As a mixed media explorer, I use pens, paper, collage, glue, glitter, paint, inks, clay, canvas, crayons, resin, beads, trinkets -- sometimes alone but often together -- to create fun works of art.
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher in 2015 and thoroughly enjoy sharing this art form.
ABOUT (The official statement)
Jessica is a Certified Zentangle Teacher® (CZT) and Mixed Media Artist working in Maryland. After crafting a career in higher education administration, she branched out to the art world and now teaches recurring Zentangle® classes at a local art studio, corporate and private clients, and at national and regional retreats.
The tangled story
Until a few years ago I never considered myself an artist. Crafty, yes. Artist, not so much. So when I happened upon a Zentangle® class at a local art supply store I was intrigued. Me, an artist? A Martha Stewart Wanna-Be was more appropriate at the time but I took the class anyway. I quickly fell in love with this Zentangle thing and immediately signed up for another class. And another. And then another! I was hooked on this easy-to-learn, simple, intuitive, stunning art form and the Zentangle Method®.
As my "inner artist" grew more confident through tangling it also craved more opportunities. Multiple mixed media, gelli plate and collage classes followed, along with some attempts at traditional painting, clay and assemblage. I took classes locally, traveled to work with artists, asked questions, followed (stalked!) some of my favorite artists on social media, read lots of books and blogs, but always came back to my first love, Zentangle. Oh, yeah. And I also worked my "real" job and raised a kid.
Trained by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the founders of Zentangle, I am now certified to teach tangling and the eight step Zentangle Method. (Yep, that's the CZT after my name -- Certified Zentangle Teacher. It rocks.) I teach at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD and also offer private classes, corporate seminars, and home parties. It's a perfect activity for craft night, girls' night out (or in), birthday parties, etc. Classes usually last two hours, all supplies are provided, all ages and abilities are welcome. Contact me to book a private event or sign up for a regularly-scheduled class at The Queen's Ink by clicking on the link.
Baubles, the newest kid in the portfolio
Baubles are colorful works of original art set under glass. Starting with unique papers -- old books, maps, ledgers, old homework assignments, handwritten letters (remember those?!), gelli prints, instruction manuals, etc. -- I upcycle them by adding layers of paint and then embellish with glitter and/or tangles before setting small sections under glass. The colorful pieces are then hand sanded and sealed.
These original miniature works of art make great necklaces or ornaments. You can hang them on a cord or chain around your neck, use them as adornment around the house, or both! We even put them on our Christmas tree this year. However you choose to display and use your baubles, it is no doubt they are a unique conversation piece!