Pat Mathes,CZT
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Traveling Tangles

Another traveling tangle.  Sue Clark and I exchanged tiles.  Sue started with a beautiful gem and Rixty.  I finished it with Quandu, Random Huggins and Enyshou.  I plan to keep working on these traveling tangles - maybe reach out to others in the Zentangle community.

Sue's start
The finished tile

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Diva Challenge 277

Laura is finally home from her travels but feels like she was going in circles.  Circles is one of my favorite pattenrs to use.  So here I created a zendala, and then added circles and orbs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dueling circles

I have been visiting my son and his family the past week.  I actually taught his daughter zentangle when she was just 8.  Now she is 10.  She wanted to do a tangle page with circles.  So we drew circles with ramekins from the cupboard and then took rulers and drew lines hollibaugh style.  Here is what we got done before I left.  She loves gel pens - the brighter color the better.  So I was not at all surprised when she got out the gel pens and started using them instead of a Micron.  She will finish it and show it to me later.  I have mine done and still some shading to do - I will post the completed piece.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Square One: Echoism

This week's focus pattern is Echoism.  I like this.  It reminds me of penmanship classes many many years ago when Miss Heilman was teaching us to use our whole arm to write, not just our hand.  So we drew a pattern much like Echoism as practice.  I have used it here with Peaknuckle (I morphed it with Onamato on the edges - what fun), and Isochor.  I weighted the lines in Echoism instead of shading and like that effect - opposites attract.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fantasy Garden Class

Next Saturday, July 30, I will be teaching a Fantasy Garden class at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs.

Diva Challenge 276

The Diva is on the long trek home from California, so all of her tangling is done on the move.  She challenged us all to post a tile we did while traveling.  This should bring some interesting results as a lot of the people who participate in the Diva Challenge travel quite a bit, in unique circumstances.  I am single, and rarely travel in a situation where I could tangle while traveling.  The only time that this has been possible is when I was flying to Portland, Maine for Tangle U.  Irena Lesner and I were travel mates I will say here that I am not a good flyer.  I am a nervous flyer.  I had not yet completed my tile for a Verdigogh mosaic at Tangle U. So I decided to do the tile while in flight and see if it helped me be calmer.  It did help.  So here is my tile that I did then.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Square One: B'Dylan

This week our focus pattern is B'Dylan.  I finished it off with Aura-Leah and Poke Leaf.

Traveling Tangle

I was a part of a coffee shop group with Sue ClarkHolly Williams Czt and Cj Petersen on Friday, where we did our first traveling tiles by having them cross the table. I shared this tile with Holly Williams. Holly started by using Raddox, Onamato and Vega. I finished it off with Xircus and Tripoli.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Journal Page about morphing

I am sharing today's journal page.  It has to do with morphing tangles - I found a quote while researching the work "morphing" and really liked it, so I wanted to post it here.  Life is a constantly morphing thing....  I posted it separately so it might be easier to read.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Class at Lyons Quilting Shop

We had a fun class at Lyons Quilting Shop today.  We did basics class in the morning, and then advanced a bit for the afternoon.  The ladies did wonderfully.  Hope to go back!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Diva Challenge 275

Since our Diva is on the road in the U.S. right now, we have a guest challenger, Suzanne Fluhr.  Suzanne has asked us to create a tile with the events of the last week in mind - Give Peace a Chance.  I am of the same memory generation of Suzanne: the JFK assassination, RFK assassination, MLK marches, race riots, Viet Nam war.  We saw a lot of violence in those days, and many people adopted the "Peace, Man" stance.  The peace symbol grew in familiarity.  I was on a university campus at the time and protests were very common.  So this tile combines all - PEACE.  My patterns are Printemps, Echoism, Andante and Cubine.  All letters in PEACE.  I kept the coloring black and white, thinking it quite appropriate for the tile.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Square One: Cornerz

This week's focus pattern is Cornerz.  This is one that I am not sure I have figured out correctly, I don't think it will be a favorite.  I mixed it here with some Hollibaugh with printemps, and Hurry.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Journal Page - Love of Country

Freedom, Peace, Love, Happiness. These all come to mind. My family has been involved in each of the major skirmishes this century - my uncle was the oldest ambulance driver in France in World War II, my oldest brother was in Japan at the end of World War II, my brother was in Marines during Korean War, my brother-in-law sat on a hill in Germany looking through binoculars at a Russian soldier looking at him through binoculars during the cold war, my boy's father was in VietNam twice, and my son was in Iraq in 2001. So military and love of country has always been strong in my family. I did the page in red, white and blue, hearts and stars - and the tangled tile on the left was my entry in this week's Diva challenge. 

Diva Challenge 274

This week is the Independence Day holiday in the U.S.  Laura has invited us to show our red, white and blue (at least in the US - everyone is to show their country's colors).  I recently saw Eni Oken's new pattern Quandu and fell for it.  I mixed it here with Burrst.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Square One: Brrst

This week's focus pattern is Brrst.  The stepouts can be found on  I decided to try it without the grid, and on a wonky shape.  I just kept
going with it.  Here is my take on it.