An optimal start of the day begins always with a well balanced breakfast. I understand that not everyone can spend a lot of time op preparing and therefore I would like to open this blog post with a healthy, cheap and  tasty recipe that is ready in an instant and gives you lots of energy.

Mix 30 gr oatmeal flakes, one egg and three tablespoons of yogurt (with or without sweetener) in a small fireproof jar (cone shaped) and put 3 minutes into the microwave. Also soy yogurt is okay. You can easily deposit the “pudding” on a small plate and decorate it with  dried/fresh summer fruit  (also a ready-made “coulis ” looks  nice and tastes delicious)

In the night of the 18 th on  the19  th June, clouds of light were seen in the northern countries. This special phenomenon can  be observed only a few times a year, usually around the 21st of June. The luminous night clouds sit at an altitude of 75-80 km (much higher than the ordinary clouds that linger around 20 km). Normally, you can’t see those clouds, but at this time of the year the sun barely gets on the horizon while it stays dark elsewhere everywhere. It may not be as spectacular as the northern lights but I still thought it is worthwhile to place a pic that was taken above the city of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands.

Whether it’s winter or summer, I always like to tangle. The original Zentangle method of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas has become very popular all over the world. Everywhere you can find enthusiastic tanglers who, just as me, find relaxing moments in our hectic world, thanks to this fascinated way of drawing.

Below you can see Dilip Platel and his wife Malathi (both CZT in India), between a group of proud students, showing their finished tiles!

Even in some hospitals, the Zentangle method is taught. While tangling,  the thoughts of patients are focused on  the work they are doing at the moment and that makes their stay a little more pleasant.

A thicker pen and a slightly larger tile makes tangling easier   for children and older people and  offers them also many advantages.

Unfortunately, as in all sectors,  “copycats ” are appearing into the Zentangle world.  Stealing things from others for their own sake  is known in all times and happens everywhere. Some people have no difficulty with this way of behaviour. For me, however, it’s hard to become a fan of a copycat! The discussion on this subject has led to tensions between the front and the opponents, and I deeply regret that.

The technology, the Internet and the social media bring us many advantages. So much information is available and that is of course a wonderful case. Yet there is also a negative side to this progress: we  become more narcissistic. Being just normal isn’t good enough anymore. We only let ourselves seen from our best side on the social media.  Everything should be great,  we always want to become more and more and preferably as soon as possible otherwise it becomes boring.. That picture is not true and ultimately it will give frustration and emptiness. I honestly admit that sometimes I have lesser days, days when I have no inspiration, that I do not feel good… but I am sure that everyone has such days , that’s quite normal.  It is good to stay honest with yourself and accept that. There is always a silver line behind the clouds…

By drawing I feel happy and there is no time to mull. I liked drawing when I was a child and thanks to the Zentangle method I found back my old love. As I wrote in my previous post, I see tangles popping up everywhere. While surfing, I  bumped into a nice motif, depicted on a pillow:

I made some little changes.  Below you can see the steps to make this pattern that has been named Zanda. I like to work on Zendalatiles. I just took the first piece of that word and replaced the e by an a.



Zanda can be very usefull on mandala’s.  On both tiles you see variations of this new pattern in both the inner and outer ring.



On the white zendalatile you can see a variation of Copada, Hibred and Tippe next to Zanda. Here the “diamonds” of Zanda were filled with the fragment D1 and for the filling between 2 rings I chose perfs. In the size of the diamonds you can of course also bring variations.

On the tancoloured tile I have chosen as extra tangles for Printemps and Olspin, the” diamonds” of Zanda were filled with the fragment Q5 and also here Perfs were used  between Zanda in the center and Olspin.

Both Zendala’s were drawn with black pens, white gellypens and ordinary colourpencils.

But this pattern can also be used as a background or in a grid.  You can form the same row or you can jump as I did here. Next to Zanda, the following tangles were signed: Dewd, Printemps, Fescu, Keenees and Baton. I took a light tan background and colored it with ordinary pencils and a white gellypen.

