Binnenkort vertrek ik naar Zwitserland voor een avontuur met de Bernina en Glazierexpress. Deze treintrajecten rijden door de mooiste stukjes van dit prachtig land en de hoogste bergtoppen kunnen bewonderd worden in al hun glorie. Deze gedachte inspireerde mij bij het maken van deze tile voor Adele waarin je een combinatie kunt zien van Elirob, Flukes en Cubine. De “luchten” heb ik al gedeeltelijk blauw gekleurd maar dat zal een verrassing blijven tot op het laatste moment. Het weer is op die hoogte heel wisselvallig.

Soon, I will leave for a visit to Switserland. I have chosen for a trainadventure and will take the Bernina and Glazierexpress. These traintrajects guide you trough the spectacular mountains of this beautiful country. I hope to admire the wonderful pics of this fascinating scenery. Thinking about this adventure, I have found inspiration to draw this tile for  Adele.  Elirob, Flukes and Cubine.were suggested to form a composition with.  I draw “the skies” already a bit blue but this will stay a surprise untill the day I will arrive! The weather can  change very quickly abough 3000 m.

Op deze ronde tile heb ik de uiteinden van Frame laten overgaan in Ruutz. De open plaatsen  die daardoor ontstonden, werden daarna gedeeltelijk gevuld met Petal Panes en Cubine. Het eindresultaat werd opgefleurd met gele en oranje kleurpotloden en tenslotte ben ik zeer kwistig geweest met een wit krijtpotlood. Een leuke uitdaging die ik met veel plezier getekend heb.

I started with Frame in the middle and I let this pattern end into Ruutz. The open spaces which were created,  are filled with Petal Panes and Cubine. I have cheered up the final result with yellow and orange colourpencils and I used a lot of a white charcoal. I enoyed this pleasant challenge very much.

Een  leuke verrassing deze week om mijn patroontje Tupuk te mogen gebruiken in Adele’s challenge, samen met Fassett en Flec.  Ik koos voor een grijze tile en kleurde met grijze, blauwe, paarse en roze kleurpotloden. De afwerking gebeurde, zoals altijd, met een wit krijtpotlood en een witte gelstift. Dit was bijzonder spannend voor mij en ik vond het fijn om mijn eigen patroontje te integreren in deze opgave.

A pleasant surprise this week, to see my pattern Tupuk, appearing on Adele’s challenge together with Fassett and Flec. I have chosen for a grey tile and coloured with grey, blue, purple and pink colourpencils. To finish, I like to use a white charcoal and a white gellypen. This was very special for me to use my own tangle in this wonderful challenge.

Shattuck en Tripoli, twee  originele patronen die ik beiden graag teken en die ook mooi  kunnen zijn in een  combinatie. Ik heb gekozen voor een grijze tile en de afwerking gebeurde met gewone kleurpotloden. Bedankt Laura voor deze leuke challenge.

Shattuck and Tripoli, two original patterns that I really like very much and they can be nice in a combination too. I have chosen to use a grey tile and I finished with ordinary colourpencils. Thanks Laura for this pleasant challenge.

Relly Telly gives a pleasant start to finish a tile . I have chosen to add  Crazy Huggins, Tipple and Tripoli.  Thanks Joey for another lovely challenge!

Relly Telly geeft een leuke start om een tegel verder af te werken. Ik koos voor Crazy Huggins, Tipple en Tripoli. Dank je wel Joey voor een toffe challenge!

Mack is Adele’s new pattern. On this tile, where Mack is used as a string I have drawn her new tangle is a few different ways. You can also see Feathering Ribbon and Sea-Weed. I like this challenge because Adele’s new tangle gives a lot of possibilities to variate. Almost I have drawn just in black/white but I couldn’t resist to add just a bit of green.

Mack is de nieuwe tangle van Adele en werd gebruikt als string op deze tegel. Je kan zien hoe ik haar patroon in verschillende variaties getekend heb. Daarnaast koos ik voor Feathering Ribbon en Sea-Weed. Ik vond dit een erg leuke challenge omdat Adele’s nieuwe tangle veel mogelijkheden biedt. Bijna had ik een tekening afgeleverd in zwart/wit maar kon toch niet weerstaan om een tikkeltje groen toe te voegen.

