Pat Mathes,CZT
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Diva Challenge 332

The Diva is back from her summer vacation time with her family and the challenge this week is to use two squares.  I am using a page from my new journal - a wonderful sketch pad 8 1/2" x 11" that is a wonderful 90 lb. paper.  I like this size - in my daily workings, I often draw squares and use whatever pattern or grouping I have in mind and just wander.  I sometimes fill in the spaces around with notes, or with other patterns, or just leave it open.  This will make a great journal in the end - a wandering of techniques and patterns.

In this page, I was using the basic Zentangle patterns in the top one - Marasu often escapes me and I wanted to pair it with Mooka.  The shading was a challenge and I was trying to obtain dimensional aspects of the square.  I was pleased with how it turned out in the end.

 The bottom square was one that was inspired by Lynn Meade's recent blog (you can find the article here).  She was doing one of her wonderful morphing exercises using Stoic, HaKrall and B'twined.  I followed her directions so that I could see how her mind was working.  This is not my design - this is Lynn's design drawn by following her instructions.  You can see how I have made notations alongside this drawing so that I can look at it again and see how it came about.  I am amazed at how this came together and encourage others to try and to follow her method of seeing patterns in similarity.  This is a method that escapes me and I work at.  Lynn's drawings are always an inspiration to me.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Diva Challenge 330

This week's guest blogger on The Diva Challenge is CZT Jeanette Clawson.  She challenged with the creation of a Zentangle plate.  You take four tiles of the same size, draw an identical plate string (like a zendala), and tangle them separately.  When finished, join them back up.

I'm a little late to the party, but it took me some time to finish as I was working on other projects, too. I actually started with a 7"x7" square, colored with Tombow marker (colored the mat, spritzed it and laid the tile down).  After drawing the string, I cut the paper into 4 separate tiles.

Here are my four tiles, and the finished plate.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Diva Challenge 329

The guest blogger this week is Marguerite Samama from the Amsterdam Area.  I have followed Marguerite's work for some time and love it.  She is a true inspiration.  Her challenge is to use the fragment D-1.  I was working on a challnege for another group I am in where we had a one-word prompt "Square"  So I did a framework of squares and inserted fragment D-1 in various ways.
Then I did another one

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Splotchy Tangles 2

I spent time with CZTs Deb Thingvold and Susan Mayes today and we worked on some more splotchy tangles.  Deb had some tiles that were prepped with shaving cream and inks.  Here is my progression and finished tile.  I really love the freedom of these tiles.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Splotchy Tangles

I have been participating in a challenge "Splotchy Tangles".  To start, I applied Tombow markers to watercolor paper and created the color.  Then I spritzed with water, let it sit a minute, and then used a paper toweel to lift off the water to give a splotchy effect  The next step was to use a black pen and outline the "splotches".  After they were all outlined, I started filling in the areas.  As a Zentangle Artist, this was really a stretch for me.  It is just line drawing and it really led me outside my comfort zone.  In effect, though, the black outlines were the strings - they were just restrictive, unlike a pencil string that is used as a guideline.  I did manage a few Zentangle patterns in this, but it is mainly line work.  I did use colored pencil to shadow and enhance, and a Uniball signa to highlight.  So below are my progress pictures.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A letter to you!!

I just took part in a challenge on one of the Facebook groups that was fun and I wanted to share the results.  This challenge invovled letters, and there were three entires to be made  So I used the three initials of my name.  The first challenge was to use the letter as a string.  Second, create the letter and tangle inside it.  Last but not least, do the leter with negative space.  Funny story, I used my middle initial as the negative space initial.  I do not use my middle initial because if I do, my initials are PAM and people tend to call me Pam instead of Pat.  So I dropped it a long time ago.  Therefore, it is a negative letter for me.  Here are the results of my three tiles.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Quirky Birds

Oh what fun I have had.  I have been taking a course from Willowing Arts on how to create Quirky Birds!  Here is my first set.  I  based the accordion book on the Tim McGraw song "Last Dollar" because the words to that song, which I have always liked, really fit these birds - "One, Two, Three, like a bird I'll sing".