Every time Annette Plaga figured out a mosaic, I was happy to contribute to such a nice initiative. Until the end of May, you could send an entry. Soon, you can admire the surprising results on Annette’s website.

Above you can see my contribution for her eighth mosaic. Annette had suggested to use green in the string which has a  form of a ribbon.  It’s my favourite colour.

Green is soothing and stands for hope, nature and renewal. The tangles I have used,  are: Pebble Flowers, Birch, B-Horn, Praa, Dai-Dai, Fun-bee, Leaf-a-vin, Cornetz, Jelly legs en Triple Tipple.

Below you can see the mirrored result for which I‘ve used a photo editing program.


Two is a particular number. It is a pair. Together you are stronger. By seeing someone opposite to you, you learn to know yourself.You start thinking in similarities and differences. That dualism is a part of life: male and female, yin and yang, light and darkness, joy and sadness, life and death …

Below I have posted an example of a drawing which can easily be mirrored, a very funny experiment.

The used tangles are:  Tipple, a variation on Copada, Sandswirl en Betweed Flower (supplemented by ribbons consisting of hearts in 2 colors)The tile was made on a watercolored background that I have cut out and then glued on a black tile. A few other patterns were applied with a white gelpen and finished with orange tones: Tipple, Bowswing and (a part of) U-bend.

The original tile:

One time mirrored:


Double mirrored:


If you like this, check out the site of the Diva. For her 318 th challenge, Laura proposes to make a Diptych . This is a Zentangledrawing consisting of 2 mirrored panels. A nice idea with many possibilities and worthwhile to try!

This is  Laura’s example:

Every day, a new tangle is popping up. It is impossible to know and integrate them all in your drawings. Only those who appeal to me, I draw in my personal legend. Sooner or later, they will appear in my work, along with my other favorites.

I honestly admit that I  have difficulties  with some logical but more intricate patterns (High focus tangles). Although they can be very nice, I prefer easy (mostly) organic patterns. Finally I managed to design one myself.

I love flowers and plants and regularly I discover “new” species during my walks in the forest. I search for the correct name in books or on the Internet. During such a search for a “new” plant, this image took immediately my attention:

It is a view on a fruit of the  Medicago who really looks a bit like a rolled up caterpillar.

Instantaneously I saw a new tangle in it and began to draw. My new pattern got the name: C-view (Caterpillar view) and below you find  the steps to draw it:

On the image below, you see the variation of C-view, combined with Rick’s Paradox, CO2, and Tipple.  I finished with blue colourpencils and a white gelpen. More variations are possible, f.e.by drawing Printemps in the middle you will get also a nice  result.

On the next tile I’ve made a composition with  C-view  B-Horn, Birch, Mooka, Raindotty, Fescu, Hypnotic and Tipple.

Only Mooka is colored with green pencils. A white gelpen makes some highlights, while B-Horn and Birch were drawn with an ordinary pencil .

As I wrote above,   number 2 appears in everyone’s life , also in mine.

By sitting (too) much while drawing and working on my computer, my arthritis symptoms continue to increase. In addition, I develop symptoms which seem to be a beginning RSI. ‘m facing a heart-breaking choice: either I just go further as I am doing at the moment and the complaints will only increase or  I’m going to change my habits and I  can expect a lot of improvement in the future.

With a heavy heart, I opted for the second solution: I’m going to draw less,  spending only little times in front of the computer, doing exercises and swimming. I’m planning to take more rest, and will start again with Tai Chi. I have practiced this beneficial movement form for years but ended after a shoulder surgery. The rehabilitation took longer than I thought and I could no longer follow after so many missed classes in the group. Tai Chi seems simple but it is definitely not. Also here are concentration, patience and exercise important. Like Zentangle art, it’s a pleasant, relaxing activity that haunting thoughts can stop and also gives you more flexibility. Take a look to this short exercise:

It would be wonderful to make a combination of the two and that is exactly that I hope to do in the future but now I have decided to take a long break. In concrete terms, that means no more traveling tiles, no contributions to challenges,  less  time using the computer and  no more blog posts.

