Pat Mathes,CZT
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Diva Challenge 202

This week's challenge was to create a tile using two of Margaret Bremner's patterns - Chebucto and Copado.  These were both new to me.  I decided to do both in the round - I am fond of Zendalas right now.

Square One - Quandry

Square One Pattern this week is Quandry.  I think I finally did it on this one - it is a hard one for me to keep intact.  I call this piece Happy Trailz - as some other patterns used the seeds as stepping stones!

Day 5 Art Chain

My final day of the art chain. I have actually done a new piece for each day rather than relying on old pieces.  Still on the 6"x6" tile.  This time, other than nzeppel and poke root, I used patterns I don't use much.  Fandango, ditto, arukas, fassett, trio
and bunko.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 4 Art Chain

Day 4.  We had a play day yesterday and worked with our Tombow markers.  This ZIA was done by lightly outlining a Bright Owl zendala template, then using indirect coloring with our Tombow blending pen to color it.  After it was colored, we then tangled the Zendala with the Micron 01.  Since I was in an experimental mood, I then cut out my zendala, and placed it on black card stock to add to and aura it with metallic gelly roll pens.  The picture doesn't show the metallic pen colors very well, but it turned out to be quite striking.

I now nominate C.J. Petersen for the art chain.  Her mission is to post a piece of artwork (old, new, whatever works) once a day for 5 days, each day nominating another artist to join the chain. C.J., I look forward to seeing your work!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 3 of Art Chain

Here is my day 3 art chain posting. I am doing a group of 6"x6" tiles staying basic.  Need the grounding.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I have a whimsical side that just wants to come out and play so badly.  I think this is why I am taking a drawing class - So that I can let that whimsy come through.   Lyn Pollock - Hands of Energy from New Zealand has tickled my fancy with some drawings she has been doing. I made a connection with her and found out her “secret”.  She looks at pictures of whimsical pottery and turns them into people.   So I was looking at whimsical teapots and found this picture of teapots by Boris Indrikov, a Russian Magical Realism painter.

Boris Indrikov [Борис Индриков] - Russian  Magical Realism painter
I saw dancing teapots – an old fashioned Victorian reel. I am naming it "REELy? Here is my freehand outline.  
There is much more to be done, including some Zentangle designs, linework and color.  It is still a work in progress and I will post later how it is coming along.

Artchain Challenge Day 2

Here is my day 2 Artchain picture.  It is a prestrung black tile done with zenstone and while gelly roll  For Day 2 I nominate Brenda Lee Shaver-Shahin.   Her mission is to post a piece of artwork (old, new, whatever works) once a day for 5 days, each day nominating another artist to join the chain.  I look forward to seeing her work!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Artchain Challenge Day 1

I was nominated by Brinn Mar McFetridge for the Artchain challenge.  This is Day 1 for me.  This is a 6 x 6 ZIA I drew today.  Today I nominate Susan Clark at Tangled Ink Art.  Her mission is to post a piece of artwork (old, new, whatever works) once a day for 5 days, each day nominating another artist to join the chain.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our Tangled Lives Journal - Week Four

Well, it is week four of our journal experience.  Our prompt this week started out: "If we only stay in our comfort zone I think our artwork gets flabby too. There comes a time when the best you are doing is ‘phoning it in’. You lose interest, move on to something new or pack up your supplies altogether. So this week we are going to get out of our comfort zone." So we were to pick one thing about journaling that scares us.  For me, it is the mixed media - backgrounds, paper effects, and lettering.  This week I attempted to do some gelli printing - the petals and center of the flower are prints that came out very dark, using primary colors and a copper metallic thrown in.  I didn't do any pattern work on it - this was actually a ghost.  Still learning the process.  The background of the journal page doesn't show up very well in the photo - it is a pale yellow, pink and green watercolor wash with saran wrap finish.  It was really pretty but went way into the background when I added the other parts.  I then did some collage work and the music was actually done as an image transfer using packing tape.  I do like the quote, though - "Fear is an idea-crippling, expSo erience crushing, success stalling inhibitor inflicted only by yourself!"  How true are those words?  So I really went outside my comfort zone in many ways on this one.

Then, as a last step, we were to go back to our comfort zone.  For me, I used Mooka as my go-to tangle at the base of my flower.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Square One: Purely Zentangle - Rixty

Rixty is a tangle created by Maria Thomas for Rick Roberts on his sixtieth birthday.  This is the basic step out for it.

I did two tiles - the first was a frolic - Rixty doing Sixty on the Hollibaugh Highway.  I used Rixty, Hollibaugh, Chainging and Printemps.
This one was a pyramid of Rixty within Rixty holding Meer.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Celtic Knot Zendala

Every once in a while you do a piece that you just don't care for.  This is one of those pieces.  I think I should have done it smaller and with no color.  At least that's the way I feel now.  I like the patterns I used and it was actually a practice piece for a celtic knot circle border.  I do like that border piece.  As I started shading, it took on a little different look.  I think I just don't like the blue.  I put a lot of hours into it and am posting it to show that the finished product isn't always the way you want, but you just keep on pushing and tweaking and then finally be done.  And you can still be proud of it.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Our Tangled Lives - Week Three

This week our prompt was to create a snowflake using our initials and then to use that snowflake to create our page.

