Deze tekening werd gemaakt op een zwarte zendalatile  die  ik gekleefd heb op een iets grotere bruine ronde tegel. In het centrum werd gestart met Dicso, daarna volgde Ukkepuk en Copada. Vanuit dit klein geheel werd Frondous aangebracht, daarna Nik en tenslotte Windfarm. Voor de kleuren werden krijtpotloden gebruikt maar ik vond ze niet sterk genoeg. Daarom heb ik hairspray over de tekening gespoten en daarna werden de kleuren nog met gewone kleurpotloden wat versterkt.

This drawing is made on a black Zendalatile. I have made a bigger circle on braun paper on which I have glued the smaller black Zendala. In the centre I have started with Dicso, followed by Ukkepuk and Copada. When I had finished this little composition, Frondous  became the next tangle, than Nik and to finish, I chosed Windfarm. First, I have taken colored charcoals but I found those colours to soft. I used some hairspray to fixate them and afterwards I have made the colours a bit stronger with ordinary colourpencils.

Een erg leuke challenge, vooral omdat je echt ziet dat je wel degelijk kan groeien. Door regelmatig te tekenen verbetert je schaduw en kleurtechniek en vooral je leert steeds meer patronen die je kan gebruiken in je composities. De eerste tile dateert uit mijn beginperiode en ik heb deze tekening gemaakt m.b.v. een sjabloon. Op de tweede tekening heb ik hetzelfde sjabloon genomen maar gekozen voor heel andere tangles en meer zorg besteed aan schaduw en kleur. Adele stelde deze week voor om te starten met Auraknot in een stervorm en daarom koos ik voor dit ontwerp. Naast Auraknot  heb ik nog voor een mix van Meer en S-Pod gekozen, Indy Rella, Tipple, Sindoo, Beadlines en veel streepjes. Ik tekende op wit papier en de open ruimte van de cirkelvorm werd zwart gekleurd met een brushpen.

A pleasant challenge, especially because you can see how you have grown. By joining challenges you can learn a lot: shadowing, coloring,  learning new patterns to form new compositions… The first tile is made when I just started to tangle. I have made this work with a little help of a template. For the second drawing, I have used the same template but I have chosen for different tangles and I have worked  more carefully on shadowing and coloring. Adele suggested this week to start  with Auraknot in a star and that is why I have chosen to use this template again. Besides Auraknot, you can notice a mix of Meer and S-Pod, Indy Rella, Tipple, Sindoo, Beadlines and a lot of stripes. I have worked on white paper and the open spaces of the circle are made black with a brushpen.

 

 

 

Cadent is één van de originele tangles en een heel veelzijdig patroon dat zich goed leent om met andere patronen te verbinden. Ik heb Cadent verbonden met Aquafleur  en Pea-Nuckle. Verder heb ik deze tile aangevuld met Crescent Moon en Tipple en als laatste heb ik Cadent gevuld met Printemps, één van de vele opties. Mijn tekening is afgewerkt met kleurpotloden en mijn onafscheidelijke witte gelpen.

Cadent is one of the original tangles. It is a very versatile pattern and it is an easy one to connect with other patterns. I have connected Cadent with Aquafleur and Pea-Nuckle. I filled the empty spaces with Crescent Moon and Tipple and finished to draw Printemps inside Cadent, one of so many options. I used a black pen, colourpencils and I can’t miss my white gellypen to make some highlights.

Het tekenen van het netwerk RH2,  ook bekend als Zenbuttom was de opdracht voor deze challenge. Ik heb mijn tekening gemaakt met een  bruine en zwarte pen op tankleurig papier.  De ringen werden  gevuld met de fragmenten F16, B15, H1, D23 en mijn eigen patroontje Zimba. Voor de afwerking geeft een wit krijtpotlood een mooie extra. Meer netwerken en fragmenten kan je vinden in het boek “de Praktijk”.

To draw  the reticula RH2, AKA Zenbuttom was the challenge of this week. I have made my drawing with a brown and black pen on tancoloured paper and filled the rings with the fragments F16, B15, H1, D23 and my own pattern Zimba.  To finish a zenbuttom, a white charcoal is necessary to give that little extra. In “the Primer”, you can find more opportunities to draw  in this wonderful way.

 

Deze  Opustile komt uit de “oude doos” en werd gemaakt met al langer bestaande tangles. Ik heb hem speciaal voor deze challenge gekozen omdat ik toen heel veel aura’s gebruikt heb. Dat doe ik nu minder maar nu ik dit werk zie, ga ik dat zeker opnieuw doen. De gebruikte tangles zijn: Quandary, Stircles, Tipple, Caviar, Rixties, Fescu, Lollywhimple, Gust, Msst and Oke.

