In de meeste van mijn tekeningen gebruik ik graag vloeiende vormen, dit was dus voor mij een speciale uitdaging. Ik dacht direct aan Fassett en ING, twee patronen die ik ook erg mooi vind. Ik heb ze gecombineerd met Munchin en Cubine en was tevreden over de compositie. Toch wilde ik nog iets extra’s doen en heb daarom nog een aura getekend en met kleurpotloden en gelpennen de tile afgewerkt.

On most of my drawings, I like to use some wonky patterns, so this was a real challenge for me. Immediately I thought about Fassett and ING, two straight patterns, I really like too. I’ve made a combination with Munchin and Cubine and I was satisfied about the composition. I liked to add a little extra and have drawn an aura. To finish I have used my colored pencils and pens.


Lollywimple is een leuke nieuwe tangle en ik wilde dit patroontje graag eens uitproberen op een tile. Daarom heb ik hem in een kader getekend, net zoals de ontwerpster gedaan heeft. De kader werd opgevuld aan de linkerzijde met een variatie op Maisie  De rechterzijde heb ik zwart gekleurd en met een witte gelpen het motief Coghweel erop getekend. Ik heb het afgewerkt met een blauwe pen, blauwe kleurpotloden en een beetje krijtpotlood gebruikt op het zwart.

Lollywimple is such a cheerful, new tangle and I wanted to use this pattern on my tile. Therefore I ‘ve drawn a border, just as the designer did. I filled the inside on the left with a variation on Maisie. On the right, I’ve painted the empty space with a black brushpen and put Cogwheel on it. I finished with a blue pen, blue pencils and in the black piece, I’ ve used a little chalk.


We have definitely said goodbye to the summer. It was a cold and wet spring and even June and July didn’t give us  many sunny days.  When we thought, about mid August, summer is over, finally  delicious summer days came along…

I love all the seasons. Every period of the year has charming days  but unfortunately also lesser ones.  Sometimes  everything works, you can move mountains but then all of a sudden everything costs so much trouble and you have more need to rest. Finally, I have learned not to force anything, , to plan only achievable targets and occasionally just to be lazy… Nothing should be perfect, that gives so much unnecessary stress and with the years I have also accepted that not everything runs like I want it. Our society is so hectic, competitive and demanding, that is very hard for many people. You don’t need to give up your dreams  but sometimes to go a step slower is  necessary.  Listen to your body and consciously closing a door, can be sometimes  a solution. If you will close a door,  a new one will open  with new opportunities, new challenges, new experiences …


( Look at  the bright side. Most of the rain falls beside  you.)

A few years ago, I didn’t know the word “Zentangle”. I  discovered it on the Internet during a “lesser” period. I started to draw and got less time to worry. Drawing Zentangleart and worrying  is difficult to combine.

It is achievable for everyone but you have to pay attention and to exercise regulary.

I ‘m drawing almost every day and I feel comfortable with that. In everyone’s life are chapters that begin and end. With regret, I have also  said goodbye to people, animals, places, things, activities, activity habits … which I loved but sometimes it is no longer possible and you must accept that. If  you can’t do that, it is  sad. You stay stucked in the past and that is meaningless. The past is over and you can better focus on what is happening now.

New knowledge is gained by consulting the Internet, new contacts were made by participating  “challenges”. By doing volunteer work,  moving to the Ardennes, giving and following workshops I had the opportunity to met a lot of kind people … I just want to say, never be afraid of new things: every change can be an added value even if it seems not so at first sight!

With this thoughts, I have started a new school year, a new season and new activities.

In the” Doppahuis” in Hasselt,  all teachers were invited to a lunch and afterwards, future students could meet the teachers and ask information of the different workshops.  There was a lot of interest for the Zentangleclass and inscriptions followed.


I’m sitting at the infotable with my friend Maddy who also followed the basic workshop. She has made a beautiful tile, just after one lesson. I started with FLux and Aquafleur and Maddy finished  with all the other tangles.


Last friday, I organised a workshop for people who followed already the basic one. It made me very glad to see that they have created nice stuff during the summer. I’ve made a little collage:



During the second workshop, the students have learned  how they can bring more variation on their tangles, they discovered different kinds of strings, and again a few new tangles were demonstrated. Then they have to draw a circle and use all their knowledge. I was surprised by their lovely results:


This picture is taken during the 22 nd CZT seminar. On this map, Molly Hollibaugh has made beautiful Zentangleart. A good idea to try? You don’t need to paint all, a little piece can be nice too.



