I would like to open this post with a beautiful opustile  of  Michele Beauchamps. I have chosen for this work because you can see clearly how Michele has drawn  reallooking “gemstones” on paper. These “gems” are invented by Sue Yoshino and circulate already for a long time in the world of Zentangleart. Drawing such a  stone  seems harder than it is. However, I have not practiced this technique a lot,  due to lack of time,  but that is gonna change. I’m fond of these little stones . Therefore I  have purchased an  E-book by Eni Oken (outside USA purchase via Etsy) and a set of Caran d’Ache pencils. (Prismacolor is very difficult to get in Belgium) Now I need just to  practice and I will repeat often this wonderful slogan: anything is possible, one stroke at a time…


Below you can see my first attempt, made on a piece of paper on which I  have put some Bistrepowder/Pumicestonepowder and a few drops of Ecoline. The paper goes into the saladspinner and so you will get  a special  “fanning out” effect. Ecoline paint gives very bright colors and the results are  different from   ordinary watercolors..



Click on the buttom and you’ll get a short tutorial of Sue Yoshino


Also Hanny Waldburger has recently designed a  lovely and  easy tangle: PIB (Pearl in Balance).  Dfferent variations are possible. I’ve made a work with three Bijoux. This small size is also available in white, black and tan and can sometimes be very useful.




As I already wrote,  I’m going to  focus more on learning new tangles and “gems”.  During this quest, I discovered by accident the tangle Twiggee. I think it’s actually a bit of a variation on Hollibaugh, a simple concept but  beautiful and suits this time of the year. That is why I have made this  drawing, also consisting of 3 Bijoux tiles, I have chosen the black version, and have used a white gelpen and different chalk pencils to add some color.


Meanwhile, in the Doppahuis, I have given a third workshop  in which the students have drawn on coloured tiles. Unfortunately, a few people were sick, but they are invited to attend the third lesson of the following group in January 2017.

In this third lesson, everyone has learned a few new tangles and almost immediately they  started to draw with their white gelpens, sepia microns and chalkpencils on those beautiful Renaissancetiles..



As a starting point for working on Renaissancetiles, I had chosen for a composition with RIxty, Caviar and Oke, a bit like I had finished the travelingtile with Anita Westin.  I found it quite nice and it was not too complicated. The  students were excited and happy to show you their first attemps on real Renaissancetiles. I like them very much, you too? Their enthousiasme made me very happy!

Beside working on tan tiles,  we have  also created a drawing on a black one.  After consultation, there was chosen for a simple design with Twiggee in the lead role. Our time was limited but by this exercise, everyone  could still deliver a nice design with a white gelpen and chalk pencils.


blacktilesAfter three workshops, the students are familiar with the philosophy behind Zentangleart, they have learned more than  30  tangles. They know different kinds of strings, they can make variations on their patterns, create shadows and contrasts and have worked on white, black and tan tiles. They know where they can find more information and inspiration … Now it’s time to experiment and discover on their own,

A little reminder: surf now and then to Elatorium:  a daily nice “challenge”  will appear  with an example of the talented Ela Rieger herself, that is an ideal exercise to learn new tangles and new compositions…

Some people like to remain at the base of Zentangle, prefer to use the ordinary tiles and work exclusively in white and black. That’s OK and I do that also regularly but as everything evolves, also there are new things to discover in the Zentangleworld.  Explore new roads remains fascinating and using a different color, a different format,  a different concept can be great. There are no rules, no commitments, you just have to discover what you like  and where you will find the most satisfaction in … This also applies to the tangles. There is nothing wrong by using your  familiar patterns, everyone has his favorites, me too.  But sometimes, adding  a new tangle can give more variety in your work, It can stir up your creativity and once again: anything is possible, not too much all of a sudden, but step by step.


Translation: to grow is to jump in the unknown, every time again

Now the weather turns cool and rainy, it is important to take good care of yourself and to  keep warm inside.. A day of “cures” can be a great relaxation and become a true “boost”. We live  only  half an hour driving from the beautiful little town of Spa and I love  to visit the thermal baths. The prices are democratic: 20 Euro for 3 hours. You can use the indoor and outdoor pools (which are really nice and warm) the whirlpools, sauna, hamman, the infra-red room and the quiet areas. You don’t have to stay in the water constantly. You can easy buy a drink,  and take a comfortable seat to have a short break. During Hollidays and weekends, it will probably be very busy but the baths are open every day and during a regular weekday, this is strongly recommended.



In the Woods around us, the colors are now at their best and I enjoy this beautiful scenery during the daily walks. Only a few weeks and then the autumn splendor will be over its peak. First there are a few happy days during Haloween in Durbuy. In my childhood that festival was never celebrated  but very slowly, this  tradition is here also strongly established and I like  to see all those creeps walking around in the narrow streets of Durbuy. These pictures were taken last year.



Also this theme,  you can draw  in your tiles. One of my  enthusiastic students, P.P. shows this in 2 of his  original tiles. He has used the very nice tangle Punkin on the first drawing.


Also this tile is typical  for this time of the year, well done Peter!



This time, I want to close with a  special piece of music that I have heard for the first time, more than  25 years ago  in a cosy small restaurant where we have eaten after a  multiple-day trekking through the mountains. I was immediately fascinated by those magic sound. The time was good, the company was good and the place was good, maybe that’s why that music could delight me immediately. I think it’s great when people can go and do something for 100%. Kitaro sure does that in his music. Later I bought  all his CDs, but Matsuri will always stay my favorite. I still listen to it regularly and than, again, I am back, in that little restaurant in Kathmandu…There are several U-tube movies on the Internet but I have chosen for a life recording from that period… so you can also see and listen to  “the Wizard”  (and I like that good-looking violist too)

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    Annette P. says:

    So many beautiful work to see here! Very inspiring post! Thanks! 🙂

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Vielen Dank Annette, es freut mich sehr dass meinen Blogpost ihr gefällt. Es ist nicht immer einfach etwas zu finden dass Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene interessant finden, “Feedback” bekommen, macht mich immer froh.

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    JulesB says:

    Wow, Ria, this post is so full of wonderful new drawings! I too love how many avenues of new discovery Zentangle opens up, from the classic style to brilliantly colored ZIA. Congratulations on your classes. I bet it feels wonderful to share such an enjoyable and accessible art practice!

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Julie , I really appreciate your comments. And yes, I agree with you, when you see that the students enjoy the lessons and deliver afterwards pretty work, I ‘m proud and happy. I don’t give too many workshops, about one a month, that is all right for me, just drawing on my own and having time to learn more and to explore, that is what I like the most.

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    chantal says:

    Hi Ria ! Comme toi cela fait des mois que je veux essayer de dessiner des Gems… mais je n’ai pas encore pris le temps. Ton article m’a donné envie de m’y mettre rapidement ! j’aime bien ton premier essai.

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Merçi Chantal pour votre réaction. J’ai trouvé plus d’information sur l’Internet concernant les “gems” mais le “E book” de Eni Oken est magnifique et façile à suivre. Dans les semaines suivantes je vais essayer de améliorer mon technique avec l’aide de ce “E book”.
      Je vous souhaite une belle journéé, le soleil nous invite pour faire une promenade dans le forêt où on peut trouver inspiration pour faire une tuile d’automne!

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