Pat Mathes,CZT
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Square One: Steps

This week's focus pattern is Steps by Helen Williams.  I love the freedom of Helen's patterns.

Here is my tile with printemps and Squid added.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


I finally jumped into the ring and tried the gems pattern which was shown to us by  Kae Yoshino.  Eni Oken has also taken this and is making another of her great tutorial e-books.  I studied the way she created her gems, and it worked for me.  First, I took a photo of the tile before I started shading and weighting.

Then the finished tile.
flux, mooka, Mr. E, crescent moon, tumbleweed, arukas, hollibaugh and echoes and auras around the gems.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Square One: Pea Knuckle

This week's focus pattern for Square One is Molly Hollibaugh's pattern Pea-Knuckle.

This is definitely not one I have used in the past - it is not a favorite of mine even now.  I have used it here with mooka and shattuck.  I kept going back and working on contrast to make the tile balance.  So I think I lost my zen on this one.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Diva Challenge 245 - Hollibaugh

My Hollibaugh captured Blooming Butter and wrapped around the Zander!

This is definitely one where the shading made the piece. Here it is before shading was started.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Celtic Zendala

I picked up a book by Greg Grace named "Coloring & Drawing". It has some wonderful mandalas, both templates and the how-tos to create them.  My love is in the creation, so I spent today working on this one. It is a celtic knot mandala, colored with prismacolors, highlighted with gel pens.  It took the better part of a day but it was a great day.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Article Reviewing Silver Pens

Deb Prewitt at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs asked me to review six pens from the store.  I love pens so this was a great review to make.  And I must admit I like all six of the pens I tried out.  In fact I have been sitting here playing more with one of them today as I have been trying out patterns for my Christmas cards.  The photos don't show well, but the solid colored portions are silver.  This is the PenTouch.

You can see my complete article here. And I follow it with a couple of my pictures from today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Diva Challenge 244

A tile using Tripoli is this week's Diva Challenge .  I like Tripoli but my Tripoli sometimes has a tendency to wander.  So I had to corral it.

Then I decided to see if I could keep one corraled and did it in color.  Like a beautiful flower!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paradox in the Blues!

I liked the way the paradox design I did for this week's Square One tile turned out, and decided I wanted to try it in my Blue and Tan journal.  It does still pop, albeit in a different way, and I like it.  The black and white one is actually a bit more dramatic in person than the tan one, though.  So I think the black and white one is still my favorite.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Square One: Paradox

I love the linework of Paradox.  It is a favorite and I use it often. It loses some contrast with the photograph but I really enjoyed making this one.  I spent quite a bit of time on the shading.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

OurTangled Lives - Week 46 Lettering

This week we were to peruse the book Whimsical Lettering by Joann Sharpe.  I do have this book and this falls in line with my playing with my new Dyllusions Black Journal.  I watched a video where White Dyllusions paint was used on the black journal to make a swatch to then do black lettering.  I used the Black Micron Brush Pen to do the lettering, and highlighted the lettering with a White Gelly Roll pen.  I did a little more Gelly Roll pen highlighting.  This was my first experiment with this process and I have a whole journal to play with!!  This page was actually a trial page done on black artagain paper and then attached to scrapbook paper.  I did find a fitting quote - "Fill your paper with breathings of the heart."

Diva Challenge 243 - ATiny Taste

Wow, what a challenge.  Less is better!  Laura challenged us this week to intentionally leave most of our space open with no tangles.  So here goes.  Of course, I have to use Mooka!  But I did add a frame.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Journaled and Tangled

I was working in my journal today.  I wanted to do Fengle, and as I started it, I saw a possible change and tried it.  I mixed Helen Williams' Tumbleweed with Fengle.

I could see potential.  So I started working it, and added some mooka (of course), flux, floodlites, verdigogh, tipple, punzel, Mr. E.  This one I am going to show unshaded as well as the final page, since the shading really makes a big difference.
Here is the final:

Square One: Cyme

Oh - Cyme Cyme!  (see me, see me)  I can't be contained!  Even Mooka couldn't contain me!  This week's focus pattern is the official Zentangle pattern Cyme.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Brown, blue and white

My friend, CZT Irena Lesner, gave me a new journal - it is a Kona Classic 6"x6" journal with 88 lb. tan toned paper 100% recycled, partially from coffee bean bags.  It is awesome!  Ginny Lockhart and Terri Oliver Young have been doing some journal pages on tan paper using blue and white.  I love this style - Sharla Hicks showed it to us at Tangle U and I have taught two classes using the blue and white on tan.  One of my favorite looks.  So I decided to start out this wonderful journal with this style.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Week 45 - Purely Zentangle Layered

Karen Sandoval at Tangled Dreams has been doing pages recently where she traces tiles - regular sized, zendala, and/or bijou sized - overlapping them, and then tangling.  She treats each tile as one tile at a time.  She has created some pretty cool pages using this method - filling an entire sketchbook.  Her prompt for us this week was to do a page in this matter.

I have been dealing with family issues lately that have been mentally challenging.  So my mind has not been too straight on planning.  I find solace right now in zendalas and in mindless lines.  So I did my grouping as 3 tiles and a zendala.  One tile was my favorite mooka.  Another one I used well, printemps, dragonaire, purk and cadent.  The next tile, I used well as the string, and did a betweed variation, nzeppel, socc, with some orbs and striping accents.  The zendala was just my line work - a flower of life center, some paradox, some tripoli, and linework.  I threw in some blue chalk highlights and did a hatchwork background with a framing.  Oh, yes, I added some Trumpits in the background, too.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Diva Challenge 242

This week instead of a UMT (use my tangle), the Diva Challenge is to use the new official Zentangle pattern from Maria, Gourdgeous.
I did two tiles - the first one is using a blue ink on cream paper.  The second one is white and pink metallic on black artgain paper.

I started out trying to create a torus pattern zendala and made a mistake, but liked the pattern that was evolving.  (Remember, in zentangle there are no mistakes, only new opportunities!)  I was playing with different media to see how the colors worked on the paper I was using.  It kept getting worse and worse and I kept trying to save it.  I wasn't real happy with the end result, but decided it was worth posting to show that not everything ends the way you see it in your mind to begin.  This is about 10" square.