I have found this Opustile among my older work.  I have chosen this tile especially for this challenge because I have used many aura’s. Now, I don’t do that so much anymore but  when I see this tile, I think I’m gonna do that again a bit more! The used tangles are: Quandary, Stircles, TIpple, Caviar, Rixties, Fescu, Lollywhimple, Gust, Msst and Oke.

 

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Na een fijne vakantie is het ook weer tof om thuis te zijn en terug meer te tekenen. Friendship was voor mij een onbekend patroon maar ik ben blij dat ik het leren kennen heb dankzij deze challenge. Zoals gevraagd zie je deze tangle in het midden, omringd door Cruffle, Tipple, Flux, Stircles en Jester. Als ik door het raam kijk, zie ik een groene explosie onder een blauwe lucht en dat zijn de kleuren die ik in deze tile gebruikt heb.

After a wonderful holliday, it is nice to be back home and have time to draw again.  I didn’t know Friendship but I’m glad I learned this pattern by joining this interesting challenge. As Joey asked, you see this tangle in the centre of the tile, surrounded by Cruffle, Tipple, Flux, Stircles and Jester. When I look through the window, I see a green explosion under a blue sky and those are the colours I have used on this tile.

Mijn eerste tekening na een bijzondere treinreis door Zwitserland: een bijdrage voor Annette’s 13 de mozaïek. Met mijn eigen werk heb ik reeds een kleine mosaïc gevormd. Deze keer was de opdracht zwart/wit en een éénvoudige string maar prachtige eindresultaten zullen  binnenkort tevoorschijn komen op Annette’s site. Je kan tot 15 mei een inzending sturen om je werk geïntegreerd te zien in de grote mozaëken die Annette telkens met veel zorg samenstelt. Op mijn tile heb ik volgende tangles gebruikt: Tipple, Printemps, Boucle, Columbine, Zander, Mathura, Spluk, Mashed en Afterglo. Ik was aangenaam verrast om bij het vomen van deze mosaëik, onverwachts mijn eigen Tupi te zien opduiken.

My first drawing after a wonderful trainjourney trough Switzerland: an entry for Annette’s 13 th mosaïc. I have made already a small one with my own work.  This time the challenge was to draw only in black/white with an uncomplicated string but I’m sure beautiful results will appear in a few weeks on Annette’s site. You can still send in a tile until May the 15 th. to see your work integrated in the gorgeous mosaïcs, formed by Annette. On my contribution I have used the following tangles: Tipple, Printemps, Boucle, Columbine, Zander, Mathura, Spluk, Mashed and Afterglo. It was a nice surprise to see appearing suddenly  my own Tupi when I put 4 tiles together.

 

 

 

At the moment, spring shows us her beautiful face.  More light and fresh colors give us new energy and everywhere  young life appears…

This “fresh look” can also be incorporated into your tiles. The following work has been created by Wud, Peek-a-boo Daisy, N’Zeppel and Copada.

Below you see a picture of the colorful African fabric on which one of my  patterns is based. Zimba  is in fact just a  simplyfication of this motif.

For the tile below, I have consulted the Primer, chapter 7 “Reticula and Fragments”.  I  have chosen reticula  R-H2, AKA “Zenbuttom”.  The fragments are  F16, B15, H1, D23 and my own Zimba.  The beautiful white glow that you get by a charcoal is better visible on ink than on coloured pencils. In chapter 7 you will find different possibilities about this fun way of Zentangleart . Previously I have shown a few examples . Countless variations can be made with these reticula and fragments. Also different tangles, including Zimba, can be used to fill the reticula.”

Again, I surfed to “African fabrics”… and almost immediately  I have found this beautiful picture:

The pattern is based on the well-known Scottish Paisleymotif . There are already a few tangles in which you recognize this pattern, f.ex.. Flux, Cruffle, Paisley-Boa… Yet, this tangle is just a bit different. The two opposite “Paisley’s ” hover ” In my pattern separate from each other and the elongated “tails” are connected by a little curl. I like  African colors and that’s also the name I gave to this new tangle: ILAC.

You can easily add “something extra”, as you can see in the variations. The African fabric is full of these motivs but I find Ilac very beautiful as a pendulum or as a border, which can be formed both in the square and in the round.  It is a very simple pattern that you can also fill or color. With a thicker black marker you can give a little roundness and  with a white gellypen you can give the pattern  a beautiful “highlight”.

