April 22 has been declared  Earth Day.

It is important  to reflect regulary on our consumption habits and try to reduce the impact on our planet.

Every little bit helps, and therefore we can, despite all the negative posts, no matter how small, do an effort to cope better with our environment and  contribute also to a cleaner world for everyone.

Some simple tips:

Do you have a garden? Try to lure bees and butterflies (by placing insects hotels, butterfly trees, flowers …)

Less intensive stock breeding,  less meat, means less warming, less animal suffering and more life on earth. Try a Pita of the vegetarian butcher. With a delicious garlic sauce and some fresh raw vegetables, this is a surprisingly tasty, balanced lunch.

Lavender bags in wardrobes, lemon peels in a bowl of vinegar in the refrigerator, sodium bicarbonate with a drop of tea-tree oil in the litter box, selfmade air freshener … This is  all  natural stuff in order to obtain pleasant scents without using harmful chemicals.

Translation for a natural air freshener: 200 ml of distilled water, 2 tabelspoons Wodka and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil together in a plant sprayer and shake well … ready.

Do we really need all those artificial perfumes, lotions, creams, soaps, gels? Just click on the site of  Skin deep.  With a little searching you can find all the  ingredients of your own products. You will be surprised how much trash manufacturers put in their products. ..  On the other hand,  jojoba oil, is a real little tresor for our skin and the price is nice. It sounds weird but this ” oil” is both particularly well for oily skin that tends to acne and dry skin. It doesn’t feel greasy at all and just a little bottle gives you months the best care you can imagine.

Bying local and fair trade products and avoiding as much as possible  plastics,  are lowering significantly our ecologic footprints

With a little creativity you can certainly find more challenges… and that will give you a fine and happy feeling!

Wild flowers are a wonderful gift of the earth ,  look at these short but intense beautiness during the spring in the South African desert:

Also much closer,  in the Belgian Ardennes, the wood anemones (also called windflower, thimbleweed, or smell fox) now make a beautiful white carpet. It only takes just a few weeks but I love  to see this, every year again. In other places in Belgium,  dominate the purple color of the Bluebells.

 

Flowers are not only beautiful to look at, there are several types you can eat. The cheerful orange Nasturtium (Indian cress or monks cress) tastes delicious  (a bit like radishes) and they  brighten up your risottos and fresh salads.

Flowers are also a grateful subject to draw.  You can find many beautiful organic patterns. I have all my favorites drawn in a Leporello booklet. I don’ need to surch anymore on the Internet  but immediately I can see the most beautiful tangles in that little book. I also have such a booklet with grid patterns and one with border patterns. (I honestly admit that I regularly  “forget” tangles and these booklets are then a handy tool)

Let’s show some examples of tiles with a lot of organic tangles:  here is a Renaissance Zendalatile with on the top right Laflor,  Abeko, Curly Q, String Rose, Boxwood, Printemps, Alabastro, Flux and Morning Glory.

In the following movie you can easily follow how Elena Babayants draws this beautiful flower motif :

Ikebana  or Japanese flower art is very elegant but more difficult than it seems at first sight. Here too I found inspiration to create a tile with flowers. Eastern Lily is the star along with Fricle and Eddy.

Helen Williams, a very talented lady from Australia has an interesting blog where you can find many organic tangles. There I saw for the first time  to draw gridtangles not always straight but in a in a more “wonky grid ‘. Below an attempt with Florez, surrounded by a few Pokeleafs and  dewdrops.

Then I noticed Compass Daisy, a simple easy pattern but please draw it carefully and accurately. It is  beautiful in combination with other tangles but also very suitable as a monotangle. I have only  drawn one on a background of watercolor and Bistrepowder

Every morning, I look through the window  and I see the violets in our flower boxes, they inspired me for the following tile:

 

The fun pattern Plum-lei looks a bit like a violet. I made a composition that I have finished with Lapin (Susie Ngamsuwan) as a framework.

And finally, you see another tile, inspired by. Laura’s challenge (311). I used : Cuttle, NKD, Patience, NZeppel and Peek-a-boo-Daisy.

 

Of course I was quite happy with the challenge no 190 of Adele Bruno. She suggested  a combination of Wind farm,Box Spirals. and Nouvart. Not a simple task but I saw wonderful results appearing and I thank Adele for this challenge and all participants for their commitment and interest.

Below you can see my entry, you can admire the other tiles on Adele’ site:

On  Susie Ngamsuwan’s website I discovered a beautiful monotangle of Nouvart wich reminds me to ice crystals. Susie is a  talented tangler who lives in Thailand. She can make something special and refreshing of every pattern and I admire her personal style.

Reena Soni also shows a nice work in which she integrated Nouvart in a delicate way. (I met this sympathetic lady during the 22nd CZT seminar) You can follow her on instagram.

This combination of Zimba and Siri, along with organic patterns is lovely, isn’t it? It was one of the entries of Annette Plaga for the Diva’s challenge (312)

To end,you see a picture of my contribution for her 7th mosaic. You can see the results of the participants  on  her site. On the 10 th of may,  the 8th project will start. I’m already looking forward to join again. Everyone is welcome to be a part of a great mosaic and will receive  a small personal mosaic afterwards. Thank you Annette for your commitment and creativity and I wish you succes for the next one!

I like to finish with a nice quote and a little piece of music:

Hans Zimmer wrote Now we are free for the movie Gladiator. The music is  mounted  by Chris Demian on spectacular images of our fragile planet, a suitable contribution for this special day:

 

With the “Mc and Cheese challenge, number 308” the Diva (Laura Harms) wanted  to see  simple compositions with trusted tangles. We had to use easy motives, no searching work on computers, no stress or competition spirit, just drawing relaxed patterns  that we know by heart. This challenge brought  us back to the essence of the Zentangleart. Below I show you an example of a former student: Marianne Repriels. She has designed a beautiful Zendala only with Flux and Tipple. Original, simple in black/white but very nice and finished with subtile shade.  Once again you can see:  Zentangleart is available for everyone and even with a few simple patterns you can create wonderful tiles.

I’m very gratefull for the nice comments I get, every time I make a drawing on coloured backgrounds. I have learned this technique from Jacqueline Nouwen, who teaches in the Doppahuis in Hasselt. Immediately I felt at home  between these friendly creative people. Jacqueline and some other students have come on their turn to my workshops.. We continue to keep in touch and occasionally a cosy, creativ afternoon is organized.

Below I show you a small impression of such a wonderful afternoon.  Unfortunately those days flow alway too soon. This time we have made folders for  booklets. We used pieces of hardboard  which we decorated with different kinds of materials and finished with a mixture of Gesso and Watercolor paint. As you can see, everyone was excited about the results!

