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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Marianne sent me a very successful result:

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 Rodrigo Amarante composed the beautiful soundtrack: Tuyo

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

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

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

Aaaaah! Oooooh!

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

At the moment, spring shows us her beautiful face.  More light and fresh colors give us new energy and everywhere  young life appears…

This “fresh look” can also be incorporated into your tiles. The following work has been created by Wud, Peek-a-boo Daisy, N’Zeppel and Copada.

Below you see a picture of the colorful African fabric on which one of my  patterns is based. Zimba  is in fact just a  simplyfication of this motif.

For the tile below, I have consulted the Primer, chapter 7 “Reticula and Fragments”.  I  have chosen reticula  R-H2, AKA “Zenbuttom”.  The fragments are  F16, B15, H1, D23 and my own Zimba.  The beautiful white glow that you get by a charcoal is better visible on ink than on coloured pencils. In chapter 7 you will find different possibilities about this fun way of Zentangleart . Previously I have shown a few examples . Countless variations can be made with these reticula and fragments. Also different tangles, including Zimba, can be used to fill the reticula.”

Again, I surfed to “African fabrics”… and almost immediately  I have found this beautiful picture:

The pattern is based on the well-known Scottish Paisleymotif . There are already a few tangles in which you recognize this pattern, f.ex.. Flux, Cruffle, Paisley-Boa… Yet, this tangle is just a bit different. The two opposite “Paisley’s ” hover ” In my pattern separate from each other and the elongated “tails” are connected by a little curl. I like  African colors and that’s also the name I gave to this new tangle: ILAC.

You can easily add “something extra”, as you can see in the variations. The African fabric is full of these motivs but I find Ilac very beautiful as a pendulum or as a border, which can be formed both in the square and in the round.  It is a very simple pattern that you can also fill or color. With a thicker black marker you can give a little roundness and  with a white gellypen you can give the pattern  a beautiful “highlight”.

With these cheerful  combinations of Ilac and Amy Baby, Susi NG  surprised me again on her blog.

Below, I formed a mandala of Ilac (and Flux) in the outer ring, Shell X Cape in the second ring and Cruffle in the middle.

Mandala. is Sanskrit for circle  and is always a two-dimensional drawing. The concept has a Hindu origin but is also widely used in Tibetan Buddhism. These mandalas consist of 3 parts. The outer ring stands for secession and protection from the daily world., the world of suffering and eternal reincarnation.  The middle circle suggests different stages of realizing the lighting. The middle means the realization (you often find Buddha or another enlightened being).  Believers can enter the mandala in their mind and visualize their own enlightenment.

A Buddhist Mandala:

Also in the Christian tradition the mandala appears, for example in famous rose windows of cathedrals. Below you see a mandala in Notre Dame en Chartres in France.

 

I like drawing in a circle. Occasionally I chose to work on the preprinted Zendalatiles.  But of course, you can also invent all sorts of compositions. Below  Blossom 1, Hilgabo, Columbine, Jetties, Tipple and Toodles formed my compositon but this tile is definitely not a mandala:

Even though this tile has a black background, I don’t think it’s gloomy. Black often provides a nice contrast and is easy to combine, both with white and grey as well as with other colours. Therefore, I use it very regularly in my work. Adding a little bit of color to a tile that was mainly in black and white is often my favorite.

After a long winter, we finally  get back higher temperatures and that gives a real boost.  Most Belgians are quite satisfied but we usually don’t live so long  as  the people on the Japanese island of Okinawa.  Studies have shown that several factors contribute to receive a very high age: a pleasant climate, good living and eating habits, little stress and satisfaction. The elders of Okinawa move a lot. Tai Chi is practised daily and also gardening is experienced as very soothing. The islanders drink little alcohol and eat almost no meat or dairy but a lot of vegetables, sweet potatoes, whole wheat products, legumes and fruits, seaweeds, rice/soy with an occasional egg or a little bit of fish.

A pilot project for the cultivation of seaweed is running off the coast of Belgium. This plant is a real “power food “, is packed full of sustainable meat replacements and our best chefs are experimenting to develop new dishes. It could be a very important part of our daily diet. The world is changing at a high rate in all aspects of life, also our dietary habits are subject to changes…

Two lucky people (100 plus), living in Okinawa:

For the most of us this way of life is not so evident. We usually lead a sedentary life and don’t move  enough. We are more stressed, many have a “to do” list that definitely needs to be finished. We often put (too) high demands on others and ourselves… and we have totally different dietary habits… But change is always possible… Rick and Mary would say: ” Anything is possible, one stroke at the time “.

Not every minute should be productive.  An evening stretched out for the TV, reading an exciting book in one trek or just lazing around… that should not lead to feelings of guilt because of “lost time”, on the contrary.   Sometimes, we just need to  slow down.

Not everyone can/will  make time to work in the garden.  I don’t have green fingers but yet I find it nice  to use fresh herbs from our own mini garden. The use of fresh ingredients lifts your hot and cold dishes to a higher level. The bins on the picture below require little space, work and maintenance. It gives a good feeling to  go outside and pick some tasty herbs to  use them immediately in your dishes…

 

However, drawing is for me the most important activity, I have written it several times. I like to participate in challenges because I can learn a lot, but I don’t see it as a must and it’s not a competition for me. Regularly I skip a time… However, I found Adele’s 239 th challenge very special.  She proposed to make a combination of Fasset, Flec and my pattern Tupuk. That was  a pleasant surprise and I started drawing immediately:

And again after the appearance of the results I was very happy to discover so many beautiful tiles in which TUPUK was integrated. If you would like to see the other entries, surf to Adele’s site. I’m grateful to have seen so many beautiful variatons of Tupuk. On the picture below you see the work of Adele herself. Please notice that beautiful shading!

