Ever since I am hooked,  I see patterns  appearing everywhere.  Especially on fabrics you can discover real “little jewels”. Also  for this new tangle I found inspiration in a colorful fabric:

It is a simple pattern on which I made just a few minor adjustments to get an uncomplicated basic form.  I made 3 variations on it. You can use this pattern as a background, at the same or at different heights (like the photo of the fabric), but you can also create a sling or a frame, both in a square and in a circle.

Abough  you see  Vipera in combination with Stircles, Clob en Raindotty’s

Beneath,  in a composition with Nipa, Palrevo and a variation on Florz

Vipera was named after Vipera Berbis because I think this tangle looks a bit like a snake and the Vipera Berbis is the only venomous snake in Belgium. During  the last summer I have seen this animal very close on a sunny spot in our living room. Yes you read it right: at barely one metre from me, this snake was taking a  sunbathe on the doggies pillow next to me in a corner.

I never run out so quickly and didn’t want to go back in before the viper was found, which was naturally gone without trace. Rob and the neighbor have taken the whole house upside down.  Everything was shifted and eventually they found a hole for an electrical cable behind an accumulation stove.  That hole was closed immediately with concrete. The next day we sprinkled flour on the floor to see if there were any traces of the snake, but fortunately we saw nothing more and hopefully that will remain so… If you live close to the forest, you may sometimes met unexpected  residents. One gives  more fun than the other:

Not only do squirrels love nuts, I also love them. They are full of proteins, vitamins and minerals.  For example, with almond milk you can make a  delicious pudding:


Let’ s go back to the tangles. I  admit that I regularly forget the correct steps.  No problems: just surf to Google and fill out the name of the pattern.  Immediately you can find the steps to create the asked one.

Bridgen is a nice tangle that inspired me to make Kettling. As you can see, the start for both tangles is the same. By adding extra lines, a completely new pattern appears gradually. It is like a chain; From one comes the other and hence the name. I just placed one L in Between. Below you see the steps for the basic form, 3 variations and a composition  of Kettling, Zander, Adalfa, Cogwheel and Nekton. Also this tangle can be used as a sling, a frame, a background and even as string! Kettling can already be found at the wellknown address: www.tanglepatterns.com

It was very nice to see Kettling popping up in a challenge by Adele: I.A.S.T. 263. Below you see my entry. All the results can be admired at the trusted address, next Tuesday.


 Since Ilac came out of the magic box on Square One I also send regulary a tile to this site on Facebook. The drawing  should be exclusively made in black/white, quite a challenge for me.  A few weeks ago, Peeld came out of the bag,  a tangle with many possibilities. For this challenge I had created a hybrid  of Peeld and Verve, Crescent Moon and Raindotty’s.

Many tangles lend themselves to making hybrids and I decided to make one more: a fusion of Warre (one of the newest patterns of Helen Williams) and Antidots. In The arches you recognize Adalfa.

And another one on which you see the tangle Lee-bee and Holey but also a hybrid of Lee-bee and Remo which is filled with Membranart and Keeko:

Tangling is a fine hobby: if you are in a great shape it is a challenge to try out more difficult tangles and techniques, if you have a lesser day, it can be pleasant and soothing to make a composition with simple and familiar tangles. Nothing should, everything is possible and especially the pleasant moments while drawing are important!

“Less is more” is often true and  the Australian artist Shana Wilson proves that. She works with simple things she finds in nature. Especially her fragile mandalas I find very successful and  they are an ode to nature. Below I posted a few pictures that I found in the Dutch magazine “Paradijsvogels”. Maybe it’s worth trying to find some stuff in the forest  and make a little piece of art  with them in combination with tanglework!

 By adding a little colour on pine apples and twigs, you can also create a beautiful mandala in an instant:


In the last tile of this post, I like to show  a piece of the “morphing” technique that Eni Oken has taught us. Morphing is also going on in nature at the moment. In the northern hemisphere, we are again in the autumn, a gradual transition from Summer to Winter.

In this work, besides the morfing technique (from Sandswirl to Emingle), you will also recognize Squill (one of the original Patterns) and Frontrast, one of the recent patterns on Tanglepatterns.com., a wonderfull example of the Japanese Notan  Technique.

