Een paar jaar geleden, op een warme zomeravond, ontdekte ik een prachtige vlinder in onze tuin. Ik besloot een album aan te leggen met uitsluitend exemplaren die door mij gefotografeerd werden. Ondanks dat België geen tropisch klimaat heeft, heb  ik intussen toch al een behoorlijke verzameling gekregen waar ik erg trots op ben. Elke foto werd versierd met een éénvoudige sierlijke tangle die past bij deze wonderlijke wezentjes…Hieronder heb ik 2 voorbeelden geplaatst uit mijn boek.

A few years ago, on a warm summerevening, I discovered a beautiful butterfly in our garden. I decided to start a book with  pictures of those wonderful little creatures, only taken by myself. Despite of Belgium has not a tropical climate, meanwhile I got quiet a nice collection of which I’m very proud.  Around every picture , I have drawn an uncomplicated tangle, matching to those little jewels… You can see two examples of my collection:

Door toename van arthroseklachten in rug/nek/schouder/pols raden de dokters mij aan om voorlopig meer rust, oefeningen en kiné te nemen en minder te tekenen. Ik voel me daarom verplicht hun goede raad op te volgen en heb met pijn in het hart beslist om mijn activiteiten tijdelijk op een lager pitje te zetten. Ik wens iedereen veel tangleplezier toe en stuur jullie warme groeten vanuit België.

Due to increasing  pain and arthrosis on my back/neck/shoulder/wrist,  medecins advised me to take more rest, doing special exercises and go to the therapist.  I have no other choice than take a  long break and change my habits to become better. I wish everyone lots of tanglepleasure and send you all warm regards from Belgium.

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  1. 53
    maddy says:

    Ik wist niet dat België zo’n mooie vlinders heeft.. Mooie bijpassende tangels en jij hebt een prachtig boekje om te koesteren! Zo mooi.
    Ik heb pas vernomen dat de Aziatische buxusrups een heel mooie mot wordt. Tip?
    Nog veel plezier met je verzameling Ria. Een heel mooie hobby! Graag nog meer van dat ??? ? Lieve groetjesuit Genk. X

    • 54
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Wij hebben ongeveer 65 verschillende soorten dagvlinders in België en nog veel meer nachtvlinders. Dagvlinders zijn soms moeilijk te “pakken” omdat ze zo snel kunnen wegfladderen. Toch heb ik dit jaar alweer een paar leuke exemplaren kunnen vastleggen: het geaderd witje (dagvlinder) en de witte tijger (nachtvlinder). Vooral als het heel warm geweest is, zie je s’avonds regelmatig hele mooie nachtvlinders rond de verlichting landen…
      Voorlopig is dit mijn laatste challengebijdrage geweest en ik wil je hierbij nog eens extra bedanken voor al je vriendelijke commentaren.
      Hartelijke groeten

  2. 51

    I hope you will feel better soon Ria! I am sorry you have a lot of pain and sending you thoughts of strength and love! I loved the way you made the Diva´s challenge! It is just enough!

    • 52
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Anita, I do appreciate your comment very much and I’m glad you like “my” butterflies. I hope to “catch” a few more during the summer…
      I really enjoyed drawing Zentangleart and I won’t stop drawing but I have to take more rest and change my habits. I hope to be back in a few months.
      Wish you all the best and a nice summertime (I enjoy watching the Scandinavian thrillers on Netflix, there are soooo goood, I’m a big fan)
      Warm regards from Belgium and take care!

  3. 48

    Dear Ria, your butterflies are wonderful. I myself know times when pain disturbs the normal life. Summertime helps the therapy and exercises with warm weather. And sometimes a few tangles bring a little distraction. Let a little time go and sure you feel better soon. Best wishes from Germany, Margarete

    • 50
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Vielen Dank Margarete für die liebe Wörter.
      I won’t stop tangling but I really have to slow down a lot and change my (wrong) habits. I ignored too long the pain that increases while drawing. Doing exercises, walking, going tho the wellness, and rest more can give good results in only a few months, so I have no much choice.
      Take good care of yourself too, have a wonderful summertime and I send you warm regards from Belgium.

  4. 47

    Ria, your tangled butterfly cards are very unique and beautiful. I am very sorry to learn about the orthopedic problems you are experiencing. Last summer, I had a tendonitis in my dominant hand and wrist that made tangling very painful. It was very difficult for me to stay away from it and I probably prolonged my recovery time by not being a very good patient—in other words, I was an impatient patient. Last September, I damaged both my shoulders placing suitcases in an overhead bin while traveling. I am still having problems with reaching and lifting. The silver lining is that my tangling hand is unaffected. I am sending you positive thoughts for a speedy recovery.

