As I  previously wrote, I put my “lesser” works in a box, the better ones go in PVC wallets and for the tiles I like the most, I have a special album.
It can also be nice to exhibit a few tiles inside of your home, not to much but just a few pieces hanging on the right place will certainly  be beautiful!
When our boys were small, I was also always delighted with the  crafts pieces they brought with them from school. Their works became  always a special place in our house and our sons liked that very much.
Last week I bought some plants in a Garden Centre and found this simple, original frame (that you too can make).
Sometimes I  love to go on treasure hunt  into antiques and curiosities markets but I have to admit that I usually don’t find anything. (too high expectations?) But then, all of a sudden, unexpected, when I don’t need it, I find something I really love. That too is a fun challenge:  searching original things (and finding) to exhibit your tiles. Finding nice frames for a small price gives me satisfaction.  It is fun for yourself and also pleasant to give to a dear friend.


 a gorgeous card of Maria Thomas


 three of my own tiles
On the site of Da, I also like to look around. (on the German site I find nicer items than on the Dutch one). I hate shopping but going online , relaxed in my jogging suit and with a cup of my favorite tea next to me, I like that more. At Da Wanda you will find no mass products but often very beautiful artisan stuff, made by ordinary people, that impresses me. You can also ask questions by mail directly to the designers. I have already found some unique, quirky, things  (scarves, hats, bags, ceramics …). The payment usually goes with Paypal or bank transfer and I have had never problems. Recently I was looking for a framework and found this frame for 4 pictures.  The advantage is also, that you can swap tiles, cards or photos regularly.


4oranje 3blauwgroen
1blauw 2roodblauw
For these drawings I have used my watercolor again, very simply with a thick brush. Just put on some paint without planning to much, usually gives the best results. No 2 times you can make the same drawing.  It is just like Zentangleart: any time you will get a surprise. I use besides the paint, plenty of water and let the colors just walk by each other, or dep here and there a little more paint on. Sometimes I throw some  Bistre on, ( the blue example.) You can also paint in layers and leave some white spaces.  You can fill these spaces  with tangles, I did that on  the last example. After drawing the patterns, you can still  improve your colors with regular color pencils . My favorite card is the orange one. It was not so difficult: some yellow and orange waterpaint, let it dry and afterwards I drew some motives on. I have chosen for Quandary, Tipple and Flux and a nice variation of Scrolled Feather (Helen Williams)
As a third example, I have made a small Zendalatile made on light brown canvas. I took the pattern Bindu to start, ideal for a mandala. I added a little Shattuck and  a few tipples and it was ready. In addition to the usual black pen (0.8 mm) I have my drawing finished with an orange colored pencil, sepia-coloured and white gellypen.  I  found this beautiful frame also at Da


These are just a few examples, but there are so many original ways to show your work. Sometimes you have a long search but sometimes it all of a sudden there.In real life it is the same. Are you looking  desperately for happiness, you will not find it. However, if you take the day as it comes and consciously make time for a little creativity,  unexpectedly, you will have very nice moments . A little story to illustrate:
Someone said to the Buddha: “I want happiness”. The Buddha replied, “ First delete ‘I’, that is ego. Than delete ‘want’, that is desire. All that is left is happiness “

And sometimes, if you have no desire to be creative, you can always enjoy a good walk in the woods, reading an interesting book, listening to beautiful music or watching an exciting TV programme  such as Outlander. Love, passion, adventure, beautiful locations in the scottish Highlands but also hate, violence and war alternate in this impressive television movies. The story is based on the books of Diana Gabaldon

Sam Heughan (Jaimie) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire) tried to change the history of Scotland in this thrilling serie. I don’t want to say anymore, discover it!!!

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    Anja says:

    Dear Ria, I thank you so much for this inspiring post! I really love your watercolor Art and your Zendalatile is really breathtaking!!! Many hugs, Anja

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Anja, On the frontpage of my website I’v painted watercolor as a background but these are my real first paintings (cards) I really enjoyed it and it is not difficult at all. My “zendalatile” is very small and that was something else. I’ve tried 4 times before I was satisfied. Finding the right frame was important, but as I wrote, I have find it on Da Wanda. You must take a look at that site, there are so many lovely things on it!
      Many hugs also fly back to Germany, Ria

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    Reena soni says:

    You are just amazing. I love to read your blogs. You inspire me !!!

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Reena for this nice compliment but I also saw some very nice things on your Instagram page. I love your Turkish delight!!!
      When you are going to Vienna, I hope you will enjoy. Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and when we were young we used to go on holidays in Austria. I love that country. Try the “Sachertorte” in a typical “Konditorei” and dance on the music of Strauss. When we married (37 years ago) we opened our eveningparty with “an der schöne blaue Donau”. These are romantic memories and I hope you will find them also in Vienna.

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