With great pleasure I followed once again a workshop of “Painting with beeswax ” at the Banyan tree . You can find many instructive demonstrations on the Internet, but the best is always following a real workshop! I like to open this post with a few small paintings. I have “hidden” them behind cards in which openings were made:

In the meantime I have purchased a starter kit to experiment a bit. Such a kit usually contains the iron, various colours of beeswax and a few sheets of paper, intended for this technique. You can buy this material on-line or in specialised stores for an amount between 50 and 60 Euro…

In The video below you can see how you have to use the iron. The artist is speaking German but it is possible to follow quite well! I honestly admit that it seems easier than it is but after some practice, you will achieve beautiful results:

Soon I can blow out 65 candles and you see, I have already found my gift. I am not a party beast and prefered to make a trip together with the children for that occasion. It became Gran Canaria . Rob does not like to travel and he took care of our four-legged roommates. Bram, Bruno, Nathalie and I enjoyed this beautiful island, the sun and the sea. It gave us a wonderful summery feeling and a real boost before diving into the Belgian autumn:

This picture was taken in the botanical garden in the green north of the island.
The south is much drier and warmer but also the dunes in Maspalomas with the ocean in the background are gorgeous!
On this terrace we enjoyed breakfast and dinner. The view on the beautiful garden, the beach and the blue ocean was overwhelming.
And another picture, taken while walking beneath the colourful Bougainvillea in the streets of the fishing village of Puerto de Mogàn

Computer and drawing stuff were left at home. Especially swimming, hiking and exploring the island, took the most time. Once more, spotting the wild dolphins in their natural habitat was so nice… Grateful for this adventure we returned home where Rob was waiting for us. At home, the daily routine returned quickly… Being able to do the things you like, can give beautiful moments too… It shouldn’t always be extraordinary, just ordinary can be good too!!!

Most of us are daily busy in the kitchen and that’s why I posted the next movie. Valuable kitchen tips for everybody are shown:

The first challenge I noticed after my homecoming, was the monthly “Fullmoonchallenge ” by Hanny Nura. Below you see my contribution. I posted this zendala also on Facebook and Instagram.

Besides the specified string, Hanny proposed to use Maria’s new tangle Hollis. In addition, I opted for Ruutz, CO2 and Caviar. In the middle circle I have used a small stamp to give a bit a the “Halloween feeling”.

Also Annette Plaga put her tenth “Zendalamoments ” on line and this nice template gave me a pleasant afternoon:

On this zendala I chose pink, grey, white and purple shades. The string was filled with the following tangles: S-Pod, Tipple, Edie, Lola, Oysteroid, Maryhill and Cogwheel. Just like on the previous Zendala, white and black pens were used. This process was demonstrated during the videos of Project Pack 6!

“Challenges” come and go and unfortunately, after 6 years also Adele Bruno (hopefully temporarily) takes a break. I would like to thank her again along this road. Hours of drawing, new knowledge and beautiful tiles were the result of years of her dedication.

Regulary I try to join Square One and Today’s tangles. The admins asked to draw in black/white, but both facebookgroups have an additional page on which colored work can be placed. This tile with Sikito can be found in black/white on “Square One, purely Zentangle “. For myself I have given this drawing a bit of colour:

And I did that also on this tile, the first challenge of Inktober 2019 with the requested tangle Printemps:

Every day new tangles are popping up and it still fascinates me to compose new patterns. Therefore, I would like to propose Ibiscu. The pattern is based on the motif in the following marble floor tiles. The orchid and the Hibiscus are my favourite flowers. I really can’t tell which of the two I prefer. In the living room there is always a flowering orchid and in our garden, every year a purple Hibiscus is blooming! The H and the S were deleted from Hibiscus and Ibiscu emerged.