I would like to make an exception for the challenge of July, the 17 th. at Joey Van Oort. On this date, Suzie Ngamsuwan will be the hostess with a new challenge,  everyone can participate. I’m a big fan of Suzy’s inspiring personal Zentanglestyle. Despite the fact that we live thousands of kilometers from each other,  where we lead our own lives, we learned to know each other better by our common interests …

Below I have posted a unique contribution of Suzy for the Diva’s 317th challenge. Around a subtile stylized figure she has built a beautiful Zentangle drawing. I am delighted to see my own pattern Nouvart popping up, nicely integrated in this gorgeous drawing:

Setback, such as now, giving up something that I really like to do, is not pleasant. However, setbacks can make your life richer and make you also  stronger.  I have encountered that already several times 

I fell in love with Zentangle art at  first sight, practiced almost every day and I‘m not going to it up but I have to listen to my body and will go back to an acceptable level.

Not every day is great but every day has something great:  unexpectately getting a friendly smile makes me warm inside,  crossing a shy deer on a walk in the wood is wonderful,  enjoying the scents of the forest after a  rain shower, smells better than any perfume, I enjoy drinking a glass of cool white wine on a warm sunny day, having a nice conversation brings happinez , sometimes I need being touched by beautiful music or a compelling book, and it’s delicious to take a refreshing shower and  go to sleep between clean sheets with a drop of lavender oil on the pillow

There are so many little things to enjoy, I can continue enumerating for hours … and I am grateful that there is still so much possible

Side issues are important, at some point you realize suddenly that those side issues were the main issues : little moments of intense happiness!

Here are a few happy moments that I want to share with you:

I saw a “newbeautiful butterfly,  suddenly  popping up on the terrace. Definitely he will get a place in my book.

the White Ermine

I saw hundreds of the flowering Columbine in all its colours, only a 15-minute walk away from our house:

An easy but typical Belgian dish that tastes so delicious. The season is short but now the Flemish white asparagus is available everywhere . Peel them well, let cook for about 10-minutes , bring some butter sauce over it and finish with hard-boiled eggs and parsley.

Recently, I got  two beautiful cards, one of a student and the second of another CZT/friend, I met in Providence. Thank you very much, both of you, they are lovely and I’m very touched.

I want to thank everyone for the interest in my blog, for the comments and emails and am grateful that I could inspire you a little

Below I have placed one of my first works. At the moment, I would draw it in a different way but I still like this tile. I just want to show you one more time, that you can combine your Zentangleworks very well with other techniques. On this summery tile I have used a simple stamp  with butterflies above Henna Drum, Pokeroot, Tipple, Flukes,Antidots and Kogin. In specialized shops you can find really nice stamps around which you can build your Zentangle drawing .

And to finish,  2 more pictures, taken, just after getting the CZT certificate during the 22nd seminar in Providence. You see only happy faces and satisfied people. Really a happy memory! .

Press the Full screen button to enjoy the beautiful colors. Maybe you discover a new pattern in this special clip made on Mike Oldfield’s Voyager.

If you let go of everything, you have two hands free to grab the future.

take care

Ria Matheussen


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  1. 9

    Dear Ria, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your thoughtful words and insights, combined with beautiful images, always calm me and turn my heart toward gratitude. Know that you are a treasure in our community, and that we eagerly await the news of your recovery and healing!

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dear Jennifer, your words touched me deeply. Thank you very much for this unexpected compliment you gave me. Just as you, I’m fond of tangling, it really can bring me into a flow and that is wonderful but unfortunately it is very bad for my body. I’m building up a (bad) tension while drawing and sitting too long is the worst I can do for my arthrosis in back and neck. That is why I cannot drawing and writing the way I used to do anymore. I don’t give it up and after a few months, I hope to join a challenge now and than.So, I’m doing exercises every day, make many short walks, go to the swimming pool and rest also a lot. I really am hopeful for the future. Warm regards from Belgium and every week, I take a short look on the Diva’s challenge to admire the wonderful entries.

  2. 7
    Reena soni says:

    Dearest Ria, I love reading your posts and learning from you. I look forward to your recovery and seeing you again soon maybe at Zenagain in 2018. Wishing for your health to get better soon. I know if it is anyone who can do it .. it is you.

    Keep smiling, Reena

    • 8
      Ria Matheussen says:

      I’m very grateful for this nice compliment Reena, thank you very much.
      Sitting and drawing for long times is not good for me anymore but when I do my daily exercises, move a lot, I feel better, I’m so sorry that I have to change my habits but it is really necessary. I won’t stop drawing and of course I keep on following what’s going on in the Zentangleworld but I can’t go on like I used to do… and I think long flights neither…
      I hope you are moved into your new home in N.Y. and that a nice summer is coming for all of us!
      Wish you all the best and keep on tangling,
      Warm regards from Belgium

  3. 5
    Simone says:

    Dear Ria,
    Thank you again for your wonderful blogposts….I will miss them very much!
    I am very sad to read that you feel sick and I can totally understand your decision to accept what your body says… I can imagine, how you feel when you decide to reduce tangling…but I hope you will feel the right time to restart with new power.
    I hoed to meet you in October at the European CZT Gathering, but under this circumstances I understand your decision not to take part. I hope we will have an opportunity to meet each other sometime.
    Dear Ria, I so much appreciate your work, your blog and your lovely comments. Sometimes I think to know you already…. I wish you a successful summer, get well soon. I am looking forward to hearing from you, when ever you decide…
    Hugs ! Simone

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Simone for your kind comment.
      Me too, was looking forward to meet you at the European CZT meeting in October but you understand, I have counceled my contribution and that is very hard for me. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to have made a few wonderful trips and have become a CZT in Providence. I couldn’t do that anymore.
      In Belgium, medical care is very good and I live in a nice quiet neighbourhood, I’m grateful for that and I really hope to get a lot better in a few months…
      I love your work too Simone, your tiles are always gorgeous to see and I wish you success and happiness for the future!
      Warm regards and a big hug too.

      • 11
        Simone says:

        Dear Ria, as I am in the Organisation Team for the CZT Gathering I realized that you have checked in, finally!!! I am happy about your decision and looking forward to seeing you!! Until the I wish you that you can ease your pain and get a good recovery. Hugs, Simone ?

        • 12
          Ria Matheussen says:

          In the universityclinic of Lüttich, doctors did a “denervation” of little nerves in my back. The Arthrosis cannot be cured by that technique but they can take away a lot of pain for a very long time. I feel a lot more comfortable at the moment and so I decided to join the gathering, only 3 hours by train from my home.
          I’m looking forward to meet you and so many other wonderful tanglers! Have a nice summer Simone, keep on tangling and thank you very much for this mail.
          Warm regards from Belgium

  4. 3
    Caroline mistral says:

    Profitez bien de ce repos Ria et revenez nous vite. Bise affectueuse

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Merçi Caroline, je te souhaite aussi un été agréable et une bonne santé.
      Bise affectueuse pour toi aussi!

  5. 1

    Oh Ria, how I will miss your stunning drawings and your interesting posts!!!! There was always something to learn and new to try out. This your last (for a while) is no exception and while it is a beautiful post it is a sad one at the same time. I just hope that the drastic measures you decided and need to take will result in a surprising speedy getting better.
    Your latest new tangle is definitely one I will try out – it reminds me a bit of burs that had gotten stuck on Shadow’s paws. Your new butterfly looks like he is set for winter. Fur coat and snow white dress. Gorgeous. Guess what I am listening to as I type this: Shadow on the Wall by MO. And yes, I take the fingers off the keyboard to punch the air with both my fists twice at the right moments.
    There is so much more I could comment on, but it is YOUR post, not mine. LOL
    My thoughts are with you.

    • 2
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Suzy for your comment and I’m glad you like my posts and that I could inspire you, but honestly, you too, inspires me!!!
      Now and then, I will make a drawing, just to enjoy but I cannot go on like I used to do, I have to take more care of myself and I really believe that everything will be better in a few months…
      I have watching the touching video’s of the elephants, beautiful animals, I was lucky to have seen them in the wild in Namibia in the Etosha Park where they are protected. They are a bit different from the Asian Elephant but I’m fond of both of them.
      To give an answer to your question about bicycles: my parents had a shop of bicycles, so I was grown up between them and I always enjoy taking a ride on them. I will follow the “tour de France” too and yes I agree, Froome is a favorite to win, but you never know, there are always surprises.
      Great job on all the challenges Suzy, especially the Diptych is my fave and it looks great between the other stuff.
      Have a good night and a wonderful weekend! (hope you have already cleaned the windows!!!)

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