Voor deze challenge heb ik (voor mij) 2 nieuwe tangles gebruikt: A-Frame en Fancy Nancy. Deze laatste is een ode aan de moeder van Adele Bruno, die gezond en wel onlangs haar 85 ste verjaardag vierde. Ik tekende op een grijze tile en werkte de tekening af met rode kleurpotloden.

For this challenge, I used two (for me) new tangles: A-Frame and Fancy Nancy. The last pattern is honoured to Adele’s mother. She became 85 years and is still in good health and looks great for her age. I have drawn on a grey tile and finished with red colourpencils.

Strepen zijn altijd leuk om te tangelen, eender in welke richting. Ik heb gekozen voor 2 gebogen lijnen waarin u Crescent Moon en het fragment K14 ontdekt. In de strepen erachter zie je fragment U1, ‘N Zeppel, Caviar, Fluxes, Hibred en Fasset. De tile werd afgewerkt met kleurpotloden.

Stripes are always fun to tangle, in any direction. I have chosen for two curved stripes and filled them with Crescent Moon and the fragment K14. In the stripes behind, you will discover fragment U1, ‘N Zeppel, Caviar, Fluxes, Hibred and Fasset. I finished the tile with ordinary colourpencils.

Ik ben erg blij met deze Zendala Moments omdat ik graag in het rond teken. Op deze tile gebruikte ik een zwarte en een groene pen en gewone kleurpotloden. De gebruikte tangles zijn: CO2, Botania, Nipa, Fragment K14, een variatie op Copada en Cross ‘ur Hearts met aura’s. Een mooie string die prettig tanglen gaf!

I am glad with these Zendala Moments because I prefer drawing in the round. On this tile, I used a black and a green pen and ordinary colorpencils. You can see next tangles: CO2, Bpotania, Nipa, Fragment K14, a variation on Copada and Cross’ ur Hearts with aura’s. This is a lovely string that gaved me pleasant moments while drawing!

Een mooie challenge met 2 nieuwe tangles: Sistar en See, getekend met een zwarte pen op een tankleurige tile en afgewerkt met kleurpotloden en een witte gelpen.

A pretty challenge with 2 new tangles: Sistar and See, drawn with a black pen on a tancoloured tile and finished with ordinary colourpencils and a white gellypen.

Deze éénvoudige tile werd gemaakt n.a.v. Maria Tovar’s nieuwe techniek: tangelen met een embossing pen. Voor deze eerste poging heb ik het patroon Cross-ur-hearts gebruikt.

This uncomplicated tile is made, thanks to Maria Tovar’s new technique: tangling with an embossing pen. Voor my first try, I have chosen the pattern Cross-ur-Hearts.

I’m very glad that Adele suggested to use Zeppo in her challenge. Beside my new pattern, you also see Pots ‘n Pans and CO2. I have used a grey tile and have drawn with a black, turquoise and white pen and finished with a lot of white charcoal.

Ik vind het fijn dat Adele voorstelt om Zeppo te gebruiken in deze challenge. Naast mijn nieuwste patroontje, zie je ook Pots ‘n Pans en CO2. Ik tekende op een grijze tile met een zwarte, turquoise en witte pen. In de afwerking gebruikte ik ruimschoots mijn wit krijtpotlood.

Op het einde van de maand verhuizen wij, er is dus op het ogenblik minder tijd om te tangelen. Ik teken graag op ronde tiles en daarom zocht ik tussen de oudere exemplaren. Ik vond deze bruine Zendala gevuld met een witte Printemps op de achtergrond, Olspin en een variatie op mijn Zanda getekend met zwarte pennen en afgewerkt met kleurpotloden.

Voor iedereen een mooie start van 2019!

On the end of this month, we are moving to the northern parts of Belgium and so there is less time to tangle at the moment. I always like to draw on rond tiles and I searched in my older ones to found a suitable tile for this challenge. I found this tan coloured Zendala, filled with Olspin, a variation on my Zanda and white Printemps on the background. I used a black pen and finished with colourpencils.

I wish everybody a wonderful start of 2019!

Ik ben blij om langs deze weg iedereen een goede start van 2019 toe te wensen. De string heeft de vorm van het nieuwe jaar en werd gevuld met Centipede en Lex. Ik koos voor een Rennaissance tile die afgewerkt werd met witte, zwarte en oranje kleurpotloden.