Zentangleart in combination with other techniques is always pretty. During the summer, we had a lot of these flowers in our garden. I let them dry and made a card  with Tripoli.




These flowers are always nice and very easy to dry. I’ve used a few old ones to create a card in combination with Molygon.






Again, I was happy to have made some traveling tiles, this time with Anoeska Waardenburg from Holland. She sent me  3 tiles on which I immediately started to draw.  3 very different tiles and of course 3 totally different results.

On the first tile, Anoeska painted  the colors of Holland and began with Yew Dee, Bales and Tipple. I completed the tile with my own tangle l’Eaura, Loops and Cadent.


On the second tile, Anoeska started with a variation of Huggins as a string. First I “filled” Huggins and finished with Sez, Tripoli and Fife. I like using colored pens  on Renaissance tiles.



On the third tile, Anoeska has drawn a beautiful Abeko and Angelleaf. I started to draw Oolong on the left and a Page curl 1 on the right. I completed with Octoleg, Buddy, Mooka, Alabastro, Printemps and her new tangle Kensington. I like the 3 results but this third one is my favorite.



I didn’t make it easy for Anoeska with this black, bleeched and watercolored tile where I have begun with Fleavy and Festune. Anoeska took the challenge and has created a wonderful tile with N’Zeppel, Angelfish, Sandswirl, Joki and Diva Dance.

Thank you Anoeska for this pleasant collaboration…


Anoeska sent me a picture of a tile which she also bleached a bit, I’m fond of this result and I like the contrasts she has made by tangling on the black and the bleached site.


As I wrote in a previous post,  sometimes, I have difficulties with  logic but that is not an obstacle to learn new things and  I have found a very nice slogan  by   Albert Einstein:

Logic brings you from A to B. Imagination takes you everywhere!

On October the 1 st, it will be the day of the vegetarian food, I have found a tasteful  dish, suitable for this time of the year, good for the environment, good for the animals and certainly good for yourself is this fine Italian risotto with wild mushrooms

Recipe from Jamie Oliver


Voor deze uitdaging heb ik een Renaissance tile genomen omdat ik die het mooist vind. In de 2 hoeken ben ik begonnen met Mooka. Er zijn geen strings gemaakt, geen vooropgesteld plan. Ik heb gewoon getekend wat er in mij opkwam: Tipple ( éénvoudig en altijd gemakkelijk om van de ene naar de andere tangle te gaan). Daarna volgde Diva’s Dance, een beetje Molygon en  Antidots. De plaats die dan nog open bleef heb ik opgevuld met Crescent Moon en hier en daar een Printemps. Het allerlaatste open stukje werd ingekleurd met zwart. De tile werd afgewerkt met een witte gelstift en een gewoon oranje kleurpotlood om wat meer contrast te verkrijgen en dat geeft mij ook altijd een rustig aangenaam gevoel.

For this challenge, I took a Renaissance tile because I like these ones the most. I began with Mooka in the two corners. I didn’t draw strings and I had no idea where it would end. I have just drawn very  easy tangles which came in my mind: Tipple (always nice to connect with other tangles). I added Diva’s Dance, a little Molygon and Antidots. There was an open space left and I used Crescent Moon and Printemps to fill. A tiny little piece is painted black. I finished the file with a white gellypen and an orange pencil to create a bit more contrast. Adding a little colour is for me always a very relaxing habitude.


Een mooie tangle om mee te beginnen! Omdat Buttercup door Joey  rechts bovenaan schuin werd getekend, vond ik het mooi om ook links onderaan nog een beetje  hetzelfde patroon te laten terugkomen. In het middenstuk heb ik gekozen voor een variatie op Framz met binnenin een verkleinde Buttercup. Het stuk dat nog open was, heb ik vervolgens met een grijs potlood zachtjes ingekleurd en daarboven het motief Basketwave getekend.

A nice tangle to begin a tile! Because Joey has drawn Buttercup diagonal in the corner on the right, I thought it could be nice to let this pattern come back  on the left side on the bottom of the tile. In the middle I have chosen for a variation of Frams (and a little Buttercup inside). I coloured the open space with a grey pencil and to finish I have drawn Basketwave on this soft grey place.


