Pat Mathes,CZT
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Retreat work

I only completely finished one piece while at the retreat in Wisconsin with Sharla Hicks.  It is my "Don't Stop at Ugly and I think I might frame it with those words lettered on it because it really was my ugly and she showed me how to fix it and continue on.  Had I been at home - I would have stopped, frustrated, and probably tossed it.  Instead, here is the finished piece.

While at CZT Karen Sandoval's house after the retreat, I finished my pen shading practice piece - it now has the proud name of "Black Rose" as that is what Sharla indicated that was her take on it.

November is almost over!!

I have had a busy month.  I spen  first week of the month in Dallas with my son and his family and went to the Nascar race at Texas Speedway.  Had a wonderful time.  Flew home for one day and packed for a retreat in Wisconsin with Artist Sharla Hicks - her Dancing With Petals and Leaves.  If I can ever say go to only one retreat - make it Sharla's.  Here is the link to her page  It was a phenomenal experience and I learned so much.  Now I just need to process it.  I will continue to create my Zentangle Inspired Art, but I know there will be so many botanical twists to it and I can't wait to really start creating.  In the meantime, I needed some down time and went to my mac 'n cheese - a zendala.  This is actually done with The Bright Owl template No. 72.  The blues are shades of prismacolor, and the yellow is chalk pastel pencil.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Inktober 29-30

No. 29.  Aquafleur is a thorn in my side.  I am not usually happy with my attempts.  This time I am.  I tackled it a different way, and ran a band of Hibred across it.  The mooka strands give it a spooky look, and then I teamed it up with a frame and ripped screen background.  I love mixing types of patterns - organic, straight lines, blossoms.

 No. 30 is a feather prompt.  I think this is the first time I have done this type of feather.  It was interesting to put it together.  The Trigue pattern finished it off.  But it cried for some color, and agin the frame.

Inktober 26-28

No. 26 prompt was for a "floralish" tile.  I used Panzee by Melissa Sansom and Fleavy with Leef-a-vin.  The linework on this ended up being very dramatic.  The pop of blue worked, thanks to the inspiration of Melissa.

On No. 27, I was following a prompt to use circles.  I decided to use this opportunity to create an assymetrical zendala.  This is something I find somewhat difficult to do.  Most of my zendalas are geometric in nature and very symmetrical and  balanced.  But I like the otucome.  Patterns used are mooka, twisted rope, holliaugh and Kwazeela.

No. 28 - I was doing some white ink work with my dip pen.  I used a new Pen White ink on green cardstock.  The white ink had such a brightness to it - love the ink.  The pattern I followed here was Dancing Trees by Aleena Light.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dip pen collaboration

CZT Debbie Thingvold and I had an art date today at the local coffee house.  She just purchased a wonderful glass pen (mine will be here Monday - she is such an enabler).  So we were playing with a couple of types of ink.  The lighter blue is a strong metallic and the darker blue is more of an iridescent.  So I took the tile and started, and then Debbie took the tile and did some more work, and back and forth.  It was fun watching how the inks worked with the glass pen.

Diva Challenge 338

White on black - that is the challenge this week.  I used a white Uniball gel pen with some white charcoal shading.  I still need to work more with the black tiles.  I seem to have a problem with the white soaking into the tile.  I had to go back over  this twice to make the white stand out.  I tried white India ink with my dip pen, and it was worse.  So I switched tiles and am more pleased with this one.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Papyrus Tile

This was a different paper to use - papyrus given to me by fellow CZT Susan Mayes.  It was a harsh background to work on - the fibers were difficult to work over.  So I resorted to a light touch with the micron and it flowed much better.  The pattern I used is one from the Zentangle Mosaid Kitchen Table Tangles called Well, Well, Well.  It is becoming a favorite of mine.

Inktober 23-25

No. 23 is done using violet and orange.  The photograph doesn't do it justice but I was surprised by how the colors worked together.  I appied the color with pastel chalk pencils and some prismacolor. 
No. 24 is a zendala using The Bright Owl string No 112.  The color is watercolor enhanced with colored pencil.

 No. 25 uses Zentangle string 216.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Inktober 20-22

Another variety of tiles for Inktober.    No. 20 is a collaboration of the RB2 reticula filled with various fragments, combined with an "It started like this" string that evolved into something from a science fiction dream!!  No. 21 is a simple line art tile created from a background made with shaving cream and ink spray.  No. 22 is another line art piece, following a video from Fantasies by Roan whose line work I admire.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inktober 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19

My Inktober tiles for the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.  A variety of tiles, some with prompts, some not.  Quite a variety of style, huh?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

More Inktober Posts - 9-14

I have neglected posting my Inktober tiles - so will post a grouping now.  I have done them each day - mostly posting on various Facebook groups and instagram.
No. 9

No. 10

No. 11

No. 12
No. 13
No. 14

Monday, October 9, 2017

Zendala String 107

I love creating Zendalas.  This one began with String 107 from The Bright Owl.  You can see that string/template here.  I wanted to play with gray today so here is my result.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Inktober 7 and 8

For Inktober 7, the prompt I used was green.  I prepared a watercolor background.  Patterns used are Aura-Leah, Festune Too, Florz and Clob.
For Inktober 8, I used a prompt of Triangles with a monotangle of Fassett on a neutral parchment paper.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Inktober 2017 - No. 6

I used the prompt for a pattern starting with the letter "G".  I chose Gourdgeous.  I only draw this pattern once a year - it is not a favorite of mine, but it fits the season.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Diva Challenge 335 and Inktober No. 5

This week the Diva had a UMT (Use My Tangle) pattern that I haven't used before.  I decided to give it a try.  The pattern is Tint by Henrike Bratz.  I am also involved in doing the Inktober daily drawings, so this will be my October 5 tile.  And I am also doing a Little Zen Menu project in another group, and one  of the prompts is to use red and yellow, and to use String No. 219.  So this tile is fulfilling quite a few prompts.  It will be adhered into place in My Zen Menu journal.  It was interesting to see it come together.  I started with a watercolor background, did the tangling, and then started enhancing with colored pencil and finally adding white Uniball embellishments.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Inktober - Oct 1

I will participate again this year, using a variety of prompts, in Inktober - drawing something each day.  Today is a zendala

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Diva Challenge 334

This week, The Diva challenged us to use Molly Hollibaugh's latest "Crazy N'Zeppel".  I used one of my watercolor tiles, added some Twenty-One with Crazy N'Zzeppel, and added a little Nymph on a whim!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Diva Challenge 332

The Diva is back from her summer vacation time with her family and the challenge this week is to use two squares.  I am using a page from my new journal - a wonderful sketch pad 8 1/2" x 11" that is a wonderful 90 lb. paper.  I like this size - in my daily workings, I often draw squares and use whatever pattern or grouping I have in mind and just wander.  I sometimes fill in the spaces around with notes, or with other patterns, or just leave it open.  This will make a great journal in the end - a wandering of techniques and patterns.

In this page, I was using the basic Zentangle patterns in the top one - Marasu often escapes me and I wanted to pair it with Mooka.  The shading was a challenge and I was trying to obtain dimensional aspects of the square.  I was pleased with how it turned out in the end.

 The bottom square was one that was inspired by Lynn Meade's recent blog (you can find the article here).  She was doing one of her wonderful morphing exercises using Stoic, HaKrall and B'twined.  I followed her directions so that I could see how her mind was working.  This is not my design - this is Lynn's design drawn by following her instructions.  You can see how I have made notations alongside this drawing so that I can look at it again and see how it came about.  I am amazed at how this came together and encourage others to try and to follow her method of seeing patterns in similarity.  This is a method that escapes me and I work at.  Lynn's drawings are always an inspiration to me.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Diva Challenge 330

This week's guest blogger on The Diva Challenge is CZT Jeanette Clawson.  She challenged with the creation of a Zentangle plate.  You take four tiles of the same size, draw an identical plate string (like a zendala), and tangle them separately.  When finished, join them back up.

I'm a little late to the party, but it took me some time to finish as I was working on other projects, too. I actually started with a 7"x7" square, colored with Tombow marker (colored the mat, spritzed it and laid the tile down).  After drawing the string, I cut the paper into 4 separate tiles.

Here are my four tiles, and the finished plate.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Diva Challenge 329

The guest blogger this week is Marguerite Samama from the Amsterdam Area.  I have followed Marguerite's work for some time and love it.  She is a true inspiration.  Her challenge is to use the fragment D-1.  I was working on a challnege for another group I am in where we had a one-word prompt "Square"  So I did a framework of squares and inserted fragment D-1 in various ways.
Then I did another one

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Splotchy Tangles 2

I spent time with CZTs Deb Thingvold and Susan Mayes today and we worked on some more splotchy tangles.  Deb had some tiles that were prepped with shaving cream and inks.  Here is my progression and finished tile.  I really love the freedom of these tiles.