Like my previous patterns, Ibiscu is very simple and can be drawn in just 3 steps, both as a frame, pendulum or in a grid (regulary or irregulary) Of course you can find different variations on this one. I have attached 3 examples:

In October there was every day another challenge on-line. A bit too much for me. In addition to an entry with Printemps, I made a tile with Ratoon, Tripoli (filled with Crescent Moon), a single entry for 3 days (October the 25 th. the 26 th. and the 27 th.)

Sometimes I have no sense or inspiration to draw and just wanna watch TV. On Netflix I found the exciting French series “Marseille ” with politics and power as subject. The soundtrack intrigued me immediately: Ya Sidi, brought by Orange Blossom. Music can bring people together. That’s wonderful. This group was founded in Nantes in the nineties by Pierre Jean Chabot. They bring a fascinating mix between Oriental and Western influences:

To finish, I like to write some good advice from an exceptional artist: Frida Kahlo. :

We can do more than we think. Frida has had a lot of setbacks in her life but continued to go on and is therefore a source of inspiration for many.

Turn pain into something beautiful. That was the way of Frida to endure the pain she felt everyday and turned it into her art.

Don’t get too attached to your plans. Frida wanted to be a doctor but because of an accident this became impossible. Where one door was closed, a new one opened and therefore she gave her herself and us something beautiful.

Warm regards from Belgium and until next time,


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    Thank you again for another wonderful and inspiring post.I enjoyed it very much. I do love your beautiful beeswax paintings!
    Also I like your new pattern “Ibiscu” very much … I will try it soon and will add it to the waiting list of the Musterquelle.
    Have a good time,

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      Ria says:

      Me too loves the colours you can create by beeswax and it is not difficult at all. Unfortunately it is not possible to tangle on those kind of paper with the pens we use. I would like to find a solution to combine these two techniques… In the mean time I like to search for new patterns and I’m always glad to get a compliment about the new ones. Thank you very much dear Annette and it would be wonderful to see Ibiscu appearing on the “Musterquelle”. We had a cold but sunny weekend and today we made a long walk. Tomorrow, I’m starting on your beautiful Zendalastring! Wish you all the best!

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    Hello Ria! I’m always happy to read your latest blog post – they’re so wonderful! Your beeswax paintings are beautiful – what fun. I am amazed by the video you included. So curious to try this sometime! Happy Birthday to you. It looks like you had a very special trip with your children to celebrate – congratulations! What a darling photo of you in Puerto de Mogàn. Your Fullmoonchallenge zendala is fabulous!! As are all the other tiles you posted. I’m looking forward to drawing your new tangle as well. I love that you post whatever you deem worthwhile to post, regardless of topic. 🙂 Thank you Ria, and I look forward to your next post, whenever that may be! <3

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      Ria says:

      This painting with beeswax was such a wonderful experience, especially because you get immediately beautiful results.
      The Canarian Islands have always delicious temperatures and have a lot to offer for the visitors. It is a safe destination, belonging to Spain. That is why I chose Gran Canaria and yes we had a good time together… Very soon I’ll be a real senior (LOL)
      Drawing in the round gives me always relaxing moments. It’s a great pleasure to join Annette’s Zendalamoments and Hanny Nura’s Fullmoonchallenges. Every month, I’m looking forward to discover what these two talented ladies will propose.
      Thank you dear Jan for your compliments concerning my blogposts and my new tangle. It’s highly appreciated! Wish you all the best and keep on tangling!

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    Reena Soni says:

    What a lovely post !! You look so nice in the picture. Wishing you happy 65th in advance. Wishing you all the best ! Love the new pattern you created will surely try it. Love Reena

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      Ria says:

      Thank you dear Reena for your kind comment. Our hollidays on the Canarian Islands gave a real boost and new energy. I’m still fond of Zentangle art and hope to go on for a long, long time… I hope to “meet” you again in the future on one of the challenges on line. I have good memories of the seminar we have spent together and I wish you too all the best for you and your family and of course a lot of fun while drawing!

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