Pat Mathes,CZT
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Diva Challenge 261

The Diva Challenge this week is presented by Guest Blogger Jane Reiter, CZT, and it was a stacked Bijou Challenge.  To begin with, we cut five squares.  I used various cardstock to cut mine - one 3", 4" 5", 6" and 7" square.  Then on top a bijou sized tile.  I slit my outer 7" black square and inserted the 5" square diagonally into it.  I used tangles Choredon, a triangle auraed over and over kind of like Tripoli, Mooka, Molygon, Indyrella and Poke leaf on the squares.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Square One: Knightsbridge

This is one of the first patterns I learned.  It can be a very simple grid, a complex twisty turny grid, it can be filled in completely with black, filled with another pattern - a variety of different things can be done with this pattern. I have chosen to make it wonky and fill it differently across the tile, and some linework to complete it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Diva Challenge 260

The Diva Challenge this week is a monotangle using the Zentangle pattern Shattuck.  I use Shattuck quite a bit - it is an easy pattern to adapt to an area to fill it in many ways.  I have taken some liberties with Shattuck in my tile - letting some of the areas wander with some striping on some of the areas, also.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Square One: Akoya

This week's focus pattern is Akoya.  This is a cousin to Purk, I think.  But with more gradation of the pearls.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Finally, I took the time to create a zendala. I love creating them and just don't get around to it enough. This is created using the Flower of Life as a template, and then I just took it my own way. I saw a zendala made by Alena Solonschikova where she used white on the tan paper and I really liked the look. I have never done a piece with white as the outline instead of black or sepia. It was a challenge in part because I had to eliminate the pencil marks underlying the white gelly roll so it wouldn't show or smear. The color is done with prismacolor colored pencils and is done in a Strathmore Toned Tan journal and measures 6".

Bijou Gem Swap

I recently participated in a swap of gemstones done on Bijou tiles.  For those who aren't familiar, Bijou tiles are 2" square.  We have all become enamored with the creation of the gemstones, adding just the right amount of  colors, the right amount of shading, the right amount of highlight, and the cracks in the gemstones.  Emily Classon, CZT organized a swap of these tiles.  We each created 10 Bijou gemstones and sent them to her, getting 10 in return.  In my 10 in return, I got 1 from Taiwan, 1 from Germany and 8 from across the United States.  Ironically, I got one from Holly Williams in Florida, who winters in Florida, but is a coffee-mate in Colorado in the summer.  Great to get one of her gemstones.  This was a great swap, a lot of fun to do, and a lot of fun to get the creations in return.
Here are the 10 Bijou gemstones I sent:

Here are the 10 Bijou gemstones I got in return:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Our Tangled Lives - Week 11

Teri Oliver Young challenged us this week to visit Georgia O'Keefe's art and use one of her beautiful pictures to tangle on.  I actually used two of the pictures that spoke to me and added the quote from Georgia O'Keefe "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

Experience the Blues Class

I am teaching an Experience the Blues class at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs Saturday. This is a class inspired by the work of Sharla Hicks, CZT, who does wonderful organic tiles. In this class, we will use blue chalk and blue micron, gold gelly roll and stardust gelly roll for shading and enhancement on flowing organic forms. The rules really go out the window in this class as far as sticking to patterns, and you are encouraged to open your mind and let the artistic juices flow in organic forms that you didn't know you could see.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Diva Challenge 259

Put on a bit o' the green this week for the Diva.  So I did a trio shamrock on a green watercolor washed tile.  Trimmed in gold metallic.

Twinks Mixed Media

A while back I took a class from Deb Prewitt at Blue Twig Studio (yeah, I took a class instead of teaching one!).  The process was Twinkling H2Os mixed media.  We started just laying down background with nothing really in mind.  Then started creating from it, adding mixed media for dimension and detail.  What a fun class it was.  I love using Twinkling H2O watercolors, and the technique Deb taught with adding the mixed media and how to find the wording to use on the pieces was great.  Here are the three pieces I did that day.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

My journal page

A piece I was practicing on. Zaadhorn, d'rua, hamadox, warped egg, dillo, bunzo, zello, molygon, printemps, flux.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Diva Challenge 258

Since it is the first Monday, we have a "UMT" (Use My Tangle).  The pattern is Rautyflex, which takes so much focus, I can't find the zen in making it.  And I wasn't crazy about how I filled it in - it made it so black.  I added Tripoli to it to see if I could salvage the tile - it helped.  So I can say this isn't a favorite pattern of mine.  Here is the stepout:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Our Tangled Lives

Week 10 already this year! Our challenge this week is to visit the Irish in our self.  I know I have always felt I had a little bit of Irish in me, even though I can't verify that.  I have had a lot of fun over the  years researching some of the Irish mythology.  And I love trees, so it was only fitting that I do my journal pages on the Tree of Life.

Ancient Celts believed that the tree symbolized balance and harmony in nature.  The Celtic tree of life is often drawn showing the branches reaching skyward and the roots spreading out into the earth below, symbolizing the Druid belief in the link between.  The ancient celts also believed that different types of trees served different mystical purposes that helped them through their life.

I started my background with some distress inks, mixed in some gelatos, and then while all of it was still somewhat wet, I misted it and then swiped through with some white gesso to lighten the background a bit.  This was a bit difficult and took quite a bit of time.  I have studied Celtic knotwork and practiced it, but usually on graph paper or on a strict grid.  This was done on a circular frame.  But I am pleased with the outcome.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Square One: Yuma

This week's focus pattern is Yuma, from my seminar classmate, Tina Hunsiker of Akura Arts.  This is a fun line design pattern.  You can find the stepout here -

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Article on Distress Products

My recent project for the Blue Twig Design Team involved Distress products by Ranger.  I had a blast working with these.  Here is the article with pictures of the finished projects.  The items in my packet for February were Distress products  (by Ranger)- Ground Espresso Distress Marker; Vintage photo distress ink pad; Fossilized Amber distress spray stain; Ground Espresso distress paint and Carved Pumpkin distress stain.  I already had quite a few different Distress ink pads, and bought some distress paints recently.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Upcoming classes

I have some upcoming events to remind you of:

March 12 - I will be at Broomfield Public Library from 2:00-3:00 for a presentation.  You can register at Broomfield Public Library.

March 18 - Memory Accordion Book Class at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs from 1:00-4:00.   See for details and to reserve a place.

March 19 - Experience the Blues Class at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs from 10:00-2:30 p.m.  See for details and to reserve a place.