A long time ago, I bought a Koru which I still ware regularly. Koru is the Maori name for the coiled frond that unrolls every year. It symbolizes the positive change of new life, purity and strength. Artisanal goodies with a meaning have always interested me. I love the beautiful shape and meaning of a Koru:
Below you see such a typical Maori Koru, made from green Jade:
and also their carvings in fluent lines are wonderful:
The tile below is based on Maori art: Printemps, Icantoo, Crescent Moon, Meer, Tamisolo, Snail and Mazorito. The tile was drawn with a black pen and finished with green/yellow pencils:
But the Maori are best known for their specific tattoos in which I found inspiration to make Mazorito. This pattern can already be found on www.tanglepatterns.com but beneath you can see the steps again:
And in the little movie below, Melinda Barlow demonstrates how to draw this tangle:
This is not a difficult pattern but does require some concentration. In step 1 It is important to draw the tipples at the same height and with the same gaps. The dots in the middle makes forming the tangle easier. For the fourth step I turn my tile, so you can draw the “aura ” more beautiful. If you draw many auras then we call them, as Melinda says, “echo’s “. I called this new tangle Mazorito (Maori, Zentangle and Tattoo). The Zentanglemethod connects us all and it is perhaps precisely for this reason that this drawing art has become so popular. We see Influences from all cultures and all corners of the world and I like that very much!
As previously written, I try to participate regularly in “challenges “. Of course I was delighted when I saw the 256 th “Challenge ” appearing on Adele’s website: a simple circle shape that could be filled with Hexa, Horti and Mazorito. I found all the contributions very nice and special. By this way, I would like to thank everyone who sent in a submission, but especially Adele who puts so much work into the weekly challenges and the wonderful presentation of everyone’s work!!!
This is my tile, would you like to see the other results, please take a look at Adele’s site :
The summer was abnormally dry and warm in Belgium. In the future, even in the more temperate areas, we will face longer periods of extreme heat interspersed with heavy rains… In the past few months I usually stayed in the house during the day where it was cooler. Windows and doors were opened in the evening…
In the afternoon I was sitting (too) much behind my computer. While surfing, I bumped into a special name: Hundertwasser and googled the name… followed by “Images “. Fascinating pictures of colored buildings, designed by Hundertwasser appeared on the screen. I liked them immediately. Thanks to the computer, the whole world opens to you. I had never heard of this man but that changed in one second, that’s great, isn’t it?
Below I have found a nice movie for all the ones who like to experiment with watercolors,. It is not difficult, very colourful and pleasant to do, based on the Hundertwasser technique:
And here is my first attempt to combine Hundertwasser with simple tanglework: Hexa, Flukes, Nipa, N’Zeppel, Hollibaugh, Printemps and Fassett
And another example with: Crescent Moon, Arullo, Cruffle, Hybrid, Petal panes, Fescu, Afterglo, Flukes, Printemps, Sandswirl, Papermint, Msst, and Beadlines:
The lines don’t have to be straight at all. Colors are allowed to flow into each other. When your painting is dry, you can fill the boxes with your favorite tangles. Finally, you can finish with an extra line here and there…
After a long hot summer, we can discover the first signs of a new season. The temperatures are still very comfortable but during the evening, we need an extra sweater. Autumn is in the air… The forest smells delicious and invites us to make longer walks. If you pay attention , you will discover so many unique organic tanglework.
Every human being, every animal, every plant, even every piece of nature can be a potential teacher for us:
This tile was signed for Adele’s 257 th challenge . I have combined the requested Twilight with Crescent Moon and finished with yellow, orange and green pencils to create an autumnal atmosphere:
For the music fragment I have chosen this time for a German groupe: “Federkleid ” from Faun. I agree, the members of the groupe look special but I like their cheerful music and I hope you will enjoy too!
I like to conclude this post with a nice Buddhist quote: Gratitude must not be our motive, but gives the courage to go further.
Until next time