    • 49
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you so much Suzanne for your kind words. Just like you, I’m an impatient patient and I wanted to stay busy. I had already a longer time problems due to differents factors: age, an accident years ago and two operations on my back, wrong attitudes (sitting too long while drawing and in front of the computer) and genetic factors. I ignored them too long. With a lot of pain in my heart, it is the best solution to change my habits and take a long break… I hope to get much better in a few months.I wish you a nice summer and please, you too, it is necessary to take good care of ourself!!! Sending you warm regards from Belgium

  5. 45

    Butterflies are a symbol of metamorphosis and positive change. May your lovely collection guide you through this time of rest and recovery, dearest Ria. I will look forward to seeing your art again soon. Peace and healing thoughts to you.

    • 46
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you so much dear Jennifer for your wonderful words, makes me very glad. I’m so sorry I have to take a long break but I know it is the best option to get better.

  6. 43
    Sidney says:

    Your tangled butterfly pictures are beautiful, Ria.

    I hope that the physical therapy and rest help relieve your pain and that you are able to return to tangling soon.

    • 44
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Sidney for these kind words.
      I will take good care of myself and hope to be better soon.

  7. 41
    Ilse says:

    Wat ontzettend vervelend om te horen van je pijnklachten 🙁 Ik hoop dat je snel (al is het maar met mate) je tangle plezier weer kunt oppakken. Sterkte…!

    • 42
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dank je wel Ilse voor je hartverwarmende woorden. Ik vind het ook spijtig dat mijn klachten telkens toenemen als ik voor de computer zit of lang teken. Ik moet dus echt een stapje terugdoen maar ik blijf zeker af en toe een tekening maken, gewoon voor mezelf.

  8. 38
    Sue Sharp CZT12 says:

    Ria, this is a lovely project, and the two you have posted are stunning in their beauty and the simplicity in which you tangled the frame! Warm wishes for better days!

    • 40
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Sue, I appreciate very much your nice comment.
      Indeed, it is nice to see my collection growing, every year a little bit…
      I will take good care of myself and hope to be better soon.

  9. 37

    Beautiful butterflies with delicate tangles, Ria. I wonder how many different butterfly images you have in your collection. In Bangkok we have a butterfly garden, you would love it! Anyway, it is nice to get a glimpse of you. Thinking of you every day. XOXO

    • 39
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Susie for your kind comment.
      At the moment, I have pictures of 37 different kinds of butterflies. (most of them embellished by simple tangles) I hope to add every year a few more. It is really not so easy to “catch” them in a colder country as Belgium. I’m sure there are a lot more in Thailand but I only collect the ones, seen in Belgium. I can imagine a butterfly garden in Thailand…

  10. 35

    Sending you healing thoughts, prayers and wishes. Come back soon but not too soon – you don’t want to risk any damage to those creative hands of yours.

    • 36
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Karen for this wonderful words. I do appreciate that very much. I am grateful to become good medical care and hope to recover soon.

  11. 31
    Annemarie says:

    Prachtige foto’s Ria en wat een leuk idee om dit zo te doen. Minder prachtig is je gezondheid, wat vind ik dat naar voor je. Ik hoop dat het allemaal toch verbetert en je weer kunt tanglen.

    • 34
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dank je wel Annemarie voor steeds die leuke commentaren die je me stuurt. Tangelen is mijn grote liefde en ik kan er helemaal in op gaan. Helaas heb ik door een samenloop van omstandigheden al een behoorlijke arthrose in nek en rug ontwikkeld. Door dat vele zitten voor de computer en het tekenen zijn de klachten toegenomen en ik ben daarbij nog een “muisarm” (RSI) aan het ontwikkelen. Daarom is het belangrijk om mijn gewoontes te veranderen en meer tijd te maken voor doelgerichte oefeningen en meer beweging. Het zal de klachten zeker doen afnemen maar het vraagt tijd. Nu de zomer eraan komt gaat alles toch een beetje gemakkelijker.
      Ik wens je het allerbeste, een fijne zomer en natuurlijk veel tangleplezier.

  12. 30

    This is wonderful! I love the way the butterflies meld with the tangles! Be well! I too struggle with pain and problems from neck to fingers. I know you will heal well and perhaps enjoy a small break…of courses our break is tangling! Sending much love!❤️

    • 33
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Cyndee for your sweet comment. Moving, doing exercises, taking little naps, those things can make my complaints lesser. Always sitting in front of the computer and drawing gives more pain at the moment. So I have not so much choice and it is really time to take a longer break. Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the summertime. I send you warm regards from Belgium.

  13. 29
    Jean Chaney says:

    How beautiful your butterfly art is, Ria! I’m sorry that you are having health issues. It just doesn’t seem right that we have to accept pain as part of the aging process. I hope your therapy helps.

    • 32
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Jean for always giving me nice comments. My collection of butterflies is very precious for me. I remember where and when I have found each one. I thought combining the butterflies with a little Zentangleart would be nice, I’m glad you like the result.
      I’m grateful that I can do still many things. I like to cook and to read, Summer is coming, time to make nice walks and go swimming… and maybe “catch” a few other butterflies… but it is really necessary to change my habits, to move and to rest more… Me too hope that the therapy will help.

