Pat Mathes,CZT
Facebook: GramTangles

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Diva Challenge 270

This week we are using Margaret Bremner's new pattern Skye, a Celtic knot pattern.  This pattern requires focus but don't try to make it too hard.  That is what I was doing and it actually wasn't that difficult when I finally let that notion go.  I have mixed it here with a miriad of patterns, on renaissance paper.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Zendala using 6 n 1 stencil from Ann Grasso

I finally had a chance to do a zendala using a new stencil I got from Ann Grasso at Tangle U, named 6 n 1.  I love Ann's stencils - they lead to so many different templates.  This one was colored with prismacolor and accented with gelly roll highlights.

Line time

There's times I just like to draw lines.  That is how this started out.  Then I added some Tumbleweed, Ennyshou, Squid, Meringue and a lot of shading.  I really can get into a zone when I am doing this type of art.  I spend almost as much time on the shading as I do the original drawing.  This is in my 7"x10" Canson journal.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Square One: Bales

The focus pattern this week is Bales.  This is an official Zentangle pattern, and one of the first ones I learned.  You can find the stepout on  I made it a bit larger, and added some additional auras to it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Diva Challenge 269

I knew that we would get aound to doing the newest Zentangle pattern Ellish in one of the groups I follow.  Diva Challenge this week is to use Ellish.  This was presented in the latest CZT seminar classes, and we were fortunate to have Molly Hollibaugh present it to us at Tangle U.  It is a delicious (pun intended) pattern.  I have been wanting to do a white on black for a while, so decided to see how Ellish worked.  Loved it!  Had to add a little gelly roll color to it, though.  So I followed through and did Maria's Peakist, with a little change .  You can see her alphabets in the Zentangle Mosaic app.  I need to follow through and do more of them.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Diva Challenge 268

This week we are to use our black more boldly in ways we might not normally do  I decided to use Purk, and do it in negative.  So using the black where I normally wouldn't.  It had an eery look to it.  I then used dragonaire and molygon to outline it, with printemps on a background of florz.  I then did a little shades of gray around it - the printemps was kind of hard to get the effect I wanted.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Square One: Fugu

This week's pattern challenge is Fugu, a tangle pattern from Sonya Yencer.  The inspiration was the flooring in a sushi restaurant.  I mixed it with Fassett, printemps and N'Zeppel.

Another Tangle University Zero Drawing

I finished the second Zero Drawing started at Tangle University.  I did some extra aura/highlighting with the Mono eraser.  I really like the effect.  And I straightened some of the stencil lines before tangling.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Practice Time

At Tangle U, Molly Hollibaugh demonstrated the tangle pattern Peanuckle.  This is a hard one for me and I decided to do another practice tile on it after really having issues with it on a beautiful Twinkling H2O tile..  Another pattern I have issues with is Arukas.  So I combined both on this practice tile.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tangle University - Twinkling H2Os

Twinkling H2O's are one of my favorite media to use.  They are a wonderfully shimmering metallic watercolor, primed with water to a creamy consistency.  They are so much fun to work with.  We created 12 or so tiles using a wet on wet method for most.  We blended, dropped color, ink blotted color, used rice, salt, alcohol to change the effect of the watercolor.  Many beautiful colors are available in Twinkling H2Os.  One of the best local suppliers is Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs.  Deb Prewitt has a great collection of colors and packs of colors.
Here are two of the tiles that I have tangled on, showing the tile before tangling to show the wonderful effects of the Twinks..

Tangle University Koi

We created Koinobori, a carp-shaped three dimensional kite that is traditionally flown to celebrate Children's Day in Japan, which is part of Golden Week starting on April 29, the day of our class. These were created on a good quality watercolor paper, using Inktense pencils to create the color.  They were tangled, both before painting and after painting.  I also used some white gelly roll to add embellishments.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Zero Drawing

We had a wonderful class onn  Zero Drawing, a technique found in Marie Browning's book "Pencil Magic".  Here is the piece I did in class.  It was done with a graphite background.
So all the time we were working on that, I kept thinking pan pastels.  I talked to Meredith Yuhas about it - she was our teacher for the class.  She said she had not used it that way.  I talked to a few other people and same reaction.  So, of course, I had to try it.  I did learn that I need to use a spray fixative a couple of times through the process.  But, also, I kind of like the way the color bleeds over a bit - it adds a bit of shading to the edges.  And it easily picks back up if you need to.  I will definitely play more with this - perhaps blending some colors together and using pastel chalk to highlight.  The picture doesn't pick it up very well - it is a cranberry colored background and purple LePen ink.

