On the radio, I hear an old Dutch summersong and I sing loudly with it and think, summertime has begun. Fresh linen dresses are ready to wear, jeans were exchanged for shorts (in the evening I notice that I am covered with bites of insects). Nevertheless, it is time for comfortable sandals, eating outside and drinking tons of cool water and ice tea… Long evenings with the delicious fragrance of honeysuckle are coming… Our little wild garden looks nice. The two cats become more cuddly and always find a spot, hidden in the shadow. I am not really fond of high temperatures and sunrays in my face. If the temperature gets too high, and that happens occasionally, I prefer the coolness of the living room and wait with the daily walk until just before sunset. Miles and Jools totally agree with me and sleep almost all day long, usually stretched out on the cool floor, faithfully next to my feet.

As you know I like to draw Zendala’s and every month I find an interesting string on Zendalamoments .

Others need only some stones to create beautiful shapes:

For me, searching for new patterns is an exciting activity. I can’t resist and below I show the results of my recent tanglehunt. Decoo was created because my attention was drawn by a detail in an Art Deco work. I would like to refer to a previous post in which I have written some more about Art Nouveau and Art Deco, two beautiful art movements that are sometimes confused but are in fact quite different.

Decoo can also be found on www.tanglepatterns.com

On the drawing abough, I chose besides my new pattern for Phroz and Fassett. Below you see a composition of of Decoo (mirrored), 5NKD and Henna drum, also finished with ordinary colourpencils, just as I did in the example on the sheet with the steps.

The second tangle has a very different background: in the work of Ben Trupperbaumer I discovered this beautiful sculpture. The artist found inspiration in a unique shell form and gave it the name Muricidae:

I chose the name Mollu (Molluska is a word from the shells terminology). There are already different patterns in spiral form and tangles that are based on shells. Yet there is such a diversity, which makes it possible to find patterns that are still different from the existing ones. I find that fascinating. I myself find this tangle very pleasant to draw. He even looks like a little dragon. As you can see, I made a drawing in combination with Angel Fisch, Bunzo, Edie en Mosi.

There was another piece of watercolor background left and I made another tile with Mollu, combined with Flukes, Lilypads en Buddea:

We tanglers, make beautiful tiles with pen and paper and sometimes some paint but others can bring magic with wood, clay, iron or stones as shown at the top… But also just with some fruit:

And have a quick look to discover what you can do only with a roll of toilet paper and a little paint:

Nice weather also means making time for photographing butterflies.

Just when the Caterpillar thinks his life is over, he becomes a butterfly!

And this little creature will soon be a graceful Old World swallowtail, very mobile, flies high, is quite rare in Belgium but still I can spot this one every year a few times. Yet I have never managed to get this beautiful butterfly before my camera, but now I saw the caterpillar of that butterfly. I took the picture below from the Internet. Maybe there will be another chance to take a pic by myself because it promises to be a warm summer again!

I would like to say goodbye with a summer bouquet, made for I.A.S.T. 289 and on which the following tangles are drawn: Mel Mel, Rain, Msst en Buddy.

Here is a small piece of music with Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli I want to share with you: two totally different voices, two totally different men but there is such mutual admiration. Look at those faces and those hands…

There are again a few new tangles in my head and I will show them in a new post, in another new season.

Warm greetings and I wish everyone a wonderful summer

Ria

At the end of the year I can blow out 65 candles and I am grateful for that. When my parents had that age I found them very old but now that I am a senior myself, I do not think so at all. It’s true, there are wrinkles, there are days stat everything has to go a bit slower and my memory has ever been better but there are still so many nice things to enjoy and I don’t want to spend time on mulling. I gave myself a fresh short cup by a good hairdresser and it was time to buy a new pair of glasses. I’m happy that springtime is coming, a new season, a new look and new plans…

It’s been a long time ago since I have drawn on a triangular tile. That is why I have chosen to make a small composition with a duo of Printemps and Ratoon on a small tancoloured triangle. For me, Printemps is the perfect tangle to fill empty spots. I use this simple but nice pattern very often:

I’ve always been curious and that hasn’t gotten any less with aging. With a single click on the computer you can come directly into a totally different world and that remains fascinating. Unknown peoples and cultures can still enchant me. Several times I found inspiration for composing a new pattern and now again. For the second time, a tattoo was the beginning of a new tangle. This time not on the Maori people from New Zealand but with the Kadiweu Indians, an indigenous people from Brazil.

Inspired by the above tattoo: Kadibra (Kadiweu and Brazilië):

For the second time, Annette Plaga gave a wonderful design which opens the possibilities to create another Zendala:

I filled the specified string with Zander, Scape, Sindoo and Starawn, and finished the tile with ordinary colourpencils:

When you like drawing, you will get lots of pencil stumps after a while. Some people use them very creativ. The Czech Anna Čurlejová gives her old pencils a second life as jewels. Anna combines different coloured pencils into beautiful layered shapes and then manipulates them with lacquer to preserve shape and colour.