Even in my personal life I am already in the autumn but as I wrote before, every period has its advantages and disadvantages and in fact autumn is my favourite season anyway.  When you get older, you will finally discover what is really important and it is high time to throw away superfluous ballast and try to make the best of every day!

Enjoying  funny mother/son moments during the last summer days in Ostend on the Belgian Coast.


And here they are again: beautiful colored and delicious pumpkins:

Butternut in the oven,  filled with a mixture of pumkinflesh, rice, dried cranberry’s and tomatoes, oignons, chestnuts, piment, sage and salt:


 A cosy atmosphere in the house really does not have to be expensive:


It is time to say goodbye from  you and  of a long hot summer with  a beautiful  song of Fairbourough a lovely place on the English Coast:  Hayley Westenra (Celtic woman).


Keep on tangling and until next time,


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  1. 9
    chantal says:

    Waouh Ria, quel beau et long post ! J’aime beaucoup les nouveaux motifs et je vais m’empresser de les utiliser. Pour ma part je suis prise tout le mois par les defis Inktober et Inktobertangles que je ralaie sur mon blog chaque fin de semaine.
    A bientôt, et bel automne

    • 10
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Merçi Chantal pour votre réaction. Je comprends que “Intkober” prend tout votre temps, c’est une challenge merveilleuse et je pense, moi aussi vais mettre quelques tuiles à Facebook (square one)cette semaine…
      Il y a beuacoup de mouvements dans “le monde du Zentangle”, c’est impossible de suivre tout, on doit choisir les challenges les plus invitants! Moi j’aime de composer nouvelles tangles et je suis heureuse que tu aime mes nouveaux motifs!
      Beaucoup de succès et jusquà la prochaine fois.

  2. 5
    Luc Bosmans says:

    Mooie, leerzame post met alweer een paar interessante tangles. Ik ben het eens met Bram: Vipera heeft mijn voorkeur (wat een verhaal zeg!)
    Morphing, hybrides, Notan, ik ken deze woorden maar heb nooit gedacht dat ze ook van toepassing zijn bij Zentangle, het is opnieuw een aangename verassing en ik ga dat zeker uitproberen.
    Toffe foto van Bram en zijn moeder!

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Wat een fijne commentaar Luc, ik ben blij dat je gefascineerd blijft door deze mooie ontspannende vorm van tekenen. En zeker, het is beslist de moeite waard om “Morphing”, hybrides en de Notan-techniek eens uit te proberen. Ik wens je alvast succes en geniet nog van je vakantie!
      Dank je wel.

  3. 3

    A very entertaining and inspiring post, dear Ria!
    Your experience with the viper gave me a heebie-jeebies!
    Your tiles are all wonderful. Especially I like the tile with PeelD and Verve. I have tangled during our vacation the PeelD challenge and I had the same idea!
    Also I Love your 2 new tangles a lot. I would like to add them to the Musterquelle. I hope it´s ok.
    Hugs, Annette

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Annette for your lovely comment. I’m glad you like the hybrid of Peeld and Verve, that is my favorite tile too. I know how beautiful you can draw Verve, it is a wonderful tangle but in fact, we can make hybrids of all tangles. Some fusions are easy, some more difficult butit is a real challenge to explore!
      Vipera is my latest tangle and it is not appeared yet on any database, so I would like very much if you will add that pattern to the Musterquelle.
      In my post of the 30 th. June (a piece of paper, a tread and some paint) I show also a new tangle: Zanda which is never published. Can you add that one too?
      Warm regards and let’s start tomorrow with another beautiful autumnweek with a lot of tangling!!!

  4. 1
    Mary D'Angelo says:

    Yikes! A viper in the living room! I am glad you are Ok and the house is secure. All is well that ends in beautiful tangles! I enjoy your blog very much!

    • 2
      Ria Matheussen says:

      It is very unusual to meet a viper in Belgium, but really, all of a sudden the reptile was there in the middle of the house and I was terrified…now I can laugh with it!
      As you know I’m a tangleaddict and I like that, tangling gave me already so many beautiful moments and I learn every week something new.
      I’m glad you like the new tangles and thank you very much for your kind comment!

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