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:

This picture was taken in the botanical garden in the green north of the island.
The south is much drier and warmer but also the dunes in Maspalomas with the ocean in the background are gorgeous!
On this terrace we enjoyed breakfast and dinner. The view on the beautiful garden, the beach and the blue ocean was overwhelming.
And another picture, taken while walking beneath the colourful Bougainvillea in the streets of the fishing village of Puerto de Mogàn

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. I saw magical results and below you see my contribution I also posted on Facebook and Instagram (I will only use this account for Hanny Nura’s challenges) I don’t want to be too dependent of social media.

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: Ya Sidi, 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.

Warm regards from Belgium and until next time,

Ria

Recently, I.A.S.T. celebrated the sixth anniversary. Thanks to Adele, I have learned so much and I am grateful that Decoo was one of the proposed patterns for this special challenge! I wish Adele many happy birthdays, both for herself and for her zentanglecreation I.A.S.T.

During the summer I tangled a lot in the coolness of the living room. The intense heat and dryness of July were not comfortable for human/animal and terrible for nature… Also in Belgium, we failed early harvesting due to the lack of rain. On the moors in our area, several pieces were depraged prematurely. Luckily, August brought the much needed rain and the damage remained limited. Refreshing rain showers gave off delicious scents and intense purple colored fields emerged.

A very special surprise was a first modest harvest of figs from our own garden. In August, we could eat daily fresh figs from our little tree and we liked them very much!

Summer or winter, it doesn’t matter. Drawing is my hobby and every week I follow faithfully the new patterns that appear on different databases. A nice recent pattern is Windmills and that’s why I have placed a tile with this tangle, together with my Mazorito and ‘ N Zeppel in the background.

Also Line Dance was a discovery. It is a tangle which can fill a whole tile and it can give a nice depth with a little shade. I combined it with Double Double:

In addition to the real tanglework, I continue searching for new patterns and I like to introduce my two recent patterns. The first one Espe (the translation from mirror to Portuguese is Espelho) is based on an Art Deco Mirror. It’s very simple and I think it’s especially nice when you draw it in the round, that is exactly what I did. This pattern appeared yesterday on www.tanglepatterns.com!

For the second pattern I have found inspiration in the colourful dress, the lady wears on the picture below. This pattern gives different possibilities. You can draw it single, double or in a group and you can get a nice 3D effect. The name Ondola is derived from the Portuguese ondulado which means wavy. Some words sound better to me in another language, hence my choices. The general rule is that no existing words for new tangles are chosen, so it is always a little searching…but I like that!

Occasionally I can’t let it to share a video with you that appeals to me and often that is an experiment with watercolour paint. In the video below, the artist shows us how you can obtain a unique result with a few simple tools.

Something completely different is painting with beeswax. I recently attended a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the magical results that this technique can bring on your paper! The colored beeswax is applied on a special iron, after which you can iron it on a paper with a coating layer. By applying different techniques you can conjure big differences in your work …

I show you one of my results, made during this first workshop:

A small impression of what artists can do with this stuff:

Annette Plaga asked for her 18 the Mosaic project to supply two tiles, one with a gemstone. Below you see my contribution and one of the mosaics, composed with the tiles of all participants. Every time, it is a pleasant surprise to see how Annette sets up her unique mosaics. Also her monthly “Zendalamoments” are always fascinating.

Another discovery were Hanni Nura‘s monthly “Full Moon challenges “. The submitted results are beautiful. A while ago, Hanni proposed to make a drawing in a window. The tile I recently sent to Square one (when “All boxed up ” was central) was created, inspired by this idea:

On Square one you are asked to use only a black pencil and pen on a white standard tile but I like colours and therefore I have made another tile, also inspired by the idea of Hanni but now finished with coloured pencils:

I couldn’t get enough of it and this time I chose the shape of a rose window. The drawing is not colored because it was also sent to Square one but afterwards I coloured it for fun for myself.

I like to make tiles that were inspired by earlier art movements. The above drawing is a clear example of the Gothic period!

To finish, I have found a special piece of music in the title song of the series “Medeci, masters of Florence ” In The video you can discover the beautiful art from the Renaissance. An art form that has remained frequently present in Florence and which annually lures millions of tourists to this city. Maybe it’s time to look for a nice pattern from that time!!!

I am sure that autumn brings us new inspiration and I wish every one happy moments in this new season!

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

01. May 2019 · 2 comments · Categories: Blog en

A few days after submission, Javik was already published on Tanglepatterns.com. That was a nice surprise that I didn’t expect. Javik is my new pattern based on a motif I saw on a batik fabric. Batiks means many dots in Javanese. It is a way to provide a woven fabric with paint with a decoration. It is a very old art form, there are even found fabrics of more than 2000 years in the Middle East, India and Central Asia.

Batiks are mainly done in Indonesia, especially in Java. Hence the name I chose. Since 2009, batiks are added on the list of Heritage of humanity by Unesco. On www.tanglepatterns.com. you can see the movie of the Unesco in the presentation of the pattern.

Below you see a wonderful example of such a batik fabric:

And on this picture you will find in the triangles the motif on which Javik was based:

With a little practice, Javik can become an easy but versatile pattern. I have chosen to draw always 4 leaves. It is important to draw them in the correct order (hence the figures). If you draw in the opposite direction, the order of the leaves is of course the other way around. At the first variation I first drew the leaves with pencil, then it is easy to draw a jagged line with the pen. The dots are typical of batik art. Javik can be used as a framework, a pendulum, just in itself but also together with many of them…

In the above example you see Javik in company with Frickle, Printemps, Icantoo and Fescu, the open spots were filled with Perfs.

In The example below I have placed Javik between four original tangles of Maria Thomas: Drawings, Fescu, Msst and Tipple. Perfs were also signed here.

Completely different are the 2 tiles below, made for Square one. After publishing, I coloured them and that gives a very different result instantly:

On this tile you see a combination of Sonnenband and Edie:

And for this mission, Raphael is central, surrounded by Barberpole, Sandswirl, Lenche, Mooka, Lily’s eyes, Snail and Patience:

Recently, the videos for the Project Pack 5 have come on-line. Beautiful examples were shown for creating frames around photos. My favorite was the video of Molly Hollibaugh:

Just as Molly did, I worked off my tile that was eligible for both Square one and I.A.S.T. 288. Below you’ll see both: Black/white for Square One and colored for Adele. The used tangles are Mooka, Tulipa and Javik.

The tile below is also inspired by a video of the Project Pack 5. In second hand shops you can sometimes find fun things for little prices. They can come in handy for anything and everything. I found, for only 2 Euros, this necklace that I put on a card and then “decorated ” in the same ways as on the tiles abough:

And to close this short post, I’ve found 2 more nice movies. On the first one you can see how to prepare a fresh summer snack in an instant:

The second film shows how to use acrylic paint to create beautiful floral motifs on your sheet with your fingers. It seems simple. I haven’t tried it yet but I am sure that I will experiment some day:

Being part of Annette’s mosaics, is always special and a nice experience. To finish, I placed a pic of one of her wonderful mosaics of the last series:

I wish you as much pleasure as those animals who went outside for the first time after a long winter, back into the delicious green…

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