Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Mosaic

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
                                                                                                   --Albert Camus

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Seek Peace

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

    "Seek peace and pursue it."
                                                                                                                                  --Psalm 34:14


Monday, October 9, 2017

Backbone State Park

This image is of the boathouse at Backbone State Park in scenic northeast Iowa.  As the state's first state park, it remains one of the most unique as it is named for the steep and narrow ridge of rock cut by a loop of the Maquoketa River.  And, as a result, the highest point in this area was formed and is still referred to as the Devil's Backbone.  Although it is delightfully beautiful in all seasons, autumn is a perfect time to visit.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Register Now!

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. All purchased supplies will be yours to take home and continue practicing of this exciting method of pattern drawing. The class instructor is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) who has trained with the Zentangle founders. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at
Class #:         59487
Date:              Wednesdays, Nov. 1 –15
Time:             6- 8 p.m.
Cost:              $39 / Additional Supply Fee Due the First night of class
Instructor:    Stephanie Funke
Location:      NICC Manchester Center, 1200 ½ W. Main St.

Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 30

Monday, October 2, 2017


Octo by Stephanie Funke, CZT

Recently I named this creation "Octo" but upon further observation I noticed there were more than eight tentacles; therefore, this is more accurately known as Octo Plus One.  Unlike most of my tangles, this was different as I didn't have a preconceived idea about where it would end or the shape it would take.  And, I love it as it swims perpetually on the paper and flows effortlessly in all directions.

"My mind's an octopus reaching tentacles of thought in eight different directions at once."

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall Colors

"Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Here's One

Tangle by Stephanie Funke, CZT

Each time I tangle my tendency is do begin with something easy and or very familiar; however, I have challenged myself to try new patterns and incorporate those into new tangles.  This image is an example of trying a few new things.  And, what appears to be several 'yin and yang' circles are a new favorite as they are super easy, fit in anywhere and add a neat new dimension to a tangle.   Visit to learn more about this delightful art form. 

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
                                                                   --Erich Fromm