Occasionally I still have contact with former students. Marianne Repriels sent me a cool movie that she had found on the Internet. You can discover in the video below how you can make a beautiful image on your sheet using a thread and some paint. It is very simple:

Marianne sent me a very successful result:

I could not resist and tried this technique also a few times, with different thread thicknesses and different kinds of paint. It was  a pleasant experience, ready in an instant:


2 other examples, surrounded by tangles:  CO2 on the drawing with different shades of acrylic paint and a variation on Suzanne’s Fluhr’s (link) Aloha on the drawing with black ecoline paint, finished with green colourpencils.



In the meantime,  Project Pack 3  has been released on the newsletter of  It is certainly worthwhile to try out drawing ribbons with 2 pencils which you can finish with tangles and colours of your choice. It is an easy way to receive beautiful ribbons. I have chosen to  fill my ribbon with Surfs up.

Used tangles are: Sandswirl, Fassett, a variation on Hollibaugh on the left tile, fragments C11, F5, D4, K14, Hibred on the right tile and Courant alternating with black surfaces in the background. The drawing was finished with ordinary colour pencils and a white chalk pencil.

I hope you enjoyed this post and  I would like to finish with a nice quote from Rick and Maria:

Many people think there is power in the Zentangle Method. We believe the Zentangle method allows you to discover the power that was in you all along.

Last winter I followed the series Narcos on Netflix. Great acting is being done in this exciting series based on the life of Pablo Escobar.  He was a true familyman who spent a lot of money on charities in his hometown Medellin, but on the other side,  he was a ruthless man, involved with drugs and not afraid of corruption and murder…

 Rodrigo Amarante composed the beautiful soundtrack: Tuyo

I wish everyone a lot of beautiful, relaxing moments during the summer, keep the head cool, don’t forget the animals  and until next time!

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  1. 9

    I’m back! Just tried the string painting–sooooooo cool! I’ll post my results once I have some more! Thanks for inspiring me again!

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you for writing me about the string painting. I’m so glad you had a nice experience and I’m looking forward to see your results!!!

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    Birgit says:

    I”m learning every day a bit more, thanks to you!
    Wonderful post, lovely pictures and quotes!
    Enjoy the summer

    • 8
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Birgit for your comment, I’m glad you are enjoying Zentangledrawing and I wish you succes.
      We have a wonderful summer in Belgium.
      Kind regards and keep on tangling!!!

  3. 5

    Your posts always make me feel like we are kindred spirits, Ria! I always identify with your messages and reflections. Your artwork inspires me, too. I love your string art, and will watch the video to give it a try. Apologies for not visiting much lately. I have really appreciated your visits to my blog and thank you!

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      I’m very glad with this kind compliment which I do appreciate very much.
      I enjoy your blogposts too and after reading, I like to give a comment. So far away, living in different parts of the world and so connected thanks to Zentangleart, that is wonderful, isn’t it!

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    Pat Mathes says:

    What a wonderful post!! Full of tidbits and inspiration. I love the tiles you created. Your Project Pack linework is awesome. I will look further at Zanda. Thanks for the inspirations.

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Pat for your kind feedback. I do like your work very much and I’m glad you enjoyed this post.
      I always loved ribbons but they were difficult to draw in the right way, now with those two pencils it is a lot easier. You can use them as a string or, just as I did, draw some tangles behind…
      Zanda is a pleasant and easy tangle, I hope you will enjoy
      Warm regards from Belgium

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    Joyce says:

    Wow, so much good stuff here, Ria…I don’t know where to start! Of course I love your tangles, I always do, and I’ve already copied the step-out to “Zanda,” which I love. And your round mandalas…and the tangle with Dewd, Printemps, Fescu, etc., with the purple Zanda…beautiful!! Then the ribbon tangle…also beautiful! You do such great work.

    The thread and paint is something I can try, and I really like the way it looks. Very sleek and elegant, sort of like the old Art Deco flowers from years ago.

    Yes, lots and lots of good stuff, and I will be coming back to re-read this month’s post, I know. Thank you for doing this blog.

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Zanda felt immediately good for me and I’m very glad you like it. Lots of variations are possible.
      The painting experience is easy and looks nice accompanied by tangles, worthwhile to try.
      Drawing correct ribbons is not easy but I managed quiet good with two pencils, just the way that is showed on the video’s of pack 3.
      So a lot of work but I hope you will enjoy and I thank you very much for this nice comment.

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