Occasionally I even combine two challenges in a single drawing, but Michelle Wynne  is a real specialist. Every week she shows us an example on her  beautiful blog post. Below you see a combination of Adele’s and Joey’s challenge. As usual, beautifully done with a very nice TUPUK!

Besides drawing, cooking, reading and hiking, I enjoy listening to beautiful music. Therefore,  I would like to finish this post with a special sound, a combination of a harp and an Ocarina

This music was used in the video game Zelda:

I ‘ve had a short break and  will write some more about this very special and wonderful  trainadventure in a next blogpost.

 

I wish everyone the best and until June!

A new season has begun  and you can also notice that on the new tiles, appearing on the Internet…

In the Zendala below I have tried to bring in a little bit of that spring feeling. This work is made on a background of light watercolors and Bister powder. That is why you see, if you look very closely, here and there another tiny spot, created by the Bister powder. Furthermore, you will discover also Courant, Finery, Peeks, Buttercup en Cross-ur-heart.

In some parts of the world, springtime is simply spectacular. Have a look on  the immense blossoms in this time of the year in southern China.

Also in our small densely populated country the period of the blossoms on the countryside is beautiful. In the fruit region around Sint Truiden, many “blossomroutes” are organized. You can choose:  on foot, by bicycle or by car. It might be less spectacular than in China but definitely worth a visit. Afterwards, enjoying of an artisanal beer and  a little snack on a terrace, all Belgians love that! Especially when the sun is back after a long winter.

I love the changing of the seasons and every year again, I am impressed by the nature that wakes up  .. I never get bored of this spectacle and that is the same for Zentangleart. That was love at first sight and still is.  I draw almost every day and with each drawing I learn something.

Meanwhile with Tupuk and Tupi I have made ten tangles. But what does that mean , a real tangle?

Doodling and tangling are often compared with each other, but there is  a big difference. Doodling means drawing thoughtless and you do not form regularly recurring patterns. Tangling on the other side, means you have to  draw patterns  (tangles) and it’s important to focus well. That’s why this activity is a real mindfulness exercise: you  have to keep your thoughts on your work that you are doing at that moment. It was never easy for me to concentrate  and my thoughts ‘wander’ easily but during Zentangledrawing, I succeed and the hours just fly away … Because you have to be so focused on what you are doing , the founders added  the word zen on tangle.

In their view, a tangle must be abstract, there is no top or bottom,  the pattern must be simple and elegant, available for everyone and made without a spirit of competition as a target. Just enjoying of what you are doing is important!

Below I have put Tupuk and Tupi in the spotlights: Why I have chosen these names, you can discover on www.tanglepatterns.com

 

Very recently after the appearance of Tupuk I saw the pattern popping up in a beautiful, original composition of the four elements made by Lisa  She chose the following tangles to create her tile: Fire (Sunspots and  Inapod), Air (Sandswirl), Water (Crest V2) and Earth (Tupuk). It  made me glad because it is a wonderful work and the patterns are  drawn in a gorgeous way. Thank you very much Lisa!

 

On this tile,  Susie  shows Tupi, drawn as a monotangle on a fresh  green background, I’m absolutely crazy about it … thank you Susie!

 

There is always movement and that is good. Even in the Zentangleworld, interesting news constantly pops up, but it is impossible to follow everything and know every tangle. As I wrote earlier, I am  not active on any social media. I can not and will not spend more time in front of the computer. Changing habits and moving is very important for me to stay in a better condition.

Zentangleart is my hobby, not my work and there are no obligations. I’m drawing because I’m fond of it and don’t see it as a competition. When I start a tile, I use my personal legend with favorite tangles  and make choices. That legend grows weekly by adding new patterns that I discover on challenges, in the various databases, on blog posts and newsletters … Everywhere in the world, people are busy to create new tangles to bring more variety  in this fun drawing … It continues to fascinate me and making new tangles has become a new challenge.

Quite unexpectedly, a few weeks ago, I saw a movie popping up, in which  was shown how to draw C-view. on a coloured background. I like it very much and  thank Alexandra Diaz again for this  pleasant surprise!

You can still discover many ‘traveling tiles’ popping up at different sites. I wrote about it in previous posts. Again I have made a swap with Francine Huygens. She also attended a seminar in Providence and she too is bitten by the ‘Zentanglemicrobe’. Unfortunately she recently broke her ankle and had to take it easy for a long time but today she is completely recovered. Below you can see my 2 starters,  finished by Francine. I started Well on the first tile. Francine finished the tile with a nice frame on which she attached Pokeleaf and Msst, you can see also Stringrose, Cruffle, Festune, and even Bijou is there..

On the black tile I started with the simple Stircles in which Francine introduced a nice variation of Cyme.

Below you see the 2 starters of Francine. On the first tile she started with Diva Dance and Antidots and I complemented with more Diva Dance, Bubbles, Tipple, Curly Bracket Feather, Field of Flowers, Mosi and a variation on O.

   

On this black tile Francine started with Sandswirl and I finished the tile with a variation on Cogwheel, Pozer, Tipple and Featering S Curve.

I  always like traveling tiles and I will probably make them more in the future … Thank you very much Francine for this pleasant collaboration. She has a facebook and twitteraccount where you can find more of her work.