Breach is zo’n mooie tangle om mee te starten. Meteen als ik de opdracht zag, wist ik dit wordt tangelen in het rond. Zoals je kan zien heb ik Breach een beetje uitgebreid. Dan volgde Feathering Spiral waartussen Flux en Field of Flowers opduiken en als laatste werd Meer toegevoegd. Ik heb een cirkel geknipt uit grijs papier. Ik vind dat kleuren daar zo mooi op uitkomen en koos voor een combinatie van grijs, wit, zwart, geel purper, lila en verschillende tinten groen.

Breach is a lovely tangle to start with. The moment I saw the challenge, I knew that I was going to tangle in the round. As you can see, I let Breach a little grow. Next tangle was Feathering Spiral surrounded by Flux and Field of Flowers and the last one was Meer. I cut a circle out of grey paper. I love to draw on this colour because other colours look so bright on this paper. I have chosen for a combination of white, grey, black, yellow, purple, pink and different shades of green.

Op deze “challengetile” zie je een combinatie van  2 zeer recente patronen: Kaboom en Kulakané. Er werd getekend met een zwarte pen, gekleurd met gele en groene kleurpotloden en afgewerkt met een witte en groene gelpen. Vooral Kaboom vind ik een  plezante tangle die ik waarschijnlijk meer zal gebruiken.

On this challengetile, you see a combination of 2 recent patterns: Kaboom and Kulakané, drawn with a black pen en coloured with yellow and green colourpencils. To finish I have used a white and green gellypen. Especially Kaboom is a wonderful tangle and I will use it more in the futre.

Mak-rah-mee is een patroontje van Michelle Beauchamps en daarom vond ik het leuk om het te combineren met één van haar andere tangles: Blooming Butter. De “draden” die uit de “knopen” komen, vormen onregelmatige open en gesloten plekjes. Degenen die gesloten zijn, heb ik opgevuld met zwart om betere contrasten te verkrijgen. Voor een frisse toets heb ik Blooming Butter en Moygon ( getekend op de ouderwetse manier) gekleurd.  De afwerking gebeurde, zoals altijd met een witte gelpen.

Mak-rah-mee is a pattern of Michelle Beauchamps and that’s why I liked to combine it with another pattern she has created: Blooming Butter. The “treads”  that come out of the “knots”, form irregular open and closed areas. Those that are closed, were painted black to get more contrasts. For a fresh touch, I have coloured Blooming Butter and Molygon (drawn on the old fashioned way). As always, I used a pencil for a bit of shade and a white gellypen  for the highlights.

A new season has begun  and you can also notice that on the new tiles, appearing on the Internet…

In the Zendala below I have tried to bring in a little bit of that spring feeling. This work is made on a background of light watercolors and Bister powder. That is why you see, if you look very closely, here and there another tiny spot, created by the Bister powder. Furthermore, you will discover also Courant, Finery, Peeks, Buttercup en Cross-ur-heart.

In some parts of the world, springtime is simply spectacular. Have a look on  the immense blossoms in this time of the year in southern China.

Also in our small densely populated country the period of the blossoms on the countryside is beautiful. In the fruit region around Sint Truiden, many “blossomroutes” are organized. You can choose:  on foot, by bicycle or by car. It might be less spectacular than in China but definitely worth a visit. Afterwards, enjoying of an artisanal beer and  a little snack on a terrace, all Belgians love that! Especially when the sun is back after a long winter.

I love the changing of the seasons and every year again, I am impressed by the nature that wakes up  .. I never get bored of this spectacle and that is the same for Zentangleart. That was love at first sight and still is.  I draw almost every day and with each drawing I learn something.

Meanwhile with Tupuk and Tupi I have made ten tangles. But what does that mean , a real tangle?

Doodling and tangling are often compared with each other, but there is  a big difference. Doodling means drawing thoughtless and you do not form regularly recurring patterns. Tangling on the other side, means you have to  draw patterns  (tangles) and it’s important to focus well. That’s why this activity is a real mindfulness exercise: you  have to keep your thoughts on your work that you are doing at that moment. It was never easy for me to concentrate  and my thoughts ‘wander’ easily but during Zentangledrawing, I succeed and the hours just fly away … Because you have to be so focused on what you are doing , the founders added  the word zen on tangle.

