I’m fond of this challenge. First I took a black tile on which I dropped some bleach and rinsed it with water to neutralize the bleach. When the tile was dry, I splashed a little bit of watercolours on the bleach and let it dry again. Than I started with a white gelpen to draw CO2 and the frontiers of the colored places, followed by  NKD ( with black pen) and the lovely 5C Aura (by Ina Sonnenmoser), Anita  Westin showed us this wonderful tangle last week and it was love at first sight for me, an easy and beautiful tangle.To finish I have chosen for Min-line and Msst. 

Ik hou van lekker smossen op een tile en dat deed ik met bleekwater. Daarna eventjes de tile onder stromend water houden om het zuur te neutraliseren. Als de tegel droog werd, heb ik op de gebleekte stukken nog een beetje aquarelverf gesmeten. Dan begon het tanglewerk: C02, 5C Aura, Min-line en Msst met een witte gelpen en NKD met een zwarte pen. Vorige week liet Anita Westin ons kennismaken met  5C Aura van Ina Sonnenmoser, dat was liefde op het eerste gezicht voor mij, een hele gemakkelijke en mooie tangle!


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  1. 43
    Simone says:

    Ria, this is amazing!! The white on black and the lovely bright colors- I love that very much!

    • 44
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Simone, putting some fluid on a tile is always fun and with that bleach you can already draw on the bleached parts (a bit like on a tan tile) or as I did, put some extra watercolours on. Watercolors are not so nice on black but I like them on white or tan…
      I don’t know if you are still in Cornwall, when it is so, I wish you wonderful days at that magnificent place!

  2. 41

    Absolutely gorgeous tile with lovely colours! To bleach a black tile is a great idea and like your results a lot! It´s really time to try it by myself!
    Hugs, Annette

    • 42
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Annette for your nice comment. I like the results of the bleach (and the adding of watercolors) very much and I have seen with my own eyes how beautiful you finished one! So, I would say give it a try, it will not dissapoint you.
      Have a wonderful weekend and warm regards.

  3. 39

    Bleach, fancy that, certainly adds magic! Splendid!

    • 40
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Shelly for your kind comment. This was an idea of my husband and indeed, it gives a special effect and when the tile is dry, it is very easy to draw on.

  4. 37
    Sue Sharp CZT12 says:

    Ria, this is magnificent! I LOVE the idea of using bleach on a black tile (I have so many – that might get me using them!). And the added colour is another wonderful idea! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tile!

    • 38
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Sue for this wonderful compliment, I’m glad you like the result and I would say:give it a try, very important is to rinse with water after putting on the bleach. I like to blow when I have put some fluid, you can create a nice whimsical effect and I see immediately where I can draw tangles and where it is better to leave some space. I wish you succes!!!

  5. 35

    Oh, Ria, yet another idea I have to try out. The bleaching. Your tile is simply fantastic. To me it looks like a wild tree in winter with all the little birds nesting for the night. BTW, I tried your candle/watercolor tip, but I guess I overdid it with the candle. I could hardly draw in the tile.

    • 36
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Susie, for giving here a comment.
      Only bleaching gives already nice results but adding some watercolors gives just that little bit more that I really like. You can easily draw on those tiles.
      I agree with you concerning the candlegrease: on the places you put some candlegrease, it is hard to draw on. I don’t do that but those “strokes” give the tile a special look after bringing some watercolour on. I hope you will give it a second try and I wish you success.

  6. 33

    It looks wonderful! And very special! Thank’s for describing your process!

    • 34
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Anita for your kind words, this was an idea of my husband and very easy to get a special effect. I’m glad you like it!

  7. 31
    Val Brandon says:

    Just brilliant ?

  8. 29
    cheryl says:

    How creative, Ria! And absolutely stunning. c

    • 30
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Cheryl. I was glad to discover that a little bleach gives such wonderful results to tangle on, I can recomment.

  9. 26
    Heike says:

    What an inspirational tile you offer here, Ria. I would never have thought of putting bleach on a black tile but I definitely want to try. The watercolours really stand out against the black background, a wonderful composition!

    • 28
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Hello new CZT, I hope you have had a wonderful time and learned a lot?
      You can put watercolours on the bleach but even with only bleach you ‘ll get a unique tile to tangle on.
      You know, I’m not on social media but I like to say by this way that I like the wonderful shading on your tile and the pale tipple, it is a beautiful work.

