Een paar jaar geleden, op een warme zomeravond, ontdekte ik een prachtige vlinder in onze tuin. Ik besloot een album aan te leggen met uitsluitend exemplaren die door mij gefotografeerd werden. Ondanks dat België geen tropisch klimaat heeft, heb  ik intussen toch al een behoorlijke verzameling gekregen waar ik erg trots op ben. Elke foto werd versierd met een éénvoudige sierlijke tangle die past bij deze wonderlijke wezentjes…Hieronder heb ik 2 voorbeelden geplaatst uit mijn boek.

A few years ago, on a warm summerevening, I discovered a beautiful butterfly in our garden. I decided to start a book with  pictures of those wonderful little creatures, only taken by myself. Despite of Belgium has not a tropical climate, meanwhile I got quiet a nice collection of which I’m very proud.  Around every picture , I have drawn an uncomplicated tangle, matching to those little jewels… You can see two examples of my collection:

Door toename van arthroseklachten in rug/nek/schouder/pols raden de dokters mij aan om voorlopig meer rust, oefeningen en kiné te nemen en minder te tekenen. Ik voel me daarom verplicht hun goede raad op te volgen en heb met pijn in het hart beslist om mijn activiteiten tijdelijk op een lager pitje te zetten. Ik wens iedereen veel tangleplezier toe en stuur jullie warme groeten vanuit België.

Due to increasing  pain and arthrosis on my back/neck/shoulder/wrist,  medecins advised me to take more rest, doing special exercises and go to the therapist.  I have no other choice than take a  long break and change my habits to become better. I wish everyone lots of tanglepleasure and send you all warm regards from Belgium.

In the south of Belgium (and also in large parts of France)  May always started with the provision of Lilies of the valley. All along the road are small booths where this fragrant bunches are sold for a few Euros. Every man should donate them to his wife as a sign of good luck for the new season. A beautiful tradition who faithfully is honoured on this national holiday.

In many countries, an extra day to thank all mothers, is also celebrated in may but in Belgium we mostly do that  on August 15.

After a rather cold beginning of the year , the real spring feeling has finally arrived with delicious soft temperatures. They  invite you to go out. Please take time to enjoy and admire all the beauty that nature gives us for free:

A while ago, by reading the Dutch magazine Happinez, I discovered  the art of Andres Amador from San Francisco. He makes every day beautiful works of art on the beach during the low tide. At the first tidal wave, those carefully made drawings  will disappear… I would find it a pity  to see those magic drawings, created with much love, disappear into the water. However, I understand the philosophy of Andres. According to him, the nature changes constantly, nothing remains the same and so he wants to show that in his works of art …

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I have specifically chosen these pictures because they seem so familiar. Andres “signs” Zentanglepatterns, definitely. He first creates  some sketches that he enlarged and carefully make with a rake in the sand. The locations are very important because his works are at their best, seen from a certain height. Andres should never clean up anything, tomorrow will come a new day with new challenges!

These pictures inspired me to draw a few larger works on sand-coloured paper,  without the addition of colors, a bit like Andres  does on the beaches of California … In the next drawing you can discover following patterns: Hollibaugh, Hypnotic, Vivid, Quandary, N’Zeppel, Mumzy, en 5C Aura.

Here you can see a combination of  Vano, Phicops, O, Cruffle, Tangleflake 3, Tripoli and Emingle drawn in triangles on one of the circles.

And a little one with only patterns that reminds me of things you can find on the beach: Ohana, Bunzo, Tipple (must always be there), Festune, Joki, Lollypops, Trumpits, Printemps en Fünf.

On this tile I have also used a little green to get a bit the effect of algae that you sometimes find on the shells and stones at the seaside.

Let go and start again, can also be useful in our daily life. You can’t start a new chapter in your life when you always reread the previous one. Let things go can hurt but frantically stick even more. Therefore:

It’s time for a new season,  a new start, and a new tangle of Maria Thomas: Spoken. Here, I signed Spoken on a background of green watercolor  in combination with Praa ( Simone Menzel’s new organic tangle) 5C Aura and Field of FLowers:

The following  round tile is cut out from a piece of grey cardboard on which  you see a variation of Spoken, CO2, Dai Dai en Praa (variation) and on which I have glued some dried ” Forget-me-not’s” : they grow at the moment by hundreds around our cottage. I couldn’t resist to pick a few and let them dry.


It is worth to make a drawing in combination with other materials, such as here with the dried “Forget-me-nots”. The flowers/plants have to dry thoroughly between old newspapers (1-2 weeks). Put some weight on them  ( a book)  and after this period, you can paste them on paper (with ordinary Pritt) … and start tangling around. It is nice to be busy with something very small, such as the beauty of a simple dried flower

As usual I would like to close my post  with a piece of music and a nice quote of Bob Marley:

One of the great things about music is that if she hits you, you will feel no pain.

During my  study of the Portuguese language,  I have been lucky to  attend a performance of Madredeus (showed in an earlier post) and Sarah Tavares. Both on the Azores,where we have lived for several years, as on the Cape Verde Islands where Sarah was born, Portuguese is spoken.I like this difficult but very melodic language. The  vulcanic green Azores belong to Europe and have especially  rocky coastlines. The Cape Verde islands, situated a bith more  to the South, belong to Africa, they are  much drier … with lots of sand.

Let’s  enjoy the cheerful voice of Sarah Tavares and  beaches to dream away.




Strepen luidde de opdracht. Golvende Stircles vond ik daarom ideaal voor deze uitdaging. Sommige ruimten heb ik gevuld met Jetties en anderen werden gewoon heel lichtjes bijgekleurd met gele en oranje kleurpotloden. Ik heb deze tile (7x7cm) geknipt uit grijs tekenpapier.  Daarna knipte ik nog een tile ( in de gewone afmetingen ) uit geel papier en plakte de grijze erop. Zo verkreeg ik een mooie egale achtergrond waarop ik dan nog een paar lijntjes en bolletjes getekend heb. Een  leuke en ontspannende challenge.

We had to draw stripes this time. Curling Stircles looked to me perfect for this challenge. Some spaces are filled with Jetties, in others I only used very pale yellow and orange colourpencils. I cut a little  tile (7×7 cm) out of grey paper and another one in normal sizes of yellow paper to receive an equal background. I have glued the little tile on the bigger one and to finish I have drawn a few lines and tipples. This was a lovely challenge that I enjoyed very much.

Scallamps is a wonderful tangle and easy to draw in a spiral. That is why I have chosen to use a (tan) Zendalatile. I added some Bubbles, NKD, Tipple and Z-line and made a border with Pearly. Inside I had drawn another pattern but I didn’t like it and therefore I have paint  it black with a brushpen and draw Mumsy with a whte gellypen. Beside the black and white pen, I have also used a white chalkpencil and ordinary colorpencils.

Scallamps is een mooie tangle en gemakkelijk te tekenen in een spiraal. Daarom koos ik deze keer nog eens voor een (tan) Zendalatile. Naast Scallamps koos ik voor Bubbles, NKD, Tipple en Z’Line.  Voor de kader heb ik Pearly genomen.In het midden had ik eerst een ander patroon aangebracht maar ik was niet tevreden en daarom heb ik het vlak zwart gemaakt .Daarop heb ik met een witte gelpen Mumsy getekend. De tile werd afgewerkt met kleurpotloden en een beetje krijt.