I'm on the steep learning curve, out-of-my-league here. On October 8th, I'll be teaching a full day zentangle workshop to the Utah Calligraphic Artists guild. This is a group of incredible, amazing, dedicated artists in every way, and yet, they invited me to be their fall workshop presenter for one day...(breathe, exhale, focus.....whew.) The thing that makes me the happiest is that Jonathon is coming along, all the way from Tennessee, doing the techy stuff, power point presentation, and being the hands-on demonstrator. I'm practicing daily, just to have some samples ready. I've defined my responsibility as giving the essentials needed, showing lots of possibilities, and encouraging original, creative thinking. Since the second day of the workshop is about laying down gold leaf, ala Illuminated Letters, taught by the local calligrapher and bookbinding extraordinaire, Louona Tanner (see Reggie Ezell's photos of the year for her work), we'll design some letters, and then move along to borders. I think zentangles will be a dynamite jumping off point for calligraphers to design borders to go along with their lovely letters. Here are a few sample ideas I've been doodling with, just for fun:
See the UCA website for details.