Regularly, I see work of people, who have been ( just like me),  infected with the Zentanglevirus. Margit Van Ostaeyen (with red blouse and brush in her mouth) came to follow some Zentanglelessons with me. She would also like to combine her gorgeous watercolors with tangles. She did a great job, judge for yourself . You can read the story of Margit on the Original Zentangle Blog .

On the last picture, I noticed special white lines  and I asked her how she had done that. The answer is quite simple: with a piece of candle  fat lines were drawn on the paper before painting. On those white lines the paint is amost invisible and  you get a very special effect which I  like very much. I have  congratulated Margit for this special result and I am grateful to her that she has brought me to this idea. I do appreciate that  people  share their knowledge to each other and in turn also learn from the others. That is a fine experience for everyone and it fits completely in the Zentanglephilosophy. Once again thank you Jacqueline and Margit for sharing your knowledge!

Would you like to try this technique also? It is really very easy and you’ll get amazing results:

First take a piece of candle and draw a few “fat” lines  on your tile. I just use watercolor paper and then cut out the most beautiful stretches (9 x 9 cm).

It is good to make your paper very wet (with water)

Then bring some colours on with a thick brush  (you can dilute with water to receive different  tintes of colors) the paint has to  flow into each other. You can rotate or sheet to different directions. By blowing you can let the colours flow in a particular direction. Too much paint can be easily absorbed with  a little cottonstick. When the colors are still wet, I sprinkle a little bit of the magical  Bistrepowder on the paper to. Don’t use to much, that is not nice.Let  everything dry (about 2 hours) and then you will see very well the whimsical shapes on which or between which you can draw your favorite tangles. On the painted pieces can easily be drawn but you can also leave white spots on which you can make your patterns or you can choose for a combination of both … Afterwards it is possible to make certain colors stronger with ordinary  color pencils.

Watercolor paper, watercolors of Winsor & Newton, Bistrepowder, my usual brushes, a piece of candle, mix jars and you can start!

Here I have chosen autumnal tints and signed with a white gelpen, brown and black pens. The patterns are: Zinger, N’Zeppel, Indi Rella, Rixty and Birch (this pattern looks very much like a birch tree, and that was the intention)

For this tile I mostly have used blue paint, the brown color is due to the Bistre that I have mixed with the watercolor paint. The  tangles are Mooka, Molygon, Tipple, Verve, Caviar, Shattuck and Curl. In addition to a black pen I used  again my white gelpen.

Here you can see that I’ve used,  more red but also yellow and green (the colours flow always in each other and the result is often different than you had in mind) Undu, Wud and El Prado were drawn with a black pen and finished with a white gelpen. For the highlights,  a white gellypen  always give that nice final touch.

My favorite tile gives me already a bit of springfeelings thanks to the  the use of fresh yellow and green tones on which green Bistre was spread. It was my I.A.S.T. contribution (188) .We “had to” make a combination of Fescu, Zinger and Frickle. In addition to brown, black and white pens, you see also some Fescupatterns made with a green pen.

Everything reminds me that the season is changing.  Blossoms appear in all colors, here and there  fresh green is popping up, the first butterflies flutter around on sunny days and especially the birds start  to whistle louder.That gives a nice feeling every year again. If the temperature will get a bit higher, it is pleasant to make a walk on a barefoot path. These paths are specially designed. (3 to 4 km). The walks are not heavy and because we don’t just have to walk barefoot, they give you a special experience and a free foot massage. On the internet you can find different paths. I’m also fond to walk  barefoot on the wet grass in the morning, it is  funny and very refreshing! Am I a little crazy perhaps? Maybe but I enjoy those moments.

Travelling tiles give always fun. Below you can see the results of an exchange with Heidi Sue Whitney from Utah.  Travelingtiles are unique experiences and I want to thank Heidi for this wonderful collaboration. Recently, Heidi worked out a beautiful pattern. Definitely  you are going to see this new tangle on one of my future tiles. I adore  the wild northern nature and for this tangle, Heidi found inspiration at the tough Vikings: Torsdag,

Heidi’s starters and then the tiles, finished by me:

 

Below my starters and Heidi’s finished results, very beautiful is the clear letter i. Heidi used this tile as an entry for Joey’s Challenge.

 

 

I have send Heidi also an empty tile on which she could do what she prefered, it is a lovely result isn’t it?

She used her new tangle Concert .

Always interesting is to discover, how others use my own tangles in their tiles.  I show you a beautiful work of  Anja Schaffeld who made a very successful combination of different variations on Zimba with the beautiful Amphora by Lily Moon. Thank you Anja, I appreciate this very much.

Also Duane Anderson from Oregon, has made a unique tile, directly after publishing Nouvart on tanglepatterns.com. Thank you very much Duane!

I’m honored to see that Adele suggested to use my tangle Nouvart together with two wonderful patterns of Margaret Bremner for her weekly challenge It’s a string thing. Thank you very much Adele.

A bit early, I want to wish everyone already a Happy Easter and a great start for a new season with lots of confidence. To develop self confidence, you have to leave the person you wanted to be  but  take peace with the person you really are. You need to stop to compare yourself with others but continue to believe in yourself. Follow your heart, it knows the way.

This wise advice I have read in a magazine  and it’s true, the older you get, the better you do.

To finish this post, I have chosen gentle accordion music. Long ago, we left on a hot August day on honeymoon to Normandy and Paris. The distance was not too far, we drove with our own little car and booked rooms in simple guesthouses, very romantic and cheep at the time. The music I have select, was written for the film: le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain with a very naughty Audrey Tatou in the leading role. Whenever I hear such an accordion, I think of that typical atmosphere on hot summer evenings in Paris where you always can hear that kind of music. However this clip comes from Chile but I  find it very beautiful. Therefore my choice fell on this musician who plays the walz of Amélie.

Does this look familiar?  Here are the famous four seasons of Alphonse Mucha, the wonderful  Czech Art Nouveau artist

When I think about Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil)  I always see Prague in front of me. In this beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic, located on the Moldau River, you can discover a lot of beautiful art.  In the evening, you can enjoy   performances of classical ballet and concerts. It is delicious to finish  the evening in one of the cozy Jugendstil coffee houses. Personally, I  prefer a visit in the winter, the city  looks just like a fairy tale.

Charles Bridge

The astronomical clock

The cultural house

Art Nouveau became popular at the end of the nineteenth century in different places of Europe. The inspiration was found in nature and we saw popping up graceful organic patterns and wavy lines everywhere. (ceramics, glass, paintings, architecture…) The flow had a short but intense flowering time and then went over to the Art Deko, more stylized, with tighter lines and mainly geometric patterns.