Recently Annette Plaga’s  12th mosaic appeared and here, I also chose fresh spring colors and uncomplicated tangles: Blooming Butter, Cogwheel, and a mix of Meer and Beebug. I gave  Blooming Butter a sunny yellow colour and  made a small mosaic of my contribution. You can still participate until the 4 th of April and mid-April you can admire the different results that Annette will publish on her site with employees from all over the world! Every time again, I am amazed how everyone  draws different tangles and how beautiful these pieces  fit together in a large mosaic, designed by Annette. Thank you Annette for this cool and beautiful project!

 

Finally it is time  to change the winter clothes for something more airy. I have been a fan of Ivko for many years. This clothing is originally from Serbia where a grandson sold grandma’s jackets on the local market. They people loved them and soon  a first store was opened.  Ivko became increasingly popular and at the moment, there are more than 500 stores all over the world. The typical Ivko motifs often remind me of Zentangle patterns. Some are (for me) a bit too exuberant but usually I find every year a little “tresor” that I can not resist … A jeans, a t-shirt and an Ivko cardigan form together my favorite outfit. Ivko has a Fair trade and Eco label. The jackets  are not really cheap but even after years, they remain unique and during the sales,  great discounts are given. The sizes are slightly smaller than with other brands.Zalando and Amazon also have a big choice of these clothings.

To finish, this time no music video but a glimpse into the colorful, magical world of Ivko:

The next blog post will appear in May. Stay tuned, keep on tangling and enjoy the springtime!

 

 

On March  the17 th,  the start of the twelfth mosaic of Annette Plaga will be published on her site.  It’s nice to see your own tile, integrated  in the great work, composed with participants from all over the world.  After the publication, Annette sends all employees a small personal copy.. I appreciate this very much and I am glad to contribute to  such a beautiful project.

Last time the inspiration was found at Escher . I am, like so many others, very impressed of his work. Below I have placed my small personal mosaïc:

Used tangles:Tipple, Bubbles, 5C Aura, Hollibaugh, Lenche, Toodles, Batumber, fragment K14 en D14, Footlikes, Ovolution, NKD.

Of course you can recognize the recurring lizard pattern. This elegant little critter is regularly shown on the most different spots. The famous Gaudi  lizard  in the colourful Park Guell in Barcelona is perhaps the most famous specimen:

 

February was cold and dry but even at this (for us Belgians) low temperatures the sun did her best and that was wonderful after all the rain of the last months. And soon  real spring will be there.

This little black panther has come into our lives unexpectedly. She was wild and starving, and we didn’t have the heart to chase her away. We made a sheltered place for her and give her food regularly. We lured her into a cage and brought her to the vet for vaccinations and a sterilization and now she has become “ours”. Every day she comes friendly to say hello but at the moment, she doesn’t want to be touched, yes she’s really a bit wild but that will change, I’m sure.. Miles and Jools are jealous and they don’t like her but Rob and I do!

Around Easter, I regularly think of the famous “Fabergé eggs”.  In The Russian Orthodox tradition, Easter has always been a major feast day.  In 1885, Tsar Alexander III instructed the jeweller Fabergé to make an Easter egg for his wife: the Empress Maria Feodorovna. She was delighted with this special gift and from then on, every year a new egg was made for her, one more precious than the other. After the Tsar’s death, his son Nicholas II continued this tradition… He gave an egg each year to his mother but also to his wife… After the revolution, the eggs were scattered all over the world. Each egg is worth several million Euros. In real life I have never seen an original one but I have found some pictures of authentic Fabergé eggs:

My tiles are less exclusive but iI enjoyed to make them on the occasion of Easter:

Used tangles in the first tile: Printemps,  Cellu, Cogwheel, Knightsbridge, Buttercup, Celluline, Spoolies, Flukes, Mashed, Hybrid and Soluna

Used tangles in the second drawing: Diva Dance, Hibred, Cubine, Widgets, Stircles, Meer, River, Festune, N’Zeppel and Mosi.

Easter is a real family celebration and in Belgium  also second Easter is a paid holiday. When the sun will shine, it will be crowded on our coast or  Ardennes. We prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle and just stay at home,  enjoy a nice Easter brunch together with our children.. and of course I will try to fool my husband. It is only once a year 1 April and then it’s aloud!!!  I never kick in, but my husband is always a victim and I like that. (LOL).

A small suggestion for your Easter brunch but also tasty on a regular day: small Italian breads with real butter, filled with colourful sweet and sour vegetables and finished with a fried egg and a basil leaf:

 

The “Day of the Hearts” is again past time.  There are already a lot of heart-shaped tangles (and actually I’m not so fond of them) but during February, spontaneously my new pattern of Hidden hearts appeared. I called the pattern so because the hearts are a little bit hidden inside the tangle. Hidden Hearts is very easy to draw and many variations are possible. Below you see the stepouts and a few examples of some variations that are possible. I’m sure you can find even more:

And here are the instructions of Susie NG’s new tangle Growing Hearts:

Susie NG is, just like me, not fond of hearts and yet we have both made a new pattern with hearts. That is why I made a tile with her Growing Hearts  and my Hidden Hearts. And now I promise, the tangles with hearts will be put away for another year.

I have the following tangles drawn on a tan tile: Clob, Kogin, Growing Hearts, fragment Z6, Hidden Hearts, Tipple, Beadlines and  Mooka. The small squares in the frame are just a fantasy.

For this presentation I took a card of Maria Thomas.

 

Recently you could find Mistura on my blog post and it is published on “The ultimate pattern collection“. Barely a few weeks later, I discovered some great tiles on fleeting time  with my new pattern in the leading role.  I am particularly proud of what is done with Mistura. Beneath, you could see one of those tiles  in fresh spring colours, judge for yourself:

Also on Joey’s site I got a nice surprise to see  Lisa’s  wonderful Zentanglework. She made a beautiful Zendala in which she combined  Nouvart with other lovely tangles. I like it very much!!!

Something completely different was shown in the “kitchen table tangles”. Inspiration for the following tiles was found in the video below. I have made a composition of Hollibaugh, Mooka, Tipple and Jetties. Just like Rick, I have made “holes” in Hollibaugh in a way  you could see the background.  Rick and Maria call this technique: “Wholly Hollibaugh”!

and one more with Huggins, Rain en Rose:

In this video you can discover how you can make  a nice tile too with “Wholly Hollibaugh”:

 This man is longing very much for Easter  and has already hung 10,000 decorated eggs in his apple tree!

But a little less spectacular can also be fun and gives a fresh spring touch in your home:

 

“The devil is in the tail”, we are  experiencing that very well in Belgium. It is  very cold at the moment and a lot of snow has fallen this night. To stay in that magic mood, I have chosen a special song from the  high north of Europe, mounted on unique photos of that beautiful piece of nature.

Stenristarna” from Anders Hagberg:

Enough about  wintertime… I wish everyone a happy Easter and a wonderful start to the spring, keep believing in yourself that you can do it and you are already halfway. A beautiful quote by Theodore Roosevelt to end this blogpost:

 

Christmas and New Year are already far behind us and now we long for a new spring. I am always looking forward to that first terrace, the first warm sun rays, the first fresh green… and then (usually too early) putting the thick winter clothes away… Just a little bit of patience. Meanwhile, it is important to keep moving. Every day a portion of gymnastics and a small walk provide a better mood and a better condition. Afterwards, a nice hot cup of herbal tea gives an extra boost. “Winterblues”  often have to do with too little movement and too little (sun) light.

It is always easier when you have a partner than doing exercises on your own:

By hanging crystal (s) in front of the window, you can bring more light and colour into your house. The facet cut rainbow crystals allow the sunlight to be broken and produces a beautiful colour spectrum. That affects our emotions and feeling of well-being… A smile is always appearing  on my face when I see the beautiful, pure colors around me, caused by the natural sunlight.

A spectacular natural phenomenon with the lovely prismacolours: rainbow-cloud

A less spectacular but cheerful tile that gave me  fun while drawing:

Spoken, Courant, Printemps, Crazy Huggings, Tipple and Mashed

January has passed so quickly. It was pleasant to revisit the  videos of the 12 day Christmaschallenge and to try out the new tangles and techniques.

The tile below is based on the  example of Rick and Maria that was shown at the end of this video, on the seventh day:

As I have written several times, I enjoy  drawing on Prestrungtiles and especially the tancoloured ones are my favorites. Betweed, as Maria said in the accompanying video,  seems complicated at first sight but works in fact very relaxing when you understand  the tangle  and focus well. Always another stroke and rotate your tile continuously in a different direction… The “interwoven” pattern (Cogin) makes it a bit more special and to finish, I have  chosen Bubbles. The tile seems to have been drawn  in 3 layers, which is always beautiful. There are so many tangles that you can “interweave”, consult a database or your personal legend and you can create a beautiful tile.

Thanks to Rob, I can show you the same tile in other colors. Simply pushing the right button with Photoshop (Highlightfilter) and a completely different drawing emerges. For me that is like talking Chinese but he can “play” with it!

Also Paradox lends itself well to weave other patterns through. That was previously demonstrated “on-line” by Rick. In the “kitchen table tangles” he  showed how you can “weave” Diva Dance through Rick’s Paradox. I have created a tile below with Pokeroot through Rick’s Paradox and also here, there are many options to get a unique result. Only by drawing Rick’s Paradox in another direction, you already have a completely different view. I first started drawing six triangles. They form together  a nice hexagon in which I have woven Pokeroot trough  Rick’s Paradox and coloured with colourpencils.  I cut out the drawing, pasted on black paper and added some white accents. Actually very simple!

Next April it will be 40 years ago, since I met Rob. Both of us were invited to an opening of a new café by a common friend. Unfortunately, we missed the opening because both of us had a wrong date in the head and therefore we arrived a day later.  It was too early in the evening,  the café was abandoned, only Rob and I sat at the bar. I “had to talk” with that man. Immediately, there was a sparkle and now, forty years and some kilos later, we are still happy with each other…

 

Chocolate just belongs to Valentine, and not only on that day, it’s (one of) our little “quilty pleasures”,  from Rob and me.

 What do you think of this particularly apple pastry? Just like the Christmas tree of December, it is based on puff pastry, ready in an instant, very tasty as dessert and it looks beautiful and romantic. It even resembles Helen Williams new lovely tangle:: Wrapped Rose   also published on Pattern-collections.com .

Traditionally, the Romans celebrated the fertility Feast (Lupercalia) on the 15 th. February. According to the story, the names of young unmarried women were thrown into a bowl. Unmarried men were allowed to draw a name and thereby became each other’s partner. In 496, the pope forbade this pagan feast and carried out a new Christian feast around that date. February the 14 th. became the day of the “Holy” Valentine. There are several stories circulating about the life and death of this man. It is historically not proven which story is right. The most well-known is that he would have been a Roman priest who did not want to give up his faith. Shortly before his execution he would have cured the blind daughter of his warden…

In honor of Valentines Day, which is now seen as the days of the lovers, I made these drawings. You’ll recognize the following tangles: Membranart, Diva Dance, Borbz and Popsicles. The finish was done with colourpencils and a white gellypen.

