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2016 Big Bear Lake: Dancing with Petals and Leaves Zentangle Retreat

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog: Tangled Expressions | 0 comments

2016 Big Bear Lake: Dancing with Petals and Leaves Zentangle Retreat

Zentangle® Inspired Art Botanicals & Mixed Media Retreat in Southern California Dancing with Petals and Leaves When: June or October Alumni: September $899* 2016 Big Bear Zentangle Botanicals Retreats Dancing with Petals and Leaves & Mixed Media Explore Botanicals, Color, Shade, Shadow, Design & ZIA Mixed Media $850* Early Bird Special ($212.50 a day includes room & board) $100* Deposit holds your spot and early bird special! *Payment Plan available Intimate ALL Inclusive: Maximum 8-12 students allowing for 20+ hours of hands-on instruction,  fully stocked Mixed Media Studio & Power Point Presentations Includes: Lodging, Meals, Snacks, Drinks Instructor: Sharla R. Hicks CZT 5 & 11 Featuring LeCordon Bleu trained Chef: Diana Hudson CZT 2016 June: 23, 24, 25, 26, 2016 Thursday to Sunday $850 Early Bird Special BEFORE March 31, 2016 2016 October 6, 7, 8, 9, 2016 Thursday to Sunday $850 Early Bird Special BEFORE July 9, 2016 Questions: Call Soft Expressions & ask for Sharla: 714-630-7414 or Toll Free 888-545-8616, or email: info@SharlaHicks.com Closest airport to Big Bear, CA is Ontario CA International Airport: (Code is ONT) Shuttle Available through SoftExpressions.com To Register, CLICK HERE $899 2016 Alumni Retreat: Advancing on with Zentangle Inspired Botanicals & Mixed Media $850 Early Bird Special: Sign up BEFORE June 22, 2016 Prerequisite: Alumni who attended previous year’s retreats When: September 22, 23, 24, & 25, 2016 Thursday to Sunday Suggestion: Sign up ASAP as Alumni Retreat is filling quickly What Students are saying about the retreat: Chris states: “I would so recommend this retreat to any one that needs to stretch their boundaries and learn more about zentangles and more…I was a little nervous about signing up—not knowing anyone and all that pre-retreat stress, but that all changed.  I was picked up at the airport and delivered to the retreat cabin, by Sharla’s husband, an added bonus!  The whole weekend was amazing.  I tangled my heart out…the best company, met new friends, great meals—I hated to leave!  If you want to learn more and see what other artists are creating, you will find it all at Sharla’s Big Bear Retreats. P.S.  I only wished I lived closer to Sharla, so I could take her other classes!” Retreat Time Line, Thursday to Sunday: 20+ hours of instruction Thursday 1 pm to Sunday 5 pm NOTE: Each student will have an individual session with Sharla and the opportunity to share with group NOTE: ALL mixed media supplies will be provided PLUS: a goodies bag full of great tangle supplies to take home. Bring: yourself ready to relax and learn at Sharla’s quiet mountain retreat LED or Otto Light for extra light examples of your work paint clothes Zentangle Pens and Pencils: Micron pens and your favorite shading tools if you want to learn more about a specific mixed media or paint, bring along, but not required as there will be a well stocked studio. Thursday Registration: 10 am to Noon Thursday 11:30 am to 1 pm: Light Lunch Thursday 1 PM to 5 PM: Mixed Media Studio instruction begins with introduction to color and then move into the Mixed Media Studio to begin backgrounds for Dancing with the Petals and Leaves: Zentangle Inspired Art All supplies for Mixed Media Studio provided, no ahead of time prep, just come ready to relax, learn and have fun. Explore creating mixed media backgrounds on high quality paper and fabric with paints, acrylics, pens, color pencils, watercolor pencils, aqua crayons, pastels, foil, glitter, and more. INCLUDES: Use of a small printing press, Gelly plates, stamps, stencils, and other helpful mark making tools and supplies. Thursday 5:30 PM:...

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The S and C curve in Zentangle Gallery: Artist Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Galleries, Tutorials | 0 comments

The S and C curve in Zentangle Gallery: Artist Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