On the picture beneath, you can see clearly  the difference between these two styles:

 

Also  in our small Belgium, there is a lot of Art Nouveau and Art Deco to discover. I am thinking, for example, on the stately mansions on the Cogels Osylei in Antwerp, the numerous façades decorated with ironwork in Liège but especially  the Horta House in Brussels  is beautiful and worth to visit..

Cogels Osylei in Antwerp

 

Forgings in Liège

Entrance hall of the Horta House in Brussels

 

Horti, my new pattern, is based on the strongly simplified pattern in this Art Nouveau tile and is an easy tangle that offers many possibilities:

 

On this tile I started with a spiral (R-H1 found in the book the Primer). The spiral was not filled with fragments but I chose to draw a  mirrored Horti, combined with a variation of Mooka, Curly Q, Abeko, Tipple and the beautiful recent. pattern Clamz. The tile was completed with colourpencils and a white gellypen for the “highlights”.

 

On the second example, I started with  a very simple Horti in circleform, then another version around it with 2 different auras, followed by L ‘ Eaura, again a variation of Horti with aura and TIpple. Finally I decided to draw Umble and filled a few pieces  with colourpencils. To finish, I have put  Printemps in a few areas.

On the other hand, Nouvart is a pattern that I have composed after seeing several pictures from the Art Deco period. You’ll find similar motives  in the architecture,  in the glass art and in paintings …

 

 

Above and below Nouvart was drawn in combination with other tangles and fragments, including Rick’s Paradox, Tipple, Sails, Fassett Hibred, Zenith, Stircles and the Fragment K1. On the tile below, I started with  Gneiss, a beautiful and easy pattern and very nice to tangle around.  I have used gelly pens and only a little bit of chalk pencil.

And a Zendalatile with Horti and Nouvart, together with Zander, Petal Panes, Tipple, Joki and Scrawlz. I have used braun, turkoois and black pens, ordinary colourpencials, white chalkpencil and a white gellypen.

Christmas, New year, Valentine’s day and Carnival are already behind us but that does not mean that it is already spring. Personally, I find this period the least attractive of the year. But it is allright when you accept to have a lesser period. The winter is over its peak but there is not yet a real spring feeling.  Heavy rain, coldness and wind  are regular in March and April. But now and then  the sun comes through and you can already feel her stronger power. Very slowly, nature will awaken after a long period of rest.

Around this time, in Canada, the Maple juice is tapped from the trees: it’s  delicious on pancakes or  in a cup of rosehip tea .. In the Ardennes, Birch juice is harvested. It is a powerful drink that will clean and revitalise your body  and excellent to drink in this period of the year to give your body a real boost!

Once again I have chosen to end  with a template of Ben Kwok. The  Dragonfly is seen so many times  in the Art Nouveau and that is why I show you this drawing . The patterns I have used are: Nouvart, Horti, Knightsbridge, Hibred, Printemps, Jetties, Flux, Shattuck, Sandswirl, the fragment F7 and a very special tangle: Vo (just below Horti into the middle). This beautiful and easy pattern is designed by the six-year-old Vincent Roller, son of the German CZT Nadine Roller who created already several beautiful patterns. Her most recent pattern Elloso appeared a few days ago on Tanglepatterns.com.

Again, you see, the Zentanglemethod is achievable for everyone!!!

Vielen Dank Vincent für dieses schönes neues Muster. Ich werde es bestimmt  brauchen in meine Zeichnungen.

The morning symbolizes the spring, the  afternoon the summer, the evening the autumn and the  night the winter. At the moment, we long so hard for springtime, my choice fell on” Morgendstimmung” by Edward Grieg. The song was mounted on beautiful pictures of the idyllic Norway, the homeland of the composer.

I am very proud to have joined  the sixth mosaic project of Annette Plaga. This time, she has  chosen  for a nightly starry sky. Below you can see my contribution,  brought together by Annette and then integrated into a mosaic with participants from all over the world. There are several other mosaics, you can admire on her site.  Congratulations Annette, for this wonderful design. It is fantastic that we could make, with people from different countries, this unique work. On March the 10 th., starts the next project and everyone is welcome to participate!

 

 

 

 

In one of my previous posts, I have showed you 2 travelingtiles, the results of a swap with Joey van Oort from Vancouver. Due to family circumstances,  Joey couldn’t find the time to finish my starters. A week ago, she published the tiles on her site. I like both results very much. Thank you Joey for the cooperation and good luck with your further activities.

 

 

It’s only February and  we could already enjoy some soft, sunny days. For next week, the weather forecasts  are promising! However, it will be take a while before the real spring is coming. Outside it looks still  grey and a little sad.

One of the first flowers in our garden is the Witch-Hazel. The tree is still very small but is growing every year a little bit. When we will be old, we will see an intense blossom, every year, in the middle of the winter.

 

The picture below was taken in the arboretum Kalmthout  where you can admire the largest collection of these Witch-Hazel in Belgium. Thousands of visitors are coming every winter to enjoy the trees, during the flowering period.

Black/White is classic and always beautiful. Therefore, some days I like to draw in black and white, on others days, I want to draw in colours. In daily life, I love colors around me. In our Interior, you’ll find anywhere warm, sunny accents. Especially in the dark winter months I need that. Below, you see a picture of an ugly power box that disturbed me.  A simple wooden frame was confirmed. Then I made small shapes from fimo clay  and painted them with acrylic paint. I just let them dry and glued them on the frame.  It  looks now a little bit more enjoyable. Fimo clay never needs to be baked, just let it dry and it’s ready.

 

 

Occasionally, I like to surf on the Internet, looking  for beautiful color combinations. Especially, I like the intense patterns of Africa. So I discovered a fabric from Zimbabwe and  immediately, I saw a new tangle:

Because the pattern is very difficult to draw, I simplified it and have called my new tangle Zimba :

 

It’s not really a flowing tangle but suitable for a grid. As a fragment or as a border, it can give nice results. You can make different  monotangletiles or make combinations with other gridpatterns or fragments (see in the book “the primer”). The use of colours will give an extra touch!

Here I combined Zimba  with the fragments B11, C11 and E7. The small square is glued on a piece of black paper, so I could draw  with a black and a white pen.

Also here, I have another small square, glued on a black paper. Zimba is surrounded by the fragments H1, F11 and C11 and I like to use  Perfs (small balls). On both tiles, I have used  regular color pencils.

Immediately after publication, I became a few  comments and some tanglers have allready tried out the new pattern.  Simone Menzel from Dresden, who recently added the beautiful pattern My Swing to the list of tangles started to play with Zimba. Unexpected,  a new, graceful tangle appeared and she called it  Siri ( Simone and Ria). I appreciate that very much. As I wrote before, we all learn from each other and get inspired by each other. That is a very nice aspect of the Zentanglemethod and I am delighted that this little piece of fabric was a source of  inspiration for 2 new patterns.

Below I have made a tile with a border of a variation of Siri. The inside is filled with a lovely older pattern: Tink. To finish I have used colored pens and a grey pencil.

Speaking of colors, I think of the Carnival that will arrive very soon. I  am not such a party animal but I understand very well that many people look forward to this festival. Months in advance, they worked hard on making  special clothes and lavish floats for the parades that will take place within a few weeks. You can not compare Belgium to Brazil or Venice but also here, in our little country there  are places where they love Carnaval. . In the south Eupen and Binche are famous  and in Flanders, everyone knows the city of Aalst.

 

The Gilles of Binche in their traditional costume with their baskets full of oranges, are classified under the Unesco World Heritage site.

 

 

To finish, I have drawn a mandala in heart shape, of course, special for Valentine’s day.

You can find this mandala form in one of the notebooks of Ben Kwok. I didn’t know the artist and was pleasantly surprised when I ‘ve got two booklets from a student, after closing a workshop. I appreciate this gesture very much and I’m sure, I will  use more drawings from the book in the future. Below, you can see a picture of my 2 books but there are several others, certainly worth to explore.(strings are already there, you only have to draw your favorite tangles and to colour them if you like)

 

 

Music can always touch me and I like many different genres. This time, special for Valentine,  I have  chosen for “Run to you” by Bryan Adams. Put the sound a bit louder and dance… good for your back and no one sees you (LOL)

 

 

A few tangles around a picture, glued on a black card, can  give a nice and personal touch. I have used Catkin and O.

At the moment,  there is still a lot of snow in the southern part of Belgium. It is quite cold but also sunny  and the landscape  is soooo beautiful, the skies are soooo blue, the evenings soooo colorful … Already a few weeks, there are  possibilties to “langlauf” and to ski. In the Ardennes we love the snow.  Every day I make a walk, together with my husband and dogs. I enjoy every moment and so do Miles and Jools.  While Rob and I carefully struggle  through this white world, the dogs skipp and dance around us. All of a sudden  they “fly”  upon the hill. I don’t see anything but after a few seconds, I know why that happens. Abough, on the top  some timid deers are passing. For some people, this means  maybe nothing, but I think it’s great. My day can’t be broken, it is gorgeous,  seeing those  beautiful wild animals, running away, just a few metres abough me.

Is there also a little fox? No, no,  that is our Norwich terrier Miles. He is  always excited, afraid of nothing. It is a  brave big dog, packaged in a compact, small body.

Once again, we take the camera  with us, during a walk and hope to find special winter pictures. Tomorrow all of these beauties can be gone.  You never know in Belgium. Nothing is more inconsistent than the weather, but still, every season has its beautiful days (and its lesser too but  I quickly forget those ones)

At the moment, it is very tempting to  relax in the warmth and to stay inside, just like a bear in his hole, who is coming out only in springtime

Nevertheless, the message is to move, the best remedy for the “winter blues”. Especially now it is very important  to go outside regulary and have some UV light. I have to admit that I don’t really like sports but I can’t miss my daily walk.  Recently  I do that with 2 sticks. This way of walking is original from Finland when cross-country skiers wanted to remain in shape during the summer by a similar sport. There are many advantages to Nordic walking and it’s been many years quite popular in our area.

Nordic walking respect your lower limbs, it improves your posture, strengthens your muscles and very important: you consume more calories than during a regular walk. It is the ideal sport to practice  outdoors, on yourself or in group …

 

Last Friday, again a 3-part workshop was completed.  After a first trial lesson,  some more theory during the second lesson, the students had to draw and colour on black and tan tiles in this third workshop.. It’s great to see all  students,  focused on their work and show nice results. Different people let me see works they had made at home; legends with  tangles, drawings in sketch books, different tiles, bookmarks, cards, napkin rings … Quite fascinating to see how  anyone can grow if the motivation is there. I wish to thank everyone who took part at the course and even more thanks for the commitment, enthusiasm and fine atmosphere in the classroom. Despite this pleasant experience I have decided to stop a while to give workshops  My back is a lot better but arthrosis is unpredictable and I don’t want to make appointments I might counsel. I  prefer to wait and see for a while…

The colourful results on the tan tiles: a combination of Sez, Oke, N’Zeppel and some favorite tangles…

And the black tiles, on which they have used for the first time gellypens and chalkpencils. The challenge was to fill straight or curly stripes with the new learned tangles:

Sometimes, students tell me that they are not always satisfied about their work and that they distroy their tiles regulary. I admit that I  also did that occasionally in the past, but that is wrong. Everything doesn’t has to be perfect. I don’t like the word perfect. Each drawing should be made with love, attention and it gives a unique result that is worth it.

A beautiful saying goes: be nice to yourself. It’s hard to be happy when someone constantly is mean to you.

You can better put these tiles  in a box  and after a while take a look again. You see them in a whole different perspective. Occasionally I take a black brushpen to cover ‘the mistakes” ,  new tangles can be drawn on that black space with a white gellypen. The final result can give nice contrasts … What I also regularly do is, using the same string but  create a new tile, possibly with other tangles…you will see  a total different drawing …

On the two black spaces, I have drawn tangles  I didn’t like. So I used the black brushpen. When the covering was dry, I have drawn Rick’s Paradox, and on the other plane, just 3 smaller triangles. This tile was my entry for I.A.S. T, challenge number 180. You can see all the results of this challenge by pushing on the buttom on my front page. I’m learning a lot by joining challenges.

 

Above and below you can see two drawings, assuming the same strings (on pre-printed original tiles) but with very different results.

 

To end, I would like to tell something more about the 14 shades of grey. No it has nothing to do with those other shades of grey… This special technique is created by Sonya Yencer from the United States. I  like that “misty” atmospfere  around the already-drawn tangles.  Therefore, I have followed the example of Sonya and made a drawing in my sketchbook with Jetties in the leading role. In fact you can apply this technique on all tangles. In the next example, I have chosen for the beautiful pattern Stella and finished the tile, according to the rules of the 14 shades of grey.

 

And here is one more example of a drawing with Stella from my sketchbook. The great thing about Zentangle is that you can make so many beautiful and different works with your trusted tangles. You can make so much variation, both in black and white and in color. But when you want to try out something new:  put on your computer,  surf a little and always you will find a new pattern, a nice string, an unknown technique, a different background … It remains fascinating and never bores me, on the contrary, I never get enough of it!!!

I don’t like to make long trips anymore  but during virtual tours you can also discover very much. I have found a nice movie of an Ukrainian guy (Estas Tonne).  Wonderful sounds comes out of  his guitar  and he shows us  very special spots. I have enjoyed it and hope you  too!

Take good care, keep on tangling, and until next time.

As long as I can remember, on  January  the 6 th., children, dressed as the three kings, usually with a “Golden” Star, go singing from door to door to collect candy and money:

In original Flemisch language they sing:

Drie koningen, drie koningen

Geef mij een nieuwe hoed,

Mijne oude is versleten,

Ons moeder mag het niet weten,

Onze vader heeft het geld

Op de rooster geteld.

Also the three king cake is part of this annual tradition that found its origin in France. In the forests around Orléans  King Charles the IV was captured by the Huguenots. When they realised their mistake, they offered the King the specialty of the region: a puff pastry, filled with meat. Later the meat was replaced by almond cream with a hidden almond bean. The one who finds the bean in his piece of cake, gets a crown on the head and will be King or Queen for one day …

My first work on the new 3Z tiles, a mosaic, also  in the shape of a star:

Tomorrow, the Christmas lights will disappear again for a year. The hustle and bustle of the turn of the year is behind us and full of good courage we all embarked on the new year.

I wish everyone a happy 2017 and like many others, I hope that this will be a year with less violence than in the previous one. There are so many conflicts in the world causing untold suffering. I sincerely hope that common sense will win and that we will evolve into a direction that brings improvement for people, animals and our planet. One thing I know for sure:  hate, anger and revenge give no benefits and those feelings turn finally against yourself.

During last december we had  many cold but  beautiful, and sunny days with colorful sunsets which resulted in an enchanting atmosphere. In various places in the forest you could find hair ice, a special phenomenon that I  recently discovered and I like it very much:

If you pay attention while walking, you can discover, even during the winter, so many beautiful things, worthfull to take a picture:

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The past few weeks I have drawn less,  that was necessary. Scans have shown that I have obtained a serious narrowing in the nervecanalzone  (osteophytes), both in my low back and in the cervical area. Nerves have become less space and can  easier squeezed tightly. This situation can give  radiating pains in arms and legs, which recently was the case. Surgery is not necessary ( yet)  but I am  forced to live differently: doing daily exercises to make the muscles stronger, making many light walks, not staying too long in the same position but regularly alternate and especially rest more . I will continue to draw but not so often as I used to do. My participation on challenges will reduce and an occasional blogpost will surely appear but not as regularly as in the past. I don’ t like this situation but sometimes you have to accept things and learn to go on with your limitations. I live in a nice quiet area along with my husband and two dogs, we have kind neighbours and our two sons visit us regularly. I am satisfied and grateful for all those good things…

In this regard, I would like to thank everyone again for the mails, messages, comments and beautiful cards I received in the past. Thanks to my husband,  I can now also drawing while standing which is a better position for  my neck and back.

Sitting in my ergonomic seat, together wit my tablet,  I found the time to master the technique of gemstones with the help of the work booklet by Eni Oken that I highly recommend:

In the annual 12-day Christmaschallenge of RIck and Maria,  the new 3 sided tiles were used. Some new tangles of Maria were shown: Drawings on  the 10 th, Icanthis on the 11 th, and Crazy Huggins on the 12 th.. I  didn’t draw but  I followed every day the blog and saw the mosaic grow into a great final result.  Every day, a price was given for one entry on the app and one for a comment on the blog. I was pleasantly surprised when I found my name on the list of the winners at the comments.  I have received almost hundred 3-sided tiles: white, renaissance, black and preprinted ones. The triangular shape gives special results and you can build nice mosaics with them. Below you can see another mosaic of nine 3Z tiles:

Especially in the winter period, the black tiles have a special charm, below a small example:

On the tile, I have put again a little  bleach , after drying, I put some  Watercolour on  and finally, the tile was finished with a black, a green and white (gel) pen finished.

Every day again:

A small positive thought in the morning may be enough to change your whole day

 

After all those end-of-year rushing and the popping of fireworks, I realize how much I actually love the  quietness. Enjoy  “the sound of silence,” sung by Simon and Garfunkel

On november the 7 th,  Annette Plaga published her  fifth mosaic project. I am very  impressed that  each time again, she can create  a wonderful result.  That is why I like to present a small mosaic of my own contribution and one of the larger ones, made by  25 people from different corners of the world. The next project will start on  January the 10 th. and everyone can participate. It gives a nice feeling to be a small part  of such a beautiful project. Thank you so much dear Annette for your great commitment and creativity.

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Occasionally I see also tiles appearing on which my own tangles are used. That makes me very happy.  Below , you can see an example of a  nice and special tile, created by the talented Jules Bazuzi from Canada. She has drawn  L’Eaura in combination with Eaxy for the Diva’s challenge numer 292. Julie has an interesting blog with lots of useful information and beautiful examples, definitely worth to follow!

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Meanwhile, I started again with three workshops. 12 enthusiastic people have taken part. As a teacher, it is very pleasant and fascinating to see how the participants  discover carefully this beautiful drawingart.  After the first lesson, everyone could deliver a  wonderful result.. By this way, I would like to thank all participants for their interest and commitment and I see forward to our next lesson on the 9 th. of december. We will learn to use different kinds of strings  and make more variations on the tangles.. Everyone will leave again with a unique self-designed tile, composed of new learned tangles and new techniques.

How nice, to see, immediately after only one  lesson,  so many different interpretations: different frameworks, different shades, different compositions, different “highlights”, different sizes, different contrasts … congratulations for all of you

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Participate in challenges is always great.  You ‘ll enjoy, you give and get comments  and every time you ‘ll learn something more!!! Recently I’ve read on the site of Joey that she asked someone for swapping. In the past, I’ve made a few travelingtiles  and I’ve had only positive experiences. Therefore, I’ ve sent a mail and a week later, there was already  a beautiful envelop from Vancouver. After opening I ‘ve started immediately to draw  and below you can see the results of our collaboration. Many thanks Joey for this lovely starters, the pleasant experience and especially for your educational challenges, that you put online every week.

The starters from Joey:

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I have the first tile finished with Nymph, Fife, Hollibaugh, Ruutz, Printemps, Basket wave and Fescu. For the colors I have once again taken the color pencils Caran d’Ache and a white gellypen.

 

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On the second tile, I have drawn Winkbee over the whole width. After that, I continued with the leaf motif and let the cheerful Winflo pop up here and there. The spiral is filled with a variation on Jetties. Again I took  color pencils but also a white and a gold gellypen.

 

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At this time of the year,  pumpkins are gone and soon  the first Christmas markets will open. I like to put a few decorations and lights in and around our little cottage in these darkest days of the year. A small original and artisanal present can be such a pleasure, both for the giver and the taker. Anyone can’t make me  happy with a artificiël  expensive perfume or a “beautiful” leather handbag whose origin is unknown … I prefer things, made with love and honest materials. I’m very happy to discover more and more Fair Trade Stuff.  In almost every town in Belgium you will find a shop of Oxfam where you can buy lovely presents:

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A very nice box for all your Zentanglestuff

 

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Or a gorgeous silk scarf with the pattern Tipple!

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Or what do you think of these funny tangled mugs?

You cannot only create unique cards with tangles but also small touches with tangles can beautify your presents:

One single tangle on a little brown bag where you can put in a small surprise or a candy  for your guests, decorated with some green and a gold ribbon:

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When they say chocolate, I think only of 2 countries: Switzerland and especially Belgium. Delicious artisan chocolate remains a beautiful gift. This small pack for 6 chocolates is decorated with tangles and they make the box instantly more special. The chocolates are shaped like a beguine and are the specialty of Hoogstraten, where we have lived for a long time. Beguinages are typical for Belgium and the Netherlands  and they are definitely worth a visit. I am thinking about Leuven, Bruges, Hoogstraten, Lier, Turnhout, Diest, Tongeren … and there are even more…

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A bottle of good organic wine will  also be appreciated and certainly if you have decorated the bag with a few tangles.

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To use real napkins on the Christmas table can be so beautiful. You can make them even more valuable  by making a little drawing and put it in a special ring around the napkin.

I have bought the rings in a shop of paper articles.

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About a year ago, I have written a first blog post. At this moment, I want to thank all followers and visitors and I’m really happy with all the comments I ‘ve received.

But, unfortunately there is another story: 25 years ago I had an accident  during my work with disabled people. I needed surgery and a long rehabilitation  but after a few operations and a year of intensiv revalidation  the complaints became less and less.. I went back to school to become a teacher and could work again for many years. Now, I am over 60 and  a combination of different factors make my complaints again stronger. In the recent weeks, I have become more  pain and drawing or sitting behind a computer was  no longer evident. Take good care, physiotherapy, and further investigations are absolutely necessary. That is why I’m going to stop a while and look for  the best solution.  I hope to be back soon after the holidays  with new messages…

I’m not a pessimist and now there will be coming  more time to read. A few years ago I ‘ve read the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson, just in one strech. David Lagercrantz has written a sequel that is laying on the table for  more than a year.  I would like to discover it. Look at that beautiful tangled dragon…

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As a tangleaddict I see tangles everywhere, even on this delicious dessert. The “Omelette Siberienne” also called “Alaska bombe”  looks great and is so easy to make. It’s a surprising combination of hot and cold and can be made in small or larger portions. You can bake the cake layer yourself or you can choose for a prepackaged cake shape. Very important  is that the coat is covering very well  the underlying stuff  so that the ice cannot melt in the oven. With a few candles this can be a very nice ending of the Christmas meal.

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What a picture!

 

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Chocolate cake  was taken here with fresh fruit, ice cream and abough  the meringue.

I wish everyone a nice Christmas and a happy but especially healthy 2017 with lots of tangle pleasure and inner satisfaction.

This picture was taken in Finland in 2004 when I was looking for the midnight sun. On my  way in Rovaniemi, I’ve met the “real” Santa Claus  who always lives there, even in the summer. They call him there Joulupukki. I found that he looked very young. Take a look on his hands…

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To finish, I have drawn a simple but nice wintertile and have used  typical “Christmas colors” on a black pre- printed zandalatile.
I hope you will enjoy the special sound of Omnia,  playing a  wonderful Swedish traditional,
Warm regards and see you soon,
Ria

 

 

Around this period of the year,  people sometimes have melancholic feelings. All Saints ‘ day has passed. Sunny summer days are put away for a long time and  rain, coldness and wind are coming. I understand that many of us are a bit homesick … However,  autumn and even winter are certainly not gloomy .It is a time of let go, recharge your batteries and looking for  a new begin …

This week, Laura asked us  to make a drawing about Halloween or just to create one on a black tile. My Halloween contribution can be found on the Diva’s site but for myself I’ ve drawn tangles on a black pre- printed zendalatile  and colored with chalk pencils. It is so easy but I really have enjoyed it!

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The clock was restored an hour again last weekend and that feels good, if you ask me. I finally have accepted that I am not a morning person. Formerly, when the sons were kids and I had to work, I had to get up early.  Bram and Bruno have left  the house and my husband and I  prefer now to live a quiet life. I enjoy so much in the morning to stay a little longer in that warm and cosy bed. When there is no rush, I feel  happier and more comfortable for  the rest of the day. It is important to discover if you are a night owl or a morning person and try, as far as possible, to deal with.  Sunsets are for me equally spectacular as sunrises. Especially the moments between light and dark are amazing.  The colors in the sky and nature are at their best, many animals become active and  those moments always give me  warm feelings and a certain sense of security. Long evenings with an exciting movie on tv, a nice conversation with a glass of wine, totally absorbed in a good book, or most of all, just forgetting the time while drawing, can give delicious moments…

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The badger, which is still common in the Ardennes, you’ll rarely see during the day, it is one of the animals that become active at dusk…

When you are drawing, time flies over and you are sometimes too long in the same position. This can lead to neck and back problems, stiffness and pain. That is why, especially now, quiet walks and stretching exercises are so important. Walking  doesn’t take too much time, costs nothing, you can not force anything, and it gives nothing but advantages: it keeps your heart and body healthy, gives you oxygen, helps relieve stress and keeps your brain alert..

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Translation: walking is healthy, better than doing nothing and mulling

During the walks I enjoy every time  the scents, colors, and sounds around me that are always changing. Often I discover in the forest small miniature landscapes that are very inspiring:

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There are, of course, despite all those good intentions also occasionally lesser days. That is life. When I will be  really  old, I will only remember good memories. That is why I have bought  a  little book on Etsy, in which I  write down only beautiful moments. Bad experiences and lesser moments I do not push away but I don’t give them too much attention. Every now and then I open the booklet  because  I know that after lesser periods, unexpected great moments are coming. That’s always been the case and always will be so …

In English, it sounds beautiful:

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My special booklet full of happy memories, very useful to open on sad days

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Zentangleart is never  boring, there are so many different patterns, so many different possibilities. In an earlier blogpost, I have already written something about fragments. This technique  is explained in detail in chapter 7 of the book the primer.

Now I have red it again. I see little pictures on the Internet of this technique which is very attractive with many features. That’s why I have made a few examples  of 3 different reticulas, filled with “round”, “square” and “triangular” fragments. I have them chosen at random. A sea of possibilities unfolds. The drawings are very different than my usual stuff. However, this technique is also very nice to do with unexpected results, especially if you draw the fragments in different directions as shown on the last image. I have  chosen to draw this time in  black/white.

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Reticula R-B2 with fragments: F5, B6 en H2

 

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Reticula R-H3 with fragments: A23, D23, A25, B21, H21 ( and Jetties/Tipple)

 

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Reticula R-E2 with fragments L11 and C16 in different directions

I don’t use often “gridpatterns”. However I have  designed one. On the 29 th of October, Ela Rieger (Elatorium) has proposes to use  this pattern  in her daily challenge.  I am pleased to see what others are doing with my own tangles. That is why I like to place a  nice image of Ela with a  composition, made of a variation on my Paravan in combination with Strimonds and Curly Border.
Regulary, I take a look at this interesting website with incredible patterns, a good advise when  you have less inspiration!

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This is Ela’s new pattern,  several variations are possible: Genuckle

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Because I have not shown  many tiles with gridpatterns, I have made a few ones in combination with other tangles.

On the first image I have the lovely patterns Hamadox and Stone Story drawn on the grid patterns of Cubine and Fife and for the framework I have chosen Hypnotic.

 

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On the next tile I chose Flip Flap, that I found in the new book by Diana Linsse, combined with Bubbles and Petal Panes.

 

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And again, another experiment with the salad spinner and Ecoline:

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To this slogan I don’t have nothing more to add, I agree for 100%

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Today I would like to end with a melancholic number and  I have found a beautiful one of Leonard Cohen. I ‘m fond of all his  mysterious songs. That special voice, those words I don’t understand very good, those beautiful melodies … just. love it.

Here is a fantastic, timeless number: Dance me to the end of love:

I would like to open this post with a beautiful opustile  of  Michele Beauchamps. I have chosen for this work because you can see clearly how Michele has drawn  reallooking “gemstones” on paper. These “gems” are invented by Sue Yoshino and circulate already for a long time in the world of Zentangleart. Drawing such a  stone  seems harder than it is. However, I have not practiced this technique a lot,  due to lack of time,  but that is gonna change. I’m fond of these little stones . Therefore I  have purchased an  E-book by Eni Oken (outside USA purchase via Etsy) and a set of Caran d’Ache pencils. (Prismacolor is very difficult to get in Belgium) Now I need just to  practice and I will repeat often this wonderful slogan: anything is possible, one stroke at a time…

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Below you can see my first attempt, made on a piece of paper on which I  have put some Bistrepowder/Pumicestonepowder and a few drops of Ecoline. The paper goes into the saladspinner and so you will get  a special  “fanning out” effect. Ecoline paint gives very bright colors and the results are  different from   ordinary watercolors..

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Click on the buttom and you’ll get a short tutorial of Sue Yoshino

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Also Hanny Waldburger has recently designed a  lovely and  easy tangle: PIB (Pearl in Balance).  Dfferent variations are possible. I’ve made a work with three Bijoux. This small size is also available in white, black and tan and can sometimes be very useful.

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As I already wrote,  I’m going to  focus more on learning new tangles and “gems”.  During this quest, I discovered by accident the tangle Twiggee. I think it’s actually a bit of a variation on Hollibaugh, a simple concept but  beautiful and suits this time of the year. That is why I have made this  drawing, also consisting of 3 Bijoux tiles, I have chosen the black version, and have used a white gelpen and different chalk pencils to add some color.

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Meanwhile, in the Doppahuis, I have given a third workshop  in which the students have drawn on coloured tiles. Unfortunately, a few people were sick, but they are invited to attend the third lesson of the following group in January 2017.

In this third lesson, everyone has learned a few new tangles and almost immediately they  started to draw with their white gelpens, sepia microns and chalkpencils on those beautiful Renaissancetiles..

 

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As a starting point for working on Renaissancetiles, I had chosen for a composition with RIxty, Caviar and Oke, a bit like I had finished the travelingtile with Anita Westin.  I found it quite nice and it was not too complicated. The  students were excited and happy to show you their first attemps on real Renaissancetiles. I like them very much, you too? Their enthousiasme made me very happy!

Beside working on tan tiles,  we have  also created a drawing on a black one.  After consultation, there was chosen for a simple design with Twiggee in the lead role. Our time was limited but by this exercise, everyone  could still deliver a nice design with a white gelpen and chalk pencils.

 

blacktilesAfter three workshops, the students are familiar with the philosophy behind Zentangleart, they have learned more than  30  tangles. They know different kinds of strings, they can make variations on their patterns, create shadows and contrasts and have worked on white, black and tan tiles. They know where they can find more information and inspiration … Now it’s time to experiment and discover on their own,

A little reminder: surf now and then to Elatorium:  a daily nice “challenge”  will appear  with an example of the talented Ela Rieger herself, that is an ideal exercise to learn new tangles and new compositions…

Some people like to remain at the base of Zentangle, prefer to use the ordinary tiles and work exclusively in white and black. That’s OK and I do that also regularly but as everything evolves, also there are new things to discover in the Zentangleworld.  Explore new roads remains fascinating and using a different color, a different format,  a different concept can be great. There are no rules, no commitments, you just have to discover what you like  and where you will find the most satisfaction in … This also applies to the tangles. There is nothing wrong by using your  familiar patterns, everyone has his favorites, me too.  But sometimes, adding  a new tangle can give more variety in your work, It can stir up your creativity and once again: anything is possible, not too much all of a sudden, but step by step.

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Translation: to grow is to jump in the unknown, every time again

Now the weather turns cool and rainy, it is important to take good care of yourself and to  keep warm inside.. A day of “cures” can be a great relaxation and become a true “boost”. We live  only  half an hour driving from the beautiful little town of Spa and I love  to visit the thermal baths. The prices are democratic: 20 Euro for 3 hours. You can use the indoor and outdoor pools (which are really nice and warm) the whirlpools, sauna, hamman, the infra-red room and the quiet areas. You don’t have to stay in the water constantly. You can easy buy a drink,  and take a comfortable seat to have a short break. During Hollidays and weekends, it will probably be very busy but the baths are open every day and during a regular weekday, this is strongly recommended.

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In the Woods around us, the colors are now at their best and I enjoy this beautiful scenery during the daily walks. Only a few weeks and then the autumn splendor will be over its peak. First there are a few happy days during Haloween in Durbuy. In my childhood that festival was never celebrated  but very slowly, this  tradition is here also strongly established and I like  to see all those creeps walking around in the narrow streets of Durbuy. These pictures were taken last year.

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Also this theme,  you can draw  in your tiles. One of my  enthusiastic students, P.P. shows this in 2 of his  original tiles. He has used the very nice tangle Punkin on the first drawing.

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Also this tile is typical  for this time of the year, well done Peter!