These pencil jewelry is for sale in the Etsy webshop!

With these pictures in my head, I made the next tile with Hurry in the background, Pearly as board and inside a combination of Tipple, Printemps and Hexonu, finished with colourpencils:

Too little time to cook with all that tangling? Take a look at the following movie how you make tasty and healthy burgers in an instant with an ordinary cauliflower as a base:

For a long time I didn’t want to join Facebook. But finally I joined Chris Titus Square one and occasionally I send a contribution. In the beginning, I was struggling to use only black and white, but sometimes it feels good to go to “back to basics “. Below you see an image of a Tree of Life that inspired me for my latest entry:

Many variations are possible to design such a tree. Besides Fontana, I chose Diva Dance, Mosi and Stone Story:

And an earlier one with Field of Flowers, B-Horn and Ipso, afterwards coloured a bit in mostly red tints:

I like to thank my faithful followers and sincerely hope that you have had inspiring moments and fun while reading the blog posts. I have spent a lot of time on it, but I liked it. I still want to do so much but I don’t have time enough… Therefore, no blog posts will appear in the next months. Tangling is a part of my life and I will always keep on doing that, just because I enjoy it and recognise the benefits. Every week new tiles will appear on my front page and the finished ones will be placed on my Pinterest page. I wish everyone a happy Easter and hope to meet you as much as possible on one of the challenges…

Beautiful music can touch me and that’s why I mostly ended up with a special piece of music. That is now not different. This time I found a nice adaptation of the Hungarian Dance of Brahms, brought by Martynas. Accordion seems so simple but it is really a difficult intrument… Enjoy the cheerful rhythm:

I started this post with an image of Printemps and I also want to finish here: Printemps is one of my favorite tangles, and I found these pictures so funny and recognizable, they form the end of my blog:

The very best and keep on tangling!

Ria Matheussen

In the heart of every winter is a vibrating spring, and behind the veil of every night sits a smiling Dawn. Kahill Gibran

January was a dark month with little sunshine, but nice to tangle during the long winter evenings…

Just after the appearance of Zeppo on tanglepatterns.com, Adele proposed to use my pattern in her 275 th challenge together with Pots ‘ n Pans and CO2. The first work I saw, was a tile of Lori Byerly on her blogpost. I liked it and therefore I have placed her tile below:

If you want to see the other contributions, please click on this link.

Thank you Adele for all the work you do for showing a wonderful presentation of each tile.

As you have seen several times, I like to draw on round tiles. I find that soothing and that’s why I’m trying to join the new project of Annette Plaga every month. Every 15th , Annette will give a new assignment. Below you see my tile for the first “Zendalamoments “. The following tangles were used: CO2, Nipa, Botania fragment K14, a variation on Copada, Cross-ur-Hearts and auras. For the colors I took different shades of blue, turquoize and green.

Also Annette’s mosaics remain a real challenge. From now on, Lisette Hofer will assist to compose the strings. You have always enough time to send a submission. There is no stress involved and it is, always a joy to see your own work afterwards, integrated into the large mosaics with all the different participants.

Here is already my contribution: River, Adalfa, Sandswirl, ‘N Zeppel en Henna Drum

And my own little mosaic:

During our move, my husband and a friend did most of the work. I picked up as much as possible and they drove up and down to the new address where everything was extracted. During the last weeks in the Ardennes, I could still enjoy the beautiful winter landscapes and in between there was still time to tangle…

When we just married and rented a small apartment, there was really too much stuff in our place. Now that’s different. While aging, I like more and more sobriety. A tidy house gives rest and less work. I don’t have a separate room to draw, but I like to sit in “the living”, a place with little maintenance, lots of daylight, soft colours, some plants and not too much trash. This also applies to the bedroom, which I want as little electronics as possible and I like it to be quiet and dark. Feeling secure in your small, private place gives you a pleasant, relaxed feeling of wellbeing in this busy, chaotic world. Feng Sui can give you tips to bring more balance, positive energy and rest in your living space. I tried to keep that in mind as good as possible… If you have less time to put in cleaning, you ‘ll have more time for your hobbies!!!

We have great memories of the Azores and the Ardennes, but now, we want to start a new chapter in our lives. It feels good to return to a place we know through and through and where both Rob and I grew up: Flanders.

Flow is my new pattern, accidentally created between the in and unpacking, after seeing the picture below:

I had to do “something “with this picture and I began to draw… There are many possibilities that you can make. After drawing Step 2, I turn my tile, I find it easier to draw than step 3. Flow also fits nicely in a grid and can even be drawn on his own, as you can see in the grid-string of Helen Williams. My preference is the “Hybrid-Flow ” with Delys. Maybe you can also create a hybrid with another pattern. Actually, the basic-Flow is also a hybrid with Fescu. For Valentine the “Valentine’s Flow” might come in handy. If you don’t get a pretty similar shape for the hearts, you can correct that simple with a little black ink… Good luck!

