Blues Series that I posted last week.

LESS than SUCCESSFUL, 1st mooka back in 2011 by Sharla R. Hicks done at Certified Zentangle Training, I had much to learn.

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 this ones to the Mooka Blues Series and even my early Mooka attempts?

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.

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. Continue reading

Inspiration: The Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks

 

 

 

 

Mooka Blues Series by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues 1 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2014

Mooka Blues Series by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues 2 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2014

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.

Mooka Blues Series by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher

Mooka Blues 4 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2014

If your guild or group is interested in my Creativity from the Heart presentation, Zentangle workshops or attending Zentangle classes,  use the form below. Continue reading

Botanical Monoprint by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Exploring the Artist Within & Influences

Botanical Monoprint by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Botanical Monoprint by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher

 

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.

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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

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