With the “Mc and Cheese challenge, number 308” the Diva (Laura Harms) wanted  to see  simple compositions with trusted tangles. We had to use easy motives, no searching work on computers, no stress or competition spirit, just drawing relaxed patterns  that we know by heart. This challenge brought  us back to the essence of the Zentangleart. Below I show you an example of a former student: Marianne Repriels. She has designed a beautiful Zendala only with Flux and Tipple. Original, simple in black/white but very nice and finished with subtile shade.  Once again you can see:  Zentangleart is available for everyone and even with a few simple patterns you can create wonderful tiles.

I’m very gratefull for the nice comments I get, every time I make a drawing on coloured backgrounds. I have learned this technique from Jacqueline Nouwen, who teaches in the Doppahuis in Hasselt. Immediately I felt at home  between these friendly creative people. Jacqueline and some other students have come on their turn to my workshops.. We continue to keep in touch and occasionally a cosy, creativ afternoon is organized.

Below I show you a small impression of such a wonderful afternoon.  Unfortunately those days flow alway too soon. This time we have made folders for  booklets. We used pieces of hardboard  which we decorated with different kinds of materials and finished with a mixture of Gesso and Watercolor paint. As you can see, everyone was excited about the results!

Regularly, I see work of people, who have been ( just like me),  infected with the Zentanglevirus. Margit Van Ostaeyen (with red blouse and brush in her mouth) came to follow some Zentanglelessons with me. She would also like to combine her gorgeous watercolors with tangles. She did a great job, judge for yourself . You can read the story of Margit on the Original Zentangle Blog .

On the last picture, I noticed special white lines  and I asked her how she had done that. The answer is quite simple: with a piece of candle  fat lines were drawn on the paper before painting. On those white lines the paint is amost invisible and  you get a very special effect which I  like very much. I have  congratulated Margit for this special result and I am grateful to her that she has brought me to this idea. I do appreciate that  people  share their knowledge to each other and in turn also learn from the others. That is a fine experience for everyone and it fits completely in the Zentanglephilosophy. Once again thank you Jacqueline and Margit for sharing your knowledge!

Would you like to try this technique also? It is really very easy and you’ll get amazing results:

First take a piece of candle and draw a few “fat” lines  on your tile. I just use watercolor paper and then cut out the most beautiful stretches (9 x 9 cm).

It is good to make your paper very wet (with water)

Then bring some colours on with a thick brush  (you can dilute with water to receive different  tintes of colors) the paint has to  flow into each other. You can rotate or sheet to different directions. By blowing you can let the colours flow in a particular direction. Too much paint can be easily absorbed with  a little cottonstick. When the colors are still wet, I sprinkle a little bit of the magical  Bistrepowder on the paper to. Don’t use to much, that is not nice.Let  everything dry (about 2 hours) and then you will see very well the whimsical shapes on which or between which you can draw your favorite tangles. On the painted pieces can easily be drawn but you can also leave white spots on which you can make your patterns or you can choose for a combination of both … Afterwards it is possible to make certain colors stronger with ordinary  color pencils.

Watercolor paper, watercolors of Winsor & Newton, Bistrepowder, my usual brushes, a piece of candle, mix jars and you can start!

Here I have chosen autumnal tints and signed with a white gelpen, brown and black pens. The patterns are: Zinger, N’Zeppel, Indi Rella, Rixty and Birch (this pattern looks very much like a birch tree, and that was the intention)

For this tile I mostly have used blue paint, the brown color is due to the Bistre that I have mixed with the watercolor paint. The  tangles are Mooka, Molygon, Tipple, Verve, Caviar, Shattuck and Curl. In addition to a black pen I used  again my white gelpen.

Here you can see that I’ve used,  more red but also yellow and green (the colours flow always in each other and the result is often different than you had in mind) Undu, Wud and El Prado were drawn with a black pen and finished with a white gelpen. For the highlights,  a white gellypen  always give that nice final touch.

My favorite tile gives me already a bit of springfeelings thanks to the  the use of fresh yellow and green tones on which green Bistre was spread. It was my I.A.S.T. contribution (188) .We “had to” make a combination of Fescu, Zinger and Frickle. In addition to brown, black and white pens, you see also some Fescupatterns made with a green pen.

Everything reminds me that the season is changing.  Blossoms appear in all colors, here and there  fresh green is popping up, the first butterflies flutter around on sunny days and especially the birds start  to whistle louder.That gives a nice feeling every year again. If the temperature will get a bit higher, it is pleasant to make a walk on a barefoot path. These paths are specially designed. (3 to 4 km). The walks are not heavy and because we don’t just have to walk barefoot, they give you a special experience and a free foot massage. On the internet you can find different paths. I’m also fond to walk  barefoot on the wet grass in the morning, it is  funny and very refreshing! Am I a little crazy perhaps? Maybe but I enjoy those moments.