For the following example, I  chose also a grey tile and started with a very nice pattern that I found recently: Hearts ‘ n Half. Then came Echoswirl, then Barberpole, Beebug, Spoolies and Shattuck. The two open corners are simply made black and filled with tiny white dots. In addition to pencils I have used my white chalk pencil and white gellypen for the “highlights”.

If I have less inspiration, I usually look to my older tiles. Of course I don’t find everything  amazing but I always find a favorite. I take that “old” tile and draw about the same composition but choose other patterns. That was the case for the drawing above. Below you’ll see my former (white) tile on which I rebased myself.

Then I chose Twile, Pearly, Fandance, Shattuck, Bamboo, Naaki, Coil and Cogwheel. It was mainly drawn with white and black, a small touch of blue and some accents  with a golden gellypen.

Even without “hearts” or “flowers”, beautiful drawings can be made for special occasions. A very nice example is this work of Jennifer Sparrow. For their twentieth wedding anniversary, she made this beautiful Opustile in pastel colours using the putty-knife method for her husband.

 

A long time ago I asked my husband: “Which Totem would you give me if you had to do that?” He said that he immediately thought of an otter: friendly, curious and always busy. I found that  a nice compliment, that I did  appreciate, hence this picture.

All followers know that I love to use  colours. However, black and white can be very special too and I would like to end this post with such an example. On the tile below, the original pattern Lee-Bee was not used as a tangle, but as a frame. To fill Lee-Bee, I chose the following tangles: Lenche, Bubbles, Fragment K14, Footlikes, Hollibaugh and Batumber.

And we finish with beautiful Irish voices.

Here is “I will find You”, brought by Clannad. (Love Theme from the last Der Mohicans)

Hang on: it’s always the darkest, just before the sunrise!

“Keep on tangling” and until next time!

 

 

When you search for “Zentangle borders” followed by “images” under Google, you’ll instantly see several examples that can inspire you to create unique frames. Inside, you can put quotes, wishes, photos, drawings, whatever you like… This tile was made on the back of “eco dyed” paper. The advantage of this technique is that you can work on both sides of the tile. On one side you will clearly see the prints of the leafs, on the backside you’ll get softer, more pastel colored shapes. You can follow the leaf motifs with tangles or you can simply draw on the “blurry” background. To you the choice!

I have seen beautiful drawings, made on eco-dyed paper on the sites of Margaret Bremner and Michelle Wynne. It is really worthwhile to discover this wonderful technique. I am certainly going to experiment more in the future.

Eni Oken’s “Framed Treasures” were a source of inspiration by making this tile. I have drawn with brown and black pens and you can see a lot of   tangles: Coil, N’Zeppel, Remo, Zander, Shattuck, Barberpole Slowpoke, Flux, Zoran-Flower, Printemps, Crescent Moon, jetties, U-too and Tipple. The finishing touch was done with grey, black and orange pencils and about the highlights: a white chalk pencil and a white gelstift always give beautiful results.

Pleasant moments can appear all of a sudden and you will find them very often in small things!

 

 

Unfortunately we do not always enjoy  beautiful things around us and find (too) much, just for granted.. This  buddhist quote will help to look in a different way:

Beauty is not only in the object you are looking at, but also in the way you look.

Mesh balls, peanuts and feeding bowls lure birds to your surroundings. They help them through this cold period and you’ll get funny winter scenes.

For many of us, a new year means a new start with good intentions that we will try to continue. On the other hand is giving up when it is necessary, also a life art. It has nothing to do with a shortage of perseverance but requires a lot of courage and it is often the only way to get a better balance in your life. Staying in regrets does not make any sense. Is the goal no longer possible, or do you not feel good in a certain situation, why  putting in still so much energy? Are there alternatives?  I’m sure there will always come other challenges to put your focus on…

We have only one life where work and free time are intertwined. Finding a good balance is different for each of us and often you have to  search… Anyone can take a certain amount of stress if a relaxing activity follows.. No one can maintain to say always yes, now and than say “no” is necessary.

Even on cold, wet, winterdays, you can discover the beauty of nature.

The well-known symbol (Yin-Yang) is an ancient Chinese concept. The outer circle stands for “Everything”, while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called “Yin” (black) and “Yang” (white). They are not completely black or white, just as the things in life are not completely black or white, but they cannot exist without each other and ensure balance.

The origine of yin/yang goes  back thousands of years. The principle was first mentioned in the I-Ching written between 700 to 1000 years BC. The shape of Yin and yang share the symbol and give a sense of the continual movement of these two energies, yin to yang and yang to yin.

Below you’ll see how easy you can make such a drawing and then fill it with your favorite patterns. There are many possibilities to design your own unique yin/yang symbol. I  like to show you a few examples:

The following drawing was made on a watercolor background with only 2 tangles: The recent tangle Abukas around the yin/yang symbol in which you  recognize Hybrid. (and of course again Tipples, I couldn’t resist to add them) On watercoloured backgrounds, I like  to make the colours a bit stronger with ordinary colourpencils.

On this tan coloured tile I’ve used the new cute tangle, created by Rick and Maria: Toodles.  It is not a real ” Renaissancetile” but just brown wrapping paper. I have cut away half of the tile and glued a black piece behind on which I tangled with white pens and finished with chalk pencils.

