My concern lately, has been finding good homes for the multitude of (amaZing) pieces of Zentangle art the I have at home. I try to put out as many of my tiles as humanly possible so that I, as well as others, can admire, study, but not forget about them. I love that our home is pretty much a “museum of fine art”, taking friends, as well as strangers, on tours. But, even for me, this gets difficult: there is only so much wall space available.
So, what is a good docent to do?
It can be difficult at times (!) to get out to shop for frames, and sometimes pretty darned expensive. So, I decided there had to be alternative ideas for framing for our beautiful tiles.
It is always such a treat when someone sends flowers for this occasion or that, but I am often left with a generic glass vase that is adequate to hold a beautiful bouquet, but when the flowers have seen their last breath, what do you do with these “less than stellar” glass vessels? I know, I know. . . you hate to toss it, as it was such a lovely gesture, and perhaps someday you would use it again (but almost certainly you don’t). Right? They’re all sitting in a dusty cupboard in the cellar, a box under the guest room bed, or in the worst case, the “closet of no return!"
But, what if they did have a purpose? They could become a home for little wanderers: your precious Zentangle tiles. Establish beautiful, loving places where you can visit them easily and often, and perhaps even find someone to adopt them forever. All this AND a new way to stretch your creative muscles. That always leads to more brilliant ideas!
Perhaps you have a few pretty glass jars, bowls or vases you forgot about, that would be perfect for this newfound life. If not, surely someone you know would.
I cannot wait to see what you do with this idea. Sometimes, all you need is a little nudge to get you going. They make great gifts. Fill with candy or treats, or just on their own.
🐌 Bijou just reminded me to tell you to put only DRIED flowers in and not the others.
Most of these images are self-explanatory. With the large squarish vase, I cut some mat board the sizes of the 4 sides. Tested the fit, you want them to be snug. Stuck my tiles to it with just a tiny bit of double face tape. Then, with a Sakura Graphic One black, created a border of mooka and other friends. Nothing too fancy. Then slid them back in. I had some old dried flowers destined for the trash, shook the dust off, and, voila!
Have fun with this. I know you’ll come up with better ideas once you get going. And, please share them with us!
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Be safe and well. Blessed Be Miss Maria and yours.
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Leah Gasser on
Hello Maria, great post and lovely ideas. Thank you so much. Namasté.
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Lara Mazzari on
How about putting them into a book and distributing to libraries who would accept them. Zentangle is very popular across globe and a beginner like me would love to see your original works as reference book in libraries. Generally reference books cannot be borrowed and are treasured well right.
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Rosemary Turpin on
Brilliant as usual!
And all these other ideas too … especially love the stair riser idea!!!
Since I started, I was astonished to see how the abstracts fit into the stories – even when
they were drawn long before I started doing this. I affix the tiles with Washi tape suggested
by one of the Bible journalling crafters. Works great.
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Sharon Morris on
What fantastic ideas, Maria! I have a lot of those vases and now you have given me lots of ideas them and other pieces of glass I own. You are SUCH an inspiration to us all!
Debbie Smith on
(these make great gifts) clear paperweights. Clear acrylic magnet frames work well for a collage on a fridge or other metal surface. Even clear plates are wonderful for a table setting with a tile underneath and I slip them under glass tops on some of my small end tables. I also have a tote bag with clear acrylic pockets that looks great filled with tiles.
All these ideas are very easy to change and rotate your artwork.
Thank you for the added inspiration, Maria!
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Paulette Kirschensteiner on
I adore this idea! I can’t wait to start looking for new frames in my home! Thanks as always for your inspiration!
Brenda Campbell CZT29 on
Dear Maria…as always, your creative genius inspires me! Thanks for sharing these wonderful
ways to display all of our many Zentangle tiles!
Harriet Meltzer on
Fun ideas, as always, Maria! I love how mobiles of tiles dance in the breeze. And of course, making BittyBookZ (thankZ to Chris Titus’s fabulous lead) is another engaging way to preserve and share our Zentangly masterpieces.
Danielle DeRome on
Maria, love how your imagination always sparks that of others. I’m now looking around my home to see what I can find to add my art to. Thank you for such fun and creative finds!
Brenda Shaver CZT 8 in Ontario, Canada
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