A beautiful (for me unknown) tangle to start. Thanks to Joey I ‘ve put these pattern in my personal legend. I ‘ ve put Juju Beetz in the middle of Maria’s new tangle: Waybop and I have drawn a ribbon trough with fragments of Juju Beetz and Tipple in different colors. (kleurpotloden en gelpennen)

Een mooi (maar voor mij onbekend) patroon om mee te starten. Dank zij Joey staat deze tangle nu in mijn persoonlijke legende. Ik heb Juju Beetz in het midden getekend van Maria’s nieuwe tangle: Waybop,  tekende er een lint door met stukjes van Juju Beetz en Tipple in verschillende kleuren (pencils and gelpens)

By this way I wanna thank everyone for the nice comments I received in thet past. At the moment my back is not O.K. and I need to rest more and go to the therapist. Therefore I will leave a few weeks but I hope to be back soon in the beginning of the new year. Best wishes for all!!!

Langs deze weg wil ik graag iedereen bedanken voor de fijne reacties die ik kreeg. Op het ogenblik heb ik rugproblemen en is het beter meer te rusten en kiné te volgen. Daarom doe ik een stapje terug voor enkele weken maar hoop er terug te zijn begin volgend jaar. Beste wensen voor 2017 !!!


In het boek the Primer heb ik kennis gemaakt met Reticula en Fragments en vond dit ogenblikkelijk heel fascinerend. Ontelbare nieuwe mogelijkheden kan je hierdoor creëren. Voor mijn blogpost van 5 november had ik een paar voorbeelden getekend die ik hier ook graag wil tonen: In het eerste voorbeeld heb ik gekozen voor de Reticula R-B2 en de Fragments  F5, B6 en H2. In het tweede voorbeeld zie je  R-H3 dat gevuld werd met  A23, D23, A25, B21 H21  plus Tipple en Jetties. Voor het derde voorbeeld koos ik  R-E2  en  L11 en C16.Laura’s vraag was om te beginnen met één enkel fragmentje maar ik had al enkele tiles klaar met meerdere fragments, vandaar…

Het lijkt ingewikkeld maar met de informatie uit het boek is het zelfs heel éénvoudig.

By reading the book the Primer, I ‘ve learned to use Reticula and Fragments. I felt in love with this new, fascinating technique witch give so many interesting possibilities. For my blogpost of the 5 th november, I ‘ ve drawn already a few examples and I’m glad I can show you  them here for this challenge. On the first example, I’ ve chosen for  R-B2 as Reticula and F5,B6 and H2 as Fragments. On the second tile, you see the R-H3 and I have filled it with A23, D23, A25, B21, H21 and some Tipple/Jetties. For the third example, I’ve chosen to take R-E2 and  L11 and C16.Laura asked to start with just one Fragment. I have used more fragments because I had drawn these tiles a while ago.

It looks difficult but in fact with the help of the book, it is very easy.

Heel blij en dankbaar ben ik voor de vele leuke commentaren die ik gekregen heb via deze challenges maar door ernstige rug en nekproblemen moet ik mijn tekenactiviteiten momenteel op een laag pitje zetten, oefeningen doen en veel rusten. Daarom ga ik er even tussenuit en hoop in 2017 terug paraat te zijn. Ik wens hierbij dan ook aan iedereen mooie kerstdagen en een gelukkig maar vooral gezond 2017 met veel tangleplezier.

I’m very grateful and happy to have received so many nice comments. At the moment I have serious problems with my back and it is very bad for me to sit. and draw. I have to go to the therapist and further investigations are necessary to find the best solution. That is why I’m leaving for a short time but I really hope to be back in  2017. I wish everybody nice Christmasdays and a happy  Newyear with lots of tanglepleasure.



