Recently, I.A.S.T. celebrated the sixth anniversary. Thanks to Adele, I have learned so much and I am grateful that Decoo was one of the proposed patterns for this special challenge! I wish Adele many happy birthdays, both for herself and for her zentanglecreation I.A.S.T.

During the summer I tangled a lot in the coolness of the living room. The intense heat and dryness of July were not comfortable for human/animal and terrible for nature… Also in Belgium, we failed early harvesting due to the lack of rain. On the moors in our area, several pieces were depraged prematurely. Luckily, August brought the much needed rain and the damage remained limited. Refreshing rain showers gave off delicious scents and intense purple colored fields emerged.

A very special surprise was a first modest harvest of figs from our own garden. In August, we could eat daily fresh figs from our little tree and we liked them very much!

Summer or winter, it doesn’t matter. Drawing is my hobby and every week I follow faithfully the new patterns that appear on different databases. A nice recent pattern is Windmills and that’s why I have placed a tile with this tangle, together with my Mazorito and ‘ N Zeppel in the background.

Also Line Dance was a discovery. It is a tangle which can fill a whole tile and it can give a nice depth with a little shade. I combined it with Double Double:

In addition to the real tanglework, I continue searching for new patterns and I like to introduce my two recent patterns. The first one Espe (the translation from mirror to Portuguese is Espelho) is based on an Art Deco Mirror. It’s very simple and I think it’s especially nice when you draw it in the round, that is exactly what I did. This pattern appeared yesterday on www.tanglepatterns.com!

For the second pattern I have found inspiration in the colourful dress, the lady wears on the picture below. This pattern gives different possibilities. You can draw it single, double or in a group and you can get a nice 3D effect. The name Ondola is derived from the Portuguese ondulado which means wavy. Some words sound better to me in another language, hence my choices. The general rule is that no existing words for new tangles are chosen, so it is always a little searching…but I like that!

Occasionally I can’t let it to share a video with you that appeals to me and often that is an experiment with watercolour paint. In the video below, the artist shows us how you can obtain a unique result with a few simple tools.

Something completely different is painting with beeswax. I recently attended a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the magical results that this technique can bring on your paper! The colored beeswax is applied on a special iron, after which you can iron it on a paper with a coating layer. By applying different techniques you can conjure big differences in your work …

I show you one of my results, made during this first workshop:

A small impression of what artists can do with this stuff:

Annette Plaga asked for her 18 the Mosaic project to supply two tiles, one with a gemstone. Below you see my contribution and one of the mosaics, composed with the tiles of all participants. Every time, it is a pleasant surprise to see how Annette sets up her unique mosaics. Also her monthly “Zendalamoments” are always fascinating.

Another discovery were Hanni Nura‘s monthly “Full Moon challenges “. The submitted results are beautiful. A while ago, Hanni proposed to make a drawing in a window. The tile I recently sent to Square one (when “All boxed up ” was central) was created, inspired by this idea:

On Square one you are asked to use only a black pencil and pen on a white standard tile but I like colours and therefore I have made another tile, also inspired by the idea of Hanni but now finished with coloured pencils:

I couldn’t get enough of it and this time I chose the shape of a rose window. The drawing is not colored because it was also sent to Square one but afterwards I coloured it for fun for myself.

I like to make tiles that were inspired by earlier art movements. The above drawing is a clear example of the Gothic period!

To finish, I have found a special piece of music in the title song of the series “Medeci, masters of Florence ” In The video you can discover the beautiful art from the Renaissance. An art form that has remained frequently present in Florence and which annually lures millions of tourists to this city. Maybe it’s time to look for a nice pattern from that time!!!

I am sure that autumn brings us new inspiration and I wish every one happy moments in this new season!

Deze tile werd gemaakt voor de 6de verjaardag van I.A.S.T. In de 6 kaarsjes herken je Firecracker, Jonqual, Joy en mijn Decoo. Ik wil Adele hiermee van harte feliciteren en bedanken voor de geweldige job. Ik hoop dat er nog vele verjaardagen mogen komen!

This tile is made for the sixth birthday of I.A.S.T. In the 6 candles, you will recognize Firecracker, Jonqual, Joy and my Decoo. I wanna gratulate Adele for her fantastic job and hope many birthdays will follow!

Elke maand opnieuw kijk ik uit naar de unieke “templates” van Annette Plaga die gewoon vragen om gevuld te worden. Lang geleden heb ik tiles gemaakt met “vlekken” en nu had ik er weer zin in. Op de zwarte inktvlek heb ik 2 “zeepbellen” getekend (moet hier nog een beetje meer op oefenen). Daarnaast zie je ook het patroontje C02 opduiken. Vervolgens kwam Diva Dance, Edie,enkele regendruppeltjes Field of Flowers, Printemps, Blixty, Gellyjoy en Doo Dah. De kleuren van luchtbel zie je ook in een paar secties van de Zendala terugkomen!

Every month, Annette Plaga creates a beautiful template that asked to be filled! A while ago, I have drawn a lot of tiles starting with splashes. Now, again, I decided to start in that way. On the black spot I have drawn 2 “soap bubbles” (need to practice a little more). In addition, you also see the lovely pattern C02 popping up. Next came Diva Dance, Edie, a few raindrops Field of Flowers, Printemps, Blixty, Gellyjoy and Doo Dah. As you can see, the colors of the bubbles come back in a few sections of the Zendala!

Voor deze challenge heb ik inspiratie gezocht in het laatste “Project Pack” (no mistakes). Ook ik heb gekozen een deel zwart te kleuren waarop met een witte gelpen getangeld werd. Naast Gelijoy, koos ik nog voor Javik, Rain, Crescent Moon en Fescu.

For this challenge, I have found inspiration in the last “Project Pack” (no mistakes). I also chosed to paint a part of the tile black and tangled on that space with a white gellypen. Besides Gelijoy, I have chosen for Javik, Rain, Crescent Moon and Fescu.

Deze tile werd gemaakt voor de 300 ste challenge van Adele Bruno. Alhoewel ik de string niet helemaal volgde, tekende ik wel uitsluitend tangles van Adele’s hand: C-Perfs, Mel Mel, Ada en 100. Er werd getekend op een witte zendalatile met een zwart potlood/ pen en de afwerking gebeurde met een witte gelpen.

This tile is made for Adele’s challenge number 300. I didn’t follow the given string but I used only her own tangles: C-Perfs, Mel Mel, Ada and 100. I took a white zendalatile and have drawn with a black pen and pencil and finished with a white gellypen.