My SharlaRella and Indyrella Series began in early 2011 and continues on today. Take note that with each exploration in the gallery my tangling techniques, design and shading skills grew. The daily practice of Zentangle and exploring the same Tangle in a Series produced a creative explosion of new and exciting variations. This week I was the guest blogger on the I Am The Diva Blog and I choose to featured some of my favorite tangles in I Am The Diva Weekly Challenge #231,  “The Undulating Tangles in C and S minor”:  Indyrella, it’s variation SharlaRella, and Isochor. I have illustrated the steps . . . Enjoy the Gallery If you want to learn more about the Zentangle Retreat I conduct on Zenspirational Botatnicals  near Big Bear Lake, CLICK HERE to check it out here. I also teach Zentangle Series of classes that move from Zentangle Basics into Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, CLICK HERE to check them out. IndyRella Steps by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2015 SharlaRella Steps, variation inspired by IndyRella by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2015 Iscochor by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2015 IndyRella I, first IndyRella of the SharlaRella Series, by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2011 Isochor on black Zentangle Tile by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT. Enhanced with white and gelly roll pen. Early in Series: SharlaRella 3 by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright 2011 Zentangle Tile using SharlaRella, enhanced with Checks and Perfs bh Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher A year later, 2012, I was still exploring SharlaRella and shading Cubine on Black framed by undualting S curves by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Undulating Sharla Rella included in Birds in Flight by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, copyright 2013 SharlaRella on Gray Canson MiTeintes, black pigma pen, and white pastel pencil by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher SharlaRella in Green by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT copyright 2012. Green background and Clear Stardust Gelly Roll highlights the shading! Subtle and a little difficult to see, so enlarge picture. Green shading is Derwent GraphiTint Watercolor Pencil. Swirls and Waves by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT. In 2013, one form often presented itself in my personal Zentangle Botanicals. The S and C organic forms emerged from the SharlaRella Series. My journal pages below were published in: The Beauty of Zentangle Inspirational Examples from 137 Artist Worldwide by Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT S and C curves are the foundation for Aquafluer, Renaissance Zentangle with brown pigma pen and white pastel shading by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT © 2014 Undulating S curves surround and fill Rixty by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014. Gold Metallic Color Pencil used for shading. Sharla botanical work includes S curves and Mooka Included Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certifed Zentangle Teacher CZT © 2014 Shallow, undulating S curves fill the botanicals of Mooka in Black 4 by Sharla R. Hicks ©2014 The undulating S and C curve influence are in Golden Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT © 2014 The undulating S curves influences in the Renaissance Mooka Blues by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 SharlaRella inspired botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, Copyright...

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Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dance of the Petals and Leaves

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals, Tutorials | 0 comments

Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dance of the Petals and Leaves

2015 Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat: Dancing With Petals and Leaves Southern California NOTE:  see our 2016 dates and details NOTE:  The Retreat has come and gone, CLICK HERE for 2016 details ADDED after retreat! What students had to say about the retreat! Holly Atwater of Ha Designs on Facebook I am thrilled to be one of the three who have already signed up for next year’s workshop!! Sharla’s workshops are small, intimate gatherings… So if you imagine learning in a small group with the opportunity of a one on one with the fabulous and inspiring artist, Sharla Conn Hicks, is something you would enjoy (and who wouldn’t?!)… you better register NOW! . (Thank you again, Sharla, for your guidance and encouragement!) Soooo… I just returned from the MOST AMAZING Zentangle® Workshop retreat EVER!! Sharla Hicks workshop, Zentangle Dance of the Petals & Leaves : Colorways & Mixed Media, was an absolute joy! The finished project shown was only a small portion of the art techniques that Sharla so passionately and thoroughly shared with us. We did mono printing, alcohol ink transfers, watercolor backgrounds, explored botanical patterns… this list could go on and on! I will be sharing more as I begin creating with the papers and explore the many techniques shown. Every day was filled with inspiration, from Sharla, her assistant Susan, as well as ALL the attendees! This weekend was not just about art… We also had Diana Hudson, a wonderful Cordon Bleu trained chef (and CZT) cooking the most scrumptious meals with everything prepared to perfection and presented on the loveliest of table settings. I definitely felt spoiled! I can’t say enough about the wonderful people I was able to get to know while at the workshop as well… When it was time to leave on Sunday I felt like I had made some life long new friends. Thank you, Sharla, for the fantastic opportunity to learn from you!   Kathy Dudek: I was fortunate to sign up for the retreat with Sharla. It was amazing, from 9 or 10 in the morning til 9 or 10 at night. The only thing we really had to bring were our pens. If you get the chance to take her botanical series, you should sign up immediately. I grew so much in my tangling, the gourmet meals were incredible, and the sharing was so wonderful. This retreat was of the highest quality, and I’ve attended 18 years of retreats both in tangling and also polymer clay. My husband (a CZT too) and I plan to attend next year. Sharla put her heart and soul to make this such a grand event. Ps her husband and Diana (a CZT chef) outdid themselves. Many, many thanks. ——————————————————————– Original Post: Instructor: Sharla R. Hicks CZT 5 & 11 Featuring LeCordon Bleu Trained Chef & CZT: Diana Hudson When: Thursday to Sunday NOTE: Each weekend is limited to 8-12 students Deposit: $100 holds space. Payment Plan available Includes: 20+ hours of instruction, Mixed Media Open Studio & Power Point Presentations Learn new and inventive ways to develop Zentangle Inspired Botanicals, the retreat goes beyond my botanical class series with new botanical tangles, color emphasis focusing on how to maximize mixed media when creating and enhancing Zentangle Inspired Art. Includes: Lodging, meals, snacks, drinks and even wine at dinner. MORE Details & Registration Information: CLICK HERE Introducing Sharla R. Hicks (that’s me) Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 5 & 11) I trained under Zentangle® Founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher aka CZT in 2011 & returned again in...

