Pat Mathes,CZT
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Square One: Verve and InkTober 31

Happy Halloween!  A great day, beautiful weather, and a fun class on prismacolor techniques at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs.  We had a great time and it is always fun teaching people something new.  An "Ah crap" moment on the way home - I didn't get any pictures of WIP.  But they really did have a good start on their dreamcatchers.

This week's Square One focus pattern is Verve.

 I am not very familiar with it, but decided to give it a band of Nymph.  The shading is what made this one work in my opinion.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Our Tangled Lives - Week 43 and 44

I am combining Weeks 43 (a favorite picture  or picture that inspires) and 44 (the mask we wear).  A picture worth a thousand words - and wearing a mask!  I decided to show my mask on my picture.  I think I have always worn a mask to cover my feelings.  This quote fits - "We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing our own skin."

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Diva Challenge 241

The Diva Challenge this week, again from a CZT 15 guest blogger, Paula Bramante, focuses on Stones and Ceremony.  When I see a stone wall, I want flowers climbing it!  So here is my stone wall with Henna Drum.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Square One: W-2 and InkTober 27

This week's focus pattern is the official Zentangle pattern W-2.
I like W-2 but decided to make it a bit wonky.  And added some chainging and a few other embellishments.  The shading is what made it stand out.

Design team blog posting

I did a gelato tutorial for Blue Twig Studio as part of my Design Team commitment.  I have included the link below.  My finished project:

Prepping pages

Since I enjoy doing mixed media pages, I wanted to prep some for future use.  The loose sheets are gessoed watercolor paper with Dyllusions spray ink. The journal pages are a gessoed and then a mix of Dyllusions ink and Color Burst.  The bottom piece is actually dimensional with gesso used over stencils.  I will probably cut it up for bookmarks.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015


I was getting in a rut,using the same patterns all the time.  I do like working in an organic flow, so I was using a lot of mooka, flux, patterns that introduce the flowing movement.  I needed a change up, so I went to my journal tactic. I put 3 or 4 large patterns on a page and then work on connecting them.  In this peice, I have used Niuroda, Alabastro (both by Akua Art), tripoli, Bublz, Arukas, Dandi, Bunzo, Tumbleweed, Printemps, Florz, and a mooka-like string I saw Helen Williams do.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Color on Black

I saw an instruction piece on Derwent's website using metallic colored pencils on black.  I don't have any metallic colored pencils, but decided to experiment.  I used white watercolor pencil first and did the complete outline and shading.

I then used colored watercolor pencil over the white, letting the white shade it.  I added some water using a waterbrush and it just moved the color around.  So I let it dry and then added pastel chalk pencil color to it.  I just kept layering it until I achieved this result.  Not the best, but it is on a 100# drawing paper.  For working on that paper, I think I got a good result. I probably should try the same on a Canson or Stonehenge and see how it works.  Actually I bought a new Dylusions black journal at Blue Twig Studio and maybe I should open that and try it out! I will keep experimenting.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

InkTober 21 and 22

Here are my InkTober 21 and 22.  No.21 was prepared with my friend Karen giving me the patterns to use.  No.22 shows I am in a rut with using the same patterns all the time.  Time to change it up.
No. 21 
No. 22

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Our Tangled Lives - Weeks 41 and 42

I am combining weeks 41 and 42 – which senses conjure a delightful memory, and my favorite season.

I am combining Weeks 41 and 42 - which senses conjure a delightful memory, and my favorite season.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, And the storms their energy,
While cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”  -John Muir
The quote pretty much says it all - I actually went with what awakens my senses - and brings those memories - the mountains, the sunshine, the winds, the storms and autumn.  The storms and winds bring back childhood memories of growing up in Kansas, and I still love the sights and sounds of a good thunderstorm.  The mountains are new memories; I moved to Colorado in 2005, and fell in love with the mountains.  Autumn is pretty much my favorite season - it is the one time of the year when I can be out and about more; not too hot and not too cold.  I love the colors of autumn, and the crisp feel of the air.  

The picture is taken at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, and my senses are all alive when I look at it!  The leaves are from my yard, dried over the weekend.  And it is all on a Colorburst background.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Diva Challenge 240

The Diva Challenge this week involves leaves, to be inspired by the season.  It is autumn here and I love fall colors.  I have been doing quite a bit of work with leaves, and decided to combine this piece with a practice piece for an upcoming class I am teaching on blending colored pencils.  I used a regular 90# Canson drawing paper, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".  I wanted to see how the blending would work on a regular drawing paper.  The leaves are actually stamped with Mementos tear drop stamps, and then tangled.

