Voor de achtergrond op deze tile heb ik eerst met een kaars een paar lijnen getrokken (daar pakt geen verf op) Daarna werd er wat aquarelverf  en Bisterpoeder op gesmeten en als de tegel droog was, begon het “echte” werk. Naast Verve, die ik echt een supertangle vind, zie je nog andere lievelingetjes: Mooka, Molygon, TIpple, Caviar, Fescu, Msst,Shattuck en een paar krulletjes… Deze tile heb ik opgediept uit de oude doos maar paste volgens mij ideaal bij deze challenge. Ik tekende met witte en zwarte pennen en helemaal op het laatst heb ik hier en daar de kleuren wat versterkt met blauwe en bruine kleurpotloden. Af en toe eens in je oude tiles duiken, levert soms leuke verrassingen op!

To create this background, I have drawn a few lines with a candle. (they stay white, while colouring). Then I have used some watercolours and Bistrepowder on the tile. When the paper was dry, the “real” work begun. Beside Verve , a real supertangle, you also see a few other little darlings of me: Mooka, Molygon, Tipple, Caviar, Fescu, Msst, Shattuck and a few curls… I have found this tile in a box with older tiles but it was a good one to send in for this challenge. I have drawn with a white and black pen en made the colours a bit stronger with  blue and braun colourpencils. To look to your older tiles, can sometimes give pleasant surprises!


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  1. 21
    Susan Theron says:


  2. 19
    Chrissie says:

    What a lovely scene.

    • 20
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Chrissie, I’m glad you like my tile. I would like to give you also a comment because I like your tile also very much but I can’t do it because I am not on any social media. I’m sorry.

  3. 17

    Absolutely gorgeous tile! Wonderful combination of techniques here. Very creative and inspiring, dear Ria!

    • 18
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Annette for your kind feedback.
      I’m looking forward to see your Mosaïcchallenge and I’m already very curious to find out what you have created for us!!!
      Let’s hope real Springtime will come very soon, it is necessary for all of us, we need a bit more sun and warmer days to stay tuned.

  4. 14

    A wonderful interpretation of the challenge in very nice colour combination on an interesting background, Ria! Your result is beautiful artwork!

    • 16
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Margarete for your wonderful comment, as you know also, with watercolours you can never become the same result twice. Every time, it is a surprise to see what is appearing on the paper. I like that. I’m glad you like this tile.

  5. 13
    michele says:

    Wow! this is so great Ria! I love that wax resist technique and thanks so much for sharing. This tile is so beautiful…my favorite color combination;-)

    • 15
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you MIchele for your nice comment. With a simple candle you can create also strings, spirals and just lines as I did, I’m glad you like it.

  6. 11
    Sharlie says:

    Very nice and very cleverly done!

    • 12
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Sharlie, watercolours always give unexpected nice colours and I like them, using as backgrounds. I’m glad you like this tile!

  7. 8
    1artladykate says:

    Love the painting technique you used and what a beautiful tile!

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Kate. Using watercoloured backgrounds is something I really enjoy. It is impossible for me to make the same painting twice. The watercolours and the Bistrepowder decide what it is gonna be. I just trow them on the paper. I’m glad you like this tile, that I have made a while ago.

  8. 7

    Oh, I love what you did here, Ria. Love the colors, who would have thought brown with blue will look great??!! – not me! Your double-sided or upside down Mooka: gorgeous idea! In short, Ria, you killed it! In case you are not familiar with this expression, it means you accomplished something absolutely perfect.

    • 9
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Susie, you know I like to play with watercolours and Bistrepowders. Most of the time I’m satisfied about those backgrounds and it is so easy to create them when you have the right stuff. As I wrote, this is an older tile, maybe when I would make it again, I would have chosen other tangles and another (more special) version of Verve but is always nice to found “usefull oldies” and I’m really glad you like this one.

  9. 5
    Annemarie says:

    Mooi, zoals je die tile hebt bewerkt! Dat ga ik ook eens proberen. Wat je deed met Verve is ook erg mooi!

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Zulke achtergronden maken, lijkt ingewikkelder dan het is. Waar de kaars geweest is, “pakt” niets en je kunt er ook niet op tangelen. Daarna maak ik het papier goed vochtig, verf met een dik penseel echt in “druppels” eropgooien en dooréén laten lopen (in verschillende richtingen) Je kan ook je penseel gebruiken om wat verf beter te “mengen” en dan een heel klein beetje Bisterpoeder erop. Hiermee moet je oppassen dat je niet te veel gebruikt. Op deze manier krijg je geen vlakke achtergond maar zie ik door de verf al verschillende “vakjes” ontstaan die ik dan opvul met tangles. Eigenlijk zou je kunnen zeggen dat de verf een soort string vormt. Dank je wel Annemarie voor je leuke compliment en ik ben blij dat je het mooi vindt.

  10. 3
    Deanne B says:

    I love the background colour of this tile! Very eye pleasing the way you’ve inserted and placed the tangles!?

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Deanne, playing with watercolours is always a pleasant surprise and I’m fond of Bistrepowder, makes it even more special.
      When you just let the colours flow into each other, “natural borders” appear and it makes it easier for me to fill the places inside. I’m glad you like this result.

  11. 1

    This gorgeous palette of colors reminds me of a stream in a forest. Maybe you admired a scene like this on a walk to enjoy nature? The contrast with the stark white of the wax resist is stunning. I don’t know what the powder is, but I do know that you have used it quite masterfully.

    • 2
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Jennifer for your kind feedback. You know I like to use watercolours because of the unexpected results. The Bistre powder makes it always more special and that is why I’m fond of using that stuff. I buy the powders in shops of painting materials.
      I make every day a walk in the forests in our neighbourhood and yes,sometimes, I really found there inspiration. I’m glad you like this result.
      Have a pleasant week!

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