Suddenly we are in the middle of the fall. After that delicious hot and dry september, it feels suddenly pretty cold and we need our winter coats . Anyway, last Wednesday we got another beautiful sunny autumn day with a steel blue sky. Ideal for a trip. We went to Maastricht, just over the border in the Netherlands. In this cosy city of Limburg you can admire beautiful old mansions. A visit to the impressive Roman church is recommended. Very special is “the Helpoort” and some intacted parts of the original city walls. You can make boat trips on the river Meuse or visit the main attractions in an “oldtimerbus.” We chose just to go on foot to explore the old town. Here you will find many small artisan shops, boutiques, restaurants and charming cafes. Unexpectedly we have found a working water mill in the middle of the city! It was very crowded on the sunny, cheerful terraces. In the “ centre Ceramique “ you can always visit an interesting exhibition. Maastricht is also known for its caves and casemates. In the neighbourhood of the city, you will find some vineyards with the delicious Riesling, Müller Thürgau and Pinot Noir grapes. You can visit the local farmers and taste the excellent wines, f.e. in “the Apostelhoeve”.
A view of the town, on the background you can see a glimp of the Roman church
The “Helpoort” and a little piece of the old city walls
One of the lovely terraces in the middle of the town
A big choice of homemade coffees and teas you can find in one of the little shops
When I’m drawing, there is usually a cup of tea next to me. During the summer months, I used to drink a lot of ice tea but now I prefer a warm fragrant cup. Especially in the evening, a fine herbal mix can give a soothing, contained feeing. White, green and black tea are coming from the same plant: the Camellia Sinensis. The difference is the way how the leaves are modified.
White tea is almost not edited. Only the youngest shoots are used. As a result, this species is the “purest” and contains all natural antioxidants. Green tea is widely acclaimed for its “healthy” character but the reason is mainly the same as those of white tea: the leaves are barely oxidised. Green tea has an antioxidant effect and stimulates the metabolism. Pay attention and use water just below boiling. Black tea is fully fermented, generally, it has has a strong flavor and contains the most caffeine.
Rooibos is of a very different plant. It is a traditional South African infusion that is prepared like black tea, but contains no caffeine.
Matcha: is a powder form of super fine green tea leaves and the superman under the teas.
Tisanes or herbal infusions are actually different blends of dried herbs, fruits and flowers and don’t contain tea leaves. The ingredients are usually dried but you can also use fresh ingredients for stronger aromas f.e.. ginger or mint. The Ayurvedic Yogi teas are composed of beneficial herbs and spices and you can buy them in bio-shops.
After lots of drawings on ordinary formats, I decided to choose for the bigger brother: the Opus tile. I freely admit that I had to think about the composition and the tangles but then I started on a Renaissance tile and finished it with simple tangles:
On my first result you can see: Naaki, Drogon, Curly Q, Festune, Hybrid, Onomato, Dex, Fandance, Shattuck, Fassett, Cogwheel, Vortex and Sandswirl. I have used a thicker black and purple pen (0.3) and finished with colorpencils and a white gelpen..
On the second example, I’d like to create a little autumnatmosphere by using the typical colors of the fall. Beside a black pen, I have also used a sepia-colored one. Thanks to the cooperation with Anita Westin I have discovered the beautiful pattern Oke by Michèle Beauchamp and I decided to use this tangle on my drawing. I started with a kind of border. On that “frame”, I have drawn a few patterns of Oke. Each tangle became different auras. Rixty came above and below. The middle is colored with different shades of brown. You can see the next tangles: Quandary, Tipple, Gust, Mooka, Lollywhimple, Stircles, Misst and Caviar. On this tile, I have used a lot of chalk pencils. (white and colored)
For my third example, I took a white one and put some watercolors on it, together with Bistre powder. I started to draw with Windfarm and filled the spaces with Crescent Moon, Sandswirl, Battlo, Florez, Trumpets and Vortex. Then I colored Windfarm with silver, gold and green gelpens and the other tangles with different chalk pencils. To finish, I have glued a few dried flowers on the tile.
Again I have chosen for a” travelingtileexperience” with Anita Aspfors Westin from Sweden. I admire her beautiful, special style and I’m grateful for these unique tiles. Thank you very much Anita for this pleasant collaboration.
I sent her a black tile with a wavy Fandance (with a little gold) over a box of (partial) Interlude. Anita finished the tile in white with a beautiful variation on Maisie, Tipple and a variant on Madrono.
I sent also a white tile, just with a Curly q. (or spiral Ribbon). The finishing of this tile is so beautiful and subtile done by Anita with Flukes, N’Zeppel, Mooka and a variation of Merryweather. Watch the appropriate shadow that gives the tile a splendid extra touch!
Anita sent me this (with shaving cream) colored tile that was a real challenge for me. She started with Double d’s and Huggins and I have continued to work with some more Huggins, then I have filled the” boxes” with Tidings (blue and purple pen) and Printemps (sepiapen) and I finished the frame, just like Anita has started.
On this Renaissancetile Anita draw the beautiful pattern Oke in the bottom left corner. With a sepia-coloured pen I have chosen for a few Zingers and also Rixty is appearing. I finished with l’Eaura, Tipple and Caviar. To color, I have used some white and orange chalk pencils.
Every time, the traveling tiles remain exciting and every time I have been surprised by the great results. It is nice to have contacts with people from all over the world. It seems like everyone is tangling! Every day, people design patterns. It is time to learn more new tangles in the next weeks…
Would you like to learn some more patterns too? Just take a look at Elatorium, and discover new challenges. Ela Rieger put every day a nice “challenge” on this site, an ideal exercise to learn new tangles . On september the 30 th., she chose a combination of my l’Eaura, Fleurette and Stitch. It was very nice to see what others did with my pattern. Below two beautiful black/white examples of this challenge. Thank you Ela and Annette for this surprise!
Most of the flowers are gone, but now it is” pumpkintime” to cheer up our little garden!
Also a little dragon, that I couldn’t resist, has found a place in the garden
Bruno Coulais wrote this beautiful touching music which I like tho share with you: “Le Retour des Grues” (The Return of the Cranes).
The music is assembled on a few fragments of the wonderful film : Un tour du monde à vol d’oiseau.Film doc.(source Arte)
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