I drew in the branches and the flower at the bottom is also tear drop stamps. They are shaded with white gel pen and shaded with colored pencils.  The blue background is done with three different Koh-i-Noor tri-tone colored pencils and blended with prismacolor.  Layer after layer.  A wonderful way to spend a day.


What a wonderful place to live - today I took my walking poles and went for a walk on one of the wonderful trails in our area.  This area is actually in the center of all kinds of residential and commercial buildings, next to the Recreation Center.  Here are a couple of the sights today - it was probably one of our last good weather days.  We have had a very warm fall.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

InkTober 19

I worked on this piece to practice colored pencil work.  First stage

I used stencil templates from Ann Grasso's to construct the zendalas, using bits and pieces.
Then I started tangling.
Finally the coloring with prismacolors, tri-tone colored pencils, highlighting with gelly roll pens.

InkTober 18

Here is InkTober #18. A mix of cadent, Mooka and dragonair.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Square One - Nymph and InkTober 17

This week's focus pattern in Square One is Nymph, created by CZT Melinda Barlow.  I have liked this pattern since the first time I saw it.  It is similar to Nzeppel, one of my favorite patterns, and in fact the beginning string is the same.  I love to stack the Nymphs.  I decided I wanted to go for a dramatic flair with the shading - just to see how it would look.  My photo isn't the  best, but I was pleased with the outcome of the tile and the shading.  And mixed it with my mac 'n cheese, Mooka.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Diva Challenge 239 - Munchin

This week's challenge is the pattern Munchin.  Molly Hollibaugh did a video on this a couple of weeks ago (check my earlier post for the link).  Also, we saw Molly demonstrate Munchin at our certification seminar.  I do like this pattern.  I did two white on black tiles.

InkTober 16

I used my practice piece when working on Tints for Tan and went ahead and tangled it.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

InkTober 14 and 15

I didn't do a post yesterday.  Here are InkTober Nos. 14 from yesterday and 15 for today.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

InkTober 13

For today's entry in the challenge, I drew Verve, Tripoli, Hollibaugh and Purk.

Monday, October 12, 2015

InkTober No. 12

For InkTober 12, I used Tina Hunziker's (Akua Art) African Artist pattern with Helen Williams' Tumbleweed with Printemps keeping them apart!  Love these patterns!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Square One: Poke Root and InkTober No.11

CZT Ela Rieger created the tangle pattern Rundl.
 It is a type of paradox, and Helen Williams has also created a similar pattern.  I wanted to play with it and came up with this tile, using the focus pattern Poke Root, and adding some accented Florz.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

InkTober #10

Today is the 10th day of this challenge already.  Here is a piece I did where cadent met up with Mr. E, and hid Bunzo.  This was originally shown to us by CZT Sindy Brown Levine.  I kind of added a few meringue-like pieces to round it out, and threw in some onomato highlights.  Fun tile.

Friday, October 9, 2015

InkTober No. 9

I saw this on Pinterest - a line drawing instruction on how to draw a butterfly and wanted to try it myself..  It was pretty simple and I like the simplicity of it.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

InkTober #7

Hamadox is a new favorite piece - this was created by Diana Schreur.  It is a take on Hamail by Akua Art and Rick's Paradox, an official zentangle.

I have been wanting to have some time to practice it.  Here is my tile, which is No. 7 in the InkTober challenge.

Blue Twig Studio Classes

Carol Therrien has taken the Illuminated Letter class and the Experience Blues class that I taught at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs.  Here are the pictures that she sent me.  I love that she captured the experience and ran with it.

Munchkin by Mollly H.

Molly Hollibaugh has done a video for Sakura of the pattern Munchkin on a black tile.  Love this!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Diva Challenge 238 and Inktober #6

The Diva Challenge this week is a Use My Tangle - the tangle Tri-Bee from Bea Winkler, who was a classmate of mine at CZT Seminar 15.  Bea is a delightful person and her personality bubbles.  Her tangles are great.  Here is my take on Tri-Bee with some Tripoli tacked on.  I am going to use this for today's Inktober entry also.

Monday, October 5, 2015

InkTober #5

A couple of weeks ago, my friends came over and we worked with Twinkling H2Os and started our fall leaves.  I finished mine - but I wasn't satisfied with just tangling the leaves.  I did some background work with pan pastels, added some colored pencil, added some other tangles, and then did some gel pen embellishments.  The photo doesn't show the sparkles - It is really pretty in person.  I am using this for today's InkTober since there is a lot of ink work done on it.  All of the tangles are done with Black Micron 01 and 03.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Our Tangled Lives

Five favorite Things - Zendala, Watercolor, Colored Pencils, Genevieve Crabe's zendala stencils and Nzeppel.  And I could go on and on with this one - but these are five of my favorite things for now.