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



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

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



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

and Mazorito according to Christine Courtois:

Challenges remain captivating and instructive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One with Cross Ur Hearts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Ria

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Keep on tangling and until next time,

Ria

A long time ago, I bought a Koru  which I still ware regularly.  Koru is the Maori name for the coiled frond that unrolls every year. It symbolizes the positive change of new life, purity and strength.  Artisanal goodies with a meaning have always interested me.  I love the beautiful shape and meaning of a Koru:

Below you see such a typical Maori Koru, made from green Jade:

and also their carvings in fluent lines are wonderful:

The tile below is based on Maori art: Printemps, Icantoo, Crescent Moon, Meer, Tamisolo, Snail and Mazorito. The tile was drawn with a black pen and finished with green/yellow pencils:

But the Maori are best known for their specific tattoos in which I found inspiration to make Mazorito. This pattern can already be found on www.tanglepatterns.com but beneath you can see the steps again:

 

And in the little movie below, Melinda Barlow demonstrates how to draw this tangle:

 

This is not a difficult pattern but does require some concentration. In step 1 It is important to draw the tipples at the same height and with the same gaps. The dots in the middle makes forming the tangle easier. For the fourth step I turn my tile, so you can draw the “aura ” more beautiful.  If you draw many auras then we call them, as Melinda says, “echo’s “.  I called this new tangle  Mazorito (Maori, Zentangle and Tattoo). The Zentanglemethod connects us all and it is perhaps precisely for this reason that this drawing art has become so popular. We see Influences from all cultures and all corners of the world and I like that very much!

As previously written, I try to participate regularly in “challenges “. Of course I was delighted when I saw the 256 th “Challenge ” appearing  on Adele’s website: a simple circle shape that could be filled with Hexa, Horti and Mazorito. I found all the contributions very nice and special. By this way, I would like to thank everyone who sent in  a submission, but especially Adele who puts so much work into the weekly challenges and the wonderful presentation of everyone’s work!!!

This is my tile, would you like to see the other results, please take  a look at Adele’s site :

The summer was abnormally dry and warm in Belgium. In the future, even in the more temperate areas, we will face longer periods of extreme heat interspersed with heavy rains… In the past few months I usually stayed in the house during the day where it was cooler. Windows and doors were opened in the evening…

In the afternoon I was sitting (too) much behind my computer. While surfing, I bumped into a special name: Hundertwasser  and  googled the name… followed  by “Images “.  Fascinating pictures of colored buildings, designed by Hundertwasser appeared on the screen.  I liked them immediately.  Thanks to the computer, the whole world opens to you. I had never heard of this man but that changed in one second, that’s great, isn’t it?

 

Below I have found a nice movie for all the ones who like to experiment with watercolors,. It is not difficult, very colourful and pleasant to do, based on the Hundertwasser technique:

And here is my first attempt to combine Hundertwasser with simple tanglework: Hexa, Flukes, Nipa, N’Zeppel, Hollibaugh, Printemps and Fassett

 

And another example with: Crescent Moon, Arullo, Cruffle, Hybrid, Petal panes, Fescu, Afterglo, Flukes, Printemps, Sandswirl, Papermint, Msst, and Beadlines:

The lines  don’t have to be straight  at all.  Colors are allowed to flow into each other. When your painting is dry, you can fill the boxes with your favorite tangles. Finally, you can finish with an extra line here and there…

After a long hot summer, we can discover  the first signs of a new season. The temperatures are still very comfortable but during the evening, we need an extra sweater.  Autumn is  in the air…  The forest smells delicious and invites us to make longer walks.  If you pay attention , you will discover  so many unique organic tanglework.

Every human being, every animal, every plant, even every piece of nature can be a potential teacher for us:

 

This tile was signed for Adele’s 257 th challenge . I have combined  the requested  Twilight with Crescent Moon and finished with yellow, orange and green pencils to  create an autumnal atmosphere:

 

For the music fragment I have chosen this time for a  German groupe:  “Federkleid ” from Faun. I agree, the members of the groupe look special but I like their  cheerful music and I hope you will enjoy too!

I like to conclude this post with a nice Buddhist quote: Gratitude must not be our motive, but gives the courage to go further.

Until next time

Ria

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Silver clouds of light,

Shining thru night’s darkest sky,

Sharing hopes of more.

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

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

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

Tea is always a good idea

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

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

 

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

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

The gracefully stylized shape from the agenda of Lori Byerly

A beautiful Zendala in the characteristic style of Anita Westin

A wonderful  composition of Margarete Gilge

and an original C-View of Christine Courtois:

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

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

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

 

 What touches you, shows you the next step

Ciao

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Marianne sent me a very successful result:

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 Rodrigo Amarante composed the beautiful soundtrack: Tuyo

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

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

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

Aaaaah! Oooooh!

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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: