Pat Mathes,CZT
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Diva Challenge 219

Diva challenge this week is to use straight lines only.  No curves.  I have used fassett attacked by two swarms!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Marie Brown is a designer for Tombow.  She has an article on that is really worth reading if you are interested in adding color to your ZIAs.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Diva challenge 218 White on Black

Diva challenge this week is to do a white on black tile or ZIA.  I have done an organic tile with mooka, verdigogh, tipple, and some of Sharla Hicks' organic twists.  White gelly roll with zenstone shading.

Week 21 Our Tangled Lives Journal -Hands On

The prompt today is Hands on.  Draw our hand and embellish it.  I didn't take as much time preparing paper, etc., as I leave Friday morning for an 8 day trip and wanted to be sure to have it done so I wouldn't fall too far behind.  I will only have basic tangle supplies with me.  So I did a quick colored pencil background and then found the quote that really fit me - "You can't reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk."

Zentangłe 5/20/15

I came back from Santa Fe with so much new information to absorb.  New techniques, new tools, new ideas!  The problem is I got tied up in the process.  So I needed a withdrawal from all that to just tangle.  Here is what I have been working on.  It is 8 1/2 x 11" and the color is cheap colored pencil, but gently layered.  And it is actually as pastel as the photo shows.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Week 20 Our Tangled Lives

Layers.  I found this quote and it really hit home.  I have added and peeled away the layers and grown. This is the first time I have done a dimensional piece.  Intèresting!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Our Tangled Lives: Week 19 Make Your Dream Real.

Well, I am not a traveler.  Oh yes I will travel to an event or gathering but I am really a homebody.  But I love the stories of the past.  I would love to time travel and visit some favorite times - meet ancestors, see the way of life, the danger of resistance lives, the excitement of flapper days, etc.  not to live, just to visit. I live through books and films. Remember family stories of Indian visits in the night but friendly visits of assistance.  Not the violence. My family was an "old family." I was a late arrival and had to learn from stories. I think that is where my live of the past comes from and my dreams of time travel.  So here is a collage of some of my dreams of travel.

Square one: zinger

Zinger with hamail, flux and mooka.

Diva Challenge 217 Dex meets Bunzo

This is a duo tangle challenge this week,  Dex and Bunzo.

Zendala in progress step 2

Here is the next phase of this 12x12" zendala using the large stencil from Ann Grasso on gray Stonehenge. Slowly shaping up.  The center is pretty much done and I actually put a fixative on that part because of the graphite and white chalk.  The outer border is a subtle copper metallic watercolor.

Blue mookas

A card done in the style taught by Sharla Hicks at Tangle U 2015.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Diva Challenge 216

This week is a UMT challenge.  Use My Tangle.  The tangle is 'Brella by Bunny Wright.  Here is the step out.
I kept it simple with a simple string.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Week 18 Our Tangled Lives

Week 18 already. Our prompt was to fill a map of our city or an object with flowers.  Flowers, huh?  Funny, I have been drawing flowers this week already.  So I live in a small suburb of the Denver Metro - the very northern part.  We are a City and County.  It is a hard area to know which City you are in.  If you look at this map you will see why.  Every direction is another city and county.  Only a street divides it.  One side of the street is one city and the other side is different.  So I looked at the history when getting a map.  Interesting!  Our county became the smallest and newest in 2001.  So I flowered my city.  And the vine is a tollway connecting two parts and the next county but is a part of my city.