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Promise to my class at MHF, Part 1 of 2

Last week, my class at MFH was much shorter than expected. It seems two activities were scheduled for the same time. So we got through only half of a first tile. Thankfully, we did the two foundation patterns: Crescent Moon and Hollibaugh. I promised to include the remainder of the tile here on my blog. But first, here is some beautiful creative work that came from roughly half an hour of a first class.

Now, I would like to review what we already did.

Using the pencil, we drew: Corner dots, a border (connecting the dots), and a string (Z) to divide the tile into smaller areas in which to tangle.

Next, we chose one of the four sections formed by the zed and border–or any created space–and drew half-moon “ladybug” shapes. The ladybugs were filled in and a halo (that we tanglers call an aura) was added along the curved edge. Then we aura-ed again. And again… When we ran out of aura space, we shaded with the pencil and the tortillion (a paper stump that we use to smooth the graphite from the pencil and spread the graphite out for a shadow effect).

After Crescent Moon, we used a different area created by the zed and added a pattern called Hollibaugh. Hollibaugh is an important pattern because it shows us how to draw “under” or “behind.” Hollibaugh can look like construction boards that are in a scattered pile, or a combination of straight and curved figures that are piled loosely one atop another. I chose a long area in which to tangle Hollibaugh. Then we shaded to make the first few “boards” stand out more and help with the illusion of under or behind.

And that’s when class came to an end.

Before everyone left, I promised to continue the “first tile” lesson on my blog space. And we will continue in Part 2 of Promise to my class… Part 2 will be published later tonight.

Hope you enjoyed this review of what we did complete.

See you back here soon!

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Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.

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