Glass Door Opens A Window of Opportunity

Tangled Glass DoorWhen this door closes it will benefit under-privileged, economically challenged and at-risk young people through La Buena Vida Foundation, a non-profit organization serving the greater Irving area.

I tangled this interior, glass-paned door for charity on behalf of Googly Eyes Art & Craft Supplies where I teach classes in calligraphy and Zentangle® drawing techniques. There were a total of 8 doors decorated by participating artists which will go to auction to benefit La Buena Vida Foundation.

I accepted the challenge of drawing on glass with a white enamel paint pen.

Angie Vangalis making Zentangle inspired artwork on a door

While I had more than 3 months to paint the door, the project was actually started only 4 days before the opening reception featuring the embellished thresholds.

I also had no idea of what to do on a glass door!

Then, under the pressure of procrastination, my creative mind kicked in.

After measuring the pane of glass, I went to my iMac and created a basic spiral design or “string” to tangle in Adobe® Illustrator – a vector-based drawing application.

The digital file was then emailed to Kinko’s for an extra large, door-sized laser print-out on white paper.

I set up the door in the back room of Googly Eyes Art & Craft Supplies and secured the paper print-out to the back of the glass panel with clear packing tape.
My Art Music playlist (Intermedium by Kostas Moustakas, one of my favorite songs) set the pace as I picked up the new paint pen and tangled the entire glass panel for almost 4 hours. I wanted to keep the patterns very simple, so I only  used two of the official Zentangle patterns known as Flux and Shattuck, plus my own version of Flux called Paizel.

I think the overall look of the white enamel paint on glass successfully resembles etched glass! What do you think?


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The Written Word by Hand or Blog?

A Tangled A

Tangled A by Angie Vangalis

I’m an artist with a passionate interest in calligraphy and related expressive art.

This is the first blog entry I’ve ever made that I can call my own, as I create blogs and websites for other small businesses.

I’ve been certified in the Zentangle® method of drawing and my work has been published in several books (one in 6 languages – released November 1, 2012). The “tangled” letter, above is published in a book titled “Zentangle 8 – Monograms and Alphabets” by Design Originals.

Last June, I attended Calligraphy Northwest, the 31st International Calligraphy conference, where I took a 5 day workshop on fluent styles of movement with Ewan Cayton. Ewan is a well-known scribe and excellent instructor from England. Here are some samples of my aetwork from last week.



Golden Strokes

Golden Strokes & Letters

My goal for the rest of the year is to blog more frequently about creativity!

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