  14. 27
    Deanne B says:

    I love the delicacy of the tangles framing your butterfly photos! Very nice! 🙂

  15. 24

    Your idea for “capturing” butterflies and then drawing around them was a good one. They all look beautiful much like most of our natural surroundings. You have done a great job with these.


    • 26
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thanks Duane for this nice compliment.
      Drawing around a picture you like is always pleasant and can give that picture something special, I’m glad you like “my” butterflies. I hope to “catch” a few more this summer. Wish you all the best and an amazing time at the seminar!

  16. 23
    Maggibee says:

    Ria I’m so sorry that you are having a pause in your tangling. I enjoy seeing your work each week and will miss you. I hope that it is only temporary and that you will be drawing again soon.

    • 25
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Margaret for this nice comment.
      I’m treaten very well in the university clinic of Liege and hope to be better soon.

  17. 21

    Prachtige boekje met vlinders Ria. Ik wens je veel beterschap toe, en hoop dat de rust je helpt, en dat je daarna weer voorzicht wat kan tekenen.

    • 22
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dank je wel Diana voor je lieve commentaar. Ik zal zeker nog tekenen maar niet meer zo intensief. Voorlopig moet ik een stapje terugzetten en ik ben vastbesloten om de goede raad van dokters en kinesisten aan te nemen. Ik heb gewoon geen andere keuze om beter te worden. Ik wens je een fijne zomer toe en veel tangleplezier!

  18. 19

    Your butterflies are gorgeous! They would make beautiful note cards. Take care and sending healing thoughts ?

    • 20
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Michele, I have drawn one tangle on every page of my collectionbook of butterflies. I’m glad you like it and it is very sweet of you to send me healing thoughts. Wish you a wonderful summer with lots of tanglepleasure. I’m a bit older then you are and I remember a very popular song from so long ago: if you are going to San Francisco, you are gonna meet some gentle people there… it is exactly 50 years ago that the summer of love started in your town!

  19. 17
    Gudrun S. says:

    your butterflies are so lovely 🙂

    • 18
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you for the compliment Gudrun.
      I like your sophisticated tile very much!

  20. 14
    Lorna says:

    What wonderful tiles and butterflies. I wish you good healing and send you good vibrations.

    • 16
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Laura for your kind comment and support. Wish you all the best and send you warm regards from Belgium

  21. 11

    So sorry that you’re hurting again. Please take care of yourself, and do everything you are supposed to do. I love your butterflies: as you may know from my blog, I also love butterflies.

    • 15
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you for your support dear Audrie. Butterflies are always lovely and there comes a smile on my face, every time I see one, especially in the beginning of the Spring, I’m glad you like them too and I wish you all the best and warm regards from Belgium.

  22. 7
    Megan Hitchens says:

    Love your butterfly collection. Best way to do it. Great photos and lovely embellishments. Take care. Hope the rest and therapy work really well.

    • 12
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much for this kind comment, I’m glad you like “my” butterflies. I hope to “catch” a few more during the summer but I really need to take a break and take a step back. Wish you all the best.

  23. 6
    Melissa says:

    We will miss your beautiful work! Praying for quick improvement. Your butterflies are lovely.

    • 13
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Melissa, I do appreciate your kind comment and I’m glad you like “my” butterflies. I hope to get better in a few months.
      I wish you the best.

  24. 5
    Lianne says:

    Your beautiful butterflies are completed with such elegant simplicity of the tangles around them. Well done. I hope your therapy makes you feel better soon.

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much for this nice comment Lianne. I’m gonna do exactly what the medecins advise and hope to get a lot better in a few months.
      Take care.

  25. 4
    Trudi says:

    Oh Ria we will miss you so but I know you will put effort into your therapy and get feeling better. Your butterfly collection with the Tangles are very lovely, it really does set them off. Take care of yourself! (((Hugs)))

    • 9
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Trudi. I’m fond of butterflies and every year I can add a few pictures to my collection. It’s very pleasant to draw a few tangles around a pic and I’m glad you like it. I really need a break but I’m grateful to receive good treatment in the university hospital, only 30 minutes drive from our home.
      Take care and have fun!

  26. 3
    Melena says:

    What a wonderful way to complete this challenge and still take care of yourself. The butterflies are very beautiful and the tangles around them are so perfect. Take care, dear Ria. I’m so sorry you are in so much pain. Doing the exercises and doing the necessary rest should help and get you back into your life.

    • 8
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dear Melena, thank you very much for always giving me kind comments, I do appreciate that very much.
      I’m grateful that I become the best care that is possible.
      I wish you the best.

  27. 1
    Joyce says:

    Hi, Ria,

    I love the way you have tangled around the butterflies, showcasing both the tangles and the butterflies. Making a book of your photographs of the butterflies is such a great idea, you will have fun doing it.

    I’m sorry you are in such pain. I hope the rest and the therapy will ease it for you, so you can continue with your life and your tangling.

    • 2
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you for this sweet comment Joyce. Indeed making a book of my spotted butterflies gives fun and I like tangling around the pictures.
      I need a break but I hope to come back later…

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