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This time, I want to close with a  special piece of music that I have heard for the first time, more than  25 years ago  in a cosy small restaurant where we have eaten after a  multiple-day trekking through the mountains. I was immediately fascinated by those magic sound. The time was good, the company was good and the place was good, maybe that’s why that music could delight me immediately. I think it’s great when people can go and do something for 100%. Kitaro sure does that in his music. Later I bought  all his CDs, but Matsuri will always stay my favorite. I still listen to it regularly and than, again, I am back, in that little restaurant in Kathmandu…There are several U-tube movies on the Internet but I have chosen for a life recording from that period… so you can also see and listen to  “the Wizard”  (and I like that good-looking violist too)

Suddenly we are in the middle of the fall. After that delicious hot and dry september, it feels suddenly pretty cold and we need our winter coats . Anyway, last Wednesday  we got another beautiful sunny autumn day with a steel blue sky. Ideal for a trip. We went to Maastricht,  just over the border in the Netherlands. In this cosy city of Limburg you can admire beautiful old mansions. A visit to the impressive Roman church is recommended. Very special is “the Helpoort” and some intacted parts of the original city walls. You can make  boat trips on the river Meuse or visit the main attractions in an “oldtimerbus.” We chose just to go on foot to explore  the old town. Here you will find many small artisan shops, boutiques, restaurants and charming cafes. Unexpectedly we have found a  working water mill in the middle of the city! It was very crowded on the sunny, cheerful terraces.  In the “ centre Ceramique “ you can always visit  an interesting exhibition. Maastricht is also known for its caves and casemates. In the neighbourhood of the city, you will find  some vineyards with the  delicious Riesling, Müller Thürgau and  Pinot Noir grapes. You can visit the local farmers and taste the excellent wines, f.e. in “the Apostelhoeve”.

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A view of the town, on the background you can see a glimp of the Roman church

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The “Helpoort” and a little piece of the old city walls

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One of the lovely terraces in the middle of the town

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A big choice of homemade coffees and teas you can find in one of the little shops

When I’m drawing, there is usually a cup of tea next to me. During the summer months, I used to drink a lot of  ice tea but now I prefer  a  warm fragrant cup.  Especially in the evening,  a fine herbal mix can give a soothing, contained feeing. White, green and black tea  are coming from the same plant: the Camellia Sinensis. The difference is  the way how the leaves are modified.

White tea is almost not edited. Only the youngest shoots are used. As a result, this species is the “purest” and  contains all natural antioxidants. Green tea is widely acclaimed for its “healthy” character but the reason  is mainly the same as those of white tea: the leaves are barely oxidised. Green tea has an antioxidant effect and stimulates the metabolism. Pay attention and use water just below boiling. Black tea is fully fermented, generally, it has has a strong flavor and contains the most caffeine.

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Rooibos is of a very different plant. It is a traditional South African infusion that is prepared like black tea, but contains no caffeine.

Matcha: is a powder form of super fine  green tea leaves and the superman under the teas.

Tisanes or herbal infusions are actually different blends of dried herbs, fruits and flowers and don’t contain  tea leaves. The ingredients are usually dried but you can also use fresh ingredients for stronger aromas f.e.. ginger or mint. The Ayurvedic Yogi teas are composed of beneficial herbs and spices and you can buy them in bio-shops.

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After lots of drawings on  ordinary formats, I decided  to choose for  the bigger brother:  the Opus tile. I freely admit that I had to think about the composition and the tangles but then I started on  a  Renaissance tile and finished it with simple tangles:

 

On my first result you can see: Naaki, Drogon, Curly Q, Festune, Hybrid, Onomato, Dex, Fandance, Shattuck, Fassett, Cogwheel, Vortex and Sandswirl. I have used a thicker black and purple pen (0.3) and finished with colorpencils and a white gelpen..

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On the second example, I’d  like to create a little autumnatmosphere by using the typical colors of the fall.  Beside  a black pen, I have also used a sepia-colored one. Thanks to the cooperation with Anita Westin I have discovered the beautiful pattern Oke by Michèle Beauchamp and I decided to use this tangle on my drawing. I started with a kind of border. On that “frame”, I have drawn  a few patterns of Oke. Each tangle became different auras. Rixty came above and below. The middle is colored with different shades of brown. You can  see the next  tangles: Quandary, Tipple, Gust, Mooka, Lollywhimple, Stircles, Misst and Caviar. On this tile, I have used a lot of  chalk pencils. (white and colored)

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For my third example, I took a white one and put some watercolors on it, together with Bistre powder. I started to draw with Windfarm and filled the spaces with Crescent Moon, Sandswirl, Battlo, Florez, Trumpets and Vortex. Then I colored Windfarm with silver, gold and green gelpens and the other tangles with  different chalk pencils. To finish, I have glued a few dried flowers on the tile.

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Again I have chosen for a” travelingtileexperience” with Anita Aspfors Westin from Sweden.  I admire  her beautiful, special style and I’m grateful for  these unique tiles. Thank you very much Anita for this pleasant collaboration.

I sent her a black tile with a wavy Fandance (with a little gold) over a box of (partial) Interlude. Anita  finished the tile in white with a beautiful variation on Maisie, Tipple and a variant on Madrono.

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I sent also a  white tile, just with a Curly q. (or spiral Ribbon). The finishing of this tile is so beautiful and subtile done by Anita with Flukes, N’Zeppel, Mooka and a variation of Merryweather.  Watch  the appropriate shadow that  gives the tile a splendid extra touch!

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Anita sent me this (with shaving cream) colored tile that was a real challenge for me. She started with Double d’s and Huggins and I have continued to work with some more Huggins, then I have filled the” boxes”  with Tidings (blue and purple pen) and Printemps (sepiapen) and I finished the frame, just like Anita has started.

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On this Renaissancetile  Anita draw the beautiful pattern Oke  in the bottom left corner. With a sepia-coloured pen I have chosen for a  few Zingers and also Rixty is appearing. I finished with   l’Eaura, Tipple and Caviar. To color, I have  used some white and orange chalk pencils.

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Every  time, the traveling tiles remain exciting and every  time I have been surprised by the great results. It is nice to have contacts with people from all over the world. It seems like everyone is tangling!  Every day, people design patterns. It is time to  learn more new tangles in the next weeks…

 

Would you like to learn some more patterns too? Just take a look at Elatorium, and discover new challenges. Ela Rieger put  every day a nice “challenge” on this site, an ideal exercise to learn new tangles . On september the 30 th., she chose a combination of my l’Eaura, Fleurette and Stitch. It was very nice to see what others did with my pattern. Below two beautiful black/white examples of this challenge. Thank you Ela and Annette for this surprise!

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Most of the flowers are gone, but now it is” pumpkintime”  to cheer up our little garden!

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Also a little dragon, that I couldn’t resist, has found a place in the garden

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Bruno Coulais wrote this beautiful touching music which I like tho share with you: “Le Retour des Grues” (The Return of the Cranes).

The music is assembled on a few fragments of the wonderful film : Un tour du monde à vol d’oiseau.Film doc.(source Arte)