Flow together with Pozer en Tipple on a black tile:

And a white one with in the middle a variation on Valentine’s flow and further supplemented with Alabastro, hearts, lines, dots… and ended with the cheerful new pattern Mintea:

Not so long ago, Maria Thomas taught us to decorate letters. I’ve tried it and it is not so difficult as it looks. Melinda Barlow gives a nice demonstration that you can follow well. For the occasion of Valentine, I also made a tile for my husband Rob with his name. It’s simple but you can make the letters as exuberant as you want. I’m definitely going to do some more!

I have drawn a circle on grey paper, worked with a black pen, a white gellypen and a white chalk pencil. The frame araound is La Bel by Sue Jacobs:

On the 16th of February Carnaval will start in Venice and lasts until the 5th of March. Just like in Brazil, there are also many tourists. They all want to admire the magical atmosphere and the most spectacular costumes in this romantic Italian city that speaks to everyone’s imagination!

Although I am not wild of Carnaval, I still liked to tangle this mask. This was the first time I have drawn on other material than on paper (Zia) and I found it difficult. That’s why I opted for easy tangles: Hybrid, Crescent Moon, Sparkle, Mooka, Tipple, Sand swirl en Flukes.

Next post will appear in March and then spring will be very close. Below I placed a beautiful pullover of Dunque, from the new spring collection, available at Waschbaer. It is made of bio-cotton. and “Fair Trade”. I couldn’t resist because I’m possessed of tangles and I see different ones in this sweater, you guys too?

To conclude, I still like to stay a few moments more in the winter atmosphere with an adaptation of the Belgian singer: Adamo’s

Tombe la neige:

Again, we are a year older. Not every day will be a party but we can always try to make the best of it. If it is not possible today, then maybe tomorrow. Every day you can make a new start and a bad moment is therefore not a bad day…



“Dew drops” look like small gems and are always beautiful, in reality or drawn on your tiles. Long ago, they have found a place in the Zentangleworld and they are not difficult to beautify your work:

Two simple monotiles, brightened up with a few dew drops by Lynn Mead:



Every week, another tangle is popping up, out of the “Magic Bag” of the Facebookgroup Square one. A while ago, Mazorito was appearing. It was pleasant to see so many different interpretations, too much to show all of them. I always draw this tangle in a circle but quite unexpectedly I even saw my pattern in grids. I would never have thought of doing that , but I loved it. Also the “owl ” by Chris Titus was quite surprising. In the meantime I know already a lot of tangles but it is so cool to discover how people can “play” with patterns and make something totally different from an existing tangle:

and Mazorito according to Christine Courtois:

Challenges remain captivating and instructive.

Always searching for new tangles, I found inspiration in donuts. In the U.S.A. they even have a national donut day. All over the world, you can find some family of this pastry. On the last day of the year, “Oliebollen” are eaten in the Netherlands. Both the French and the Belgians love “Beignets”, preferably filled with apples. In Germany the” Berliner Bol “is very well known and in Portugal and Spain we have the “Churro’s “… Also on the other side of the world, in South Africa, “Vetbollen ” are available, and in the Far East you’ll find similar fried snacks. Almost every country has its own recipe and its own name. I like the Italian name”Zeppole” and therefore I chose Zeppo as name for my new tangle that was inspired by this little “guilty pleasure “

Zeppo is a very simple pattern: you start with 2 circles: a larger and a smaller inside. Six small Tipples encircle the bigger ones. In the inner circle you draw some shadow. Each “donut” is connected by the Tipples. You can go further regularly or irregularly, like a pendulum or a filler. In The 2 examples you can see clearly see through the “donuts ” and discover stripes and perfs. On the tan coloured tile you will recognize Zeppo   Nipa, CO2 and Pebbles flower.

Drawing in a spiral, always gives beautiful results. Many have already proven that. Click on this link . That’s why I decided to make my next tile in such a spiral: a combination of Zeppo and Caviar.

I wish everyone a lot of fun with this playful tangle! Doing something you like is important. It is wonderful to come into a flow and forget the time and your worries… yes sometimes that happens and before I know it is usually midnight and time to go to sleep. On the Internet, there is so much information available. Everyone can learn from everyone. Recently, I discovered the beautiful wooden art of Gabriel Schama and I recognize a link with Zentangleart:

On the last picture, I saw immediately a pattern that we call Verve. I also used that piece as a frame for my tile below, on which you can also find Zanda, Copada and Henna Drum:

And another one that I send to Square one with Love Handles, Membranart and Blooming Butter:

Something very different, however, is Maria Tovar’s technique. She is drawing with an “embossing pen “. I liked that immediately and of course I had to try that too. Below you see 2 simple tiles made with an embossing pen, following Maria’s manual. I’m sure, I will experiment more:

One with Cross Ur Hearts

And one with Arullo, mirrored 4 times with a touch of colour

During the 12 days challenge of Zentangle.com we were able to follow step by step how a “Spinner ” was built with original tangles. Consciously, no new tangles were drawn, but old familiar patterns and you could follow how the shadow was applied everywhere. I made two of them: one original and one with my chosen tangles:

If next time I don’t know which tangles to combine, I’ll simply let the spinner do his job.

