Also from Instagram, the fake world where many people try to get as much likes and followers as possible, is something I don’t wanna be part of it anymore.
Zentangle art should be a meditative drawing style but it isn’t anymore. It has become a competiton and I don’t like that at all. People steal idea’s and tangles from each other give them a different name and pretend they are theirs…
So I say goodbye, and wanna thank all followers, all visitors and especially the people who wrote me a personal e-mail. I wish you all the best!
A few weeks ago, everyone who would come to the CZT reunion, received a pre-printed tile that should be tangled. I chose to fill with Adalfa, Shattuck, Crescent Moon, AHH , Barberpole and Dooh Dah and colored the asterisk with a golden gel pen:
With all these tiles the organisators made a festive mosaic . Unfortunately, I didn’t judge the distance correctly while shooting, but you still get a good impression of this magical result:
When I opened the door of the cosy hotel, I got a warm welcome by Ela Rieger. Immediately I felt the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere!
For each participant, an original recognition badge was created. We could quickly address each other by the first name:
It was a nice surprise to meet so many motivated tanglers, whom I already knew virtually. I met two Belgian ladies, Els Bruelemans from the Flemish part and Françoise Drouven from the French part. I had a nice chat with both of them. I would have liked to have taken more pictures but didn’t have my camera with me all the time… I am already looking forward to a report (including a group photo) in the newsletters of Zentangle.com en Conzentric! Below I posted a few pictures of pleasant moments!
with Lisette Hofer from Switzerland:
with Tomàs Padros from Spain:
with Anoeska Waardenburg from the Netherlands:
With Anika Gabrovec from Croatia and Ela Rieger from Germany, (I look a little concerned because the previous pictures didn’t want to succeed and Anika just knocks her eyes down, but Ela, on the other hand, looks radiant!!!)
Of course, we had a lot of time to meet each other but we also “had” to tangle! Together, both newcomers and “elderly,” we have drawn that Sunday in harmony with each other, accompanied by a great American/German team. Rick, Maria, Molly and Martha had come across to accompany the attendees together with Ela, Jennifer and Katharina! A sense of connectedness gave us all an energy boost and beautiful work was delivered.
Almost every chair was occupied when I walked in. However, I found another place next to this friendly lady from Marburg: Nicole Lehmann:
Step by step we made a nice composition. We started together with the favorite of Maria: Mooka. The first four points were filled with Zander and Pokeleaf. Then the four points behind followed with Jonqual. In other areas you can recognize Diva Dance, a stretched Printemps and Shattuck. I tangled in deep concentration and had actually already drew two areas too much, so there was no room for Ela’s last tangle anymore. That was a pity! I’m so sorry. Than the letter Z would come on top of the composition, but I have put these Z in a “wrong” direction. You know mistakes don’t exist in Zentangle art and each “error”can be adjusted. My Z became an N, followed by the other letters of the four wind directions.(in Dutch) Afterwards these letters were embedded. Here too you can see a little misunderstanding. Molly assured me, that this result was unexpected but nice too. The intention was to decorate outwards and I did it just in the opposite way on the inside. At home I worked further on the shading and filled the circle a little more with CO2, Quandary, AHH enRaindotty’s :
During the session, everyone had received a “Bijou” on which we only had to fill half a part. Later they were picked up and redistributed. In this way, everyone got a mini tile that had started by a fellow student. The intention was to complete and to send a mail to the starter. Below you can see the first half, made by Gabriele Joppien and the finished tile that was supplemented with Ovolution and a few Tipples:
I hope to get also soon an e-mail too from someone who has received my half-tangled bijou!
Tired, but satisfied I returned home monday after breakfast. Rob waited for me. After a small walk with the doggies it felt good to be back home. With a warm herbal tea I told Rob my experiences and let the beautiful memories come back… A quiet evening followed. Tomorrow there would be again time for tangling…
By this way, I wanna thank everyone who was involved in this beautiful experience!!!
As I wrote earlier, both of them “Square One purely Zentangle” and “Today’s tangles, keeping it classic,”ask to use only black and white on their challenges. That’s why I put a few drawings below that I have already submitted but gave a little color:
Morf, Bluebonnets, Field of Flowers, Gingo, CO2 en Pozer:
Static, Tipple, Tripoli en ‘N Zeppel:
My search for new tangles continues. In the picture below you can see an Italian floor from an old wine cellar. I don’t know the exact period but I liked it and I immediately saw a nice pattern in it:
Montepulciano is an excellent Italian wine. Some letters before and back were deleted and Ulci appeared. It’s not a difficult pattern, but one that requires concentration. The circles must be drawn nicely and equally large. The same distance between the circles is also important to get the result of the photo. In step 4, make sure that you don’t draw the dashes too long and that the bottom starts at the tip (see step 3) The other line runs parallel. In step 5, you realize that everything comes together nicely. Many variations are possible, both in the strokes and in the circles…
With the coming end of the year, this video may help you to make your table even more beautiful with these original ideas of folding napkins:
And one more small video that show some nice things to create a festive dessert with chocolate:
Maybe a little bit too early, but with all my heart I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. A year where satisfaction plays a great role!!! Not everything always goes the way we would like it, but if you take a break for a moment, you realize that there is really so much to be satisfied…
In addition to the beautiful mosaics of Annette Plaga , I find the monthly Zendalamoments a pleasant challenge. This time I chose my own tangle Ibiscu, a part of Trinity, Facet and Stircles, I finished with a white gelly pen and colored pencils:
In another version with Taiga of Tomàs Padros :
And now, I’m looking forward to the seventh project pack that will arrive soon and it really looks great!
Years ago, For the first time at a Christmas market in the small German Monschau, I heard the beautiful sounds of a hang. Coincidentally, I talked with Ela about this kind of music at dinner. I thougt why not showing in this post a nice piece of hanging music: “Carol of the Bells”, brought by Vasilis Vasiliou:
With great pleasure I followed once again a workshop of “Painting with beeswax ” at the Banyan tree . You can find many instructive demonstrations on the Internet, but the best is always following a real workshop! I like to open this post with a few small paintings. I have “hidden” them behind cards in which openings were made:
In the meantime I have purchased a starter kit to experiment a bit. Such a kit usually contains the iron, various colours of beeswax and a few sheets of paper, intended for this technique. You can buy this material on-line or in specialised stores for an amount between 50 and 60 Euro…
In The video below you can see how you have to use the iron. The artist is speaking German but it is possible to follow quite well! I honestly admit that it seems easier than it is but after some practice, you will achieve beautiful results:
Soon I can blow out 65 candles and you see, I have already found my gift. I am not a party beast and prefered to make a trip together with the children for that occasion. It became Gran Canaria . Rob does not like to travel and he took care of our four-legged roommates. Bram, Bruno, Nathalie and I enjoyed this beautiful island, the sun and the sea. It gave us a wonderful summery feeling and a real boost before diving into the Belgian autumn:
Computer and drawing stuff were left at home. Especially swimming, hiking and exploring the island, took the most time. Once more, spotting the wild dolphins in their natural habitat was so nice… Grateful for this adventure we returned home where Rob was waiting for us. At home, the daily routine returned quickly… Being able to do the things you like, can give beautiful moments too… It shouldn’t always be extraordinary, just ordinary can be good too!!!
Most of us are daily busy in the kitchen and that’s why I posted the next movie. Valuable kitchen tips for everybody are shown:
The first challenge I noticed after my homecoming, was the monthly “Fullmoonchallenge ” by Hanny Nura. Below you see my contribution. I posted this zendala also on Facebook and Instagram.
Besides the specified string, Hanny proposed to use Maria’s new tangle Hollis. In addition, I opted for Ruutz, CO2 and Caviar. In the middle circle I have used a small stamp to give a bit a the “Halloween feeling”.
Also Annette Plaga put her tenth “Zendalamoments ” on line and this nice template gave me a pleasant afternoon:
On this zendala I chose pink, grey, white and purple shades. The string was filled with the following tangles: S-Pod, Tipple, Edie, Lola, Oysteroid, Maryhill and Cogwheel. Just like on the previous Zendala, white and black pens were used. This process was demonstrated during the videos of Project Pack 6!
“Challenges” come and go and unfortunately, after 6 years also Adele Bruno (hopefully temporarily) takes a break. I would like to thank her again along this road. Hours of drawing, new knowledge and beautiful tiles were the result of years of her dedication.
Regulary I try to join Square One and Today’s tangles. The admins asked to draw in black/white, but both facebookgroups have an additional page on which colored work can be placed. This tile with Sikito can be found in black/white on “Square One, purely Zentangle “. For myself I have given this drawing a bit of colour:
And I did that also on this tile, the first challenge of Inktober 2019 with the requested tangle Printemps:
Every day new tangles are popping up and it still fascinates me to compose new patterns. Therefore, I would like to propose Ibiscu. The pattern is based on the motif in the following marble floor tiles. The orchid and the Hibiscus are my favourite flowers. I really can’t tell which of the two I prefer. In the living room there is always a flowering orchid and in our garden, every year a purple Hibiscus is blooming! The H and the S were deleted from Hibiscus and Ibiscu emerged.
Like my previous patterns, Ibiscu is very simple and can be drawn in just 3 steps, both as a frame, pendulum or in a grid (regulary or irregulary) Of course you can find different variations on this one. I have attached 3 examples:
In October there was every day another challenge on-line. A bit too much for me. In addition to an entry with Printemps, I made a tile with Ratoon, Tripoli (filled with Crescent Moon), a single entry for 3 days (October the 25 th. the 26 th. and the 27 th.)
Sometimes I have no sense or inspiration to draw and just wanna watch TV. On Netflix I found the exciting French series “Marseille ” with politics and power as subject. The soundtrack intrigued me immediately: YaSidi, brought by Orange Blossom. Music can bring people together. That’s wonderful. This group was founded in Nantes in the nineties by Pierre Jean Chabot. They bring a fascinating mix between Oriental and Western influences:
To finish, I like to write some good advice from an exceptional artist: Frida Kahlo. :
We can do more than we think. Frida has had a lot of setbacks in her life but continued to go on and is therefore a source of inspiration for many.
Turn pain into something beautiful. That was the way of Frida to endure the pain she felt everyday and turned it into her art.
Don’t get too attached to your plans. Frida wanted to be a doctor but because of an accident this became impossible. Where one door was closed, a new one opened and therefore she gave her herself and us something beautiful.
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.
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
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.
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:
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 thislink.
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
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:
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,
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).
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.