As long as I can remember, on  January  the 6 th., children, dressed as the three kings, usually with a “Golden” Star, go singing from door to door to collect candy and money:

In original Flemisch language they sing:

Drie koningen, drie koningen

Geef mij een nieuwe hoed,

Mijne oude is versleten,

Ons moeder mag het niet weten,

Onze vader heeft het geld

Op de rooster geteld.

Also the three king cake is part of this annual tradition that found its origin in France. In the forests around Orléans  King Charles the IV was captured by the Huguenots. When they realised their mistake, they offered the King the specialty of the region: a puff pastry, filled with meat. Later the meat was replaced by almond cream with a hidden almond bean. The one who finds the bean in his piece of cake, gets a crown on the head and will be King or Queen for one day …

My first work on the new 3Z tiles, a mosaic, also  in the shape of a star:

Tomorrow, the Christmas lights will disappear again for a year. The hustle and bustle of the turn of the year is behind us and full of good courage we all embarked on the new year.

I wish everyone a happy 2017 and like many others, I hope that this will be a year with less violence than in the previous one. There are so many conflicts in the world causing untold suffering. I sincerely hope that common sense will win and that we will evolve into a direction that brings improvement for people, animals and our planet. One thing I know for sure:  hate, anger and revenge give no benefits and those feelings turn finally against yourself.

During last december we had  many cold but  beautiful, and sunny days with colorful sunsets which resulted in an enchanting atmosphere. In various places in the forest you could find hair ice, a special phenomenon that I  recently discovered and I like it very much:

If you pay attention while walking, you can discover, even during the winter, so many beautiful things, worthfull to take a picture:

and zoomed in:

The past few weeks I have drawn less,  that was necessary. Scans have shown that I have obtained a serious narrowing in the nervecanalzone  (osteophytes), both in my low back and in the cervical area. Nerves have become less space and can  easier squeezed tightly. This situation can give  radiating pains in arms and legs, which recently was the case. Surgery is not necessary ( yet)  but I am  forced to live differently: doing daily exercises to make the muscles stronger, making many light walks, not staying too long in the same position but regularly alternate and especially rest more . I will continue to draw but not so often as I used to do. My participation on challenges will reduce and an occasional blogpost will surely appear but not as regularly as in the past. I don’ t like this situation but sometimes you have to accept things and learn to go on with your limitations. I live in a nice quiet area along with my husband and two dogs, we have kind neighbours and our two sons visit us regularly. I am satisfied and grateful for all those good things…

In this regard, I would like to thank everyone again for the mails, messages, comments and beautiful cards I received in the past. Thanks to my husband,  I can now also drawing while standing which is a better position for  my neck and back.

Sitting in my ergonomic seat, together wit my tablet,  I found the time to master the technique of gemstones with the help of the work booklet by Eni Oken that I highly recommend:

In the annual 12-day Christmaschallenge of RIck and Maria,  the new 3 sided tiles were used. Some new tangles of Maria were shown: Drawings on  the 10 th, Icanthis on the 11 th, and Crazy Huggins on the 12 th.. I  didn’t draw but  I followed every day the blog and saw the mosaic grow into a great final result.  Every day, a price was given for one entry on the app and one for a comment on the blog. I was pleasantly surprised when I found my name on the list of the winners at the comments.  I have received almost hundred 3-sided tiles: white, renaissance, black and preprinted ones. The triangular shape gives special results and you can build nice mosaics with them. Below you can see another mosaic of nine 3Z tiles:

Especially in the winter period, the black tiles have a special charm, below a small example:

On the tile, I have put again a little  bleach , after drying, I put some  Watercolour on  and finally, the tile was finished with a black, a green and white (gel) pen finished.

Every day again:

A small positive thought in the morning may be enough to change your whole day


After all those end-of-year rushing and the popping of fireworks, I realize how much I actually love the  quietness. Enjoy  “the sound of silence,” sung by Simon and Garfunkel
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  1. 5
    Jan Brandt says:

    Hello dear Ria! Finally, just now, I gave myself time to read your post. I am so sorry to hear about your newly-diagnosed condition. It’s hard to accept the decline that comes with age, although we all know to expect it. Your outlook, however, sounds positive and I applaud you for that! I’m glad to see your new drawing station and I hope it will continue to support your amazing creativity. Speaking of which, your art continues to delight me!! I’m happy that you are a winner of all those 3Z tiles and that you’ve already drawn 2 mosaics full of wonderfully tangled and colored triangles! They are so different and SO gorgeous. You inspire me, Ria!

    I wholeheartedly concur with your new year wishes and your hope for a more peaceful world. Nothing would please me more.

    Thank you for continuing to share your lovely art, your beautiful photos, short stories of your special occasion traditions and your wisdom. I look forward to every post.

    Much love to you and your family ~ Jan

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Dear Jan, thank you so much for your kind feedback and your support. I’m so glad to know you like the blogposts. I like to write a bit now and than and I will continue but not so regulary as I used to do. Just like you, I like Zentangledrawing and these new formats were irresistible for me. The triangles give special effects and it is easy to make nice mozaics with them.
      I hope everthing is fine with you and I wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2017 too with lots of tanglepleasure and new experiences. We have to stay young at heart!!!
      Take care and warm regards

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    Erst einmal: ich wünsche und deiner Familie ein glückliches und friedliches neues Jahr mit viel Gesundheit. Und ich wünsche dir von ganzen Herzen gute Besserung!
    Auch diesmal ist dein Blogbeitrag wunderbar! Tolle Zeichnungen und Fotos! Ganz besonders gefallen mir die Mosaike mit den 3Z-tiles!
    Ganz liebe Grüße, Annette

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Vielen Dank liebe Annette für ihre Feedback.
      Es macht mich froh dass meine Mosaike dich gefällen. Die 3Z tiles sind ideal dafür. Ich bin jetzt sehr neugierig was ich wieder sehen wurde am 10. Januar??? Aber ich weiss es wird bestimmt wieder wunderbar sein.
      Alles Gute für 2017 und selbstverständlich viel Tanglefreude!!!
      Liebe Grüsse aus Belgien

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    Reena soni says:

    I was thinking about you this morning and lo and behold I see your blogpost email. So happy to see your work and the photographs of how beautiful winter can be. Wishing you get better soon and wishing you and your family a Happy new year!!!!

    • 2
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much dear Reena for your kind reply. I’m feeling already a bit better and I’m drawing again. (not so much as before)
      I wish you and your family a happy new year with lots of challenges and new experiences but most important: a good health. Keep on tangling, Warm regards!!!

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