 I decided to go with a tan tone with brown ink,black ink and charcoal and white gelly pen highlights.  I really was not happy with it at all until I put in the shading and highlights. That helped.  Quite a few hours in this one, though.  I still wish I would have done a colored background instead.  The words are:   "Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together. -- In this group, we are the snowflakes - sticking together in our uniqueness - supporting and sharing."  Some of us are novices at mixed media and others are a lot more experienced.  The sharing is great!

I really had trouble getting a good picture of it -

Friday, January 16, 2015

Square One: Purely Zentangle - BB

This week's Square One pattern is BB.  This is a relatively simple one - crooked keys on a piano - a weathered snow fence - you name it.
I had to quickly put one on paper - I saw it with ING - it makes a wonderful border.  I know I will play more with it this week, but wanted this one done.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diva Challenge #200 - Mooka

I did a second monotangle to celebrate Laura Harms' 200th Challenge - my favorite filler - Mooka!

Diva Challenge #200 - Cadent

This week's Diva Challenge is to celebrate Laura Harms' 200th Challenge with a monotangle using our favorite go-to tangle and placing 200 somewhere on the tile.  For the first one, I did a version of Cadent.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Our Tangled Lives

I joined a Facebook Group this year that is doing a journal – Our Tangled Lives. We are about 125 people strong. (Oh, and did I mention - I have never created a journal!!)  There is a prompt each week to work from – and the group members will be supplying some of the prompts. Last week the prompt was to find a word that set an intention for this project.  I chose the work Energize.  Since I retired the first of December, it is time for me to rejuvenate myself.  But I didn’t like the word rejuvenate as it was to restore to a youthful appearance.  I just want to rejuvenate my way of thinking and living and decided energize was a better word.  Create new energy.   I wasn’t happy with my page, and will likely redo it.  I was working in a journal and I didn’t like the way mixed media was working on it. 

So this week I went to using individual paper and I will bind it at the end of the year or I will put it in a special binder.  Week Two was to find a positive mission statement to bolster and celebrate our work.  I chose the quote “Life is the Art of Drawing without an Eraser”.  Zentangle uses no eraser.  There are no mistakes – only opportunity.  In other words take what happened and use it as an opportunity to change direction or rethink what you are doing.  Take the risk – take the opportunity.

So my piece is 8 x 10 inches on mixed media paper.  I did a background wash of Tombow marker.  Used some plastic wrap and sponged on some darker blotches.  Then added my Zentangles, stamps and my printed words.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Square One: Purely Zentangle - 'Nzeppel

One of my favorite go-to tangles is 'Nzeppel.  This is one of Maria and Rick's official patterns and you can find the step-outs for the pattern on the Zentangle website.  I decided on this one to work on my shading, and to see how I could change the size in one tile.  I turned one grid into Nymph, a pattern using the basic 'Nzeppel created by Melinda Barlow, CZT 4.  I really like using Nymph in a large grouping of 'Nzeppel or just throw it in a tile somewhere out of the blue.  And then I used Tipoli, which is one I sometimes have problems with keeping uniform - so why keep it uniform??  And then shading it - still not too sure about how it looks better.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Diva Challenge 199

The Diva’s weekly challenge is back in force after the holidays.  Challenge #199 is the first Monday of the month, and a UMT (use my tangle) challenge.  The tangle this week is Hitched by HeidiSue.  I used it as a partial border, filling it in with Fife and Socc.  I am a bit late with this challenge as I have been working on my illuminated letter piece and doing some tutorials on celtic knot designs.  Almost forgot to do the challenge so probably didn't put as much thought into it as I normally would.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Illuminated Letter

Here is the final version.  It was a bit difficult to photograph to show the gold in the letter and spiral, and show a bit of detail.  So this is the best.  12"x12".

WIP - Illuminated Lettering

A project I am working on - illuminated lettering. This is a 12"x12" piece.  I have posted two different pictures here to show my progress.  I am going to put some light color on the ribbon now and shade parts that remain black and white.  This has quite a few hours it it, but what  a fun piece.  I have really enjoyed working on this.  I used a gold leaf pen for the illumited letter and the highlights on the spiral piece in the bottom right.  I have learned things to change on the next go around.  I will finish this one in the next couple of days.

WIP 150107

WIP 2 150108

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Zendala

A zendala I have been working on for quite a while off and on.  I took it to copy center today and had a print made so I can do a color version.  Here it is in black and white.  It is 12"x12" on a mixed media paper.  I did not use a template - it is a "from scratch"" pattern.

Friday, January 2, 2015

XYP = Square One: Purely Zentangle

 This week's pattern is Xyp.  XYP is a Zentangle®-original tangle deconstructed by Maria Thomas on the Zentangle (R) website..

My Xyp went round and round - okay so I got lost!!