On november the 7 th,  Annette Plaga published her  fifth mosaic project. I am very  impressed that  each time again, she can create  a wonderful result.  That is why I like to present a small mosaic of my own contribution and one of the larger ones, made by  25 people from different corners of the world. The next project will start on  January the 10 th. and everyone can participate. It gives a nice feeling to be a small part  of such a beautiful project. Thank you so much dear Annette for your great commitment and creativity.




Occasionally I see also tiles appearing on which my own tangles are used. That makes me very happy.  Below , you can see an example of a  nice and special tile, created by the talented Jules Bazuzi from Canada. She has drawn  L’Eaura in combination with Eaxy for the Diva’s challenge numer 292. Julie has an interesting blog with lots of useful information and beautiful examples, definitely worth to follow!


Meanwhile, I started again with three workshops. 12 enthusiastic people have taken part. As a teacher, it is very pleasant and fascinating to see how the participants  discover carefully this beautiful drawingart.  After the first lesson, everyone could deliver a  wonderful result.. By this way, I would like to thank all participants for their interest and commitment and I see forward to our next lesson on the 9 th. of december. We will learn to use different kinds of strings  and make more variations on the tangles.. Everyone will leave again with a unique self-designed tile, composed of new learned tangles and new techniques.

How nice, to see, immediately after only one  lesson,  so many different interpretations: different frameworks, different shades, different compositions, different “highlights”, different sizes, different contrasts … congratulations for all of you


Participate in challenges is always great.  You ‘ll enjoy, you give and get comments  and every time you ‘ll learn something more!!! Recently I’ve read on the site of Joey that she asked someone for swapping. In the past, I’ve made a few travelingtiles  and I’ve had only positive experiences. Therefore, I’ ve sent a mail and a week later, there was already  a beautiful envelop from Vancouver. After opening I ‘ve started immediately to draw  and below you can see the results of our collaboration. Many thanks Joey for this lovely starters, the pleasant experience and especially for your educational challenges, that you put online every week.

The starters from Joey:


I have the first tile finished with Nymph, Fife, Hollibaugh, Ruutz, Printemps, Basket wave and Fescu. For the colors I have once again taken the color pencils Caran d’Ache and a white gellypen.



On the second tile, I have drawn Winkbee over the whole width. After that, I continued with the leaf motif and let the cheerful Winflo pop up here and there. The spiral is filled with a variation on Jetties. Again I took  color pencils but also a white and a gold gellypen.



At this time of the year,  pumpkins are gone and soon  the first Christmas markets will open. I like to put a few decorations and lights in and around our little cottage in these darkest days of the year. A small original and artisanal present can be such a pleasure, both for the giver and the taker. Anyone can’t make me  happy with a artificiël  expensive perfume or a “beautiful” leather handbag whose origin is unknown … I prefer things, made with love and honest materials. I’m very happy to discover more and more Fair Trade Stuff.  In almost every town in Belgium you will find a shop of Oxfam where you can buy lovely presents:


A very nice box for all your Zentanglestuff




Or a gorgeous silk scarf with the pattern Tipple!


Or what do you think of these funny tangled mugs?

You cannot only create unique cards with tangles but also small touches with tangles can beautify your presents:

One single tangle on a little brown bag where you can put in a small surprise or a candy  for your guests, decorated with some green and a gold ribbon:



When they say chocolate, I think only of 2 countries: Switzerland and especially Belgium. Delicious artisan chocolate remains a beautiful gift. This small pack for 6 chocolates is decorated with tangles and they make the box instantly more special. The chocolates are shaped like a beguine and are the specialty of Hoogstraten, where we have lived for a long time. Beguinages are typical for Belgium and the Netherlands  and they are definitely worth a visit. I am thinking about Leuven, Bruges, Hoogstraten, Lier, Turnhout, Diest, Tongeren … and there are even more…


A bottle of good organic wine will  also be appreciated and certainly if you have decorated the bag with a few tangles.


To use real napkins on the Christmas table can be so beautiful. You can make them even more valuable  by making a little drawing and put it in a special ring around the napkin.

