I am very proud to have joined the sixth mosaic project of Annette Plaga. This time, she has chosen for a nightly starry sky. Below you can see my contribution, brought together by Annette and then integrated into a mosaic with participants from all over the world. There are several other mosaics, you can admire on her site. Congratulations Annette, for this wonderful design. It is fantastic that we could make, with people from different countries, this unique work. On March the 10 th., starts the next project and everyone is welcome to participate!
In one of my previous posts, I have showed you 2 travelingtiles, the results of a swap with Joey van Oort from Vancouver. Due to family circumstances, Joey couldn’t find the time to finish my starters. A week ago, she published the tiles on her site. I like both results very much. Thank you Joey for the cooperation and good luck with your further activities.
It’s only February and we could already enjoy some soft, sunny days. For next week, the weather forecasts are promising! However, it will be take a while before the real spring is coming. Outside it looks still grey and a little sad.
One of the first flowers in our garden is the Witch-Hazel. The tree is still very small but is growing every year a little bit. When we will be old, we will see an intense blossom, every year, in the middle of the winter.
The picture below was taken in the arboretum Kalmthout where you can admire the largest collection of these Witch-Hazel in Belgium. Thousands of visitors are coming every winter to enjoy the trees, during the flowering period.
Black/White is classic and always beautiful. Therefore, some days I like to draw in black and white, on others days, I want to draw in colours. In daily life, I love colors around me. In our Interior, you’ll find anywhere warm, sunny accents. Especially in the dark winter months I need that. Below, you see a picture of an ugly power box that disturbed me. A simple wooden frame was confirmed. Then I made small shapes from fimo clay and painted them with acrylic paint. I just let them dry and glued them on the frame. It looks now a little bit more enjoyable. Fimo clay never needs to be baked, just let it dry and it’s ready.
Occasionally, I like to surf on the Internet, looking for beautiful color combinations. Especially, I like the intense patterns of Africa. So I discovered a fabric from Zimbabwe and immediately, I saw a new tangle:
Because the pattern is very difficult to draw, I simplified it and have called my new tangle Zimba :
It’s not really a flowing tangle but suitable for a grid. As a fragment or as a border, it can give nice results. You can make different monotangletiles or make combinations with other gridpatterns or fragments (see in the book “the primer”). The use of colours will give an extra touch!
Here I combined Zimba with the fragments B11, C11 and E7. The small square is glued on a piece of black paper, so I could draw with a black and a white pen.
Also here, I have another small square, glued on a black paper. Zimba is surrounded by the fragments H1, F11 and C11 and I like to use Perfs (small balls). On both tiles, I have used regular color pencils.
Immediately after publication, I became a few comments and some tanglers have allready tried out the new pattern. Simone Menzel from Dresden, who recently added the beautiful pattern My Swing to the list of tangles started to play with Zimba. Unexpected, a new, graceful tangle appeared and she called it Siri ( Simone and Ria). I appreciate that very much. As I wrote before, we all learn from each other and get inspired by each other. That is a very nice aspect of the Zentanglemethod and I am delighted that this little piece of fabric was a source of inspiration for 2 new patterns.
Below I have made a tile with a border of a variation of Siri. The inside is filled with a lovely older pattern: Tink. To finish I have used colored pens and a grey pencil.
Speaking of colors, I think of the Carnival that will arrive very soon. I am not such a party animal but I understand very well that many people look forward to this festival. Months in advance, they worked hard on making special clothes and lavish floats for the parades that will take place within a few weeks. You can not compare Belgium to Brazil or Venice but also here, in our little country there are places where they love Carnaval. . In the south Eupen and Binche are famous and in Flanders, everyone knows the city of Aalst.
The Gilles of Binche in their traditional costume with their baskets full of oranges, are classified under the Unesco World Heritage site.
To finish, I have drawn a mandala in heart shape, of course, special for Valentine’s day.
You can find this mandala form in one of the notebooks of Ben Kwok. I didn’t know the artist and was pleasantly surprised when I ‘ve got two booklets from a student, after closing a workshop. I appreciate this gesture very much and I’m sure, I will use more drawings from the book in the future. Below, you can see a picture of my 2 books but there are several others, certainly worth to explore.(strings are already there, you only have to draw your favorite tangles and to colour them if you like)
Music can always touch me and I like many different genres. This time, special for Valentine, I have chosen for “Run to you” by Bryan Adams. Put the sound a bit louder and dance… good for your back and no one sees you (LOL)