Pat Mathes,CZT
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Another practice page in my journal.  New patterns used are Tizzy (Zenjoy), Marchin (mine), Kloonz (Lara Williamsa), Sharlarella (Sharla Hicks), One Two Three (Melinda Barlow).  Then added Tripoli, Flux, Printemps, Cubine, Flowervine, Zinger, Nzeppel, Nymph and a little tipple.

Our Tangled Lives - Week 26 Make Your Mark

On Make Your Mark, Get Set, GO!  Well, for the first time, I had to come up with a new pattern.  We had to use a letter of the alphabet.  And I came up with two.  Prident and Marchin.

Diva Challenge 224

This week's Diva challenge is to use the monotangle Tipple.  I haven't done a monotangle with Tipple, but use it quite often as a fill or an accent.  I used the outline of a shell to place Tipple as pebbles on the sand.

Square One: Meer

The focus pattern this week is Meer.  I use this pattern often as a border on illuminated letter ZIAs, and as a foundation for a stacked piece.  It can be changed up many ways.
Here is my tile for this week's focus.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


I have been working on another Zendala based on Genevieve Crabe's stencils, and a lot like her #20 template.  I took it a bit further.  It is colored with Tombow markers.  The center is Akua Art's Niuroda pattern which is becoming a favorite of mine.  It is surrounded by Shattuck and some line work.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Diva Challenge 223

I almost forgot to do this week's Diva Challenge.  It had been on my mind on and off all week, but I was working on other projects.  The challenge was to use the official pattern Umble.  I had just done a posting last week using Umble, so decided to step it up.  Here is my Humble Umble - looks like a fancy brooch doesn't it?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Week 26 Our Tangled Lives - Mark Making

This week's prompt is to make our mark.  In other words, create a new tangle pattern based upon a letter in the alphabet.  Repeat the letter to design the pattern or use it only once.  So I have struggled (don't I always) with this one.  I came up with this, kind of based on the snowflakes we did earlier this year creating a zendala with our initials.  Here are my practice sheets and pattern sheet.  Now I have to come up with the page for the week using this.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Psychology today

This article helps explain what Zentangle is all about.  The author breaks it down into these points:  (1) It is self-soothing; (2) It is simple; (3) It teaches how to own mistakes; and (4) It reinforces "aimlessness".

Monday, June 22, 2015

Journaled and Tangled

I did another piece in my journal, trying out some new patterns.  Particularly Balo by Hsin-Ya Hsu, Niuroda and African Artist by Akua Art.  Then I added some favorites and a couple more practices on Ennyshou and Meringue.  Again, used pastel chalk pencils for color and working on shading.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Square One: Arukas

The square one focus this week is Arukas.  This is an official pattern from Molly.  Sakura backwards became the name.

This week, Maria Thomas at Zentangle released the stepouts for the official pattern Umble.
So I put the two together for this week and came up with this.

Journaled and Tangled

I worked in my journal yesterday, practicing some patterns.  Petals and Pearls by Alena Light on the top left.  Alena's mono zendala Meringue on the bottom right, Hanny Nura's Bundie on top right (I can't find her posting on it right now - I know I didn't do it justice), some variations of Ennyshou, threw in a Narwal, and Alice Hendon's Floral on the bottom middle.  So an eclectic mix of patterns to practice on.  I enjoyed them all and will definitely keep practicing on them.  Also used this to do some practice on shading.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Diva challenge #222 Colors of the Rainbow

This week's challenge is to use multi colors.  I used pastel chalk pencils for color.  I have been wanting to try them out.  Very soft colors.  Blend well.  Don't seem to smear too bad.  I used a Genevieve Crabe stencil to create the zendala.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Our Tangled Lives Week 25 - Inside Out and Backwards

I relied on Dr. Seuss:  "Why Fit in when You Were Born to STAND OUT!"  So Dr.Seuss' garden kind of crossed up with BeetleJuice and Alice in Wonderland, I think - it has a bit of a dark side to it.  But to fit the prompt, the quote is backwards, and you will notice that the background has been stenciled with pan pastels in a backward alphabet also.  The background is Dyllusions Ink in red, turquoise and yellow, misted and ghosted with backwards alphabet also.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stacked and Tangled

I belong to quite a few groups on Facebook, but I find that is one way to keep creating in different ways.  Each one has a purpose.  One of the groups I had been watching but hadn't posted in before now is Stacked and Tangled.  Some great pieces have been posted there and I have been watching and learning. So today I did my first piece for the group.  I used Alice Hendon's tangle Floral, Betweed, Mooka, and Flux gone wild!  I call it Dancing Mooka!

Tangle U 4N1 stencils - Ann Grasso

We took a fabulous class at Tangle U from Ann Grasso using stencils from her store.  One stencil does all four of these zendalas.  One is on a white Zentangle tile, one a Renaissance tile, a black tile, and gray stonehenge paper.  I bought the stencil in all three sizes - tile size, Opus size and 12x12 size.  I love them.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Aquafleur Rose

I have been wanting to try the Helen Williams Aquafleur Rose tutorial from last summer. I remember working on it when I first got it, but wasn't hapy with my results. So, after almost a year of practicing, I tried again. Here is my result.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Zentqngle: Journaled and Tangled

This is a new FB group I joined.  

