At the end of the year I can blow out 65 candles and I am grateful for that. When my parents had that age I found them very old but now that I am a senior myself, I do not think so at all. It’s true, there are wrinkles, there are days stat everything has to go a bit slower and my memory has ever been better but there are still so many nice things to enjoy and I don’t want to spend time on mulling. I gave myself a fresh short cup by a good hairdresser and it was time to buy a new pair of glasses. I’m happy that springtime is coming, a new season, a new look and new plans…

It’s been a long time ago since I have drawn on a triangular tile. That is why I have chosen to make a small composition with a duo of Printemps and Ratoon on a small tancoloured triangle. For me, Printemps is the perfect tangle to fill empty spots. I use this simple but nice pattern very often:

I’ve always been curious and that hasn’t gotten any less with aging. With a single click on the computer you can come directly into a totally different world and that remains fascinating. Unknown peoples and cultures can still enchant me. Several times I found inspiration for composing a new pattern and now again. For the second time, a tattoo was the beginning of a new tangle. This time not on the Maori people from New Zealand but with the Kadiweu Indians, an indigenous people from Brazil.

Inspired by the above tattoo: Kadibra (Kadiweu and Brazilië):

For the second time, Annette Plaga gave a wonderful design which opens the possibilities to create another Zendala:

I filled the specified string with Zander, Scape, Sindoo and Starawn, and finished the tile with ordinary colourpencils:

When you like drawing, you will get lots of pencil stumps after a while. Some people use them very creativ. The Czech Anna Čurlejová gives her old pencils a second life as jewels. Anna combines different coloured pencils into beautiful layered shapes and then manipulates them with lacquer to preserve shape and colour.

These pencil jewelry is for sale in the Etsy webshop!

With these pictures in my head, I made the next tile with Hurry in the background, Pearly as board and inside a combination of Tipple, Printemps and Hexonu, finished with colourpencils:

Too little time to cook with all that tangling? Take a look at the following movie how you make tasty and healthy burgers in an instant with an ordinary cauliflower as a base:

For a long time I didn’t want to join Facebook. But finally I joined Chris Titus Square one and occasionally I send a contribution. In the beginning, I was struggling to use only black and white, but sometimes it feels good to go to “back to basics “. Below you see an image of a Tree of Life that inspired me for my latest entry:

Many variations are possible to design such a tree. Besides Fontana, I chose Diva Dance, Mosi and Stone Story:

And an earlier one with Field of Flowers, B-Horn and Ipso, afterwards coloured a bit in mostly red tints:

I like to thank my faithful followers and sincerely hope that you have had inspiring moments and fun while reading the blog posts. I have spent a lot of time on it, but I liked it. I still want to do so much but I don’t have time enough… Therefore, no blog posts will appear in the next months. Tangling is a part of my life and I will always keep on doing that, just because I enjoy it and recognise the benefits. Every week new tiles will appear on my front page and the finished ones will be placed on my Pinterest page. I wish everyone a happy Easter and hope to meet you as much as possible on one of the challenges…

Beautiful music can touch me and that’s why I mostly ended up with a special piece of music. That is now not different. This time I found a nice adaptation of the Hungarian Dance of Brahms, brought by Martynas. Accordion seems so simple but it is really a difficult intrument… Enjoy the cheerful rhythm:

I started this post with an image of Printemps and I also want to finish here: Printemps is one of my favorite tangles, and I found these pictures so funny and recognizable, they form the end of my blog:

The very best and keep on tangling!

Ria Matheussen

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  1. 5

    Wonderful and entertaining post, dear Ria.
    I like the photos with the little snails … so cute! Your Zendala with these great colors is elegant and beautiful. Thank you so much for your Zendal Moment.
    Also I like your new tangle very much. I have already noted it for the Musterquelle.
    Unfortunately March is not springlike in the moment … a storm follows the next … like in autumn.
    “Zen”hugs, Annette

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      Ria says:

      It’s great that you would add my new tangle to Elatorium. I am always glad to see appearing them on the Musterquelle that I visit very often.
      I also enjoy your Zendalamoments very much and your third string is again a little jewel which I will enjoy to fill!
      I have red on the news, there was a real hurrycane with lots of damage in Rötgen, a place that I know very good, but the weatherforcast says next week we will enjoy more calm and real Springweather…
      “see” you soon again on one of the challenges…and yes, we keep on tangling,
      “Zen” hugs, Ria

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    Birgit says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts. I am aware that it is difficult to be original and interesting each time, and that this takes a lot of time. I hope you don’t stop tangling so we can continue to admire your work at the chalenges and on your Pinterest page.

    • 4
      Ria says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Birgit.
      I won’t stop tangling and you can always contact me if you have questions.
      I will try to change my frontpage every week and put the tiles on Pinterest.
      Wish you all the best and especially a good summer,
      Warm regards from Belgium

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    First of all, Ria, I am delighted to see another blog post from you! I love every single one of your photos, but in particular I’m excited to draw your newest tangle. It’s a beauty! I can certainly relate to your observations on aging as I turned 65 last October. I’m so grateful for Zentangle and the connections it has offered me with artists everywhere. I treasure those more each year!

    And then there’s Martynas Levickis — OH MY WORD!!!!! I had never heard of him until just now!! He is absolutely astounding!! I have played piano since I was 5 and am, therefore, familiar with many of the classical pieces posted on his website. My favorite is Rondo ala Turk which I learned at some point, but was NEVER able to play so masterfully as Martynas!! Truly incredible. THANK you so much for introducing his music to me! I’ll always be grateful. 🙂

    Enjoy your art time without the “work” of creating blog posts! I know that can be very time-consuming. I will check out your Pinterest page in hopes of seeing more of your lovely creations. Hugs to you ~

    • 2
      Ria says:

      You are the first person who gives me a nice compliment about my new tangle, thank you so much dear Jan. I will send this pattern to Linda and Ela and maybe it will published some day in the future on those databanks!
      I may not complain about my age but sometimes I am really tired and I’m not so good with computers. I had to ask a hundred questions by making these posts. I just want to spend more time on drawing and painting…
      First I wanted to put Hungarian Dance, played by a classical orchestra but than I just found pure by coincidene this version and for me too, it was love at first sight, I’m glad you like it. I doubted also because I saw a beautiful video from Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo: “Fall on me”, both are singing and playing piano, oh that is so gorgeous…but finally I chose for Martynas.
      We have very wet, stormy and cold weather, maybe that is why I’m feeling tired, tomorrow it will be a bit better.
      I wish you all the best and hope you will also enjoy real springtime very soon!
      A big hug to you too!

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