Travelling tiles give always fun. Below you can see the results of an exchange with Heidi Sue Whitney from Utah.  Travelingtiles are unique experiences and I want to thank Heidi for this wonderful collaboration. Recently, Heidi worked out a beautiful pattern. Definitely  you are going to see this new tangle on one of my future tiles. I adore  the wild northern nature and for this tangle, Heidi found inspiration at the tough Vikings: Torsdag,

Heidi’s starters and then the tiles, finished by me:


Below my starters and Heidi’s finished results, very beautiful is the clear letter i. Heidi used this tile as an entry for Joey’s Challenge.



I have send Heidi also an empty tile on which she could do what she prefered, it is a lovely result isn’t it?

She used her new tangle Concert .

Always interesting is to discover, how others use my own tangles in their tiles.  I show you a beautiful work of  Anja Schaffeld who made a very successful combination of different variations on Zimba with the beautiful Amphora by Lily Moon. Thank you Anja, I appreciate this very much.

Also Duane Anderson from Oregon, has made a unique tile, directly after publishing Nouvart on tanglepatterns.com. Thank you very much Duane!

I’m honored to see that Adele suggested to use my tangle Nouvart together with two wonderful patterns of Margaret Bremner for her weekly challenge It’s a string thing. Thank you very much Adele.

A bit early, I want to wish everyone already a Happy Easter and a great start for a new season with lots of confidence. To develop self confidence, you have to leave the person you wanted to be  but  take peace with the person you really are. You need to stop to compare yourself with others but continue to believe in yourself. Follow your heart, it knows the way.

This wise advice I have read in a magazine  and it’s true, the older you get, the better you do.

To finish this post, I have chosen gentle accordion music. Long ago, we left on a hot August day on honeymoon to Normandy and Paris. The distance was not too far, we drove with our own little car and booked rooms in simple guesthouses, very romantic and cheep at the time. The music I have select, was written for the film: le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain with a very naughty Audrey Tatou in the leading role. Whenever I hear such an accordion, I think of that typical atmosphere on hot summer evenings in Paris where you always can hear that kind of music. However this clip comes from Chile but I  find it very beautiful. Therefore my choice fell on this musician who plays the walz of Amélie.

Tekenen op 3Z tiles doe ik heel graag.  Daarom koos ik opnieuw om een compositie te maken op zo’n driehoekje. Het prachtige Noom van Maria staat centraal. Daar omheen koos ik voor Aura Leah en Spoolies. Dit laatste patroon tekende ik zowel met pen als met potlood en kleurde de tile achteraf lichtjes bij met grijs, groen en paars.

I’m fond of these 3Z tiles and therefore I have chosen again to use one. The beautiful Noom is drawn in the middle, surrounded by Aura Leah and Spoolies. I have drawn Spoolies with a black pen but also some with only a pencil. I have given my tile a final touch with grey, green and purple colourspenils.

De opdracht voor deze week is een tile te ontwerpen met je favoriete tangles. Ook met éénvoudige patronen kan je leuke composities maken. Het gaat vanzelf en dat is eigenlijk de bedoeling van Zentangletekenen: pure ontspanning. Ik ben begonnen met het tekenen van drie vierkanten. Als eerste tangle heb ik gekozen voor het veelzijdige Tripoli en enkele Zinger motiefjes (wie houdt daar nu niet van?) Vervolgens koos ik voor Crescent Moon, Printemps en N”Zeppel (allemaal tangles uit mijn beginperiode) Om de resterende open vlakken te vullen heb ik Hollibaugh gekozen en  vervolgens hier en daar wat ingevuld en bijgekleurd, net als Tripoli.

The challenge of this week was to create a tile with your favorite tangles. Also with uncomplicated patterns, you can make nice compositions. It goes so smoothly and that is  exact the meaning of Zentangle: no competition, just relax. I started by drawing three squares. The first tangle I have chosen, wasTripoli and I added a few Zinger patterns (who doesn’t love this  easy, beautiful tangle?) Than I have chosen for Crescent Moon, Printemps and N’ZeppelI. ( I learned  these patterns at the beginning period) To fill the last empty spaces, I have drawn Hollibaugh. I finished with a little bit of colour  (pencils) and filled a few places of Hollibaugh.

Proficiat voor Indy en Mazzy, wat een leuke tangle! Ik heb opnieuw aquarelverf gebruikt als achtergrond . Zingo (met een zwarte aura) lijkt een beetje verstopt achter Jetties, Tipple en Cruffle. Om de kleuren nog wat te versterken, heb ik hier en daar nog wat bijgewerkt met gewone kleurpotloden en een witte gelpen.

Congrats for Indy and Mazzy for this beautiful tangle! Again, I have used watercolours  to create the background. Zingo (with a black aura) looks a bit behind Jetties, Tipple and Cruffle. To make the colours stronger, I used also ordinary colourpencils and a white gelpen for the highlights.

Nu en dan vind ik het heel plezant om een basislaag te maken met aquarelverf en Bister en dat heb ik hier nog eens gedaan. Vervolgens tekende ik  voor het eerst het mooie patroon  Amphora van Lily Moon. Ik had het eerst getekend met een oranje  pen maar het was niet wat ik wou en ik ben erover gegaan met een witte gelpen en benadrukt met zwarte accenten. Daarna vulde ik mijn tile aan met Joki, Icanthis en Tipple. De kleuren van de aquarel werden hier en daar bijgewerkt met kleurpotloden om deze wat te versterken.

