Thursday, February 23, 2017

Zentangle with Marisela

Wednesday night Sue had the pleasure of attending a presentation on Zentangle by local quilt instructor Marisela Rumberg.  What is Zentangle and what does it have to do with quilting, you may ask?  Well, Zentangle is a copyrighted method of drawing that involves some standard elements to create abstract drawings.

Zentangle drawings, done in black & white, can be inspiration for a quilt, as shown below.

Marisela also creates Zentangle inspired art, which means she uses Zentangle patterns to fill in a familiar or recognizable object.

Her portrait of Frieda Kahlo is an example of this. Here she also added some color. As mentioned before, true Zentangle is only black & white but Marisela calls her variations "quiltangles". Below is a close up of the dress portion.

Some of the design is achieved through stitching. The more solid blacks and grays are done with paint, marker or ink. She continues to experiment with different materials.

Marisela is a very talented fiber artist and teacher in Northern Virginia. She teaches Zentangle, free motion machine quilting, and other classes as well as being part of a studio fiber arts group at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Check out her website at You can also find her on Facebook as Marisela's Quilts & Tangles, and on Instgram at Marisela.Art.

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