20. January 2016 · Comments Off on White , white, white · Categories: Blog en
2015 was an unusually warm year. Everyone thought there would be no winter anymore. We had such hich temperatures in november and december. Here and there I saw already “Easter flowers” and some trees were in bloom, even beautiful, but very unnatural. And then all of a sudden, on the 15. January, we had more than 10 cm of snow for our cottage.

Each season has its beautiful days but if there is snow, the wavy landscape has really something magical. After snow storm, the skies suddenly go from black to bright blue and then, when the sun appears, you get beautiful lighting effects. The weather is always unpredictable and unstable with a lot of rain but also sunny days in any season, that is Belgium and we have to accept that. In the Ardennes (south of Belgium) the people are happy with the snow: all ski slopes in the area are open and it is a nice extra for the local merchants and catering businesses.


Skiing in the Alps or on the Baraque Fraiture is, of course, a big difference. On weekends it’s just too busy: you have to wait half an hour at the ski lift and after a few minutes you’re allready down, but on ordinary working days, if there is enough snow, the slopes are also open. It is much quieter, nowhere you should join and everywhere you can hire ski equipment. It is definitely worth to come and enjoy the winter landscape and the healthy country air. In addition to several ski slopes for Alpine skiing, there are a lot of cross country skiing trails

sneeuwlandschap ardennen

I prefere hiking: good boots, a warm coat, hat and scarf, and then into the forest. The snow is now so thick that the doggies totally sink in it. Now it’s white everywhere but, tomorrow all may be gone. Miles is a large, strong dog, wrapped in a small body and we cannot go very far with him and his girlfriend Jools. They don’t mind that the walks are shorter and afterwards, they like , loud snorting for the stove and fall asleep. After a while, Rob returns home with the critters but I like to put my “footprints in the snow and enjoy the clear, fresh air.



Today, I put away the black pens. With a white gelpen (where I have limited experience with ) you can also obtain surprising results on black tiles. Shadow with pencil is not visible on black but with a chalk pencil you can put some touches to make your tile more beautiful. Drawing on black tiles is totally different than drawing on ordinary tiles. You may not put too much pressure on the pen and especially in the beginning, you have to learn how to manage. Practice, concentration and patience and then all of a sudden you will see a nice result My drawings are made on just black mark paper, I had no black tiles at home, but you see, it is possible.



Sunday, the 24 th of January is the “Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, Laura’s youngest son is born with this syndrome. The logo is purple, and that process in a drawing was also the “challenge for this week. Especially for Laura: good luck tomorrow in the class of Artoo and purple greetings from Belgium to the much colder Saskatoon by-40 °.




To end, my friend Margit want to say something for all women:

Are you looking for a man who melts for your, simply create a snowman



10. January 2016 · Comments Off on Mindfulness and Monotangles · Categories: Blog en
The Christmas decorations are put away and the new year’s wishes are sent.
A new chapter has begun: 2016!
“Ourdiva posted already the first “challenge. 5 years ago she started her successful blog and the first challenge of the new year is a combination of the Diva Dance patterns and Aura knot, a drawing with only two tangles.
Below you can see my entry (# 22): a circle, cut out from watercolor paper. I have made with watercolor paint shades of blue, with a black pen were 5 stars (Aura knot) drawn, for each year 1 star and I finished with gold accents. At least, the tile is divided by a string of Diva Dance.


Traditionally, new year’s resolutions are made at the beginning of the year.
I just want to try living more “mindful, every day again. A few years ago I followed a 8 weekly course mindfulness and I have learned a lot. I get less than 10 out of 10 but with small steps I’m going ahead and with a nice 7 or even a 6 at the end of the year I would be very happy. I will not take part in multitasking. Prefer the things consciously do one by one with the necessary attention.
It’s not as easy as it seems, especially if you‘re used to do different things together, but I‘m sure, if the motivation is there, I will succeed.
Zentanglart is a fine example. You really can’t follow  a movie on TV and in the meantime make a drawing . No, to tangle asks for your full attention when drawing, quiet, relaxed but concentrated.
By exercising regularly; I’m sure you will succeed and you will discover  the positive effects of Mindfulness.

A good challenge, for example, is creating a drawing with very little tangles: 3, 2 or even one, a real Monotangle. You will wonder how many opportunities you can achieve with a minimum of patterns!

I have found next drawing on the Internet. From the striking black strings only one colored tange was drawn in pastel: Mooka.



In the second example, no strings were used. It’s a beautiful, black/white design, consisting of only one tangle: Mak-rah-mee. The shadow gives just that little bit more depth. At first glance, this tangle seems difficult but learn him step by step. Anyone can do it, really.


I show you a few of my own tiles:


In my first example I chose the tangle Tripoli (with variations) and the pleasant pattern Henna Drum makes the whole a bit more playful. By using  a golden gelpen, (I like that very mutch) you add something extra.


This drawing was done in less than 15 minutes. It is simple drawing, built with a nice, easy tangle (ixorus) and finished with a few accent in black, grey and green. This  tangle I’ve also used in circle shape in the header of my website.
You can find out patterns on the well-known site or look in your own legend, choose one or two tangles and just start drawing, step by step, caring and focused … and admire your unique result!


This time I do not write a quote but I show you a great piece of music of Madredeus, recorded on and between the islands  Faial and Pico (Azores)
Try to enjoy equally mindful of the pure clear voice of Teresa, I just get goosebumps, so beautiful and pure!

The warm and sunny days are gone for a while but making a nice walk can also be very pleasant to give you a boost, It is true, even on a rainy day, it gives you new energy. Please do it now and than and enjoy!