Deze week stelde Adele voor om een monotile te maken van  XLNT. Ik heb  een driehoekige (Rennaissance)  tile gekozen waarop ik met zwarte pennen dit patroon in cirkelvorm tekende en de overige ruimtes opgevuld heb met een bruine pen. Daarna werd de tekening afgewerkt met witte, zwarte, bruine en oranje kleurpotloden en tenslotte een witte gelpen voor de “highlights”.

This week, Adele, suggested to make a monotile of  XLNT. I used a Renaissance Triangle tile on which I started with a circle,  filled with black tangles.  The empty spaces were filled with the same pattern  in braun. To finish, I used white, black, braun and orange ordinay colourpencils. As usual, a white gellypen was used to give the final touch.

Op ‘t eerste zicht vond ik de string niet gemakkelijk om te vullen met de volgende tangles: Z-Trik, Heartstrings en Lichen. Ik heb daarom een paar extra verdelingen gemaakt.  Daardoor vond ik  de uitdaging gemakkelijker en heb  veel plezier beleefd aan deze éénvoudige tile in zwart/wit.

At first sight, I didn’t find this string an easy one, so I created a few more spaces to fill with Z-Trick, Heartstrings and Lichen. In that way, I saw immediately what I wanted to do and finished this challenge in a relaxed way, using only  black/white.

Op  onderstaande foto zie je dat ik  een monotile  gemaakt  heb van Soluna.  Deze tangle werd getekend vanuit 2 verschillende richtingen: rechtsboven en linksonder en ontmoeten elkaar in het midden. Vervolgens werden er  nieuwe uitlopers getekend naar boven (links) en naar beneden (rechts).  Zoals meestal heb ik mijn kleurpotloden genomen om deze tekening af te werken in koele tinten.

On the next picture you can see that I have made a monotile of Soluna. This tangle is drawn, starting from two corners, one on the right abough and one on the left below. The tangles meet each other  in the middle. Than I have drawn Soluna, starting  in  two other directions: going abough on the left and going  below on the right.  As usual, to finish,  I took my colourpencils to add a little bit colour in cold tints.

Suaimhneas is a Gaelic word (of Scotland) and it means the good feeling that you get, when something you wanted to do, is done. Every language has  such typical words. You   cannot translate  them  exactly in another language.

In the south of Belgium still live more wild animals than in Flanders. In LE MARTINET where my husband is  doing volunteering work, one day a week, every helping hand is welcome to take care of the victims (especially of the traffic). After a (sometimes long) time of care,  giving  back freedom to a wild animal  is the purpose of the center. A few weeks ago it was again. such a day. This time  birds of prey would fly again in the free air! These special moments are always wonderful,  both for the animals and for the people who took care of them. On next picture you can see René, one of the most loyal employees who looks affectionately to “his owl “, a few moments before he will let him fly back in the open air, after several months of taking care…

Then it was the turn of a buzzard that I was allowed to release,  also a big boy with firm claws! You can see that I was a little excited …

Everything went right  and about  twenty birds got their freedom back that day. We all  were happy and got Suaimhneas!

I’m  fond of owls and it’s really cool  that I hear them  calling in the woods during the night… The owl is perceptive, well in camouflage, clean, useful, courageous, agile and helps weaker ones. I could not resist to color this template from Ben Kwok and fill with tangles: Flukes, Auraknot, Printemps, Baton, Tipple, Sandswirl, ‘N Zeppel, Copada, Clob, Shattuck, Dia Dance and Ginili.


After this special day followed a quiet evening and we accidentally watched the program “Everyone is famous “.  Two people who see each other for the first time must prepare a recipe together. During the cooking session they have the opportunity to get to know each other better. Once dinner is ready, they can decide: enjoy the dinner together (yes) or take-away (no). In This case it was “yes ” and hence the name of this new tangle that I saw popping up on the door of the restaurant:

Only a few details were added to make 3 different “borders”. If you place these “ties” next to each other, you will get a nice filler ( 1st example). If you mirror the tapes, you will get a completely different result (2nd example)


Zanda, one of my tangles is added to the Musterquelle of Elatorium and I’m grateful for this beautiul drawing where Zanda has found a place between Chain Gain and Sixes:


