Hi, my name is Cherie Hartwick. I live in Michigan, about 40 miles north of Detroit. I’m a retired art teacher. I belong to and volunteer at our local Senior activity center. One of my pottery buddies talked me into taking a class called “Zentangle” about 2 years ago. Well, something clicked, and it wasn’t just my creaky , old knees. I loved it!!! If you have never heard of it before, you soon will. It’s one of those things. Or you can go to zentangle.com for a full explaination, history, instructions and beautiful examples. In a nutshell, it’s using repetitive designs to create relaxing works of art. The designs are basically made up from five strokes – . (a dot), ____ (a straight line), C (“C” shape), S (“S” shape) and O (a circle). The work is done on small squares of paper about 3.5″ square using a .25mm fine tip permanent black pen. A pencil is used to mark a frame, about 1/4″ inside the square and to divide the frame into sections to fill with designs. This is called a “string”. You can also use a pencil to shade the designs.

My posts will be mostly my finished designs but sometimes might include some instruction. My teaching background pops up every once in a while.

I now tangle on things other than paper. I teach pottery and jewelry making at the senior center, in addition to zentangle. I have tangled wood, fabric, clay, glass, plastic, eggs, dominios, scrabble tiles, wine corks, wine bottles, paper mache’, tins, embossed it onto copper, a chair (for an auction) and probably a few other things that I can’t think of right now

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  1. Ann Robertson
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 19:44:16

    Cherie, Bill and I have found your classes both stimulating and fun. I plan to stop by this coming Monday morning. However, I need to find a way to blow up the patterns you have taught and review the ones you taught us in the first lesson. Will you help me with this? Ann and Bill Robertson abomaggie@aol.com


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