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Zentangle Classes: Dance of the Tangles & Botanicals

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Tutorials | 0 comments

Zentangle Classes: Dance of the Tangles & Botanicals

Current Schedule at Soft Expressions.com warehouse in Anaheim, CA, USA: CLICK HERE The Zentangle Dance is an eight class series that starts with the basics and moves you into learning how botanicals can evolve from almost any tangle.  This class will have you on your way to finding your own tangle style.  Visit the link for more details.  Below are examples of the tangles and techniques that will be taught.  Learn how to use white, black, tan, gray tiles and paper choices with multiple methods of shading enhancers.  Hope to see you...

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Gallery: Black, White, Gold & Glitz Inspiration by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions, Botanicals, Galleries | 0 comments

Gallery: Black, White, Gold & Glitz Inspiration by Sharla R. Hicks

A late addition to Black, White and Gold Glitz theme is a lovely mooka on black highlighted with gold that I completed in September.  Here I show you the two stages of the ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) before glitz  and after glitz.   I am never sure which I like better, I love the purity of the white only but I also love the added elegance and warmth that the gold offers. Then keep on scrolling down and enjoy the Gallery  that groups all the Black, White, Gold & Glitz posted in August & September 2014 together in one spot . . . this gallery overview shows my personal growth in understanding how white pen works on black, the exploration of adding shading or just using line, and finally explores the wonderful world of glitzy metallic pens.  I am partial to Sakura Gelly Rolls because they are so smooth and the price point is excellent. NOTE: For more information on the Sakura’s Metallic Gelly Roll Pens, checkout my store, SoftExpressions.com.     Gallery: Black, White, Gold & Glitz Zentangle Inspired Art by Sharla R. Hicks I like my galleries to be chronological but also grouped by style so that I can review the growth and changes my Zentangle journey has taken over the last 3.5 years. This gallery covers  Zentangle Inspired Art  from 2011 to 2014.  Check out my tutuorial: White Gelly Roll on Black Click a Picture to see Gallery in Full View with Enlarge Pictures full sized gallery shows off the glitz and subtle white shading Create Bold Art ATC card by Sharla R. Hicks, ©2011 ATC (artist tradint card) Black Zentangle Card with Cubine and Echoism by Sharla R. Hicks ©2011ATC Card by Sharla R. Hicks ©2011 ATC (artist trading card) using Stardust Gelly Roll Pen for Glitz by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, highlights are Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura Paisley in White by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, CZT copyright 2011. Highlights are Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura Betweed Botanical by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher copyright 2011, , highlights are Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Pen by Sakura Betweed Pear by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher. Black highlights are Clear Glaze Sakura Pen. Verdigoh & Squid in Black, White, and Gold by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle ©2011 White & Gold on Black by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2012 Between 2 Lines by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014 done with White and Gold Sakura Gelly Rolls on Black Zentangle Tile. Frosty by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2013. AuraNot Circles by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Cubine on Black framed by undualting S curves by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 White on Black Botanicals by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher ©2014 Checkered Rose by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014 Zentangle Inspired Posies by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 using Flux, Tipples, Perfs and my own Posie variations. White on Black part of the Botanical Series by Sharla R. Hicks Certified Zentangle Teacher, ©2014 done with White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and shaded with General’s White Pastel Pencil Early Mooka Play in Cooper by Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher © 2011 Between Two Lines by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT ©2012 using Sakura Metallic Gelly Roll Pens Between 2 Lines on Black by Sharla R. Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT ©2012. Sakura Metallic Pens Lavendar and Copper on Black by Sharla R. Hicks ©2011 using Sakura’s Metallic Gelly Roll Pens Nautilus...

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Glitzy Zenpolsions & SharlaRella by Sharla R. Hicks

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog: Tangled Expressions | 0 comments

August and September Theme: Black, White, Gold & Glitz Excitement boils over when I begin exploring a new background or pen color and how far I can push it limits.  Often glitz comes out to play in these less than traditional Zentangle explorations and the Sakura Gelly Roll Pens is often the go-to-tool.  Much is learned each time I play with the interaction of glitz on a color background oe new pen color.  Add in the rhythmic beauty of tangle cohesion and you have magic. Sometimes a heavy coat of gold metallic pen is just what the tangle calls for.  Below see how the gold pen looks like golden gilding with its rich opulence.  Be sure to ENLARGE PIXs to see the true beauty! 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.   ENLARGE PIXs to see the true beauty of gold Below, the Clear Stardust Gelly Roll highlights the shading! Subtle and a little difficult to see, so enlarge picture. for more information on the Stardust Clear Gelly Roll Pen, go to the previous post. Sharla’s CURRENT class schedule & Free Tangled Expressions Meeting (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. Also find SoftExpressions.com Sharla Hicks Store on Facebook.Here is where I announce the latest additions to the store and new tutorials, videos and more…We will also share inspiration and offer feedback when asked, so feel free to ask. Comments are...

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