In their view, a tangle must be abstract, there is no top or bottom,  the pattern must be simple and elegant, available for everyone and made without a spirit of competition as a target. Just enjoying of what you are doing is important!

Below I have put Tupuk and Tupi in the spotlights: Why I have chosen these names, you can discover on


Very recently after the appearance of Tupuk I saw the pattern popping up in a beautiful, original composition of the four elements made by Lisa  She chose the following tangles to create her tile: Fire (Sunspots and  Inapod), Air (Sandswirl), Water (Crest V2) and Earth (Tupuk). It  made me glad because it is a wonderful work and the patterns are  drawn in a gorgeous way. Thank you very much Lisa!


On this tile,  Susie  shows Tupi, drawn as a monotangle on a fresh  green background, I’m absolutely crazy about it … thank you Susie!


There is always movement and that is good. Even in the Zentangleworld, interesting news constantly pops up, but it is impossible to follow everything and know every tangle. As I wrote earlier, I am  not active on any social media. I can not and will not spend more time in front of the computer. Changing habits and moving is very important for me to stay in a better condition.

Zentangleart is my hobby, not my work and there are no obligations. I’m drawing because I’m fond of it and don’t see it as a competition. When I start a tile, I use my personal legend with favorite tangles  and make choices. That legend grows weekly by adding new patterns that I discover on challenges, in the various databases, on blog posts and newsletters … Everywhere in the world, people are busy to create new tangles to bring more variety  in this fun drawing … It continues to fascinate me and making new tangles has become a new challenge.

Quite unexpectedly, a few weeks ago, I saw a movie popping up, in which  was shown how to draw C-view. on a coloured background. I like it very much and  thank Alexandra Diaz again for this  pleasant surprise!

You can still discover many ‘traveling tiles’ popping up at different sites. I wrote about it in previous posts. Again I have made a swap with Francine Huygens. She also attended a seminar in Providence and she too is bitten by the ‘Zentanglemicrobe’. Unfortunately she recently broke her ankle and had to take it easy for a long time but today she is completely recovered. Below you can see my 2 starters,  finished by Francine. I started Well on the first tile. Francine finished the tile with a nice frame on which she attached Pokeleaf and Msst, you can see also Stringrose, Cruffle, Festune, and even Bijou is there..

On the black tile I started with the simple Stircles in which Francine introduced a nice variation of Cyme.

Below you see the 2 starters of Francine. On the first tile she started with Diva Dance and Antidots and I complemented with more Diva Dance, Bubbles, Tipple, Curly Bracket Feather, Field of Flowers, Mosi and a variation on O.


On this black tile Francine started with Sandswirl and I finished the tile with a variation on Cogwheel, Pozer, Tipple and Featering S Curve.

I  always like traveling tiles and I will probably make them more in the future … Thank you very much Francine for this pleasant collaboration. She has a facebook and twitteraccount where you can find more of her work.

Recently Annette Plaga’s  12th mosaic appeared and here, I also chose fresh spring colors and uncomplicated tangles: Blooming Butter, Cogwheel, and a mix of Meer and Beebug. I gave  Blooming Butter a sunny yellow colour and  made a small mosaic of my contribution. You can still participate until the 4 th of April and mid-April you can admire the different results that Annette will publish on her site with employees from all over the world! Every time again, I am amazed how everyone  draws different tangles and how beautiful these pieces  fit together in a large mosaic, designed by Annette. Thank you Annette for this cool and beautiful project!


Finally it is time  to change the winter clothes for something more airy. I have been a fan of Ivko for many years. This clothing is originally from Serbia where a grandson sold grandma’s jackets on the local market. They people loved them and soon  a first store was opened.  Ivko became increasingly popular and at the moment, there are more than 500 stores all over the world. The typical Ivko motifs often remind me of Zentangle patterns. Some are (for me) a bit too exuberant but usually I find every year a little “tresor” that I can not resist … A jeans, a t-shirt and an Ivko cardigan form together my favorite outfit. Ivko has a Fair trade and Eco label. The jackets  are not really cheap but even after years, they remain unique and during the sales,  great discounts are given. The sizes are slightly smaller than with other brands.Zalando and Amazon also have a big choice of these clothings.

To finish, this time no music video but a glimpse into the colorful, magical world of Ivko:

The next blog post will appear in May. Stay tuned, keep on tangling and enjoy the springtime!