I have bought the rings in a shop of paper articles.


About a year ago, I have written a first blog post. At this moment, I want to thank all followers and visitors and I’m really happy with all the comments I ‘ve received.

But, unfortunately there is another story: 25 years ago I had an accident  during my work with disabled people. I needed surgery and a long rehabilitation  but after a few operations and a year of intensiv revalidation  the complaints became less and less.. I went back to school to become a teacher and could work again for many years. Now, I am over 60 and  a combination of different factors make my complaints again stronger. In the recent weeks, I have become more  pain and drawing or sitting behind a computer was  no longer evident. Take good care, physiotherapy, and further investigations are absolutely necessary. That is why I’m going to stop a while and look for  the best solution.  I hope to be back soon after the holidays  with new messages…

I’m not a pessimist and now there will be coming  more time to read. A few years ago I ‘ve read the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson, just in one strech. David Lagercrantz has written a sequel that is laying on the table for  more than a year.  I would like to discover it. Look at that beautiful tangled dragon…


As a tangleaddict I see tangles everywhere, even on this delicious dessert. The “Omelette Siberienne” also called “Alaska bombe”  looks great and is so easy to make. It’s a surprising combination of hot and cold and can be made in small or larger portions. You can bake the cake layer yourself or you can choose for a prepackaged cake shape. Very important  is that the coat is covering very well  the underlying stuff  so that the ice cannot melt in the oven. With a few candles this can be a very nice ending of the Christmas meal.


What a picture!



Chocolate cake  was taken here with fresh fruit, ice cream and abough  the meringue.

I wish everyone a nice Christmas and a happy but especially healthy 2017 with lots of tangle pleasure and inner satisfaction.

This picture was taken in Finland in 2004 when I was looking for the midnight sun. On my  way in Rovaniemi, I’ve met the “real” Santa Claus  who always lives there, even in the summer. They call him there Joulupukki. I found that he looked very young. Take a look on his hands…




To finish, I have drawn a simple but nice wintertile and have used  typical “Christmas colors” on a black pre- printed zandalatile.
I hope you will enjoy the special sound of Omnia,  playing a  wonderful Swedish traditional,
Warm regards and see you soon,



Lang geleden heb ik op het Internet een duotangle gezien van Joy en Indy Rella, gemaakt door Sandy Hunter. Ik vond dit heel mooi en besloot iets soortgelijks te tekenen in het open stuk tussen Keeko. Daarnaast zie je ook het fijne patroontje El Prado en natuurlijk nog eens Tipple dat ik heel dikwijls gebruik om een “final touch” te geven aan mijn tile.  Op deze Renaissancetile heb ik getekend met een sepia en een zwarte pen. Vervolgens heb ik gekleurd met een wit krijtpotlood, oranje en paarse kleurpotloden. Tenslotte “highlights” geplaatst met een witte gelpen.

A long time ago, I have seen a duotangle of Joy and Indy Rella, made by Sandy Hunter. I did like that very much and decided to use this “double pattern” in one of my future tiles and now I did so. I’ve also chosen for the lovely pattern El Prado and of course again Tipple, which I draw a lot to give a “final touch”. I have worked on this Renaissance tile with sepia and black pens and colored with orange, and purple pencils. For the highlights I’ve used a white chalkpencil and a white gellypen.


Mooka, een mooi begin van een tile, een tangle waar je alle kanten mee op kunt. Nadat ik dit patroon in de linkeronderhoek gezet had, koos ik voor een paar aura’s. Daarna verder aangevuld met L’Eaura ( hier lopen de lijntjes niet achter de bolletjes zoals bij Nipa maar er omheen).Als derde tangle heb ik gekozen voor Hurry. Daarna heb ik een kader gevormd van Wud en stukjes Molygon. Vervolgens nog een heleboel minuscule bolletjes (Perfs) aangebracht.  Voor de afwerking op deze Renaissancetile heb ik  grijze, oranje en blauwe kleurpotloden gebruikt en een witte gelpen.

