It is wonderful to live near the forest. Nature never gets boring but always gives me energy. There are no disturbing noises of cars and trucks. Where we live,  you can hear at night the owls calling, which I find quite fascinating. You can hear the branches of trees cracking in the wind and the murmurs of the water in the small rivers that are everywhere It was therefore  that our cottage had to have a name that references to these noises: “Les murmures.” (French). At Da Wanda in Germany I found Anja Riebold (Meinmalwerk) . She made  a very nice name plate with a  hand-painted  dragon.


I ‘ve never met a dragon but now and than, on summerevenings, I see this beautiful creature on our terrace and I love that! They are harmless.


I am fond of Zentangle but I like also other things of art: especially ceramics. When the kids were small I followed lessons in the IKO in Hoogstraten. We lived there for a few years.  I learned a lot and made a few nice pieces. Working with the potterswheel, however, I found very stressful for my back and that is why I stopped. I don’t  have an oven, and working with clay was difficult without one. However, I would occasionally follow a workshop, as the opportunity offers. Below I have posted a picture of my “bowl jars in raku. They are filled with little plants and during the summertime, they stand outside on the table. Making such  pottery is not difficult: just push pieces of clay in a bowl shape so that you already have a creased effect,put some colour on it and then put in the raku oven.. Raku is really an experience in itself. You never know how your pieces are going to come out, it remains a surprise!



I discovered Zentangle,  thanks to my computer,  but a dozen years ago,  I didn’t know anything  about it, I  even hated computers.  On advice of my husband I have followed lessons and now I won’t miss my PC  not for one single day I’m a very curious person and on the Internet  I can find an answer to all my questions.
There is also a lot of information about people who put Zentangedrawinings on their ceramics, it can also be very nice:


And here is an example of a jar, I’ve made years ago, in that academy. I just put the tangle Zinger on it!


While surfing, caught my eye on the, beautiful work of chris gryder.


In his work I found inspiration to create a drawing with 9 tiles. (bijoux)


I have always worked  on 1 tile, but also drawings that run across different tiles, are possible. Do you find 9 pieces too much? then you can start with 2, 3 or 4 tiles. You can connect them with tangles, with strings or just lay next to each other. The same motifs you can let  come back but it is not a requirement, again, everything is possible, everything is O.K.
There are also packages with 9 tiles on which the strings (with all tiles walk) all pre-printed.



 This week, the Diva gave us the challenge: take an early tile and make it again! It is interesting and nice to see how everybody can grow! My very first tile is on my frontpage in the article” the beginning.” I have made that tile again, one year later. You can see the difference!!!
To end: another picture of the plucky Dagny Carlsson. This 103 year old Swedish lady discovered the computer only on her 100th. Now she has a website and a blog that was visited for more than a million times. In addition, she teaches other elder people to discover the computer and communicate better with the grandchildren.. I think it’s a great lady where. Everyone wants to grow old and yet stay young. Dagny  could make that absolutely.


Dagny i gunga

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!

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