A new season has begun and you can also notice that on the new tiles, appearing on the Internet…
In the Zendala below I have tried to bring in a little bit of that spring feeling. This work is made on a background of light watercolors and Bister powder. That is why you see, if you look very closely, here and there another tiny spot, created by the Bister powder. Furthermore, you will discover also Courant, Finery, Peeks, Buttercup en Cross-ur-heart.
In some parts of the world, springtime is simply spectacular. Have a look on the immense blossoms in this time of the year in southern China.
Also in our small densely populated country the period of the blossoms on the countryside is beautiful. In the fruit region around Sint Truiden, many “blossomroutes” are organized. You can choose: on foot, by bicycle or by car. It might be less spectacular than in China but definitely worth a visit. Afterwards, enjoying of an artisanal beer and a little snack on a terrace, all Belgians love that! Especially when the sun is back after a long winter.
I love the changing of the seasons and every year again, I am impressed by the nature that wakes up .. I never get bored of this spectacle and that is the same for Zentangleart. That was love at first sight and still is. I draw almost every day and with each drawing I learn something.
Meanwhile with Tupuk and Tupi I have made ten tangles. But what does that mean , a real tangle?
Doodling and tangling are often compared with each other, but there is a big difference. Doodling means drawing thoughtless and you do not form regularly recurring patterns. Tangling on the other side, means you have to draw patterns (tangles) and it’s important to focus well. That’s why this activity is a real mindfulness exercise: you have to keep your thoughts on your work that you are doing at that moment. It was never easy for me to concentrate and my thoughts ‘wander’ easily but during Zentangledrawing, I succeed and the hours just fly away … Because you have to be so focused on what you are doing , the founders added the word zen on tangle.
In their view, a tangle must be abstract, there is no top or bottom, the pattern must be simple and elegant, available for everyone and made without a spirit of competition as a target. Just enjoying of what you are doing is important!
Below I have put Tupuk and Tupi in the spotlights: Why I have chosen these names, you can discover on www.tanglepatterns.com
Very recently after the appearance of Tupuk I saw the pattern popping up in a beautiful, original composition of the four elements made by Lisa She chose the following tangles to create her tile: Fire (Sunspots and Inapod), Air (Sandswirl), Water (Crest V2) and Earth (Tupuk). It made me glad because it is a wonderful work and the patterns are drawn in a gorgeous way. Thank you very much Lisa!
On this tile, Susie shows Tupi, drawn as a monotangle on a fresh green background, I’m absolutely crazy about it … thank you Susie!
There is always movement and that is good. Even in the Zentangleworld, interesting news constantly pops up, but it is impossible to follow everything and know every tangle. As I wrote earlier, I am not active on any social media. I can not and will not spend more time in front of the computer. Changing habits and moving is very important for me to stay in a better condition.
Zentangleart is my hobby, not my work and there are no obligations. I’m drawing because I’m fond of it and don’t see it as a competition. When I start a tile, I use my personal legend with favorite tangles and make choices. That legend grows weekly by adding new patterns that I discover on challenges, in the various databases, on blog posts and newsletters … Everywhere in the world, people are busy to create new tangles to bring more variety in this fun drawing … It continues to fascinate me and making new tangles has become a new challenge.
Quite unexpectedly, a few weeks ago, I saw a movie popping up, in which was shown how to draw C-view. on a coloured background. I like it very much and thank Alexandra Diaz again for this pleasant surprise!
You can still discover many ‘traveling tiles’ popping up at different sites. I wrote about it in previous posts. Again I have made a swap with Francine Huygens. She also attended a seminar in Providence and she too is bitten by the ‘Zentanglemicrobe’. Unfortunately she recently broke her ankle and had to take it easy for a long time but today she is completely recovered. Below you can see my 2 starters, finished by Francine. I started Well on the first tile. Francine finished the tile with a nice frame on which she attached Pokeleaf and Msst, you can see also Stringrose, Cruffle, Festune, and even Bijou is there..
On the black tile I started with the simple Stircles in which Francine introduced a nice variation of Cyme.
Below you see the 2 starters of Francine. On the first tile she started with Diva Dance and Antidots and I complemented with more Diva Dance, Bubbles, Tipple, Curly Bracket Feather, Field of Flowers, Mosi and a variation on O.
On this black tile Francine started with Sandswirl and I finished the tile with a variation on Cogwheel, Pozer, Tipple and Featering S Curve.
I always like traveling tiles and I will probably make them more in the future … Thank you very much Francine for this pleasant collaboration. She has a facebook and twitteraccount where you can find more of her work.
Recently Annette Plaga’s 12th mosaic appeared and here, I also chose fresh spring colors and uncomplicated tangles: Blooming Butter, Cogwheel, and a mix of Meer and Beebug. I gave Blooming Butter a sunny yellow colour and made a small mosaic of my contribution. You can still participate until the 4 th of April and mid-April you can admire the different results that Annette will publish on her site with employees from all over the world! Every time again, I am amazed how everyone draws different tangles and how beautiful these pieces fit together in a large mosaic, designed by Annette. Thank you Annette for this cool and beautiful project!
Finally it is time to change the winter clothes for something more airy. I have been a fan of Ivko for many years. This clothing is originally from Serbia where a grandson sold grandma’s jackets on the local market. They people loved them and soon a first store was opened. Ivko became increasingly popular and at the moment, there are more than 500 stores all over the world. The typical Ivko motifs often remind me of Zentangle patterns. Some are (for me) a bit too exuberant but usually I find every year a little “tresor” that I can not resist … A jeans, a t-shirt and an Ivko cardigan form together my favorite outfit. Ivko has a Fair trade and Eco label. The jackets are not really cheap but even after years, they remain unique and during the sales, great discounts are given. The sizes are slightly smaller than with other brands.Zalando and Amazon also have a big choice of these clothings.
To finish, this time no music video but a glimpse into the colorful, magical world of Ivko:
The next blog post will appear in May. Stay tuned, keep on tangling and enjoy the springtime!
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