Lily’s Moon’s leuke patroontje Andromeda deelt deze tile als het ware in twee. Omdat de reeks “linten en krullen” wordt genoemd, dacht ik direct aan Mooka, een tangle met een mooie krul. Het is berekoud in België en net daarom wilde ik nu een vrolijke tile maken met frisse kleuren die al een beetje aan de lente doet denken.  String Rose, vond ik ideaal daarvoor.  Achter dit boeketje bracht ik “linten” in verschillende kleuren aan en tekende er een paar  regendruppeltjes en éénvoudige tangles op:  Fescu, Tipple, Printemps en Beadlines. De tile werd afgewerkt met gewone kleurpotloden, een wit krijtpotlood en een witte gelpen.

Lily Moon ‘s lovely pattern Andromeda divides the tile in two parts. Because this serie is called “ribbons and curls”, I thought immediately about Mooka, a tangle with a nice curl. At the moment we have very cold weather in Belgium and we all long for springtime. That is why I decided to draw a cheerful tile with fresh colours and I thought about String Rose. Behind this little bunch of flowers I have drawn some ribbons in different colours. I finished with a few  “raindrops” and some uncomplicated tangles: Fescu, Tipple, Printemps and Beadlines. I have used ordinary colourpencils, a white charcoal and a white gellypen.

Een hele leuke serie van uitdagingen begint. Voor deze eerste tile ben ik begonnen met het nieuwe patroontje van Lori Byerly: Mashed waarmee ik de kader gevormd heb. De buitenkant werd vervolgens zwart gekleurd met een brushpen. Daarna werd de  opgegeven string getekend en het eerste  en laatste vak werden gevuld met Hybrid. Vervolgens kwamen Clob, N’Zeppel, Celluline, Tipple, Printemps en tenslotte Quandary. Voor de afwerking gebruikte ik  een grijs, een zwart en 2 verschillende blauwe kleurpotloden. De “final touch” werd, zoals gewoonlijk gedaan met een wit krijtpotlood en een witte gelpen.

A very pleasant series has begun. For this first challenge, I have chosen to draw on a grey tile. I started making a kind of frame with the special new pattern of Lori Byerly: Mashed. I painted the outside of the border  black with a brushpen. Then I have  drawn  the string that Joey suggested. I saw appearing many spaces and  I filled the first and the last one  with Hybrid, followed by Clob, N’Zeppel, Celluline, Tipple, Printems.  I finished with Quandary. The colouring and shading is done with a grey, a black and two different tints of blue colourpencils. For the final touch, as usual, I took a white charcoal and a white gellypen.


Het is een poosje geleden dat ik met waterverf gewerkt heb. Ik had er  weer zin in en heb gewoon wat kleuren laten dooréénlopen en dan wat gele Bisterpoeder op de natte tile. Nadat het papier droog was, werd de string getekend. In het grote hart herken je  een variatie op de nieuwe tangle Herzlich van Margarete Gilge. I.p.v. een rechte streep doorheen het hart, heb ik er Flux doorgetekend. Het groene hart is ingepakt zoals Aquafleur. Daarna volgden nog meer Flux, Eddyper, een paar hartjes en Fescu.  Hier en daar werden de kleuren  nog versterkt met gewone kleurpotloden en een witte gelpen.

It is a while ago since I ‘ve worked with watercolours. So I wanted to use them on this tile. I just let some colours flow into each other and put some yellow Bistrepowder on the wet tile. After drying, I started with the string. Surely you will recognize a variation on Margarete Gilge’s new tangle Herzlich. I didn’t draw a straight line but  let Flux going trough the smaller heart. I have drawn some ribbons around the green heart (just like Aquafleur). I added a few more Flux, Eddyper, some small hearts and Fescu. I finished with colourpencils and a white gellypen to make the colours a bit stronger.


Voor deze 229 ste challenge van Adele Bruno werd een mooie hartvorm als string gekozen. De voorgestelde tangles waren: Tipple, Caught en Olluan. Ik besloot om te beginnen op een kleine grijze tile die ik op een iets groter zwart exemplaar heb geplakt. Daaronder zie je  opnieuw een grijze tile en tenslotte om de laagjes te beeindigen heb ik opnieuw een zwarte tile gekozen. Er werd getekend met een zwarte pen, witte, gele, oranje, rode en paarse kleurpotloden Een wit krijtpotlood en  een witte gelpen zorgden voor de “final touch.”

For this 229 the challenge of Adele Bruno, a beautiful heart was chosen to use as a string. The suggested tangles were: Tipple, Caught and Olluan. I decided to create a few layers and started to draw on a small grey tile. After finished, I glued it on a bigger black tile, followed by another grey one and finished with a black one. I have drawn with a black pen and coloured with white, yellow, orange, red and purple colourpencils. A white charcoal and a white gellypen gave the final touch.

Christmas and New Year are already far behind us and now we long for a new spring. I am always looking forward to that first terrace, the first warm sun rays, the first fresh green… and then (usually too early) putting the thick winter clothes away… Just a little bit of patience. Meanwhile, it is important to keep moving. Every day a portion of gymnastics and a small walk provide a better mood and a better condition. Afterwards, a nice hot cup of herbal tea gives an extra boost. “Winterblues”  often have to do with too little movement and too little (sun) light.

