Pat Mathes,CZT
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Diva Challenge 265

Stripes for a string. I am currently attending Tangle University in Portland, Maine. In one of our sessions we learned to take a waterfall string and change up tangles.
Here is what I did for stripes.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Our Tangled Lives Weeks 16-17 Trees

I am combining Weeks 16 and 17 in Our Tangled Lives.  Week 16 is the current week, and is based on Trees.  Then the prompt for Week 17 was revealed to be about trees also.  Like minds, huh?  So I spent quite a bit of time on one page for both prompts.  My tree is a fantasy tree based on Johanna Basford's trees.  I like the style and try to believe in the idea that things don't have to be a true representation, which lets me create more freely and not worry about the perfection.  So I created this tree, and carried the fantasy into the colors.  It's funny, when I was growing up, we didn't have a lot of trees.  If you saw trees in our part of the country, it was because there was either water there or had been water.  I grew up in what was the Dust Bowl area of the 1920s.  So when I first traveled east and saw the trees, I was in awe.  I still am when I see a lot of trees.  I think that is part of my fascination with trees - the lack of them when I was growing up.  They are beautiful and majestic.  I adore Ansel Adams' tree photos.  And I take photos of strange trees - twisted trees, fallen trees, trees struck by lightning, etc.  So this prompt led me to create my fantasy tree.  I used watercolor, Tombow markers, Koh-i-Noor Tri-Color pencils, and gelly roll.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Square One: Snail

I had to work at this pattern - Snail.  You can find the stepout on  The first time I wasn't happy with it at all.  Then I started embellishing it and thought it was a lot better.  I have mixed it with Ta-Da, Warped Egg and N'Zeppel.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Diva Challenge 264

The Diva Challenge this week welcomed spring.  Our challenge was a spring string.

Here's what I did with it.  Mooka, Purk, Molygon, Printemps, Flux, and Random Huggins.

Renaissance Tile

I am often inspired by my friend, Irena Lesner, CZT.  Her work has such precision and fine detail.  In one of my classes that she took, she was playing with featherfall and dragonaire.  These two patterns really go well together, but I wouldn't have thought to use them together.  And the other day she had a piece done on a renaissance tile that had such intricate linework on it.  I had a piece that I had started with the dragonaire and featherfall and didn't know where to go with it, so decided to mix in some of the linework like she had done.  This is the outcome.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Square One: Shnek

This week's focus pattern is Shnek.  This is a challenging pattern to shade.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just creating!

Today, I just needed to make art.  I used Helen Williams' compass daisies, added some tumbleweed, ennyshou, maringue, black pearl, poke leaf, pendril, and just line work.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Diva Challenge 263

Laura, The Diva, gave us quite a challenge this week.  We had to do a circular grid:

I had a renaissance tile that I had colored with Hibiscus tea.  So I basically stayed with Black Micron pen in 01 and 08, and white charcoal.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Square One: Cruze

This week's Square One focus pattern is Cruze.  I have fun with this one - it takes a bit of focus to make sure you are going correctly.  I have mixed it here with some Random Huggins and Molygon.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


I had the opportunity to join in to create a mosaic with  Annette P. (aka LonettA) at CreA(R)Tives.  She took 24 tiles created off identical strings (we actually copied and traced the strings to be exact) and combined them into a beautiful mosaic.  Here is my tile:
Here is a link to her blog article where she shows the individual tiles and the finished mosaic.  This was a wonderful experience to be able to join in and the end result was amazing.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Diva Challenge 262

This week we have the UMT (use my tangle) challenge of using the tangle pattern Fassett from Lynn Meade.  This is a fun pattern, and there is a sister pattern Phroz, also from Lynn.  Both are actually very simple patterns that can look very complicated.  I have used both Fassett and Phroz in my tile for this challenge.  You can find the patterns for both on

Elevator Doors

Last fall, a fellow CZT, Karen Sandoval, went on a cruise on the Danube River.  She photographed an elevator door, I think it was in Denmark, and challenged me to turn it into a ZIA.  So I finally decided it was time to start.  I got out my 9"x12" gray toned journal.  All the black pen work is done with   Micron 03 or 05 pigment pens.  The gray is a Copic Multiliner 05.  I also used some Sepia on the outside border.  The accents are white chalk and white gelly roll, and shading is regular graphite.  The border around the outside is a random Huggins pattern.  Fellow CZT Angela Werner used this pattern on a journal page and it really caught my eye.  She encouraged me to try it. This took some 12 hours to complete.  I post below the original picture, and the finished ZIA.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Reticula and Fragments

Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas released a new book recently, the Zentangle Primer.  It is an amazing book of tips and tricks.  One of the chapters is on Reticula and Fragments.  In creating a tile in this manner, you build a Reticula (the network or grid) and place an element in the grid space - the Fragment.  This fragmented pattern can be placed over and over in the same direction, it can be mirrored, or it can be rotated in four directions.  In studying this further, I think we have all kind of played with this before with some patterns, but just not had a name for it.  It looks complicated - it really isn't.  It just takes the focus or mindfulness which is what we are all about.  In their book, Rick and Marie gave us some charts to make our combinations.  They also continued this with triangles and orbs - that will be a later day.  I picked G7 for my combination.