MIXED-MEDIA ARTIST AND DAFA MEMBER SUZANNE McNEILL was the guild’s guest presenter in September 2014. She shared, in depth, two of her favorite art techniques – Zentangles and Gelli Printing. Members learned some of the basics of “tangling” during the mini-workshop, when Suzanne led them in making unique peek-a-boo cards, using simple materials and intricate-looking Zentangle patterns.
The author of numerous books on all kinds of art techniques, Suzanne then presented a program focused on the recent use she has made of Zentangle techniques and Gelli plate prints in her colorful art. Sometimes the two techniques are combined in unique ways in her painted canvases and quilted pieces. She demonstrated for the crowd how she makes basic monoprints using the synthetic gelatin plate manufactured by Gelli Arts.
Left to right: Inspired by Suzanne’s samples, members try their skills at “tangling.” Suzanne displays a card with a peek-a-boo opening. Finished cards by several members.
Assisted by Tammi Daubenspeck, Suzanne displays a silk scarf with colorful Zentangle designs, an animal quilt with Gelli-printed fabrics, and a quilt featuring black and quite Zentangle threadplay.