Funny thing happened

I was telling the ladies in class the other day that I have a habit of wiping my brush on my hand as I paint.  Now, I don't wear an apron, and a paper towel can mess with the water flow I have going on my waterbrush.  So what to do - use the hand.
Now that's not a bad habit as such,  I mainly use watercolors, Inktense or H2Os when doing this so it washes right off.  Not a problem unless I run out of the house on a quick errand after forgetting to wash it off!

Diva Challenge 267 (named as 276 in Diva blog)

Laura inadvertently turned around the numbers of this challenge - it should have been 267 and instead she entitled in 276.  So it is a duo tangle - Poke Leaf and Drupe.  The stepouts can be found on

Compass Rose

I will be posting a series of posts about the classes taken at Tangle Unviersity.  This is the first one which is creating a Compass Rose and practicing blending techniques with colored pencil, highlighting with gelly rolls.  I absolutely loved this class, and Kate Lamontangue is a fantastic teacher for these methods.  I have a couple of projects in mind for classes at Blue Twig Studio, and will keep you posted.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tombow Class Pictures

We had a wonderful Tombow Technique class yesterday.  Three lovely ladies spent the afternoon creating tags using different techniques for the Tombows.  They did direct color, indirect blending, vellum stamping, splash backgrounds, stamping with Tombows, and a lot of fun and chatting.  They all went home with a project to finish which was a Dahlia greeting card cover.  Here are some of the pictures of their work.

Here is the Dahlia card cover which I did.  Can't wait to see what they do with theirs.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Square One: Ruutz

This is a pattern from Eni Oken called Ruutz.  I can see a lot of potential with this one and I will use it in the future.  I feature it here with Blooming Butter from Shelly Beauchamp.

Diva Challenge 266

This week is the first week of the month, so it is a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge.  The pattern is Crux by Henrike Bratz.  I am later than usual getting this challenge done.  I spent all last week in Portland, Maine, attending Tangle University and learning so many new techniques.  Then I came back home on Monday with a class on Wednesday and teaching a class today.  So it has been a busy time.  I have a meeting next week with a shop to discuss teaching, so will spend a couple of days preparing for that meeting.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

Anyway, here is my challenge #266:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tangle University

I have just returned from a wonderful time at our annual Tangle University which was held in the beautiful city of Portland, Maine.  It was my first time visiting the New England area.  This is a "retreat" of classes for Certified Zentangle Teachers, taught by other Certified Zentangle Teachers.  We all have a niche, and some have a greater niche than others and pass the knowledge along.  We have classes all day and learn so many new techniques.  I took an extra class before Tangle U started from Cherryl Moote in book binding.   She is an awesome teacher and her sample pieces were amazing.  These are the books I made in that class.  Ranging from signature books to a 2-minute book!!  This is something I will keep working on as I love it!

Molly Hollibaugh gave us a class on Pure Zentangle and took us back to the basics.  We did one tile with her, and then she previewed the newest tangle pattern Ellish.  Here is my tile from her class.

We did a class on Zero Drawing, a Marie Browning technique, taught by Meredith Yuhas.  I was so excited for this.  I have followed Meredith's art for some time and it was a pleasure to finally meet her.

We took part in a challenge to create a Verdigogh tile.  The pine is the state symbol of Maine.

There were more classes, but I haven't finished my projects from them.  I will add as I go.  But I did graduate!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tombow technique class

This Saturday is the Tombow Technique class at Blue Twig Studio at 1:00.  We will be working through different techniques to use the Tombow markers, including the stamped design shown below.