Pat Mathes,CZT
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Illuminated Letter No. 2

I am definitely in a learning process with the illuminated letters.  I wanted to do one for my son and daughter-in-law for their anniversary.  She loves purple and asked me to do a piece in purple.  I found that gold killed the purple and I decided to use silver and used clear sparkle to make the purples pop back out.  And, as my friend says, my signature ribbon!  I used a celtic highlight on the letter and bordered it with a celtic border.  I have delivered it and I can now post the picture.

Diva Challenge 206 - Tools/Trade

Because of an incident of injuring her thumb, The Diva issued the challenge to use a new tool of the trade.  I got a set of Sakura Gelly Roll pens,including Moonlight and Metallic pens.  I wanted to use them on black so took this opportunity to do so.  A fellow CZT, Irena Lesner, uses a flicking motion and does a nice burst of metallic that I really like the look of (see the bottom right side of the tile).  I mixed that with purk, bales, 'nzeppel, huggins and mooka and shaded it with Zen Stone.  It will take some getting used to as the effect of the pens is quite different than the Micron 01 we normally use.  But it reminded me how much I really like using the Zenstone - it is so creamy in nature.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Square One: Purely Zentangle - Huggins

This week's Square One pattern is Huggins.  I mixed it with Ing and threw in some striping and black pearls.

Our Tangled Lives -Week Seven

Week Seven already - Lady Bird.  "A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.  Always believe in yourself."  I used this page to test using a stencil and coloring with watercolor applied with a makeup sponge.  I like this technique and will probably use it again.  So the page is kind of choppy but it worked.  I was caught up in the process.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Diva Challenge 204

Diva Challenge 204: create a Valentangle.  To get into the Valentine spirit, we were to use heart shapes, red color, whatever tickled our fancy.  I love creating Zendalas and so created a Valendala!  The center is a celtic knot four-heart pattern done with red LePen and then I used a short version of Helen Williams' pattern Heartstrings in red with lots of  paradox, modified inapod, striping.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Our Tangled Lives - Week Six

Week Six of our Art Journal journey.  Karen Sandoval was our prompt author this week.  She challenged us to Adopt An Artist.  And to do tracing this week.   I have long enjoyed the photography of Ansel Adams, especially his photos of trees.  So I printed a copy of one of his tree photographs on tissue paper.  Then I traced that same tree structure, and gave it my own spin.  The quote is from Kurt Vonnegut - another artist I admire from a different type of art -  "To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it."

Diva Challenge #203 - UMT Athitzi by Seven

This week's Diva challenge is a Use My Tangle - Athitzi by Seven.  You can find the step-out here:  It is a very simple pattern consisting of straight lines only.  I did them in a spiral with mooka and bunzo accenting it.

Square One: Wells

This week's pattern in our Square One: Purely Zentangle Group is the official pattern Wells.  You can find the stepouts here:  I divided my tile into four pieces and then started filling with lines, striping and tipple.  It made the four Wells patterns turn into an optical illusion of four cadents!!  Wells is still there - you just have to look for it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Zendala - Template from Bright Owl

Fellow CZT C.J. Petersen and I had another day of playing with our Tombows.  Such fun - great conversation, good lunch and coloring!  How good can it get?  I was working with Bright Owl template No.69.  And I was glad to hear that Erin is going to start up her Bright Owl dares again.  I love her templates.  I tried some other colors today - I found that I was getting stuck on pinks and lavenders.  So I switched up.  The yellow in the static center didn't come through, but I was pleased overall with the balance of the piece - both in color and pattern.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week Five of Our Tangled Lives

This week our prompt involved chasing away our inner critic.  We made a pocket envelope, and stuffed our critic's words in it and closed the envelope. I went one step further and wrote BANISH on the envelope.  There is an awesome video on how to make the pocket envelope at  We then wrote a new job description for a critic.  I have stuffed my envelope with the inner critic words that I struggle with and I hope to be able to replace that critic with a new and better critic.  Old models need not apply for that position.