With these cheerful  combinations of Ilac and Amy Baby, Susi NG  surprised me again on her blog.

Below, I formed a mandala of Ilac (and Flux) in the outer ring, Shell X Cape in the second ring and Cruffle in the middle.

Mandala. is Sanskrit for circle  and is always a two-dimensional drawing. The concept has a Hindu origin but is also widely used in Tibetan Buddhism. These mandalas consist of 3 parts. The outer ring stands for secession and protection from the daily world., the world of suffering and eternal reincarnation.  The middle circle suggests different stages of realizing the lighting. The middle means the realization (you often find Buddha or another enlightened being).  Believers can enter the mandala in their mind and visualize their own enlightenment.

A Buddhist Mandala:

Also in the Christian tradition the mandala appears, for example in famous rose windows of cathedrals. Below you see a mandala in Notre Dame en Chartres in France.

 

I like drawing in a circle. Occasionally I chose to work on the preprinted Zendalatiles.  But of course, you can also invent all sorts of compositions. Below  Blossom 1, Hilgabo, Columbine, Jetties, Tipple and Toodles formed my compositon but this tile is definitely not a mandala:

Even though this tile has a black background, I don’t think it’s gloomy. Black often provides a nice contrast and is easy to combine, both with white and grey as well as with other colours. Therefore, I use it very regularly in my work. Adding a little bit of color to a tile that was mainly in black and white is often my favorite.

After a long winter, we finally  get back higher temperatures and that gives a real boost.  Most Belgians are quite satisfied but we usually don’t live so long  as  the people on the Japanese island of Okinawa.  Studies have shown that several factors contribute to receive a very high age: a pleasant climate, good living and eating habits, little stress and satisfaction. The elders of Okinawa move a lot. Tai Chi is practised daily and also gardening is experienced as very soothing. The islanders drink little alcohol and eat almost no meat or dairy but a lot of vegetables, sweet potatoes, whole wheat products, legumes and fruits, seaweeds, rice/soy with an occasional egg or a little bit of fish.

A pilot project for the cultivation of seaweed is running off the coast of Belgium. This plant is a real “power food “, is packed full of sustainable meat replacements and our best chefs are experimenting to develop new dishes. It could be a very important part of our daily diet. The world is changing at a high rate in all aspects of life, also our dietary habits are subject to changes…

Two lucky people (100 plus), living in Okinawa:

For the most of us this way of life is not so evident. We usually lead a sedentary life and don’t move  enough. We are more stressed, many have a “to do” list that definitely needs to be finished. We often put (too) high demands on others and ourselves… and we have totally different dietary habits… But change is always possible… Rick and Mary would say: ” Anything is possible, one stroke at the time “.

Not every minute should be productive.  An evening stretched out for the TV, reading an exciting book in one trek or just lazing around… that should not lead to feelings of guilt because of “lost time”, on the contrary.   Sometimes, we just need to  slow down.

Not everyone can/will  make time to work in the garden.  I don’t have green fingers but yet I find it nice  to use fresh herbs from our own mini garden. The use of fresh ingredients lifts your hot and cold dishes to a higher level. The bins on the picture below require little space, work and maintenance. It gives a good feeling to  go outside and pick some tasty herbs to  use them immediately in your dishes…

 

However, drawing is for me the most important activity, I have written it several times. I like to participate in challenges because I can learn a lot, but I don’t see it as a must and it’s not a competition for me. Regularly I skip a time… However, I found Adele’s 239 th challenge very special.  She proposed to make a combination of Fasset, Flec and my pattern Tupuk. That was  a pleasant surprise and I started drawing immediately:

And again after the appearance of the results I was very happy to discover so many beautiful tiles in which TUPUK was integrated. If you would like to see the other entries, surf to Adele’s site. I’m grateful to have seen so many beautiful variatons of Tupuk. On the picture below you see the work of Adele herself. Please notice that beautiful shading!

Occasionally I even combine two challenges in a single drawing, but Michelle Wynne  is a real specialist. Every week she shows us an example on her  beautiful blog post. Below you see a combination of Adele’s and Joey’s challenge. As usual, beautifully done with a very nice TUPUK!

Besides drawing, cooking, reading and hiking, I enjoy listening to beautiful music. Therefore,  I would like to finish this post with a special sound, a combination of a harp and an Ocarina

This music was used in the video game Zelda:

I ‘ve had a short break and  will write some more about this very special and wonderful  trainadventure in a next blogpost.

 

I wish everyone the best and until June!