I’m glad to wish everyone by this way, a good start of 2019.. I have used a tan coloured tile for this challenge where the string is formed by the new year and the tangles are Centipede and Lex. I finished my work with white, black and orange colourpencils.

Again, we are a year older. Not every day will be a party but we can always try to make the best of it. If it is not possible today, then maybe tomorrow. Every day you can make a new start and a bad moment is therefore not a bad day…



“Dew drops” look like small gems and are always beautiful, in reality or drawn on your tiles. Long ago, they have found a place in the Zentangleworld and they are not difficult to beautify your work:

Two simple monotiles, brightened up with a few dew drops by Lynn Mead:



Every week, another tangle is popping up, out of the “Magic Bag” of the Facebookgroup Square one. A while ago, Mazorito was appearing. It was pleasant to see so many different interpretations, too much to show all of them. I always draw this tangle in a circle but quite unexpectedly I even saw my pattern in grids. I would never have thought of doing that , but I loved it. Also the “owl ” by Chris Titus was quite surprising. In the meantime I know already a lot of tangles but it is so cool to discover how people can “play” with patterns and make something totally different from an existing tangle:

and Mazorito according to Christine Courtois:

Challenges remain captivating and instructive.

Always searching for new tangles, I found inspiration in donuts. In the U.S.A. they even have a national donut day. All over the world, you can find some family of this pastry. On the last day of the year, “Oliebollen” are eaten in the Netherlands. Both the French and the Belgians love “Beignets”, preferably filled with apples. In Germany the” Berliner Bol “is very well known and in Portugal and Spain we have the “Churro’s “… Also on the other side of the world, in South Africa, “Vetbollen ” are available, and in the Far East you’ll find similar fried snacks. Almost every country has its own recipe and its own name. I like the Italian name”Zeppole” and therefore I chose Zeppo as name for my new tangle that was inspired by this little “guilty pleasure “

Zeppo is a very simple pattern: you start with 2 circles: a larger and a smaller inside. Six small Tipples encircle the bigger ones. In the inner circle you draw some shadow. Each “donut” is connected by the Tipples. You can go further regularly or irregularly, like a pendulum or a filler. In The 2 examples you can see clearly see through the “donuts ” and discover stripes and perfs. On the tan coloured tile you will recognize Zeppo   Nipa, CO2 and Pebbles flower.

Drawing in a spiral, always gives beautiful results. Many have already proven that. Click on this link . That’s why I decided to make my next tile in such a spiral: a combination of Zeppo and Caviar.

I wish everyone a lot of fun with this playful tangle! Doing something you like is important. It is wonderful to come into a flow and forget the time and your worries… yes sometimes that happens and before I know it is usually midnight and time to go to sleep. On the Internet, there is so much information available. Everyone can learn from everyone. Recently, I discovered the beautiful wooden art of Gabriel Schama and I recognize a link with Zentangleart:

On the last picture, I saw immediately a pattern that we call Verve. I also used that piece as a frame for my tile below, on which you can also find Zanda, Copada and Henna Drum:

And another one that I send to Square one with Love Handles, Membranart and Blooming Butter:

Something very different, however, is Maria Tovar’s technique. She is drawing with an “embossing pen “. I liked that immediately and of course I had to try that too. Below you see 2 simple tiles made with an embossing pen, following Maria’s manual. I’m sure, I will experiment more:

One with Cross Ur Hearts

And one with Arullo, mirrored 4 times with a touch of colour

During the 12 days challenge of Zentangle.com we were able to follow step by step how a “Spinner ” was built with original tangles. Consciously, no new tangles were drawn, but old familiar patterns and you could follow how the shadow was applied everywhere. I made two of them: one original and one with my chosen tangles:

If next time I don’t know which tangles to combine, I’ll simply let the spinner do his job.

In 2019, CZT seminars will also be organised in Europe. (Frankfurt). People from all the world are connected by the Zentanglemethod and the big family is growing each year… Every day, new ideas from every corner of the world appear on our screens. We all can learn from each other and use the new knowledge in our own work! That is wonderful and I wanted to show that in my first blogpost of 2019!

Sometimes I don’t want to follow the news, so many negative messages, but fortunately there are also positive messages. Below you can see 100 optimistic discoveries, created in 2018 and that’s fine to know:

To become completely zen I chose these beautiful winter images of the highest peaks in the world, mounted on music by Vangelis: Ask the Mountains:

I wish you all a wonderful start of 2019!!!