I’ve found this image on the Internet. It’s not Zentangleart but it’s  funny, nice and cute and therefore this ying/yang deserves a place on my blog post, especially for all the cat lovers among the followers and I know, there are  many…

Meanwhile, I ‘ve  found a new tangle. This form was used as a string on one of the Prestrung Zendalatiles but I have never seen the pattern as a tangle. Therefore, I chose the name Mistura (Portuguese for mix) it is a mixture of old and new, of eastern and western and  also of strings and tangles. It’s a very easy pattern when you follow the right steps and you can make beautiful compositions with it. You can use Mistura as a framework, as a background or combine with other motifs. This pattern looks also  nice on black tiles

The following example is drawn on a white tile and finished with ordinary pencils, besides Mistura, you can also see a variation of Nouvart, Onomato, Hybrid and the fragment K14

On this black tile, I opted for a combination of Mistura, Wud, Hybrid, Peek-A-boo-Daisy and the fragment B12. The tile was finished with white and colored chalk pencils.

I really enjoyed the unique demonstrations that Rick and Maria showed us on their blog during the 12 days before Christmas (which is accessible to everyone) I find their two new tangles Toodles and Rumpus very nice and therefore I have added a few examples of Rumpus. If you follow the guidelines, this tangle is not a difficult one  and you can use beautiful colours. My grey tile is finished with grey, black, pink, red and three different tints of blue pencils, a white chalk pencil and a white gellypen.

I discovered this gorgeous variation on Susie Ngamsuwan’s site: Fleeting time. She really has a gift to put her personal touch on every tangle.

It is only the beginning of January, the heart of  the winter but  the darkest days are already passed away.  At the end of this month, the days will have become quite a bit longer and  the sun will give us new energy…

I started with a buddhist quote and I would like to end this first post of 2018 with another one:

Whatever your past may be, your future  you make now..

Thank you all for your visits, feedback, comments, e-mails and wishes and once again, I wish everyone the best in the new year: peace, happiness, a good health and many new Zentangleadventures. Let’s have fun and now we finish this first post with a fantastic piece of music by Father Bach, brought by Vanessa Mae and the symphonic Orchestra of Bratislava.

 

 

 

Eternal Love is as absurd, as unbearable as eternal spring or eternal music. Just the changing of the seasons makes the year captivating, and for the music the silences are as important as the sounds.

Marc  Callewaert

Translation:  Let you touch today by the beauy of the silence…

Oranges and cloves belong to the autumn and are ideal to make your house smell good. With a special blade you even can cut different tangles. With a little imagination you see below Tipple, Stripes, Gordgeous, N’Zeppel and Printemps.

 

On Novembe the first, as in some other countries too, dear deceased were commemorated. The color splendor of autumn is almost gone and everything seems a bit bleaker but is that really so? Actually, I must honestly admit that I do not dislike November, on the contrary. I  like a little melancholy, silence and tranquility. These last two factors are so important in this time, full of information and noise. I don’t have a mobile phone, Ipad or smartphone, I’m not on social media and don’t mind to turn off the radio, computer and TV at all. It is wonderful to be able to go all the way in making a beautiful drawing. Just you,  your pen, your pencil, your tile (and perhaps your own legend or a book with known tangles). As I wrote before, I find the meditative aspect of this drawingstyle very important and I don’t  like the competitive element that I  see popping up more often. Every drawing, made with care and attention,  deserves appreciation according to Rick and Maria and I fully agree with that!

Below, you see two examples of uncomplicated  tiles,  made in black/white and finished with a little shade. A few lines  were simply filled, always beautiful and  everyone can do that with his own favorite tangles. I have made this tile, soon after starting tangling.

The following patterns were used: Rick’s Paradox, Hybrid, Wud, Ipso, Onomato, Andante, N’Zeppel and Tipple.

The next tile is drawn on grey paper, because I like the touches of white (charcoal and gellypen) on this kind of paper. I used Maria’s variation on Crescent Moon and a variation on Hollibaugh (Membranart)

Everyone will find his own style in this drawingart: tight, organic, white/black, colored, sober, exuberant… everything is possible. However, I have to admit that myself regularly choose to put some colors on my tiles and have a preference for organic motifs…

Uncomplicated, beautiful and colorful, so you can describe the typical art of the indigenous people of Australia. A long time ago, I followed a workshop. This dotpainting inspired me to create a few more tiles in this special style.

This picture of an unknown artist I found on the Internet. You will recognize the famous pattern Well :

A  while ago, Rick and Maria have found a very nice variation on this pattern: Well, well, well. For some, this may seem complicated at first sight but after watching the movie of Melinda Barlow you will discover how simple this beautiful tangle is and how many possibilities he offers. Always start from the same direction and turn your tile continuously.  I posted a drawing below of my Well, well, well, also in this dotpainting style.

Another authentic example of this special art in beautiful Autumn colours:

And one more in a more sober colour palette:

Below I made a composition of Undu and Printemps on a black tile:

In the following drawing you will see very clearly the pattern Dream catcher on a background of watercolor (finished with a putty knife). Mandalas are very relaxing to draw  and starting with this pattern offers many possibilities. According to an old Indian use, putting a “dream catcher” above your bed would stop nasty dreams…What a nice thought, isn’t it

Of course you can fill the different squares with your favorite tangles but  as in the above drawings I have only used Tipples.

And another dotpainting, again on a black background with Diva Dance in my head and finished with a white chalk pencil:

Very different are mosaics, but they too can always charm me. In my previous post, I showed a few that I had made with small Bijouxtiles. Annette Plaga, who recently offered a tenth challenge with her mosaic project, deserves absolutely a compliment. Each time she manages to put together an original mosaïc to which everyone can participate. Below you see my contribution. The drawn tangles are Trefoil, Petals, Clob, Fission and in the orange part: Firecracker.You can send your entry until November the 15 th and 10 days later you can admire the final results on her site.