Tijdens de zomer bloeide deze Geraniumsoort overvloedig in onze tuin. Ik heb er toen een paar geplukt en laten drogen. Ik heb er nu ééntje op een kaart geplakt en het interessante patroon Tripoli er rond getekend. Eenvoudig, snel klaar maar toch ben ik tevreden.  Ik weet zeker dat ik hiermee iemand blij kan maken. Je moet er wel voorzichtig mee omspringen, de bloem is fragiel.

During the summer, this flower has flourished a long time in our garden. There were so many,( they grow very easily). I took a few and let them dry. Now I have glued one on a card and tangled Tripoli around. It is an uncomplicated easy work but I am  satisfied and I am sure that I can make someone happy with this card. You have to pay attention, the flower is fragile.



Tipple is een éénvoudige tangle maar ik gebruik hem graag en heel regelmatig, ideaal om “gaatjes” mee op te vullen. Naast Tippel heb ik 3 cirkels gemaakt met een variatie op het patroon Stircles, In de binnenste cirkel heb ik Bindu getekend (ook heel mooi en gemakkelijk als een start voor  een  Mandala ). Om het af te maken en als contrast met het zwart, heb ik nog enkele Tippletjes erop gezet en hier en daar Raindotty. Ik heb een potlood, een zwarte, een witte en een gouden pen gebruikt.

Tipple is an uncomplicated pattern, but I like to use it, especially to fill little open spaces. I’ve drawn 3 circles with a variation on Stircles. In the inner black circle I have drawn Bindu (nice and easy and also a fine start for a Mandala) To finish and to create more contrast, I have chosen for a few more Tipples and the lovely Raindotty. I have used a pencil, a black, a white and a golden pen.


On the 7 th. September, Annette Plaga published her fourth mosaic project: the river. This is a beautiful, original and sympathetic initiative that everyone can join. Below I have posted a picture of my 3 contributions and one of the small mosaics she  has made  for each participant.



On her site  you can see the work of  all artists and the various mosaics that Annette has created. As a surprising extra, she  added a  small video film.

The fifth mosaic project starts on October the 10  th.  I can certainly recommend  this wonderful experience. Of course, all information can be found on her website.

While drawing my contribution, I wanted to use the pattern Nipa to fill “the river”. I did it all wrong by not stopping the lines  behind the tipple. I have just drawn them around.  Unexpected, I saw all of a sudden a  new  pattern: l’Eaura. Water is translated into French as l’eau. I’ve added a r from Ria  and a a of Annette. This pattern is not (yet) officially approved by Linda Farms but for me it’s a real tangle and a nice reminder of the cooperation with Annette.


Along with her friend Ela Rieger, Annette is  working to create a large database of patterns:  Elatorium.  Soon, you will  find there my 2 tangles Paravan and L’Eaura, and of course lots of other  unique (and maybe unknown) patterns are still there.

Black/White is classical, sober and always beautiful but I like  colors too.  Each one is giving  a different feeling:

Purple is usually associated with spirituality and mysticism. Blue exudes calm, sobriety and fidelity. At green I think directly on nature, growth, peace and freshness. Yellow reminds us of the sun and  the light.  Orange evokes warm feelings  and we can see the glow of the evening sun in it.  On the other hand, red is the colour of love, of energy and power but also of anger. Brown is a real earth color and stands for simplicity. White means innocence, cleanliness and wisdom. Grey is an inconspicuous color and is often linked to old age. However, I find, it can be sometimes very elegant too. Black is “cool”, it can be very erotic but is also  associated with mystery, grief and mourning.

There are 4 colour types: spring, summer, autumn and winter type.  A summer type has very different colors than f.e.  a winter type. Everyone belongs to a greater or lesser degree to one of these four groups. It’s great to know your type. Wearing ” your” colors,  you,  you will get a stronger and better look. There are many books, written on this subject but also via this link you can easily figure out to which group you belong. You can  click on your color type and  you will discover which colors flatter you the most.


I  have become a light and sensitive skin and my hair is gray , so I am a pronounced summer type. Fresh, cool tones are now my favorites. However I also love  warm autumn colors and have  chosen them to decorate  our interior. Here and there, I have met an orange accent to create a cheerful sunny touch, even in the cold wintertime. Also in my drawings I like to use regulary a little bit of  orange..

For me,  this period of the year is the most beautiful. The temperatures are still delicious and the fragrant forests invite us to take long walks. We don’t really have a red indian summer as for example in Eastern Canada and the United States but our autumn can also be very surprising.



