Na een 3-delige workshop, kreeg ik onverwachts een leuk cadeautje van één van de cursisten: een paar boekjes van Ben Kwok. Daarin vond ik deze mooie Mandala in hartvorm. Ter gelegenheid van Valentijn heb ik hem speciaal voor mijn man gemaakt omdat wij al bijna 40 jaar lief en leed delen en nog altijd gelukkig en tevreden zijn met elkaar.  Deze foto heb ik reeds afgedrukt in mijn laatste blogpost omdat ik het zo’n prachtig ontwerp vind. De hartvorm was al verdeeld in vakjes, je hoeft dus alleen je favoriete tangles te tekenen en eventueel in te kleuren.

After one of my workshops, unextpected, I received a little surprise of one of the students: a few books of Ben Kwok. I like his templates very much and I have found this “Heartmandala” in one of his books. I have made this tile last week, special for my husband. We are almost 40 years together and still satisfied and happy with each other. I posted this picture already on my last blogpost because I do like the designs of Ben Kwok. Strings are already there, you just have to fill the template with your favorite tangles and to use colors if you like.


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  1. 53

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

  2. 51

    Prachtige Zentangle Valentijnkaart. Mooi ook met die subtiele rode accentjes

  3. 48
    JillD says:

    Exquisitely tangled valentine! I love the touch of red too:)

  4. 47
    cheryl says:

    Very beautiful and expertly crafted. Love it!

  5. 45

    Wow … that´s fantastic!

    • 46
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Annette, drawing on this template was different than I used to do but I enjoyed it very much!

  6. 43
    Susie says:

    Hi Ria, I never heard of Ben Kwok (dah!), but when I saw your beautiful mirrored heart I had to click on the link you provided to find out what your secret was. Your lines are so clean and neat and the perfectly chosen tangle patterns drawn so intricate, I wouldn’t even dare. Love it and so will your hubby. Sure!

    • 44
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Susie for this nice comment.
      I have to admit that in reality, this heart is drawn on a paper from 15 cm by 15 cm, a lot bigger than usual. It was so much easier to draw the tangles inside the heart.

  7. 41
    Heike says:

    Your heart is just gorgeous with its beautiful linework and the little touches of red!

  8. 37

    Wow! That’s amazing:-)

    • 40
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Michele, something else that I used to do but I enjoyed making this drawing for Valentine’s day.

  9. 36
    Annemarie says:

    Wauw, wat is dit mooi geworden. Er zijn echt prachtige dingen van Ben Kwok, en jij hebt dit nog mooier gemaakt.

  10. 35
    Maggibee says:

    I like the Ben Kwok templates too, although sometimes I feel the spaces are a bit small. You have made a ovely job of this one, it’s gorgeous.

    • 38
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much for this nice comment but I agree, the spaces are a bit small. In reality I have drawn on a square from 15 by 15 cm and that made it a lot more comfortable for me!

  11. 32
    Simone says:

    Dear Ria, I don`t find more words than “WOW”!!!

    • 34
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Vielen Dank liebe Simone, es macht mich froh dass dieses Hart dich gefällt.
      I am not on facebook but Jean Cheney wrote me, those templates are free on the facebookpage of Ben Kwok. Some of them are really beautiful to tangle on!

  12. 31

    Ria… your touches of red in the beautifully tangled heart give it the perfect accents! Truly lovely tangling! Just. wow!

  13. 27
    Jean Chaney says:

    Your husband is going to love this special and beautifully tangled Valentine’s heart, Ria. Did you know that you can get Ben’s templates free on his Facebook page, Ornation Creation? He does such nice work.

    • 30
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much for your comment Jean and also for the information about getting the templates of Ben Kwok. I received these books from a student but I didn’t know that the templates are free available on his Facebook page. I agree with you: he makes lovely drawings to tangle and I liked the Mandalaheartform at first sight. I’m glad you like this heart too. It was very relaxing to fill the heart with the tangles I have chosen.

  14. 26

    Beautiful! Your Husband is going to adore it! Congrats on 40 years of love!

    • 29
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Kate, in april we will be 39 years together and we are married 38 years (in august)

  15. 25
    Sue Sharp CZT12 says:

    Gorgeous! Love the intricate detail and the touches of red!

  16. 23
    Elle tangle says:

    Wowww! C’est super joli, finement dessiné. J’adore

    • 24
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Merçi Chantal, c’est toujours agréable de recevoir votre réaction. Je ne suis pas tellement fou des “coeurs” mais remplir un grand coeur, ça m’a donné beaucoup de plaisir!

  17. 17
    Duane says:

    Ria: Hi again. You’re looking well. Anyway, your work is fantastic, as usual. Very intricate work on a heart shaped form. It has a lot of very nicely done tangles to get across the message of Valentine’s Day. I like it.

    • 22
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thanks for your kind compliment, Duane.
      When the heart shape form is already there, it was just looking for some tangles to fill in this Valentine’s template. I enjoyed it very much and I forgot to say on your site, me too love a fresh sushi and that is exactly what I’m gonna eat this evening!
      Wish you a romantic Valentine’s day too!!!

  18. 16
    Caroline says:

    Très jolie réalisation. A bientôt Ria…

    • 21
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Oh Caroline, merci pour votre réaction. J’espère que tout va bien avec vous et j’aimerai de vous rencontrer denouveau avec des tuiles chez Laura comme jadis???

  19. 15
    Lianne says:

    The recipient of this beautiful heart will be a lucky person indeed.

    • 20
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Lianne. In the books of Ben Kwok, there are so many nice templates to fill with tangles. I was lucky to find this beautiful Mandalaheart, so to fill the heart was fun and I enjoyed it very much.

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Joey.
      On my last blogpost, I have posted your finished tiles, there are wonderful and I’m glad you like this tile!

  21. 13

    This is a really beautiful Valentine, Ria. Great choice of tangles, and just the right amount of color.

    • 18
      Ria Matheussen says:

      I like the books of Ben Kwok very much and I was happy to find such a wonderful template of this Mandalaheart, so to fill in the tangles was very pleasant and relaxing to draw. I’m glad you like the result.

  22. 10
    Katy Kehoe says:

    Beautiful work! You used some of my favorite tangles!

  23. 9

    What a fun tangled heart. It just seems joyous!

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    Deanne B says:

    Beautiful Heart mandala! Love the way you filled it and the tangles you chose. I’ve bought Ben Kwok books for other people… maybe it’s time to buy some for myself! Your husband will love it! 🙂

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Deanne for your nice comment. In these books, there are lovely templates to fill with tangles. Sometimes, it is pleasant and relaxing, just making an easy work and with well chosen tangles, it can become also more personal.

  26. 3
    joyce says:

    That’s absolutely beautiful. Your husband will love it!!

  27. 1

    I am breathless! Amazing work! Love it!

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