For myself I have added a few tangles: Teenos, Zinger and Danzer and also a little more orange color.

As you know, I have to limit my tangleactivites and fewer blog posts will appear. However, I will never let go Zentangleart completely. It gives me so many beautiful moments and with sufficient variation of posture and daily stretch exercises, I can manage but not so intensive as before…

Francine Huygen, another CZT from Belgium sent me not an ordinary tile but a small, tan colored notebook on which she started tangling. A nice idea, and soon after reception, I went ahead and got it finished in autumn colors. Below you see the result.

Thank you Francine for this nice attention!

If you get older, it seems like the time goes even faster. By opposing the hour, the days become shorter and it suddenly feels like  winter. Here and there the first Christmas articles are already popping up. Christmas is an intimate family party and I don’t really like all those exaggerated glitter and glamour that  has grown around. I prefer giving a nice attention to each other and cozy being together around the table.

A tip for a gift is this little “organizer” with handle that I found on bol.com. Your pens and pencils can stand up in the different squares. This is much more convenient than putting all of your material in a box where the caps easier come off when you are searching for a particular pen. Moreover, it is very easy to pick up and move. Surely you can also find similar “storage boxes” in other stores or maybe you can make one yourself?

A big thank you to the faithful followers. In 2018 I’ll start the third year of my blog post. I continue to do my best to be able to surprise you  again!

 

This is the Christmas tree that everyone will want to gather around. You need very little to create it: 1 egg yolk, some spices, 50 gr Nutella, 30 gr of almond nuts and 2 sheets of puff pastry:

 

A little early perhaps but certainly sincerely I wish everyone beautiful days, full of peace and light in your heart and of course a happy 2018. In the past year, about 10 posts have appeared and I hope to do that again in the next year. :

On this card, the following tangles were signed: Printemps, Shattuck, Mooka, Diva Dance, Clob, Ruutz en Tipple.

The text of John’s wonderful imagine is more topical than ever and therefore I would like to finish this post and this year with his song.

 

Keep on tangling and until soon.

Ria

 

As you all know from earlier  blogposts, I love  tanglework on watercolor backgrounds. Usually I see in the flow of the colors some kind of “strings” and I find there always spaces  to  fill up with patterns.

Now I’ve done it in another way: simply apply watercolors with a thick brush on wet paper and then use a putty knife to smear the paint. You will get a completely different effect. The colors will become “smoother” and the “strings” are gone, but a special result will appear. Drawing on a watercolored background with a very thin pen is difficult. I usually use a 0.3, 0.5 or even a 0.8 mm and afterwards, I like to make te  colors a bit stronger with ordinary pencils. You can also make a photocopy of the watercolored paper, and of course you can easily work on it with much finer pens.

The watercolor paint is randomly applied in layers with a thick brush

With a putty knife, the colors are then “smoothly pulled”.

Now you see the difference before the use with a putty knife and after.

 

Below I used this technique with  typical autumn colors. I cut out 4″ Bijouxtiles” of an A4 format. (the rest will be used later).  Watercolor paper has a slightly thicker grain, this can be seen on the pictures below. Also the streaks caused by the knife are visible. However, I sometimes love this “rougher” texture. If you don’t like it, you can just use finer paper.

 Breach, Rain and Printemps

 Abundies, Rain and Trigue

 Sedgling, Rain, Tipple and Zinger

 Molygon, Rain and Box Spirals

The 4 “Bijouxtiles” in a small mosaïc

And another with only one tile

And one more with 4 tiles in a different sequence

In an earlier newsletter, Rick and Maria taught us a new technique under the item “Kitchen table Tangles”. They call it tranzending and many tanglers have already tried it out. Actually, it’s not that difficult at all and there are several possibilities to make parts of your tile transparent. Do you want to take a look again:

In the tiles below I have applied tranzending in two different ways. I also used 3 different “folds”, something I always like and it makes your tile  a bit more special. The 3 drawings were made on grey  paper.

 A double fold on which Kinggo is drawn in tranzending style next to Fassett.

2 small folds facing each other and a beautiful, original Diva Dance (by the way of Helen Williams) with a Dreamcatcher inside.

Here is tranzending  applied, on Kinggo and on the small frame (with fold).  It looks like there is a piece of mica on your tile, complemented by Verve, Jetties, Joki and Ovolution.

Everyone who regularly tangles, gets a favorite tile on which she/he loves to draw. I prefer  the Renaissance tiles and especially the Zendala’s. Drawing on these tan colored round pieces of paper gives me great satisfaction and I always enjoys the relaxing feeling. A lot of times, I even don’t use a string. I start somewhere in the middle and the rest will follow…

On this tan Zendalatile I started with Ukkepuk (looks almost equal as  Breath),  followed by G-Chi and Printemps. I found a small white aura to fit nicely. Then I chose for Pebble flowers and filled the gap with perfs. To get a bit more contrast, the outer open pieces were coloured black with a brushpen on which  white dots were applied. At the Renaissance tiles, colours always come out nicely and afterwards use white accents , gives extra shine on  your work.

For Belgium and the lower countries, it was not a nice summer and also September started wet and cold. However, there are always unexpectedly beautiful days in every season that invite you to go out and enjoy.

Wow, what an athlete!

 A bit slower but also fantastic:

And yes there they are again, the fairytale fly agaric where all the children are crazy about.

