De opdracht voor deze week is een tile te ontwerpen met je favoriete tangles. Ook met éénvoudige patronen kan je leuke composities maken. Het gaat vanzelf en dat is eigenlijk de bedoeling van Zentangletekenen: pure ontspanning. Ik ben begonnen met het tekenen van drie vierkanten. Als eerste tangle heb ik gekozen voor het veelzijdige Tripoli en enkele Zinger motiefjes (wie houdt daar nu niet van?) Vervolgens koos ik voor Crescent Moon, Printemps en N”Zeppel (allemaal tangles uit mijn beginperiode) Om de resterende open vlakken te vullen heb ik Hollibaugh gekozen en  vervolgens hier en daar wat ingevuld en bijgekleurd, net als Tripoli.

The challenge of this week was to create a tile with your favorite tangles. Also with uncomplicated patterns, you can make nice compositions. It goes so smoothly and that is  exact the meaning of Zentangle: no competition, just relax. I started by drawing three squares. The first tangle I have chosen, wasTripoli and I added a few Zinger patterns (who doesn’t love this  easy, beautiful tangle?) Than I have chosen for Crescent Moon, Printemps and N’ZeppelI. ( I learned  these patterns at the beginning period) To fill the last empty spaces, I have drawn Hollibaugh. I finished with a little bit of colour  (pencils) and filled a few places of Hollibaugh.

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  1. 39
    Susan Theron says:


  2. 36
    Anja says:

    Great combination of tangles, contrast and color! Love it very much, dear Ria!

  3. 35

    I love the contrast between the very linear look of your string and tangles and the soft colors.

  4. 33

    Your tile is so beautiful… and comforting to look at! It’s composition and balance is LOVELY!

  5. 31
    Heike says:

    Hello Ria,

    I love your well-balanced composition with its hints of colour! In fact, it was so inspiring that I had to try a string with three squares last night and this will certainly not be the last time I used it.

    • 32
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you for your nice comment. Drawing different squares into each other is easy and creates a lot of possibilities to fill. I’m glad you like it but I also like your tile with a wonderful drawn Shattuck!

  6. 28
    Duane says:

    Ria: I have just created a tile just for you and it is posted to my blog. You need to come see it and let me know how you feel about it.



  7. 27
    Donald Wilka says:

    Great depth with this tile. I like the variety of the tiles. To me they are the basics of Zentangle® as they are all very simple strokes.

    • 29
      Ria Matheussen says:

      I agree Donald, working with wellknown basic tangles can also give beautiful results. Thank you for your nice comment.

  8. 25
    Trudi says:

    It just seems so beautifully balanced Ria.

    • 26
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Susie for your kind reaction, and because I’m not on social media I would say also that you have created a wonderful tile for this challenge, I especially love your fantastic ING, filled with Rick’s Paradox.

  9. 23

    An absolutely gorgeous tile, Ria. Beautiful composition. I love your new tangle, Nouvart. Congrats.

  10. 21
    Sandra says:

    Hello Ria,
    I love your tile with this wonderful colour 🙂 The composition is great and I can feel that you had a lot of fun to tangle this and enjoyed it very much. So beautiful!
    Many greetings, Sandra

    • 22
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Yes, it is true, I enjoyed this drawing very much. It is an easy composition (3 squares) and then I started to draw with my favorite tangles. Thank you for this nice compliment and I’m glad you like my tile.

  11. 17
    Susie says:

    I love your tile, Ria. Absolutely stunning. Colors and shapes make it very modern. Perfect.
    I also saw your IAST 188 tile. First I was just staring at it, absorbing the stunning impact it had on me. Then I started to wonder what was w/c background and what did you draw. Again ‘then’ I saw it was your tile, but couldn’t find it on your website. So here I am telling you your IAST 188 tile blew me away!!!! Absolutely fantastic!