It is always easier when you have a partner than doing exercises on your own:

By hanging crystal (s) in front of the window, you can bring more light and colour into your house. The facet cut rainbow crystals allow the sunlight to be broken and produces a beautiful colour spectrum. That affects our emotions and feeling of well-being… A smile is always appearing  on my face when I see the beautiful, pure colors around me, caused by the natural sunlight.

A spectacular natural phenomenon with the lovely prismacolours: rainbow-cloud

A less spectacular but cheerful tile that gave me  fun while drawing:

Spoken, Courant, Printemps, Crazy Huggings, Tipple and Mashed

January has passed so quickly. It was pleasant to revisit the  videos of the 12 day Christmaschallenge and to try out the new tangles and techniques.

The tile below is based on the  example of Rick and Maria that was shown at the end of this video, on the seventh day:

As I have written several times, I enjoy  drawing on Prestrungtiles and especially the tancoloured ones are my favorites. Betweed, as Maria said in the accompanying video,  seems complicated at first sight but works in fact very relaxing when you understand  the tangle  and focus well. Always another stroke and rotate your tile continuously in a different direction… The “interwoven” pattern (Cogin) makes it a bit more special and to finish, I have  chosen Bubbles. The tile seems to have been drawn  in 3 layers, which is always beautiful. There are so many tangles that you can “interweave”, consult a database or your personal legend and you can create a beautiful tile.

Thanks to Rob, I can show you the same tile in other colors. Simply pushing the right button with Photoshop (Highlightfilter) and a completely different drawing emerges. For me that is like talking Chinese but he can “play” with it!

Also Paradox lends itself well to weave other patterns through. That was previously demonstrated “on-line” by Rick. In the “kitchen table tangles” he  showed how you can “weave” Diva Dance through Rick’s Paradox. I have created a tile below with Pokeroot through Rick’s Paradox and also here, there are many options to get a unique result. Only by drawing Rick’s Paradox in another direction, you already have a completely different view. I first started drawing six triangles. They form together  a nice hexagon in which I have woven Pokeroot trough  Rick’s Paradox and coloured with colourpencils.  I cut out the drawing, pasted on black paper and added some white accents. Actually very simple!

Next April it will be 40 years ago, since I met Rob. Both of us were invited to an opening of a new café by a common friend. Unfortunately, we missed the opening because both of us had a wrong date in the head and therefore we arrived a day later.  It was too early in the evening,  the café was abandoned, only Rob and I sat at the bar. I “had to talk” with that man. Immediately, there was a sparkle and now, forty years and some kilos later, we are still happy with each other…


Chocolate just belongs to Valentine, and not only on that day, it’s (one of) our little “quilty pleasures”,  from Rob and me.

 What do you think of this particularly apple pastry? Just like the Christmas tree of December, it is based on puff pastry, ready in an instant, very tasty as dessert and it looks beautiful and romantic. It even resembles Helen Williams new lovely tangle:: Wrapped Rose   also published on .

Traditionally, the Romans celebrated the fertility Feast (Lupercalia) on the 15 th. February. According to the story, the names of young unmarried women were thrown into a bowl. Unmarried men were allowed to draw a name and thereby became each other’s partner. In 496, the pope forbade this pagan feast and carried out a new Christian feast around that date. February the 14 th. became the day of the “Holy” Valentine. There are several stories circulating about the life and death of this man. It is historically not proven which story is right. The most well-known is that he would have been a Roman priest who did not want to give up his faith. Shortly before his execution he would have cured the blind daughter of his warden…

In honor of Valentines Day, which is now seen as the days of the lovers, I made these drawings. You’ll recognize the following tangles: Membranart, Diva Dance, Borbz and Popsicles. The finish was done with colourpencils and a white gellypen.

For the following example, I  chose also a grey tile and started with a very nice pattern that I found recently: Hearts ‘ n Half. Then came Echoswirl, then Barberpole, Beebug, Spoolies and Shattuck. The two open corners are simply made black and filled with tiny white dots. In addition to pencils I have used my white chalk pencil and white gellypen for the “highlights”.

If I have less inspiration, I usually look to my older tiles. Of course I don’t find everything  amazing but I always find a favorite. I take that “old” tile and draw about the same composition but choose other patterns. That was the case for the drawing above. Below you’ll see my former (white) tile on which I rebased myself.

Then I chose Twile, Pearly, Fandance, Shattuck, Bamboo, Naaki, Coil and Cogwheel. It was mainly drawn with white and black, a small touch of blue and some accents  with a golden gellypen.

Even without “hearts” or “flowers”, beautiful drawings can be made for special occasions. A very nice example is this work of Jennifer Sparrow. For their twentieth wedding anniversary, she made this beautiful Opustile in pastel colours using the putty-knife method for her husband.


A long time ago I asked my husband: “Which Totem would you give me if you had to do that?” He said that he immediately thought of an otter: friendly, curious and always busy. I found that  a nice compliment, that I did  appreciate, hence this picture.

All followers know that I love to use  colours. However, black and white can be very special too and I would like to end this post with such an example. On the tile below, the original pattern Lee-Bee was not used as a tangle, but as a frame. To fill Lee-Bee, I chose the following tangles: Lenche, Bubbles, Fragment K14, Footlikes, Hollibaugh and Batumber.

And we finish with beautiful Irish voices.

Here is “I will find You”, brought by Clannad. (Love Theme from the last Der Mohicans)

Hang on: it’s always the darkest, just before the sunrise!

“Keep on tangling” and until next time!