A long time ago, I bought a Koru  which I still ware regularly.  Koru is the Maori name for the coiled frond that unrolls every year. It symbolizes the positive change of new life, purity and strength.  Artisanal goodies with a meaning have always interested me.  I love the beautiful shape and meaning of a Koru:

Below you see such a typical Maori Koru, made from green Jade:

and also their carvings in fluent lines are wonderful:

The tile below is based on Maori art: Printemps, Icantoo, Crescent Moon, Meer, Tamisolo, Snail and Mazorito. The tile was drawn with a black pen and finished with green/yellow pencils:

But the Maori are best known for their specific tattoos in which I found inspiration to make Mazorito. This pattern can already be found on www.tanglepatterns.com but beneath you can see the steps again:


And in the little movie below, Melinda Barlow demonstrates how to draw this tangle:


This is not a difficult pattern but does require some concentration. In step 1 It is important to draw the tipples at the same height and with the same gaps. The dots in the middle makes forming the tangle easier. For the fourth step I turn my tile, so you can draw the “aura ” more beautiful.  If you draw many auras then we call them, as Melinda says, “echo’s “.  I called this new tangle  Mazorito (Maori, Zentangle and Tattoo). The Zentanglemethod connects us all and it is perhaps precisely for this reason that this drawing art has become so popular. We see Influences from all cultures and all corners of the world and I like that very much!

As previously written, I try to participate regularly in “challenges “. Of course I was delighted when I saw the 256 th “Challenge ” appearing  on Adele’s website: a simple circle shape that could be filled with Hexa, Horti and Mazorito. I found all the contributions very nice and special. By this way, I would like to thank everyone who sent in  a submission, but especially Adele who puts so much work into the weekly challenges and the wonderful presentation of everyone’s work!!!

This is my tile, would you like to see the other results, please take  a look at Adele’s site :

The summer was abnormally dry and warm in Belgium. In the future, even in the more temperate areas, we will face longer periods of extreme heat interspersed with heavy rains… In the past few months I usually stayed in the house during the day where it was cooler. Windows and doors were opened in the evening…

In the afternoon I was sitting (too) much behind my computer. While surfing, I bumped into a special name: Hundertwasser  and  googled the name… followed  by “Images “.  Fascinating pictures of colored buildings, designed by Hundertwasser appeared on the screen.  I liked them immediately.  Thanks to the computer, the whole world opens to you. I had never heard of this man but that changed in one second, that’s great, isn’t it?


Below I have found a nice movie for all the ones who like to experiment with watercolors,. It is not difficult, very colourful and pleasant to do, based on the Hundertwasser technique:

And here is my first attempt to combine Hundertwasser with simple tanglework: Hexa, Flukes, Nipa, N’Zeppel, Hollibaugh, Printemps and Fassett


And another example with: Crescent Moon, Arullo, Cruffle, Hybrid, Petal panes, Fescu, Afterglo, Flukes, Printemps, Sandswirl, Papermint, Msst, and Beadlines:

The lines  don’t have to be straight  at all.  Colors are allowed to flow into each other. When your painting is dry, you can fill the boxes with your favorite tangles. Finally, you can finish with an extra line here and there…

After a long hot summer, we can discover  the first signs of a new season. The temperatures are still very comfortable but during the evening, we need an extra sweater.  Autumn is  in the air…  The forest smells delicious and invites us to make longer walks.  If you pay attention , you will discover  so many unique organic tanglework.

Every human being, every animal, every plant, even every piece of nature can be a potential teacher for us:


This tile was signed for Adele’s 257 th challenge . I have combined  the requested  Twilight with Crescent Moon and finished with yellow, orange and green pencils to  create an autumnal atmosphere:


For the music fragment I have chosen this time for a  German groupe:  “Federkleid ” from Faun. I agree, the members of the groupe look special but I like their  cheerful music and I hope you will enjoy too!

I like to conclude this post with a nice Buddhist quote: Gratitude must not be our motive, but gives the courage to go further.

Until next time



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  1. 7
    Jennifer Sparrow says:

    Fascinating and educational post, Ria! I had never heard of Hundertwasser, but am so glad to discover his wonderful style. I think he and Gaudi would have worked so well together! The Maori designs are so beautiful. I was surprised to see a bit of Mooka in that carving. I really love your Kora. I’m glad that your weather is allowing you to get out for your beloved walks in nature! Beautiful tiles. The second one in the Hundertwasser style is absolutely delightful!

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      I have found Hundertwasser pure by coincidence but I liked his art immediately and I wanted to do something with his technique and Zentangleart. I’m very glad you like it! There is still so much to discover…
      It is wonderful to find new sources of inspiration. Thanks to the computer we can get everywhere, just by a simple click…
      Many years ago, we visited Barcelona and yes my husband and I loved Gaudi at first sight. Both artists like to use many colours in their work and for me too, using colours can really cheer me up.
      Concerning the Maori designs, yes you can find a lot of Mooka’s and also Printemps in their art, they really make beautiful jewels, paintings and carvings…
      Thank you for your comment, I do appreciate that very much!

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    Your post this week is wonderful, Ria! The pictures of the “nature tangles” are very inspiring. Your interpretation of Hundertwasser’s work is great. His way of architecture is so colorful and friendly. I like your interpretation of his buildings very much, but my favorite is the green Maori tile.

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you so much Margarete for your comment. It is difficult to find always something interesting but I felt in love at first sight when I saw pictures of Hundertwasser and I wanted to combine this technique with the Zentangleart. It was a pleasant experience and so it was to explore the Maori art that inspired me to make Mazorito. I’m glad you like the green tile because that is fave too.

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    Michele says:

    What a wonderful post Ria! That Hundertwasser architecture is amazing and magical. I love the way you’ve interpreted it into your art.
    Organic patterns, especially ones inspired by nature are my favorites. I love the photo of the Koru frond-so many possibilities with that. I have to say that your Crescent Moon is fab because it’s my favorite mac ‘n cheese pattern and you’ve shown me a new way to draw it. I love the irregularity!

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      I have found Hundertwasser, pure by coïncidence but I liked it immediately. It is really worth to give it a try! Each tangle can be drawn in those “boxes” and I’m glad you like my tries.
      The Maori art is amazing and they also make beautiful paintings, mostly with organic patterns.
      Crescent Moon is also one of my faves but how I have drawn it is not my idea, it is Maria Thomas who showed that pattern for the first time in that way a long time ago.
      Thank you very much Michele for this kind comment,
      Warm regards from your pal from Belgium!

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    Gudrun Schlaphof says:

    Many thanks for your inspiring post Ria – I love Hundertwasser and his work and your interpretation is outstanding!!!!!

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      I didn’t know Hundertwasser but I like his colourfull art very much and it was a challenge to combine it with Zentangleart. It is a pleasant and easy way to use watercolours. I’m glad you like my first tries and thank you very much for yourkind comment. I see your work regulary appearing on the Internet.Keep on tangling, I wish you succes and I am sure we will “meet” again on some challenges. Have a beautiful sundayafternoon! Warm regards from Belgium.

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