    • 20
      Ria Matheussen says:

      I am so glad with your kind words Susie because I am a big fan of your work and your tiles always blow me away.
      In my next post, at the end of this month, I’m gonna write a bit more about this watercolour technique and show a few examples It seems very special, but in fact it is very easy to do and I agree, I love the unexpected results. I never know how it gonna look at the end, it is always a surprise. When the background is ready, you can see where it would be nice to draw tangles, sometimes it looks good with only a few ones, sometimes you need more…

  12. 16
    Duane says:

    Ria: This tile you have done is just beautiful. I like that the tangles just spill out from one square to another to another. You also worked out the composition to include many tangles that seem to flow together. You are quite the Art Deco artist, aren’t you ! I just saw your new tangle today that you submitted to (Nouvart). That one is just beautiful as well. I have been drawing that one over and over to get used to it. You do such great work.

    • 19
      Ria Matheussen says:

      This composition is really not difficult to make. When you start with different squares, you get already a kind of strings. I didn’t like Tripoli at all, but you will see, once you understand this one, it is a fantastic and easy pattern with lots of variation. (I felt in love with this tangle during the seminar, more I don’t want to tell you, because that must be a surprise, but you gonna have a fantastic time, I’m 100% sure)
      Thank you for your nice compliment about Nouvart. It is easy to draw and I like it especially as a border.

  13. 15
    Dudley Bacon says:

    So festive and bright. I’d buy a whole set of coasters of it. Your Tripoli is so dynamic and interesting and the opposing colors make it pop pop pop; My Tripoli generally looks like a dried out alkali flat in Nevada.

    • 18
      Ria Matheussen says:

      In the beginning I didn’t like Tripoli, but once you see how it works, it is a lovely pattern and became one of my favorites. I’m very glad with your nice comment and thank you very much. It is worth to exercise a bit to change a dried out alkali flat in Nevada into a bright new one in Manhattan! (LOL)

  14. 13

    The colors are great! I Love the cubistic feeling and your flow of tangles!

    • 14
      Ria Matheussen says:

      This was a pleasant challenge and this composition came first into my mind, indeed a bit cubistic. I’m glad you like it.Thank you very much for your comment Anita.

  15. 11
    Jean Chaney says:

    These tangles are so relaxing to do. Maybe that’s why there are right up there with the beginning tangles we teach. No stress at all. Nice tile, and I like the touch of color!

    • 12
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Yes, I agree, using well known tangles is relaxing and you can also get nice results. Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you like my tile.

  16. 9
    michele says:

    Lovely tile Ria! I love the composition of the 3 squares. I’m going to have to try that;-)

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      There are many options for this challenge but those 3 squares came immediately into my head, easy and you have different possibilities to fill the squares. Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you like my tile.

  17. 7

    I love that lavender that you used in this tile. I also really like the movement.

    • 8
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Kate. This was an easy composition but I have enjoyed it and I’m glad you like the result

  18. 5
    Annemarie says:

    Wauw, Ria, hier blijf ik naar kijken. Mooie compositie en ook de zachte kleur is helemaal geweldig!!!!

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dank je wel Annemarie, eigenlijk zouden we dit soort challenges meer moeten krijgen, zo ontdek je wat je allemaal kunt bereiken met je “bekende” patroontjes…

  19. 2
    maddy says:

    Zijn exact mijn favoriete tangelpatroontjes. Ik heb na je lessen nog weinig andere tangels gebruikt omdat je met deze reeds heel veel kunt variëren en combineren.
    Weer heel mooi Ria!

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dank je wel Maddy, het is waar wat Laura vertelt in deze post: wij willen dikwijls te veel, te snel , altijd iets nieuws…. niet goed, geeft alleen maar stress.
      Dankzij deze inzendingen kun je zien dat ook met éénvoudige gemakkelijke patronen heel mooie tiles kunnen gemaakt worden en daarom vind ik deze challenge echt de moeite!

  20. 1
    Gudrun S. says:

    What a wonderful tile, Ria , fill of harmony 🙂

    • 3
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Gudrun, I do appreciate your comment and I like your tile too: very nice combination of beautiful chosen tangles!

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