I'm Bon Crowder and the photos above are both of me - in 1989 and today. I'm a Generation X mom of Generation Z kids.

I began peer tutoring in high school in 1984. MathFour.com is the 2015 version of me helping peers be comfortable in math.

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# Category Archives: Patterns

### Zentangle – Meditation, Art, Math!

My cousin-in-law recently introduced me to this cool “doodling” method called Zentangle.

I’ve been doing it quite a bit – especially since it’s far more socially acceptable to draw than check twitter during meetings.

ahem…

### Zen… WHAT?

Zentangle. Zen TANGLE.

So it’s Zen-ish (meditative, calm, relaxing), using tangles (like doodles, but more intricate and structured).

Each tangle is a design using circles, line segments, curves and/or shading. You repeat the tangle into a pattern, adding variety in size, shape or orientation to make some really cool drawings.

Here are two of my favorites:

Oh, and they’re done only in black and white. And only on tiny little 3.5 inch square cards.

Totally sounds like doodling rules gone crazy right? But I probably suck at the explanation. Maybe we can get a CZT (kinda like The Doodle Police, but nicer) to give a better explanation in the comments. #winkwinknudgenudge

### Focused Mathy Zentangles

As I was scouring the internet for more tangle ideas, I came across the word “monotangle.”

Like a monomial (one termed polynomial), it’s a zentangle drawing with only one tangle design. The design chosen is the only one used, although it might be varied in different ways across the piece.

The examples above might be called “polytangles.” At least if you let a math girl in charge of creating the vocabulary.

And here’s a monotangle by super tangler Ilse Lukken at Zentangle Zoo. Each piece is a square with one or more corners designed like a 90° protractor:

### Zentangle Challenge

I wanted to try it and there was a “Zentangle Challenge” (exciting, right!?) over at another Zentangle blog, Made by Joey. So I went for it.

I decided to do the tangle in the nifty Fibonacci squares layout. Since it was “F” week, it worked perfectly.

Here is my Fibonacci Florez Monotangle:

Looks fun, huh?

### You try!

Yes – give it a shot. You can do the redneck version with some paper and a pen. Or you can go crazy and spend \$20 down at the art store. I got a book, two pens and some “artist tiles”:

You can use it to relax, play a little bit with math or even keep your students busy.

Regardless of what you do, be sure to share it in the comments, on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest!

### Seeing Math at Church

Can you see math at your church? I bet you can! Continue Reading

### Fibonacci Valentine

It’s time for math and love to intersect again! Continue Reading

### Symmetry in Christmas Ornament Crafts

When doing crafts and making Christmas ornaments, keep your eyes open for the symmetry. Here are some nifty ornaments made with blinds samples! Continue Reading

### 2 Responses to Symmetry in Christmas Ornament Crafts

1. This Christmas ornament looks really great

• Bon says:

Thanks, y’all!

### 4 Responses to Painting Math

1. I personally like yours more than the original. But both are stunning pieces of art!

• Bon says:

You are so kind, Victoria! Thanks for that

2. no nothing about art but i think your interpratation is much bolder than the original. i like it more…

• Bon says:

Thanks, Natalie!

### Beautiful Math

I get sent all sorts of things that claim to show the beauty of numbers. This short movie is truly beautiful! Continue Reading

### Improve Math Learning With Rubik’s Cube Art!

Rubikcubism, or Rubik’s Cube art, is something your kids can do to improve math learning – and it doesn’t have to be expensive! Continue Reading

### Finding Patterns in a Lokta Paper Blank Book

Part of the Count 10 Read 10 series, this activity is good anywhere. Just about anything, from argyle socks to zoot suits can have curious patterns. Here’s one way to play with them. Continue Reading

### Teaching Patterns with Playful Bath Shapes

Differentiation is the foundation of learning. Curiosity comes in the form of “Why is that different?” And right behind it is “Why is that the same?” Continue Reading

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