Sometimes, I really like to make a background in watercolors and Bistre en that is exactly what I have done again. Then I have drawn Lily’s lovely pattern Amphora. It is the first time that I have used this tangle but I like the pattern very much and will use it more in the future. I started with an orange pen but I didn’t like the result and so I redifined the lines with a white gellypen and made accents with a black pen. I added Joki, Icanthis and Tipple. To finish I have made the colours a bit stronger by using ordinary colourpencils.

Does this look familiar?  Here are the famous four seasons of Alphonse Mucha, the wonderful  Czech Art Nouveau artist

When I think about Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil)  I always see Prague in front of me. In this beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic, located on the Moldau River, you can discover a lot of beautiful art.  In the evening, you can enjoy   performances of classical ballet and concerts. It is delicious to finish  the evening in one of the cozy Jugendstil coffee houses. Personally, I  prefer a visit in the winter, the city  looks just like a fairy tale.

Charles Bridge

The astronomical clock

The cultural house

Art Nouveau became popular at the end of the nineteenth century in different places of Europe. The inspiration was found in nature and we saw popping up graceful organic patterns and wavy lines everywhere. (ceramics, glass, paintings, architecture…) The flow had a short but intense flowering time and then went over to the Art Deko, more stylized, with tighter lines and mainly geometric patterns.

On the picture beneath, you can see clearly  the difference between these two styles:


Also  in our small Belgium, there is a lot of Art Nouveau and Art Deco to discover. I am thinking, for example, on the stately mansions on the Cogels Osylei in Antwerp, the numerous façades decorated with ironwork in Liège but especially  the Horta House in Brussels  is beautiful and worth to visit..

Cogels Osylei in Antwerp


Forgings in Liège

Entrance hall of the Horta House in Brussels


Horti, my new pattern, is based on the strongly simplified pattern in this Art Nouveau tile and is an easy tangle that offers many possibilities:


On this tile I started with a spiral (R-H1 found in the book the Primer). The spiral was not filled with fragments but I chose to draw a  mirrored Horti, combined with a variation of Mooka, Curly Q, Abeko, Tipple and the beautiful recent. pattern Clamz. The tile was completed with colourpencils and a white gellypen for the “highlights”.


On the second example, I started with  a very simple Horti in circleform, then another version around it with 2 different auras, followed by L ‘ Eaura, again a variation of Horti with aura and TIpple. Finally I decided to draw Umble and filled a few pieces  with colourpencils. To finish, I have put  Printemps in a few areas.

On the other hand, Nouvart is a pattern that I have composed after seeing several pictures from the Art Deco period. You’ll find similar motives  in the architecture,  in the glass art and in paintings …



Above and below Nouvart was drawn in combination with other tangles and fragments, including Rick’s Paradox, Tipple, Sails, Fassett Hibred, Zenith, Stircles and the Fragment K1. On the tile below, I started with  Gneiss, a beautiful and easy pattern and very nice to tangle around.  I have used gelly pens and only a little bit of chalk pencil.

And a Zendalatile with Horti and Nouvart, together with Zander, Petal Panes, Tipple, Joki and Scrawlz. I have used braun, turkoois and black pens, ordinary colourpencials, white chalkpencil and a white gellypen.

Christmas, New year, Valentine’s day and Carnival are already behind us but that does not mean that it is already spring. Personally, I find this period the least attractive of the year. But it is allright when you accept to have a lesser period. The winter is over its peak but there is not yet a real spring feeling.  Heavy rain, coldness and wind  are regular in March and April. But now and then  the sun comes through and you can already feel her stronger power. Very slowly, nature will awaken after a long period of rest.

Around this time, in Canada, the Maple juice is tapped from the trees: it’s  delicious on pancakes or  in a cup of rosehip tea .. In the Ardennes, Birch juice is harvested. It is a powerful drink that will clean and revitalise your body  and excellent to drink in this period of the year to give your body a real boost!

Once again I have chosen to end  with a template of Ben Kwok. The  Dragonfly is seen so many times  in the Art Nouveau and that is why I show you this drawing . The patterns I have used are: Nouvart, Horti, Knightsbridge, Hibred, Printemps, Jetties, Flux, Shattuck, Sandswirl, the fragment F7 and a very special tangle: Vo (just below Horti into the middle). This beautiful and easy pattern is designed by the six-year-old Vincent Roller, son of the German CZT Nadine Roller who created already several beautiful patterns. Her most recent pattern Elloso appeared a few days ago on Tanglepatterns.com.

Again, you see, the Zentanglemethod is achievable for everyone!!!

Vielen Dank Vincent für dieses schönes neues Muster. Ich werde es bestimmt  brauchen in meine Zeichnungen.

The morning symbolizes the spring, the  afternoon the summer, the evening the autumn and the  night the winter. At the moment, we long so hard for springtime, my choice fell on” Morgendstimmung” by Edward Grieg. The song was mounted on beautiful pictures of the idyllic Norway, the homeland of the composer.