A simple but beautiful autumn palette

And a wonderful natural example of filigree

Wood chopping and piling do not have to be boring and you can even make real works of art as you can see below:

Tomorrow  is the day of vegetarianism and it is worthfull to think of all the benefits that a more vegetarian diet has to offer: for the environment, as well as for humans and animals. That’s why I could not fail to add a nice vegetarian recipe: Chili no carne

It has gradually became a habit to finish with a unique piece of music.

I am not a fan of Johnny Depp but I’m fond of this handsome young man who brings the title song of “Pirates of the Caribbean” in a fantastic way for you. Here is David Garrett:

You don’ t need to meditate in a certain position, just take time to relax in a way you feel the most comfortable!

Keep on tangling and till next time!

 

On August, the 25th., Annette Plaga will publish her ninth Mosaic project with participants from different countries (including me). You can see all the individual entries and the beautiful finished mosaics on her site.

For this mosaic, Annette asked to draw a part on a white, a grey and a black space. A nice, pleasant base to start. That is why I have done the same for myself once again and made a small personal mosaic of this tile.

 

The drawn tangles are: on the black part: C-View ( you can make a lot of variations on this pattern), Tipple  and Antidots, on the grey part: Joki, Tipple, Patience, Antidots and Windfarm, on the white part: Windfarm, Tipple, and Patience.

 

 

I like to draw in black and white but also in colours. It is often a difficult choice. Sometimes I ‘m in love with black/white and all the grey tones, but at the moment, I noticed that I am unconscious mostly in for more color pick.

Last year, I learned how to use  Ecoline. This kind of paint gives very intense colours and it was time to experiment with it once again. In addition to a regular brush, I also drew lines with a pointed bamboo stick and for more contrast, black Chinese ink was also used.  A small frame around your drawing, gives a better look to your work.. Here you can see a few results. Thank you Jacqueline for your advise!

On the drawing above, the following tangles were drawn: L’Eaura, Scallamps and NKD . Beneath, I have chosen for Borbz, Beadlines, Trumpets, Gravee and Fission.

 

The picture below is taken about 25 years ago in Nepal in front of one of  the numerous Buddhist temples.  Making a trekking in the highest mountains in the world was a long-awaited dream that came true.At that time, I was already impressed by the calmness, the cheerfulness and the inner peace of  the monks. I was  surprised when this man agreed to go with me on the picture. Selfies didn’t exist.  Going to Nepal is going to another era. This country is very special and  colourful  with great contradictions: intense beauty and spectacular nature, but also a lot of injustice and great poverty. For many, especially women, life is very hard. However, I have seen so many  smiling faces. It was a learning journey that made a deep, lasting impression on me.

Now, I know why these monks are so calm, meditation is their secret. People who are unhappy and feel depressed, have little activity in their left frontal cortrex. After only one month of daily meditating, the activity can already rise slightly.. This has been measured scientifically. In other words, by meditating about 20 minutes daily, you can change your brain activity. That is great news and therefore now even the medical world encourages people to meditate. It is certainly not meant for “trippy” types, on the contrary it is worth trying for everyone. Mindfulness, meditation and Zentangleart have  a lot in common: you have to concentrate on what that you are dealing with and that can give you many benefits in the long term.

To meditate,  sitting is preferred but you can also meditate while lying and even stepping. Find a posture in which you feel good and don’t force anything. Take a timer and set it to 20 minutes, a perfect time. Even though you find yourself that you are doing it wrong, just keep on trying every day 20 minutes. Focus your attention on your breathing.  A good tool is to imagine a blue sky in which you transit thoughts in clouds. Do not pay attention to the clouds, let them come and disappear again…and go back to your breathing, again and again. The “training” of your mind is not easy and requires dedication and exercise. Constantly there are flying other thoughts through your head. Do not push them away, but do not give attention to them.  If this seems too difficult, you can possibly choose to start with one action a day to perform with full attention, just as you should do during your Zentangledrawing. Do not plan other activities but focus on that one activity you do. These “Mindfull” actions, can gradually come into your life and can grow into a new attitude towards your life.  As I mentioned in an earlier blogpost, I followed a course of Mindfulness where I learned this knowledge.

Below you can see a drawing of a kind of image you could put in your mind during your meditation session. I have not used real tangles, but have drawn clouds on a blue background of watercolor paint.

 

Through meditation, you can’t change things you’d rather would seen otherwise, but you’ll learn to deal with them better. In October, a European CZT meeting will taken place in Germany and I liked to go.  Unfortunately, due to a combination of  circumstances, it is not possible anymore for me but who knows, maybe I can join next time…

This picture is taken on Madalena (Pico-Azores) with the mountain Pico on the background surrounded by a very special cloud we used to call the Ufo. When we saw this Ufo, we knew, rain would come.

Just for those spectacular clouds, a visit to Pico is worthwhile. (for the whales and dolphins of course too). Never I have seen so many spectacular cloudy skies  as on that island.  Did you know that there is even a cloud club? cloudaprreciationsociety.org . Members get an email every day with the “cloud of the day” and a tool to recognize cloud formations.

To finish this post, I have made another drawing on my favorite background: fresh watercolors  in  aqua tones. Next blogpost will arrive in another season with other colours, for me the most beautiful time of the year. Tangles I have used are: Abukas, Min-line, CO2, Battlo, Zander, Ovolution and Pokeleaf.

Please enjoy the beautiful voice of Sophie Hunger, assembled by my husband on spectacular skies. Thank you Rob.

Le vent nous portera:

music : Noir Désir (2001)

singer : Sophie Hunger

images : Astonishing Sky 4K UHD Timelapse   (Race the world)   HDR Time-laps