This short video immediately put a smile on my face. The “corona-safe” dance, created in a small village in South Africa, has become the summer hit of 2020. The song became especially popular after a “dance challenge” was linked to it. It has now become a hype all over the world. Even I, (of course without an audience) dance the Jerusalama when I have drawn too long …

If you take enough breaks, do little walks and daily exercises, you ‘ll have much less stiffness and pain. I love to draw, but putting pencil and pen down now and then, is necessary to stay in a good condition!

Especially at this period of the year, after the heat of summer, it is still a pleasant time to get to know your own region better.

A late afternoon trip to picturesque Borgloon in Limburg is well worth a visit. Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has placed a unique work of art here that we discovered during a nice walk. You can see the contours of the church (30 tons of steel) making it look like an optical illusion …

At the beginning of the year I chose to post more tiles on Instagram. There too many “challenges” are appearing, but I want to feel free and not obliged to anything anymore. Zentangle drawing should primarily be a relaxing activity. I usually can’t resist Annette’s monthly “Zendalamoments” and Hanny Nura’s “Fullmoon Challenges”.

For Annette’s “Zendalamoments” I filled the template with a variation of Abundies, Budlite, part of Seven Flower, Tipple and Mooka.

For Hanny Nura’s “Fullmoon Challenge” I chose to use the following tangles: Caviar, Fescu, Alabastro, Pea Fea, Aloha and my Mollu. Both tiles were colored with colored pencils and finished with a white gelly pen.

Of course I keep looking for new patterns and that is why I would like to introduce Samu! I have found inspiration in the work of M.C. Escher. His teacher was Samuel Jesserun de Mesquita. That’s why I chose that name for my new tangle. The pattern requires concentration to draw the different “leaves” equally. The shape is especially important, (rounded on one side only). I use a vertical line to make it easier to draw similar motifs. There are many different ways to decorate and /or color this pattern. I wish you success and hope to see Samu appearing one day on and Elatorium, two wonderful databases with many interesting patterns!

A typical work of M.C. Escher:

In my example you recognize a lot, learned from previous Project Packs: a stretched Printemps, the use of different auras and the typical Zentangle decorations. The last piece is left black by simply cutting a piece off the first tile and pasting it on a black one with the same dimensions. I did and do this technique regularly to camouflage a “mistake” or to obtain an even colored background. Below I have placed an older example of a tile that was previously made in this way:

Here I used some simple curls, Fescu, Hollis, Alabastro and Yumemi.

Now that autumn is approaching, more typical autumn colors are popping up. That is why I like to place another zendala with my Viti, drawn on brown paper in combination with Windfarm, Stircles and Patakon.

To conclude, you can see that the “Jerusalama” is also popular in Belgium. Below you see another demonstration by the entire staff of the University hospital in Ghent, a relaxing moment in this hectic Corona time. Let go of everything for a moment, get rid of the stress and dance along:

We Belgians, love eating potato-based fries, but this vegetable version can be a tasty and healthy variety:

Enjoy the beauty of the fall, take care and untill next time,