Pat Mathes,CZT
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Moments #13

It's been a while since I posted on my blog - maybe it's time to start again. 

Anyone who has followed me on my artistic journey knows that I love creating Zendalas/Mandalas. I really get into a zen flow when working on them, whether it is creating them from scratch, or figuring out how to enhance a template.

CreA(R)Tives was created by Annete P., a German CZT, who has various projects that she posts in her blog  She does a Mosaic which is a lot of fun to join in with, and once  a month she posts a new Zendala template called "Moments".  We are on Moments 13 now and this is the template.

I have finished mine.  I made some variation to the style and turned the framework into a celtic knot arrangement.  I used what I call a glow technique with the colored pencils (Polychromos). 
I look forward to next month's template.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Zendala Moments #2

The second template from Anette P. (aka LonettA) is another fun one.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Diva Challenge 385

Valentines!!  I have participated in Valentangles 2019 this year and my work is shown on the last couple of blogs here.  So for the Diva Challenge 385, to be inspired by Valentine's Day, I give my heart (the last tile done for Valentangles)! 

Valentangle Finale

On this journey in Valentangles this year, I have learned not to dislike the heart tangles as much.  I have treated them as shapes and therefore created them not as matters of the heart, but shapes of the heart.  I completed all 14 days and am pleased with how they all turned out.

Day 10 was a day to show off heart corners.

Day 11 was to create borders with the Love Fragment.  I did one border with that, one border with a kind of version of Luv-A, and a third one kind of like Heartswell.

Day 12's prompt is to use the pattern Yuma by Tina Hunziker (Akua Arts).  I created this heart with an arrow through it, substituting some of the seeds with hearts!

Day 13 I let Bijou wander on a grid of JoBowTie (the prompt was to include Bijou on a grid pattern).

and the Finale - Day 14! A lovely puffy heart pillow.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Diva Challenge 384

Diva Challenge 384 is a UMT (Use My Tangle) Challenge, using the tangle of Anthem created by Jody Genovese.  I love this pattern.  I saw it when Jody introduced it on Instagram and was trying to find the time to get this tile done.  Well, I certainly was in for a surprise.  I started with a very pastel background tile created with watercolor.  As I started putting the strokes down, it started turning into what I felt was an alien landscape.  So I kept going and then used watercolor pencil and colored pencil to darken the background to fit the tile.  The patterns I used are Anthem, Mystery Egg, Mooka, Zinger, Quabog, Msst.


Those who know me well know that I am not a "heart" person.  But I decided this year to look at the heart as an object/shape instead of thinking of it as a love heart.  I have been participating in Valentangles 2019, a challenge put together by Marguerite Samama.  She created a wonderful pdf e-book of prompts and they have really been fun.  Some really challenged me as a first-time effort.  Here are the first 9 days:

Day 1 we used Marguerite's Love Fragment.  I put it into a border.
Day 2 we used the pattern Ratoon, starting with a heart instead of a circle.

Day 3 was to keep our tangling to a minimum instead of using the entire tile.

Day 4 was a 3Z puzzle.  I again used the Love Fragment on this one in a kind of Notan method, using red and black 3Z tiles I cut.
Day 5 was tangled on something other than a tile.  I used a really pretty marbled vellum envelope and tangled the pattern Cindyper.  The first picture has a white card inserted.  The second picture shows the envelope with nothing in it to show that it really was an envelope that I tangled on,
Day 6 was an application of the Wholly-Hollibaugh method introduced by Rick and Maria.

Day 7 we again used the Love Fragment and turned it into a blossom.

Day 8 is an embedded letter of someone who means a lot to us.  I did the letter "S" for my granddaughter Samantha.

Day 9 uses the pattern Star-ING where I again used hearts as a variation.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Zendala Moments No. 1

Annette P. (aka LonettA) at CreA(R)Tives has taken the reins in hand of the Zendala movement started by Erin Koetz before her life got too busy.  Erin at Bright Owl did many mandala templates for all to enjoy and use in creations of their own.  Now we have the zendalas again.  The first template was a fun one.
And here is my take on it.