Mooka, a beatiful start of a tile, a tangle with many possibilities to combine with other patterns. After drawing Mooka on the leftside down under, I ‘ve chosen for e few aura’s. I went further with L’Eaura (the lines are not behind the Tipple (Nipa) but they go around) As third one I ‘ve taken Hurry. To finish, I have made a border with Wud and pieces of Molygon. Finally,  I’ve drawn a lot of Perfs. I’ ve colored my tile with grey, orange and blue pencils and for the highlights , I have used a white gellypen.



Twile is een mooi, patroon dat ik niet kende en dus ook nog nooit gebruikt heb. Dat vind ik nu zo leuk aan die challenges. Elke keer leer je wel iets bij. Omdat Joey Twile zo mooi in een circel tekende, ben in verder gegaan met cirkels. De eerste is zwart gekleurd en met een witte gelpen heb ik daarna Pearly erop getekend. In de  tweede cirkel heb ik Bamboo gezet en in de derde een variatie op Naaki. De open gebleven stukjes in de hoeken zijn ook zwart gekleurd en  met een witte gelpen is er een minieme versie van Cogwheel op aangebracht. Vooraleer ik de cirkels opvulde heb ik eerst een paar “banden” getekend over en naast de binnenste cirkel die gevuld werden met Fandance, Shattuck en Coil. Voor de afwerking heb ik nog eventjes een gouden gelpen boven gehaald.

Twile is a nice and easy pattern but I didn’t know it and so I have never used it. That is why I like challenges so much: you always learn a bit more. Because Joey has drawn Twile in a perfect circle, I’d like to continue  with a few other circles. The first one is painted black with a white Pearly on. The second circle is filled with Bamboo and for the third one, I have chosen for a variation on Naaki. Little open spaces  in the edges are also painted  black and with my white gellypen, I have drawn a minimalistic way of Cogwheel. Before I filled the circles, I have drawn a few ribbons abough and around the inner circle. I have used Coil, Fandance and Shattuck to fill them. To finish, I have used a golden gelpen too.





Eaxy is een heel mooi maar (voor mij) moeilijk te tekenen patroon. Daarom heb ik gezocht naar een oplossing waarin ik toch een klein stukje kon vullen met dit speciale patroon. In mijn doos met ongebruikte tiles vond ik nog een leuk voorgedrukt exemplaar.  Rundl leek mij heel geschikt  om de vloeiende lijnen te vullen en Petal Panes vond ik mooi passen om achteraan te komen piepen. Daarna  heb ik mijn werkje gekleurd met zachte kleurpotloden van Caran d’Ache.

Eaxy is a beautiful (but for me) difficult pattern to draw. That is why I have chosen for a solution where I have to draw only a little piece. I searched in my box of tiles and have found a wonderful pre-string tile. To fill the curly lines on this tile, I ‘ve chosen for Rundl and I add also a bit of Petal Panes. To finish, I took again  soft colorpencils of Caran d’Ache.



Around this period of the year,  people sometimes have melancholic feelings. All Saints ‘ day has passed. Sunny summer days are put away for a long time and  rain, coldness and wind are coming. I understand that many of us are a bit homesick … However,  autumn and even winter are certainly not gloomy .It is a time of let go, recharge your batteries and looking for  a new begin …

This week, Laura asked us  to make a drawing about Halloween or just to create one on a black tile. My Halloween contribution can be found on the Diva’s site but for myself I’ ve drawn tangles on a black pre- printed zendalatile  and colored with chalk pencils. It is so easy but I really have enjoyed it!