In 2019, CZT seminars will also be organised in Europe. (Frankfurt). People from all the world are connected by the Zentanglemethod and the big family is growing each year… Every day, new ideas from every corner of the world appear on our screens. We all can learn from each other and use the new knowledge in our own work! That is wonderful and I wanted to show that in my first blogpost of 2019!

Sometimes I don’t want to follow the news, so many negative messages, but fortunately there are also positive messages. Below you can see 100 optimistic discoveries, created in 2018 and that’s fine to know:

To become completely zen I chose these beautiful winter images of the highest peaks in the world, mounted on music by Vangelis: Ask the Mountains:

I wish you all a wonderful start of 2019!!!

Suaimhneas is a Gaelic word (of Scotland) and it means the good feeling that you get, when something you wanted to do, is done. Every language has  such typical words. You   cannot translate  them  exactly in another language.

In the south of Belgium still live more wild animals than in Flanders. In LE MARTINET where my husband is  doing volunteering work, one day a week, every helping hand is welcome to take care of the victims (especially of the traffic). After a (sometimes long) time of care,  giving  back freedom to a wild animal  is the purpose of the center. A few weeks ago it was again. such a day. This time  birds of prey would fly again in the free air! These special moments are always wonderful,  both for the animals and for the people who took care of them. On next picture you can see René, one of the most loyal employees who looks affectionately to “his owl “, a few moments before he will let him fly back in the open air, after several months of taking care…

Then it was the turn of a buzzard that I was allowed to release,  also a big boy with firm claws! You can see that I was a little excited …

Everything went right  and about  twenty birds got their freedom back that day. We all  were happy and got Suaimhneas!

I’m  fond of owls and it’s really cool  that I hear them  calling in the woods during the night… The owl is perceptive, well in camouflage, clean, useful, courageous, agile and helps weaker ones. I could not resist to color this template from Ben Kwok and fill with tangles: Flukes, Auraknot, Printemps, Baton, Tipple, Sandswirl, ‘N Zeppel, Copada, Clob, Shattuck, Dia Dance and Ginili.

 

After this special day followed a quiet evening and we accidentally watched the program “Everyone is famous “.  Two people who see each other for the first time must prepare a recipe together. During the cooking session they have the opportunity to get to know each other better. Once dinner is ready, they can decide: enjoy the dinner together (yes) or take-away (no). In This case it was “yes ” and hence the name of this new tangle that I saw popping up on the door of the restaurant:

Only a few details were added to make 3 different “borders”. If you place these “ties” next to each other, you will get a nice filler ( 1st example). If you mirror the tapes, you will get a completely different result (2nd example)

 

Zanda, one of my tangles is added to the Musterquelle of Elatorium and I’m grateful for this beautiul drawing where Zanda has found a place between Chain Gain and Sixes:

 

Something else that always appeals to me is stained glass On the Internet, you can find many examples in which  you will immediately discover “strings ” to build a zentangledrawing with.  That’s exactly what I did when I found this picture. I used my new tangle Yes and Wud, Ixorus, Molygon and Tink. (Drawn on a grey tile and finished with colorpencils)

And the work below also inspired  me to make next tile:

A lot of tangles were used on this grey tile: Barberpole, Raindotty’s, Limpets, Printemps,  Msst, Tipple, See-Weed, Field of Flowers, Cogwheel, Purdy, Keeko, Icantoo, NKD, Fescu en Pomcoco

 

Recently Annette Plaga’s Mosaic started again. You can still join until November the 20 th. Here you can see my contribution, placed in a small mosaic with Archer, a variation of Florz, Icanthus, Icanthoo and Breach.  All results and different mozaïcs will be displayed on Annette’s site on November the 28 th.

 

Many see the autumn and winter as a depressing period, but I don’t, on the contrary. After such a long dry summer there is no more delicious perfume for me than the scent of the forest after a big shower. Afterwards going back insite with a cup of ginger tea, which will make you feel completely warm, is so pleasant.  Also a day at the beach has its charms, gone are the hustle and bustle and the traffic jams. In the small cosy cafés you will always find a place. Summer clothes are now put away for quite a while, but the  favourite coat will finally come back. Fresh salads make place for stews and delicious soups full of vegetables. Bring some extra plants in the house, it is beautiful, soothing and purifies the air around you. A time for reflection and new plans has arrived:

I  always enjoy  the  “kitchen table tangles ”  of Rick and Maria. A few weeks ago they showed us a “Dingsplatz “.  I started immediately to draw and Instead of tangeling the inside, I placed an image that fits the time of the year. Maybe an idea for a greeting card!

 

If you don’t have any plans for the next year, here are a lot of reasons to get to know our small but versatile country (click on the picture):

3 years ago, in November I started this blog, that’s why I signed 3 stars (Aura knot) on this card. This round tile was made on a section with a watercolor background (Tipple and Diva Dance) and a part that was made black where you will recognize another variation of Diva Dance, but also Somnee and Cogwheel.  Golden accents were made to create a festive atmosphere and on the black piece yellow and blue colors were applied with coloured charcoals.

Ye, it is early, but better too early than too late:

 

After five years, living  on the Azores (Pico) and five years in the Ardennes, we have chosen to go back to our “roots” in the northern parts of Belgium.  Our cottage in the Ardennes will be sold and we will move to Flanders,  where both my husband and I have spent our youth. December will be a busy month… but then I’will be back in January with a new post!

 I always look forward to the “12 days before Christmas challenge” by Rick and Maria, each time so pretty…. I don’t expect anything else this year!!!! So  take a look when you have time!

I thank all loyal followers and visitors and like to finish with a worthfull quote of Paulo Coelho (writer of the Alchemist):.

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure!

I wish you all to find your treasure and a lot of Suainmhneas,

Ria

Let’s  listen to  Nocturne, a beautiful Norwegian song that won the Eurovision Song Contest of 1995.

 

 

 Ever since I am hooked,  I see patterns  appearing everywhere.  Especially on fabrics you can discover real “little jewels”. Also  for this new tangle I found inspiration in a colorful fabric:

It is a simple pattern on which I made just a few minor adjustments to get an uncomplicated basic form.  I made 3 variations on it. You can use this pattern as a background, at the same or at different heights (like the photo of the fabric), but you can also create a sling or a frame, both in a square and in a circle.

Abough  you see  Vipera in combination with Stircles, Clob en Raindotty’s

Beneath,  in a composition with Nipa, Palrevo and a variation on Florz

Vipera was named after Vipera Berbis because I think this tangle looks a bit like a snake and the Vipera Berbis is the only venomous snake in Belgium. During  the last summer I have seen this animal very close on a sunny spot in our living room. Yes you read it right: at barely one metre from me, this snake was taking a  sunbathe on the doggies pillow next to me in a corner.

I never run out so quickly and didn’t want to go back in before the viper was found, which was naturally gone without trace. Rob and the neighbor have taken the whole house upside down.  Everything was shifted and eventually they found a hole for an electrical cable behind an accumulation stove.  That hole was closed immediately with concrete. The next day we sprinkled flour on the floor to see if there were any traces of the snake, but fortunately we saw nothing more and hopefully that will remain so… If you live close to the forest, you may sometimes met unexpected  residents. One gives  more fun than the other:

Not only do squirrels love nuts, I also love them. They are full of proteins, vitamins and minerals.  For example, with almond milk you can make a  delicious pudding:

 

Let’ s go back to the tangles. I  admit that I regularly forget the correct steps.  No problems: just surf to Google and fill out the name of the pattern.  Immediately you can find the steps to create the asked one.

Bridgen is a nice tangle that inspired me to make Kettling. As you can see, the start for both tangles is the same. By adding extra lines, a completely new pattern appears gradually. It is like a chain; From one comes the other and hence the name. I just placed one L in Between. Below you see the steps for the basic form, 3 variations and a composition  of Kettling, Zander, Adalfa, Cogwheel and Nekton. Also this tangle can be used as a sling, a frame, a background and even as string! Kettling can already be found at the wellknown address: www.tanglepatterns.com

It was very nice to see Kettling popping up in a challenge by Adele: I.A.S.T. 263. Below you see my entry. All the results can be admired at the trusted address, next Tuesday.

 

 Since Ilac came out of the magic box on Square One I also send regulary a tile to this site on Facebook. The drawing  should be exclusively made in black/white, quite a challenge for me.  A few weeks ago, Peeld came out of the bag,  a tangle with many possibilities. For this challenge I had created a hybrid  of Peeld and Verve, Crescent Moon and Raindotty’s.

Many tangles lend themselves to making hybrids and I decided to make one more: a fusion of Warre (one of the newest patterns of Helen Williams) and Antidots. In The arches you recognize Adalfa.

And another one on which you see the tangle Lee-bee and Holey but also a hybrid of Lee-bee and Remo which is filled with Membranart and Keeko:

Tangling is a fine hobby: if you are in a great shape it is a challenge to try out more difficult tangles and techniques, if you have a lesser day, it can be pleasant and soothing to make a composition with simple and familiar tangles. Nothing should, everything is possible and especially the pleasant moments while drawing are important!

“Less is more” is often true and  the Australian artist Shana Wilson proves that. She works with simple things she finds in nature. Especially her fragile mandalas I find very successful and  they are an ode to nature. Below I posted a few pictures that I found in the Dutch magazine “Paradijsvogels”. Maybe it’s worth trying to find some stuff in the forest  and make a little piece of art  with them in combination with tanglework!

 By adding a little colour on pine apples and twigs, you can also create a beautiful mandala in an instant:

 

In the last tile of this post, I like to show  a piece of the “morphing” technique that Eni Oken has taught us. Morphing is also going on in nature at the moment. In the northern hemisphere, we are again in the autumn, a gradual transition from Summer to Winter.

In this work, besides the morfing technique (from Sandswirl to Emingle), you will also recognize Squill (one of the original Patterns) and Frontrast, one of the recent patterns on Tanglepatterns.com., a wonderfull example of the Japanese Notan  Technique.

Even in my personal life I am already in the autumn but as I wrote before, every period has its advantages and disadvantages and in fact autumn is my favourite season anyway.  When you get older, you will finally discover what is really important and it is high time to throw away superfluous ballast and try to make the best of every day!

Enjoying  funny mother/son moments during the last summer days in Ostend on the Belgian Coast.

 

And here they are again: beautiful colored and delicious pumpkins:

Butternut in the oven,  filled with a mixture of pumkinflesh, rice, dried cranberry’s and tomatoes, oignons, chestnuts, piment, sage and salt:

 

 A cosy atmosphere in the house really does not have to be expensive:

 

It is time to say goodbye from  you and  of a long hot summer with  a beautiful  song of Fairbourough a lovely place on the English Coast:  Hayley Westenra (Celtic woman).

 

Keep on tangling and until next time,

Ria

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

Ria

 

This is not a nice picture.  Every day we get a lot of negative messages and awful images but there is still hope this view can change if we will make more efforts, all together.  A wonderful example is the Ocean Cleaner an invention of a 22 year old Dutch environmental activist.

The Australian Pete Ceglinski and Sergio Ruiz Holpern also try to contribute with their Seabin to clean the oceans. Their invention can be installed  in harbours,  all over the world.  One “bucket” can ensure that 500 kg less plastic waste comes into the water every year.  Hats off to these people who put their last money in their project and yes, it really works! It’s not a miracle  but it’s a nice start… we all  can help,  just by opting for more sustainable products and avoiding plastic and disposable items as much as possible.

When I look back at my childhood, I don’t see any computers, mobiles or Ipads. The Internet and Facebook didn’t exist… The first image on TV (black/white) that I remember was a cartoon of Mickey Mouse. So much has changed,   it seems I came from prehistoric times. Now we live more and more in a digital world. I am grateful  my husband and sons have been able to convince me to “go along with the time “…  I  hated computers but now I don’t wanna miss them anymore!

As I wrote before, I am not a fan of Facebook or other social media but occasionally I took a look at Square one. Some of you know, every week a tangle is chosen from the “magical box.” It was a pleasant surprise to discover on Friday the thirteenth, that Ilac came out of that box.  Beautiful, unique entries from all over the world appeared on the screen. That made me very glad. Below you see the performance of Ilac on Square one with an original drawing by Margaret Bremner:

And a wonderfull contribution of my neighbour,  Anoeska Waardenburg from the Netherlands:

I  liked to thank the tanglers who sent a submission,  that is why I have created an account.  On Square One, only tiles are shown in black and white.Below you see my first contribution. My entry was drawn in black and white but  for this blogpost I added a tiny bit of green and blue.  It is a combination of Mashed, Printemps, Wud, Ilac, N’Zeppel, Stircles and Clob. I’ve used Mashed before to frame a drawing. This tangle looks awesome  when you colour the outside edges black. Black stripes also give  special results and divide your drawing into different pieces:

Of course you can find even more challenges on Facebook… For example on Elatorium daily challenges are given by Ela Rieger.  Below you see such a georgous example of Ela:

Also on today’s tangles challenges are given and everyone can participate.  Joey Van Oort and Laura Harms (I am the Diva) have stopped their activities (hopefully temporarily) and I really miss these challenges. Fortunately, Adele still gives a nice assignment every week on her site . For entries to Elatorium, Today’s tangles and Square one, you have to create an account.

Linda former (www.tanglepatterns.com) publishes every two weeks on Friday a “refresher “, you can  make combinations with tangles that you might have forgotten. These refreshers are  nice exercises to maintain your Zentangle knowledge.

Unfortunately, I have to admit that I am even more in front of the screen since I created an account on Facebook.  It’s impossible for me to get involved in all the challenges though I’d like to do that but it’s just too much. I have to move and rest enough to avoid back and neck problems… and that is very important for me.

In this period of the year, a lot of people have hollidays and make trips abroad. As you know already, tiles can do that as well. I  like to show an exchange with Joyce B. from Alabama.  I don’t know how why, but my own tangles I rarely use. That’s why I was delighted when I saw that Joyce started a tile with Rick’s Paradox, Zinger, Fescu and my Horti. I finished the drawing with Fassett, Mashed and Chechain.

On a second tile (ATC) Joyce started again with one of my tangles: Ilac and Plum lei.  I decided to stick the card on a bigger black card and went on with Ilac on the black background.  On the ATC, I ‘ve drawn a couple of  the cute little pattern Plum lei in different colours for a background of B-Horn (in pencil). Then on the black card I signed a very simple frame so that it seems like a window whit Plum behind and Ilac  before.

 

 

Below  you see the tan coloured Zandala that I started with Nouvart and which Joyce has finished in fresh colours:

 I  also sent another white tile on which I started with Wud. Joyce finished the drawing with lovely chosen patterns.

For me, every tile made with love and care is valuable. As I wrote before,  it should never be a competition that gives stress and that is not the intention, on the contrary. Thank you again Joyce for the fine cooperation and for the beautiful Haiku you made after seeing a pic about night clouds on my previous blog post:

Silver clouds of light,

Shining thru night’s darkest sky,

Sharing hopes of more.

Meanwhile, Zentangle drawings  have become a real hype, every day I see tangles popping up everywhere. It’s nice to know that “old ” students continue to draw. Ingrid  Reynders teaches the beautiful Italian language in the” Doppahuis” in Hasselt where I have taught Zentangle lessons She sent me a picture of a homemade Granola in a nice jar with a  special label. It’s a good idea to make some.  They give a personal touch to your gifts and that will certainly be appreciated. Beautiful done Ingrid!

In Belgium We often had rainy summers and many people go to the south during their holiday. This year, however, we are experiencing one of the driest and hottest summers ever.. With regularly temperatures above 30° C.  For weeks, sweaters, cardigans and raincoats are not necessary,  only summer blouses and shorts are worn…

Drinking  is  important and what tastes better than a delicious homemade ice-tea based on fruits and herbal infusions. My favorite is green tea with lots of fresh mint from the garden, ice cubes, fresh lemonjuice and a drop of maplesirup.

Tea is always a good idea

I love fresh colors and the African fabrics are usually beautiful. For the third time I found inspiration to make a new tangle:

The original pattern was simplified and makes me think of shells. These shells remind me of the seaside where we stayed with our family for a few weeks every summer. Always,  I was searched  for nice specimens on the beach, it never bored.  Mum used to protect us against the sun with a thick white cream from  a blue pot of Nivea that you can still find in the shops. I took away Ni  and  Vea is the name of my new pattern. You can find it already  on www.tanglepatterns.com (link):

 

Also in the popular spiral form (such as f.ex. Reticula R-H3) you can make a nice composition with Vea. Here you can see a combination of Spoolies, Tamisolo ,Antidots, Bubbles and Sweet 101. The drawing was made on recycled wrapping paper and finished with ordinary pencils:

After a while, everyone finds his own style. One person remains exclusively to draw in black/white, another person likes to experiment  with colors and contrasts.  Some like architectural patterns, others prefer more organic tangles or a combination of both:

The gracefully stylized shape from the agenda of Lori Byerly

A beautiful Zendala in the characteristic style of Anita Westin

A wonderful  composition of Margarete Gilge

and an original C-View of Christine Courtois:

Many thanks to Lori, Anita, Margaret, and Christine for these unique drawings on which you have used my patterns in such a nice way!!!

Every week I follow watertherapy and  I always see the same people. In addition to working on the condition, I can refine every week “my French “. My mother tongue is Dutch but here in the south of Belgium French is the language. Very often I make a chat with the friendly Kristina, original from Poland who is a big fan of country music. I promised to finish this blogpost  with a countrysong and chose “country roads” by John Denver,  nicely brought by Nek Fernández and Kevin Staudt:

 Nothing is more beautiful to me than pure nature…  It is our responsibility to keep it that way for future generations (wild flowers in Umbria-Italy)

 

 What touches you, shows you the next step

Ciao

 

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 Zentangle.com.  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!

As promised, first a bit more about the unique train routes in Switzerland. For a long time I wanted to do that, but it was always postponed… And then it was finally so far…

The Bernina Express  is classified by Unesco as a World Heritage  and shows you in a very comfortable way the most beautiful landscapes of Switzerland. I started this experience in the small authentic village of Bergün (Graubünden).

Aaaaah! Oooooh!

A smile, a wink, a conversation… If you want to do that when  you are travelling alone, you can meet many people and have a lot of fun.  Everyone enjoyed the fantastic train ride that brought us through spectacular views to  Italy (Tirano).  After a break of a few hours we drove back towards Switzerland. Due to the long, severe winter there was still a lot of snow on the tops, but the alpine pastures were already flourishing under a radiant spring sunshine.