Krans met herfstkleuren


Do you recognize this tangle?


Or this one?








A colorful tile, typical for this time of the year, found on the Internet

Again, I have enjoyed  intense drawing  moments, thanks to the” traveling tiles”.  The first pictures are the results of the collaboration with Annette. She sent me a white zendalatile on which  she has started with a little blue waterpaint  and her own beautiful pattern Kiasom. I filled the tile with “my typical fresh summer colors” (pencils) and have used different patterns to decorate: Rick’s Paradox, Quandary, Popsicles, Zenbud, Tipple, Carpet Daisy, N’Zepple, Mooka  and Printemps.  I am  satisfied about the result.


For the first time I’ve sent a black tile, sprinkled with bleach and waterpaint on.  I’ve  began whith the  pattern  Cogwheel. ( white gelpen and colored pencils). Annette went on with this pattern and she added Tipple, Hollibaugh, Sand Swirl and Zinger. I see  brilliant color accents and  a special magic shine. (Zenstone?) The heart down became a true 3D effect., thanks to the colors and the shading. This tile  is a wonderful, fairy-like design and  by this way, I would like to say again thank you Annette  for this unique masterpiece.


My next partner was Jan Brandt, CZT from Reno (U.S.A.) She gave a nice comment on the pattern Paravan. I thanked her for that, a few mails followed and we stayed in touch.  Jan suggested to make a travelingtile in black/white. I was very happy with her question  and  I accepted  this invitation. Again, this was a real challenge for me because mostly I use to work with colors.

On the tile I got from Jan, she began with a very nice Mooka and 2 flowers of the lovely Blooming Butter. I finished her tile by a third flower on Blooming Butter. Then I have “woven” a framework of tangles on  Mooka: Tipple, Tamisolo, Groovy, Loops, Stone Story, Kensington (the new tangle of Anoeska Waardenburg from the Netherlands) Sand Swirl and Flooka. The inside of the framework is partly black colored. With a white gelpen, I’ve put  the funny pattern Raindotty. Very different from my previous tile but equally beautiful and valuable to me.


On my turn I’ve sent a tile to Jan. I ‘ve began with, a  “string” consisting of Tipple and Molygon. Ingeniously  Jan signed Diva’s Dance in addition to these “string”.  She finished the tile with Opus, Tipple, Indy Rella and different variations on AHH. By her beautiful shadowtechnique, she created  striking contrasts between black, grey and white. Thank you Jan for this great challenge and this gorgeous tile.

Ria Matheussen to JBrand2016

I’m very proud that, thanks to both ladies, such  beautiful results were created. Travelingtiles are not  simple at first glance. You really need  to finish the work of  someone else. But once you start, it is very exciting to see unexpected results that you would  never make by yourself. It is amazing and inspirating…


As a “tangleaddict”, I see patterns everywhere, do you see them also in this magical French song?


Na het tekenen van Sprigs heb ik langs één kant een zwarte aura getekend en langs de andere kant een groene. Mijn tile heb ik verder afgewerkt met een stukje lichtgrijs (potlood) en de patronen Static, Fassett, Façade en Maelstrom.

After drawing Sprigs, I have put a black aura on one side and a green one on the other side. I finished my tile with Maelstrom, Façade, Static and Fassett. I ve left a little space and filed it with a soft grey  color (pencil)


Centre Square is een mooie tangle die vele mogelijkheden biedt. Ik wilde in deze challenge dit motief eens in het rond tekenen. Ervoor heb ik een rechthoek getekend waar ik eerst met oranje aquarelverf een beetje kleur heb aangebracht. Het kader werd gevormd door Drogon. Binnen het kader heb ik een lintje getekend en als laatste heb ik een variatie op het leuke patroontje Eca-lin getekend. Deze tangle en nog vele anderen heb ik gevonden op de site: (beslist de moeite) Ik heb hier een zwarte pen, een witte gelpen en een oranje kleurepotlood gebruikt.

Centre Square is a nice tangle and it has a lot of possibilities. Today, I ‘ve chosen to draw this pattern in the round. In front of “the circle”, I have drawn a rectangle on which I painted orange watercolor. I’ve made a border with Drogon. Inside the rectangle, I just have drawn a simply ribbon. To finish I have added a variation on the lovely pattern Eca-lin, which I have found on You can discover many beautiful patterns on this website. I ‘ve used  a black pen, a white gelpen and an orange pencil.