We do all our work in a journal as opposed to tiles.  Here is a page I did tonight. I wanted to try Akua Art's pattern African Artist (I had name wrong on the page). And I had to do another Narwal! This one in black and white. I can see spending more time on both of these patterns.

Square One: Flux Revisited

A couple of days ago I posted my tile of this week's focus pattern, Flux.  I really had to work on it and finally felt okay posting it on the FB group.  One of my peers suggested some darker shading.  I think that was a good idea, so I worked on the shading some more and am happy with the outcome.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Square One: Flux

This week's focus pattern is flux, an official Zentangle pattern.  The step-out for this was just released by HQ.

So here is a prime example of "There are no mistakes in Zentangle, only new opportunities."  I was going along and the minute I started putting Nzeppel in the background, it was not going to do well.  It made the tile entirely too busy.  So I had to do some constructive shading and weighting to make it work.  It isn't quite what I wanted, but I was able to make it work.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Our Tangled Lives - Week 24

Our journal prompt this week is to try a new tangle.  So I worked on the new pattern Narwal introduced by CZT Sam Taylor.  I had problems earlier with it until Helen Williams put out a video this week and all of a sudden it clicked!  So here is my version of Narwal, with some mooka thrown in (my favorite).  I also used this opportunity to work with the Derwent Inktense pencils as watercolor pencils.  This is something new also as I haven't worked with them very much.  I found a quote by Vincent VanGogh that fit:  "I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it."

Diva Challenge 221

This challenge is based on the Beads of Courage that are collected by children for needle pokes, overnight hospital stays, isolation, tubes, therapies, doctor appointments, surgeries, x-rays, infusions, oxygen support, procedures - you get the picture.  The Diva, Laura Harms has a son, Artoo, who has a very large collection of these beads. They were recently interviewed on a news program in Canada talking about the beads and showing some of their collection.  He is such a sweetie!  Here is my tile in support of the Beads of Courage.

Illuminated Letter Class in Colorado Springs

I had the pleasure of teaching an Illuminated Letter class to a group of 7 yesterday at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs (owned by fellow CZT Deb Prewitt).  CZT Dusty Darrah was one of the group, but otherwise, they were all basically beginners, having only taken an introduction class.  So it was a challenge for me as this can be an intimidating piece to create and I needed to come up with a tile that would be challenging but doable for them. . I taught stepouts for Squid and Yewdee and showed basics of the other patterns used.  I had everyone working on the same string lines and same process.  They definitely surpised me and everyone did amazing work.  Here are a couple of pictures.  The first couple are everyone hard at work, and the last one is a picture of the pieces at the end of a four-hour class.  I asked everyone to email me a picture of their completed work.  We had such a good time.  I will be teaching this class again in October.

This is one of my tiles that was used to promote the class.

Here is the group hard at work.

And here is what they ended up with at the end of four hours.  Beautiful job done by all!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Yes, I CAN! Throw away the Cant's.

Karen Sandoval, a dear friend of mine wrote a wonderful blog entry and I asked her if I could share it.  She is a fellow Certified Zentangle Teacher and I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at the recent Tangle U in Santa Fe.  She is such an inspirational person.  Please visit this blog -

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Square one Rain

This week's focus is Rain.  Rain is one of the Zentangle®-original tangles and it makes a great border tangle. Rain can be drawn with irregular zigzags or very precise ones and each produces attractive effects.  Rain was inspired by a design Maria and Rick saw on pottery in an Iranian exhibit in the Louvre on a trip to Paris. They playfully shuffled the letters spelling “Iran” into Rain.

One of the things I love about this group is to see the way everyone used each tangle in a different way.  Some are very true to the original pattern.  Some, you have to look carefully to find the pattern.  I tend to use Rain in an organic way.  Others have used it as a frame, in a geometric way, a circle, endless possibilities.  It helps me think outside the box, but this is one I do like in an organic form.  I have mixed it with some Catkin, and what is Rain without Msst?  The flower is just a flower.

Diva Challenge 220

This week's Diva challenge is a UMT (use my tangle).  The tangle is by Alice Hendon, A Creator's Leaf called All Boxed Up.
As I started a frame with it I wickedly imagined a war between the straight lines of All Boxed Up and Printemps.  It was fun.  I could hear them saying "my lines are better than yours" to each other!  Oh my.

Week 22 Our Tangled Lives

I am a heart divided.  I was born and raised in Kansas and now live in Colorado.  I still go back to Kansas 2 or 3 times a year.  Ironically when this prompt came out I was in Kansas City at my son's house.  I was there a week with him and his family, and visiting friends and other family, and then drove across the state on back highways to my old hometown which is not very big to visit my 89 year old sister-in-law and my nephew and family.  I spent the night in said hometown and spent a couple of hours just driving around.  But I started back to Colorado and know the exact curve where the beautiful Rocky Mountains come into view, having driven that route for 10 years. "you will never be at home again because part of your heart will always be elsewhere.  That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place."