Something else that always appeals to me is stained glass On the Internet, you can find many examples in which  you will immediately discover “strings ” to build a zentangledrawing with.  That’s exactly what I did when I found this picture. I used my new tangle Yes and Wud, Ixorus, Molygon and Tink. (Drawn on a grey tile and finished with colorpencils)

And the work below also inspired  me to make next tile:

A lot of tangles were used on this grey tile: Barberpole, Raindotty’s, Limpets, Printemps,  Msst, Tipple, See-Weed, Field of Flowers, Cogwheel, Purdy, Keeko, Icantoo, NKD, Fescu en Pomcoco


Recently Annette Plaga’s Mosaic started again. You can still join until November the 20 th. Here you can see my contribution, placed in a small mosaic with Archer, a variation of Florz, Icanthus, Icanthoo and Breach.  All results and different mozaïcs will be displayed on Annette’s site on November the 28 th.


Many see the autumn and winter as a depressing period, but I don’t, on the contrary. After such a long dry summer there is no more delicious perfume for me than the scent of the forest after a big shower. Afterwards going back insite with a cup of ginger tea, which will make you feel completely warm, is so pleasant.  Also a day at the beach has its charms, gone are the hustle and bustle and the traffic jams. In the small cosy cafés you will always find a place. Summer clothes are now put away for quite a while, but the  favourite coat will finally come back. Fresh salads make place for stews and delicious soups full of vegetables. Bring some extra plants in the house, it is beautiful, soothing and purifies the air around you. A time for reflection and new plans has arrived:

I  always enjoy  the  “kitchen table tangles ”  of Rick and Maria. A few weeks ago they showed us a “Dingsplatz “.  I started immediately to draw and Instead of tangeling the inside, I placed an image that fits the time of the year. Maybe an idea for a greeting card!


If you don’t have any plans for the next year, here are a lot of reasons to get to know our small but versatile country (click on the picture):

3 years ago, in November I started this blog, that’s why I signed 3 stars (Aura knot) on this card. This round tile was made on a section with a watercolor background (Tipple and Diva Dance) and a part that was made black where you will recognize another variation of Diva Dance, but also Somnee and Cogwheel.  Golden accents were made to create a festive atmosphere and on the black piece yellow and blue colors were applied with coloured charcoals.

Ye, it is early, but better too early than too late:


After five years, living  on the Azores (Pico) and five years in the Ardennes, we have chosen to go back to our “roots” in the northern parts of Belgium.  Our cottage in the Ardennes will be sold and we will move to Flanders,  where both my husband and I have spent our youth. December will be a busy month… but then I’will be back in January with a new post!

 I always look forward to the “12 days before Christmas challenge” by Rick and Maria, each time so pretty…. I don’t expect anything else this year!!!! So  take a look when you have time!

I thank all loyal followers and visitors and like to finish with a worthfull quote of Paulo Coelho (writer of the Alchemist):.

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure!

I wish you all to find your treasure and a lot of Suainmhneas,


Let’s  listen to  Nocturne, a beautiful Norwegian song that won the Eurovision Song Contest of 1995.



Voor deze challenge werd slechts 1 tangle opgegeven: Rick’s Paradox, weer een oude bekende waarop je veel kan variëren en zeker ook een favoriet. Ik heb mijn tile omgekeerd en heb nog enkele vlakken meer verdeeld in driehoeken. Daarna werd er getangeld en gekleurd met gewone kleurpotloden. Tenslotte heb ik mijn kleinere tile op een grotere zwarte geplakt.

For this challenge, Adele just suggested us to use Rick’s Paradox, again a golden oldie and one of my faves on which many variations are possible. I turned my tile upside-down and divided some more spacies in triangles. Than, I started to tangle and colour with ordinary colourpencils. To finish, I have glued the smaller tile on a bigger black one.

Wat fijn en ontspannend om na al die jaren nog eens een keertje de allereerste string die ik ooit tekende opnieuw te vullen met oude vertrouwde tangles: Static, Pokeroot en Crescent Moon. Ik koos voor een grijze tile met veel wit/zwarte stukjes, afgewisseld met groen en paars (kleurpotloden)

To draw again the first string I ever used was a pleasant and relaxing experience. I filled the wellknown string with golden oldies: Static, Pokeroot and Crescent Moon. I chose a grey tile and you can see a lot of black/white accents but also some coloring parts, done with ordinary colourpencils.