Pat Mathes,CZT
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I haven't posted many of my journal pages but wanted to share this one. Week 26; In the Garden. My gardens have always been magic places. My mother had a wonderful garden and I have always had one until the last few years. Flowers were an important part of my summers. I love putting together tangled gardens and magical gardens. Here is my journal page. But I am also adding another garden that is an accordion book. Cherryl Moote gave me such inspiration for this accordion book garden and I just wanted to show it off. It will probably end up in a journal eventually.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Square One: Merryweather

This week's challenge pattern in Merryweather.  You can find the stepouts at
I think this is the first time I have taken a pattern and really changed it up.  I mirrored it, added some embellishments, and a lot of shading.  I let it basically stand alone and then added the corners.

Diva Challenge 273

Laura challenged us to a remix this week.  Long story short, we are to take an old tile and make it better.  That is not hard to do for me.  I picked a tile from July 2014.  This is just a month after I attended seminar to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  I still didn't know a lot about paying attention to detail, or shading, and didn't have a lot of time to devote to tangling as I still worked a full-time job.  Here is the original tile.
I was working through the book One Zentangle a Day.  It was okay, but sure doesn't have a lot of character.  Here is my remixed tile. I enhanced the patterns, added some more detail, and cleaned up some of the areas.  And then the shading.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Zendala Journal

I took a Zendala Journal class at Blue Twig Studio from Ingrid Diijkers.  Oh my gosh, was it ever a fun class.  These journal pieces are round and made from cereal boxes.  What a great process.  Here is one of my finished pieces, front and back.  The first one is a gecco with a southwest motif and cactus background.  My journal pages will probably be mostly quotes.  The second one is made with Twinkling H2Os.  I was working on a gessoed background, wet on wet.  I was following a You Tube Video and learning the process.  These were both fun pieces and the start of more.

Compass Rose

I have been working up a sample for a class at Blue Twig Studio of this Compass Rose.  This was inspired by a class I took at Tangle U taught by Kate Lamontague.  This Compass Rose is on a 12"x12" canvas, using Prismacolor Colored pencils.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Diva Challenge 272 - What is black and white and red all over??

The answer today is not a newspaper.  This week the Diva did what we all have done one time or another - picked up a pen she thought was black and it turned out to be some other color - in her case red.  One time I had been working on a large zendala - already had quite a bit of time in it.  I was doing some intricate linework and half way through realized I had picked up the Sepia pen instead.  I did what was natural - finished it with the Sepia pen.  It turned out quite striking.  So now I use the Sepia pen with black to get a different effect.  We all use brown Microns with our renaissance tiles, but I had some Sepia ones.  They are nearer black than brown.  Anyway, I digress.  The challenge this week is to use red with our black and white.  I did a monotangle Huggins -

Sunday, June 19, 2016


I find my zen in creating zendalas and the shading of them.  Here are a couple I have done in my small sketchbook.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Square One: Groovy

It is funny how patterns seem to grow.  I have been working on baskit, African Artist and warped eggs, all of which have the same type of grid as groovy.  But as I worked on groovy, I saw a distinct difference and it just made me think sea.  So I added a spiral snailish pattern with it.  The stepouts for Groovy from Eden Hunt can be found at

Mosaic No 3 with Lonetta at CreA(R)Tives

I happily participated in another Mosaic with Annette P. aka LonettA at CreA(R)Tives.  There was a total of 19 people joining in, from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany and USA.  We each were asked to do two tiles.  One in classic black and white.  The other with touches of red.  I had no idea how these would go together; we just had an explicit string and instructions to follow.  A total of 42 tiles were used to put this mosaic together.  Here are the two tiles I submitted.

Today, she published the final mosaic.  I was stunned by the beauty of it and how she made it all come together.

Here is the link to her blog and this posting:

I look forward to another one.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Diva Challenge 271

This week, Laura challenged us with the Beads of Courage challenge that we occasionally have when her son Artoo has been dealing with medical issues and relying on his beads of courage.
Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey.  Each bead represents something different.  A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance.  For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing.  (blue for doctor, black for poke... some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child's string is different and unique to their story. 
 There is a background technique called Hefty Hack, applying colors indirectly to the tile.  I have used this method with my Tombows but never knew there was a name for it!!  Here are my Beads of Courage for Artoo.
And even though these Beads of Courage are for kids with medical issues, I think the Beads of Courage are a great token for Orlando this week.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Square One: Rundl

Rundl is a pattern I have used before when I was doing Inktober last fall.  I have also played with it as a zendala center..  It is a very versatile pattern.  Rundl was created by CZT Ela Reiger.  I have used it here with random Huggins and Tipple.  I added some striping and some other enhancements to the Rundl.

Gemstone with Cool Linework

Natalie Ar posted a video on gemstones and I was taken by the linework she used. Kind of a Ruutz extended. I worked on it a bit and this linework really flows well. I added some weighting to some of the lines and did a bit different shading.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Square One: C-Wing

Last week's Square One focus pattern was C-Wing.  I totally forgot to do it, so hurried up and got it done today so I will be back on track,  The step-out for the pattern can be found at

Friday, June 3, 2016

Renaissance Tile

I am trying to get more comfortable with doing Renaissance tiles.  For this one I used a string of Y-ful Power. I then worked individual patterns in each section of the Y-Ful.  Shading was done with Prismacolor Pencil and White Charcoal Pencil.