The clock was restored an hour again last weekend and that feels good, if you ask me. I finally have accepted that I am not a morning person. Formerly, when the sons were kids and I had to work, I had to get up early.  Bram and Bruno have left  the house and my husband and I  prefer now to live a quiet life. I enjoy so much in the morning to stay a little longer in that warm and cosy bed. When there is no rush, I feel  happier and more comfortable for  the rest of the day. It is important to discover if you are a night owl or a morning person and try, as far as possible, to deal with.  Sunsets are for me equally spectacular as sunrises. Especially the moments between light and dark are amazing.  The colors in the sky and nature are at their best, many animals become active and  those moments always give me  warm feelings and a certain sense of security. Long evenings with an exciting movie on tv, a nice conversation with a glass of wine, totally absorbed in a good book, or most of all, just forgetting the time while drawing, can give delicious moments…



The badger, which is still common in the Ardennes, you’ll rarely see during the day, it is one of the animals that become active at dusk…

When you are drawing, time flies over and you are sometimes too long in the same position. This can lead to neck and back problems, stiffness and pain. That is why, especially now, quiet walks and stretching exercises are so important. Walking  doesn’t take too much time, costs nothing, you can not force anything, and it gives nothing but advantages: it keeps your heart and body healthy, gives you oxygen, helps relieve stress and keeps your brain alert..



Translation: walking is healthy, better than doing nothing and mulling

During the walks I enjoy every time  the scents, colors, and sounds around me that are always changing. Often I discover in the forest small miniature landscapes that are very inspiring:




There are, of course, despite all those good intentions also occasionally lesser days. That is life. When I will be  really  old, I will only remember good memories. That is why I have bought  a  little book on Etsy, in which I  write down only beautiful moments. Bad experiences and lesser moments I do not push away but I don’t give them too much attention. Every now and then I open the booklet  because  I know that after lesser periods, unexpected great moments are coming. That’s always been the case and always will be so …

In English, it sounds beautiful:


My special booklet full of happy memories, very useful to open on sad days


Zentangleart is never  boring, there are so many different patterns, so many different possibilities. In an earlier blogpost, I have already written something about fragments. This technique  is explained in detail in chapter 7 of the book the primer.

Now I have red it again. I see little pictures on the Internet of this technique which is very attractive with many features. That’s why I have made a few examples  of 3 different reticulas, filled with “round”, “square” and “triangular” fragments. I have them chosen at random. A sea of possibilities unfolds. The drawings are very different than my usual stuff. However, this technique is also very nice to do with unexpected results, especially if you draw the fragments in different directions as shown on the last image. I have  chosen to draw this time in  black/white.


Reticula R-B2 with fragments: F5, B6 en H2



Reticula R-H3 with fragments: A23, D23, A25, B21, H21 ( and Jetties/Tipple)



Reticula R-E2 with fragments L11 and C16 in different directions

I don’t use often “gridpatterns”. However I have  designed one. On the 29 th of October, Ela Rieger (Elatorium) has proposes to use  this pattern  in her daily challenge.  I am pleased to see what others are doing with my own tangles. That is why I like to place a  nice image of Ela with a  composition, made of a variation on my Paravan in combination with Strimonds and Curly Border.
Regulary, I take a look at this interesting website with incredible patterns, a good advise when  you have less inspiration!


This is Ela’s new pattern,  several variations are possible: Genuckle


Because I have not shown  many tiles with gridpatterns, I have made a few ones in combination with other tangles.

On the first image I have the lovely patterns Hamadox and Stone Story drawn on the grid patterns of Cubine and Fife and for the framework I have chosen Hypnotic.



On the next tile I chose Flip Flap, that I found in the new book by Diana Linsse, combined with Bubbles and Petal Panes.



And again, another experiment with the salad spinner and Ecoline:


To this slogan I don’t have nothing more to add, I agree for 100%


Today I would like to end with a melancholic number and  I have found a beautiful one of Leonard Cohen. I ‘m fond of all his  mysterious songs. That special voice, those words I don’t understand very good, those beautiful melodies … just. love it.

Here is a fantastic, timeless number: Dance me to the end of love: