If you live on the edge of the forest, it can be very nice  to see sometimes something else than only trees. That is why I really  enjoy a trip to the coast or a town, to go to a concert,  to visit a market or an exhibition A few days ago, we went to  the Lavender farm in Limburg.. It is an unique location in Belgium and many  exhibitions and concerts are organised at this lovely place. It was a beautiful sunny day and for a moment it seemed if we were in the south of France The lavender has unfortunately finished flowering and the oil is already harvested but next year I will definitely come back in May/June to enjoy this fantastic smell and to see the purple colored fields.





And a final pic from the cheerful, unique garden of my friend Jacqueline!


Usually when I want to start a tile, immediately, a few patterns will come out of  my head.  But I honestly admit that I sometimes have difficulties with strings, especially with smooth strings. To work on preprinted tiles can be helpful.These tiles are available in various colours and sizes. Of course, you can also surf to www.tanglepatterns.com where you will find a huge selection of strings too.


An uncomplicated tile, just in black and white on a preprinted tile, which was very relaxing to draw.

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Also drawing on Zendalatiles with preprinted strings in the form of a mandala, can be nice and relaxating. You just fill in the spaces between the lines with your favorite tangles. As an example, I have put  a  tan (Renaissance) and a black one.. These tiles are more sensitive to draw on, so you have to pay attention. But it is also true when you make a little “mistake” on a black tile, it is very easy to correct with a black pen.




Unfortunately, the summer in Belgium  will be ending soon,  I can already smell the autumn in the air. It’s still nice and warm during the day but the mornings and evenings are a bit cooler and every day , the nights become a little longer. The first leaves fall and some colors start to change. The blueberries are gone but there is still an abundance of blackberries on sunny spots in the forest.  They are smaller and taste not so sweet as last year. (to cold, to many rain) Most wild flowers have been replaced by the intense colour of the purple Heather.  Despite the bad weather, I have discovered a few new butterflies for my album with pics of these lovely creatures. Here you see the small marbled white (Melanargia galathea) which is rather rare in our country.




To get some dry sunny days at the end of a cold and rainy summer is a real booster. For the  last time, swimming outdoor, once again wearing that linen summerdress, eating a huge  ice cream on a sunny terrace and of course, drawing relaxed in the shade of the trees until late in the evening…

I  have used my brushes already several times to create a background, simply because I like watercolours. I wanted to know what the result would be on a black tile. It is very nice when the paint is still wet, but unfortunately very faint and dull when  the paper is dry. My husband came up with the bright idea to throw a splash of liquid bleach on a black tile , to let this dry and then to start painting. I’ ve tried it that way and found the results promising. The logic I miss often, is complemented by the logic that my husband has in abundance. Thank you Rob for your support and enthusiasm.


Thanks to the great project of the travelingtiles, I can show you another nice example of collaboration with others, from all over the world. This time, I swapped  with Sue Bailey from Australia.  Take a look on her site and see her lovely selfmade cards and little boxes and discover the special name of her site.

I have never seen a  gem on a tile in reality, so this was a nice surprise for me !!! Thank you very much  Sue. I’m exercising now to learn that too!

Below, you see the finished tile where Sue has drawn this beautiful gem, surrounded by a border which ended with Crescent moon.


Here is the tile Sue has sent to me. She began with a lovely variation of Shattuck, Flux and a tiny ribbon,  I did the rest…


And finally, this is  the tile, I’ve sent to Sue.  I didn’t use watercolors this time but I do like to use fragments.  I’ ve started with a few, added a little colour and have drawn a few bows with Sez abough. Sue finished the tile in a wonderful, subtile  way by  filling the bows with beautiful tangles. I like the border where she has left some open spaces, that makes the tile more special. I’m fond of the final result.


Next time, I will publish again some others who still are on their way!!!

Maybe “heart of gold” is the most beautiful song by Neil Young. I always used to sing with him very loud when I was younger.  However, I have now chosen for Harvest, fits better with the season, is also a good song and I have decorated the label with a few tangles.
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  1. 9
    Julie Bazuzi says:

    Ria, I love the results you got when you used bleach on the black tile and then added watercolor! I have actually been thinking of trying one of those bleach pens on a black tshirt to do some tangling and you have opened a whole new inspiration. There’s so much good stuff in this post with all your different tiles and mandalas and the photos of cool sculpture. And I’m a Neil Young fan also. ~smiles~

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Julie, I’m always glad with comments. To use bleach, gives a very special effect. When the bleach is on the tile and you like the result, you rinse a bit with water. Then dry a bit (because it may still be a little wet) and than put some watercolor on. Then it is very important to let it dry and start to tangle on the tile. I always liked to use watercolors (I did it already on the heading of my website, about a year ago) but this is even more special. I’ve never tangled on cotton or t-shirts, so I don’t know the results, but I think it will be very nice.
      It makes me glad you like reading my blog, I do my best to find something that can be interesting. But, I like your blogposts too and I am fond of the way you are drawing, very very nice. I hope you’ ve had a fine week and now keep on tangling!

  2. 7
    Annette P. says:

    Again a wonderful and very inspiring post. I love the idea with the liquid bleach. Your tile with this lovely technique is just beautiful. It has a special charisma!
    Hugs, Annette

    • 8
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Annette. I’m glad you like this post. I always try to write something I enjoy but could maybe inspire others too. Sometimes it is easy, sometimes it is difficult to find ideas for beginners and for people who are more advanced at the same time.
      I like to be in the “green”, there I find peace and inspiration and I love to see the changing of the seasons.

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    chantal says:

    Thank you Ria for this lovely moment with Neil Young. I’m going to search my vinyl to play all the songs !

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Chantal, music can bring me often into a special atmosphere, I always try to search something that reminds me of happy memories, I’m glad you like Neil Young too.
      Nice to have some wonderful sunny days, isn’t it? So you won’t miss the Provence too much, I was there a few years ago and I loooooooved it!!!

  4. 2
    Suse says:

    I forgot to say, what a great idea to use the bleach and I love the effect.

    • 5
      Ria Matheussen says:

      That is very nice of you to say that, as you can read, it was an idea of my husband, but it was fun and indeed, it gives a very special effect.

  5. 1
    Suse says:

    Oh Ria I love what you did with my starts, they are just beautiful! I love the way you picked up the red in the border of the gem tile and you’ve turned the shattuck tile into a lovely little garden with beautiful colour. They make me feel happy to look at them.
    P.S. Thanks for linking to my blog too!
    P.P.S. Happy to swap again anytime.

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Sue, me too, like the results of both of us. Every time it is different, sometimes it is easy, sometimes you have to come out of your comfortzone, but every time you learn a bit and every tile is precious for me.
      Wish you good luck and success with your lovely cards and boxes at the church fair!

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