During my stay, both in Graubünden and in Wallis, I discovered many well-known “tangles ” on the facades of the houses. With some lookup work you can certainly nominate them:

 

 

After a few quiet days in that tiny little village I left with the Glacierexpress  to Zermatt.  This route also offers breathtaking views  in a pleasant atmosphere. This calmer period lies between the much busier winter and summer seasons and the prices are lower. The trains are not yet fully occupied, there is a lot of space to move around and I like to make a chat with fellow travellers coming from all parts of the world.

 

 

If you are in Zermatt, it is absolutely a must to book a ride on the steepest train in the world that takes you to Gornergrat , located at 3089 meters altitude.  As a reward you will get a fantastic view of the Matterhorn and the surrounding massif. This was the absolute highlight and purpose of the trip.

On the picture below the top of the Matterhorn is just hiding behind the clouds but that was only a very short time. I recognize this particular mountain from thousands and I am glad and gratefull I finally saw this beautifull giant in reality. He surpassed all my expectations!!!

It was possible to travel from Liège in one trek to Bergün but this seemed too heavy for me (because of the long sitting). That’s why I chose   for an extra night in Freiburg , the capital of the “Black Forest” with a very attractive “Altstadt ” and certainly worth a visit.

10 minutes before the return journey, there was an unexpected obstacle on the rails in  Freiburg, which caused that all trains got delay. Directly long queues of nervous people appeared in front of the information counters. The tracks and seals constantly changed.We all had to keep attention  to become on the right train and the right track on time. You felt the tension rising everywhere.  I don’t like busy places anyway… and the temperatures literally ran very high that day.  Coming back home safely gave a pleasant feeling of satisfaction. After an extensive story and a long night’s rest I started the next day full of new energy to the familiar life of every day, in which drawing plays an important role…

My first work was a contribution for Annette’s 13 th Mosaïcproject. When merging some tiles I discovered a nice surprise: unexpectedly, one of my own patterns Tupi appeared.  Below a copy that Annette sent me. If you would like to see more results with all participants, please click on this link:

Later, entries for Joey, Adele and Laura followed. As I wrote before, I regularly follow them.  By joining, you continually learn  new patterns, create new combinations and compositions,… Your technique concernning connecting tangles, making shadows and using colors improves. The drawings below were both drawn using the same template. The first drawing was made in the period when I  started to tangle. The second tile has been created very recently.  If I will  do this challenge again next year, my drawing would look completely different. I like that, there’s always movement.

 

 

If you  have difficulties to choose your tangles, please surf to www.tanglepatterns.com or Elatorium  . These sites have great databases and also offer different challenges.  Also on facebook you can find challenges but it is impossible to make them all, and that is not necessary. You have to make choices. Just choose which challenge you like and then go for it, even if it’s just for yourself.

With regard to the colours, I occasionally browse through a magazine and/or take a look at the Internet for new clothing collections. Most certainly you will find inspiration to compose a nice colour palette.

Below I posted a  contribution from Margarete Gilge  which she made for one of Ela’s daily challenges.  It’s a lovely composition with beautiful variations on Ilac, Egyp and Bunny Border, made on a gorgeous pastel coloured watercolor background.

Occasionally I also look  on Pinterest where I have found  this unique work of a (for me) unknown artist. It reminds me very much of one of my own patterns on which a variation is made. Do you recognize this tangle in the middle of the tile?

More and more people love tangling and every day you see new patterns popping up.  I like to admit that I’m also regularly “on the hunt”.  In the Art Nouveau and Art Deco  I have already found inspiration.   Also now I have formed a new tangle, based on the picture below.

Immediately, my eye felt on the Hexagon, hence the name and after some drawing I came to the following motif. It has become completely different than on the original image. It is very important to draw the small hexagons as similar as possible to the same height. Then you can easily connect them and it becomes very simple to form the (double) squares that you can fill up. Below you see 3 variations. Another option is to leave Hexa transparent and to draw a different tangle behind it. That way gives more depth and that’s what I did it in a composition of Hexa, Safflower, Dewd, Msst en Nik.

Hexa can also be drawn as a kind of framework that can be filled with different tangles and/or fragments. Just like on the  Zendalatile, I have drawn on grey paper with a black pen and finished with a touch of colour (pencils) and the inseparable white (gellypen and charcoal). On my tile I used the following patterns: Cheers, Olin, 2c Ribbon and the new pattern LZ by Anita Westin:

and one more, just for fun to finish with a composition of Tripple Tipple, Adalfa, Ditto, Blooming Butter, Msst, Golven, CO2 and Hexa.

To get in touch with other cultures can sometimes be very enriching. Some people have more talent than others to be happy, they are not perfect but honest and don’t want to harm or dominate others.  I sincerely admire those attitudes.

Enjoy the  music, the colours  (with even here and there a tangle), the immersive rhythm and the cheerful atmosphere on this joyful video clip of Sona Jobarteh from  Gambia:

I wish everyone wonderfull summerdays, the talent to enjoy the moment and to listen to your heart!