Pat Mathes,CZT
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Square One: Squid

The focus pattern this week is Squid.  This is a fun pattern and can be adapted easily.  I just decided it took two to Tango but a third is getting ready to cut in.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Tangled Lives - Week 13

Week 13 is Dream!  What would we do? What makes us happy?
I love the mountains and mountain lakes.  This year I plan to explore more.  I am happiest drawing.  I first worked out my sketch sitting his morning while getting my car serviced.  Oh My Gosh!  I would not have dreamed of doing that a year ago.  It makes me so happy,  I have been taking drawing lessons for a couple of months but this is the first time I drew from just what I felt and not a picture in front of me.  It is rough but now I feel confident I will be able to get better with each time.  (I actually liked my initial sketch better - it felt freer.)  And of course, a favorite Dr. Seuss quote - "You're off to great places. Today is your day.  Your mountain is waiting So get on your way." The flowers are using Sue Clark's new pattern Budzic.

Diva Challenge 210 - spiral string

This week's challenge is to use a spiral string.  I took the string and put flux all around.  The color didn't come through on the picture very well - it is pink and lavender.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One Tangle - Week 12

This is the Jane Monk group where we have a template to work on for the week.  Here is my Week 12 tile (and a copy of the template we used).

Square One: Purely Zentangle - Mooka

The focus pattern this week is mooka.  One of my favorites.  But I am still working on how to do the shading the way I imagine it to look.  So I did a monotangle so I could practice shading.


Here is a card I finished up today - purpose of a blank notecard.  I sponged ink from pink and 2 violet stamp pads for the background, applied a stamp, and did  a tangle border on both the card and the envelope.

Our Tangled Lives - Week 12

Week 12 leads us to do a page using stacks.  I have never really done something like this - I can't believe how this group takes me outside my comfort zone.  I'm not even sure I have a comfort zone any more!!!  The quote is a favorite dr. seuss quote - probably my most favorite of them.  "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Square One -Oof

This week's pattern focus is Oof.  (Out of focus). I turned it into a border and let it surround a variation of mooka.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Diva Challenge 209 - A Bit of Green!

This week's Diva challenge is to use a bit of the green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Here is my shamrock with a celtic knot outline.

One Tangle - Week 11

Jane Monk has a weekly challenge going on where she puts out a string and we then complete the string,  This is Week 11.  I have shown the template/string, and my finished tile.

Our Tangled Lives Week 11

What Do You Know For Sure?

Well, I know for sure that I have made some wonderful friends through Zentangle.  We share the same interest and help us out when we falter or feel a lack of self confidence in our work.  "Friends are angels that lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."  I read this as the encouragement we give each other to succeed and bolster spirits.  Or offer a shoulder in comfort.  Thank you Zentangle family.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Opus Tile

I am really liking the Opus tiles.  Here is my second one.  The shading really is what makes the tile - it was kind of blah without shading.  Decided not to do color on this one.  Next step is to do a zendala on one but waiting to get Genevieve Crabe's stencils before I do one.  Or I might do one of the Bright Owl dares.  I haven't decided.  First, I have some new metallic watercolors to play with.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Diva Challenge 208 - Cubine with Poke Root

This week's Diva challenge is to use the tangle patterns Cubine and Poke Root.

Week 8 - Our Tangled Lives - Opposite Color

Here is my catch-up for Week 8 when I was out of town.  We all tend to use the same parts of the color wheel in our color pieces.  The challenge was to use the opposite colors on the color wheel.  My favorite go-to colors are the violet, red violet colors.  The opposite is yellow and yellow green, which I will say are my least favorite to use.  This photo doesn't show the yellow - it tended to look more orange (another of my not so favorite colors) and blue.  The whole piece has a yellow background and the squid is yellow.  The accents are yellow green.

The quote I used was "Life is about using the whole box of crayons."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Week Ten Our Tangled Lives

Our prompt this week is Music as Inspiration.  I centered my page around "I Hope You Dance", a crossover country pop song written by Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers and recorded in 2000 by country singer Lee Ann Womack.  It was Country Music Awards Song of the Year  in 2001. I made each of my sons scrapbooks of their childhood with this song as the initial centerpiece of the album.  This song was my way to tell them to take the risks life has to offer and not be afraid.  And they both definitely did not take the path of least resistance!  I am very proud of the men both have become. This song actually has come around and now inspires me - the new direction for my life after retirement.  "...When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance."  I used a watercolor background and added some favorite tangle patterns to round out the page.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

My first Opus Tile

The Opus tiles are 10.5 inches square and made from the same Fabriano paper as the 3.5" tiles.  Nice to work with - different feel with the Prismacolor pencils.  This is not a favorite piece for me - I struggled with it from the start.  However, I was not going to give up.  I kept working it and finally added color to make a tile that at least was okay in my eyes.  The photo does not show the color clearly - some of it is just lighter.  Since I didn't really like the way it was going, I used it as an exercise to work with blending color pencils as that is still something I am learning and in this one used a blending pencil instead of mineral spirits with Prismacolor pencls.  I wanted to share the finished ZIA as a commitment to not giving up.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Square One: Purely Zentangle - Bunzo

I like Bunzo.  It is a great accent pattern.  I have used it here with Nzeppel, Mooka, and a variation/combination of Bales/Socc.

Diva challenge 207 Unbatz

This week's challenge was to use Sandy Hunter's pattern Unbatz.
This reminded me of an old-fashioned wallpaper pattern.  I made it bold with dragonair, flux and tipple.  Not a favorite but it was a challenge.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Square One - Stricles

I didn't post last week's Square One: Purely Zentangle - Stricles.  I was traveling and didn't like the tile I started.  So I did a new one.  Stricles with Bales, mooka and striping.  I let the string form the stricles areas,

Square One - Sez

This week's pattern for Square One: Purely Zentangle is Sez.  Not a favorite.  And I have problems with how to use it.  As I started this, it took an organic turn so I let it.  Have an Indyrella sun, some zingers, poke root, verdigoth and locar.

Our Tangled Lives - Week 9 - Strengths

I came up with this week's prompt for our journal group.  It was to portray our strengths instead of trying something new.  The group blew me away.  So much artistry and experience and they shared their processes and stories so freely. I was not only impressed, I was very jealous of the artwork I saw.  And I'm not afraid to say that at all.  I have not been in a position to learn all of the processes in my past - too many obstacles in my way. I grew up on a farm in small town USA.  We sewed, knitted, crocheted, baked and cooked.  That was just the way it was.  I have dabbled in many forms and really never mastered any.  Until Zentangle came along.  Finally, I had the avenue to explore and learn and not be fearful of doing so.  I have had a great teacher and have a great group of fellow CZTs, both locally and on our FB groups.  I learn every day and try new things constantly.  I am still learning to think outside the box and let myself go.

I like the quote I found: "Strength doesn't come from what you do.  It comes from OVERCOMING the things you once thought you couldn't do."

I feel my strength is creating zendalas.  I love creating them from scratch, and never know what I am going to come up with.  I have done them black and white, renaissance, gray tone paper, and color.  I created this piece for this week's page and hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Square One - Huggins (corrected)

Well I am going to call it a senior moment when I confused Huggins and W-2.  So I made a new tile with Huggins, Ing and striping.  Thanks Chris for setting me straight (or in this instance curved!).