  10. 25
    Betsy says:

    LOVE the idea of doing it with bleach on black and then adding colors. GENIUS! and beautiful!

    • 27
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Betsy for your nice comment, I’m glad you like my tile and I’m sorry that I am not on social media and can’t give comments by that way. But every challenge I take a look on every tile and you always shows nice results. I love your sunny and cheerful combination of this week.

  11. 23
    Bine says:

    Wow, I also had never thought to bleach a black tile. I love your tile and the colour. Fabulous and creativ idea!

    • 24
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much for this nice comment, it is not difficult at all, just give it a try and you will discover how easy it is.

  12. 20
    Jean Chaney says:

    Well, how creative and clever of you to bleach a black tile! I will certainly have to look into trying that. Your tile is so pretty!

    • 22
      Ria Matheussen says:

      In fact, it was an idea of my husband, you don’t need to put also watercolours on, only with bleach, the tile looks already special and invites you to draw on, but I’m fond of watercolours and they give an extra touch on the whole thing. It is not difficult and I like the surprising results. Thank you Jean for your comment and I’m glad you like this experiment.

  13. 19
    Melissa says:

    I love this tile. So full of interesting elements yet not at all crowded. Beautiful.

    • 21
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Melissa, you can easy draw on the bleached places, gives always special effect. I’m glad you like the result and thank you for the comment.

  14. 17

    A wonderful tile with a very interesting technique! I love it! Best wishes, Margarete

  15. 15
    Jeanette says:

    Interesting approach to the challenge! I love how it turned out.

    • 16
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Jeanette for this nice compliment, it is an easy technique, I’m glad you like it!

  16. 13
    michele says:

    What a gorgeous tile! I love that technique with the bleach.

    • 14
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Michele, you can paint on the bleach but only bleach on black tiles is already very nice to draw on.
      I’m glad you like this tile, it was a pleasure to make it.

  17. 11
    Annemarie says:

    Spectaculair!!!! Wat heb je dit mooi gedaan Ria, ik ben er helemaal weg van! Dank je wel voor je lieve woorden op mijn blog.

    • 12
      Ria Matheussen says:

      En toch is deze techniek niet zo moeilijk hoor, gewoon 2 keer wachten omdat de tile telkens goed droog moet zijn voor de volgende stap maar in de grillige vormen die ontstaan vind ik het leuk om plaatsjes te zoeken om op of tussen te tangelen.
      Jij ook bedankt voor je fijne reactie Annemarie.

  18. 9
    HeidiSue says:

    This is absolutely spectacular! I just love that rainbow effect over the bleach…well, my days off are tomorrow and the next day, so you know what I’ll be doing! wow!

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Heidi, the advantage is that you can draw with white gelpens on the black spaces and with other colours on the lighther spaces. When the watercolour is dry, you can make also the colours a bit stronger with ordinary colourpencils. It is not difficult at all but important is to rinse after the bleach and to wait until the tile is dry (2 times) I Wish you succes and enjoy your days off!

  19. 7
    Duane says:

    Ria, your tile is beautiful !! When I look at it, I see Christmas. That’s about the only way I can describe it. Beautiful. (thanks for your comments on my blog. I will make sure I am totally whole and well in 60 days for my trip to Providence.)

    • 8
      Ria Matheussen says:

      You don’t need to put watercolors on the tile, just drop some bleach, ( blow a bit in different directions) than rinse with water and let it dry. You can than draw your favorite tangles with a white pen on the black spaces and with a black pen on the lighter spaces.
      Thank you for the compliment and I’m glad you like this result. I wish you a quick recovery and keep on tangling!

  20. 3

    Wow! Neat tile and thanks for sharing your process. I will have to try it!

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Kate, this is very pleasant to do and the results are always nice, you only have to wait two times, the tiles must be very dry before drawining.

  21. 2
    Trudi says:

    So cool! Love the colours Ria.

    • 5
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Trudi, I appreciate your comment very much, especially now, because you know I can’t give you feedback because I’m not on social media!

  22. 1
    Deanne B says:

    What a fabulous and innovative idea! I would have never thought of that! Thank you! I want to try this! I LOVE your tile!! Magnificent! 🙂

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Deanne for this nice compliment. It is a very easy technique. You can also only put bleach on the tile but I like the result more with a little bit extra watercolours.

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