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Eleventh Day of Zentangle

"On the Eleventh Day of Zentangle . . ."

On the eleventh stroke of Zentangle
R and M dreamed up, 
Tiny white and black triangles
As we look back over our Zentangle timeline, certain tangles make a mark in our history.  When we introduced the tangle tripoli we also introduced a magical concept, even though we didn't appreciate it at the time.

This three-sided tangle was more than a pattern. It was also a platform for other tangles. Its eye-catching characteristics romanced us with the combinations of geometry, nature and movement. And its simplicity teased our eyes with complex beauty. That tangle was one of the inspirations for our Reticula and Fragment concept. It was also an  inspiration for our 3Z tile.

In November of 2016, we added an equilateral triangular tile to the Zentangle collection. You can arrange this new shape in beautiful hexagonal mosaics or combine it with square tiles for exciting new mosaic arrangements.

The white and black 3Z tiles measure 3.5 (89mm) on a side and are cut from the same 100% mould made paper as their square counterparts.

We offer two fun projects for you today in honor of this Eleventh Day and the white and black 3Z tiles.


Rick Roberts


  • Both stars look amazing! I need more practice with the jelly roll.

    M Moore on

  • I really enjoyed the way the background worked behind the curly leaves.

    RosA on

  • I love the star shapes! These are so much fun to tangle.

    Nancy Wilcox on

  • Love making star. I appreciate the reminder to slow down as I got lost but continued on to make it my own. Thank you.

    Betsy on

  • I love both the stars but the one white was very easy for me to do and came out great! The black one which I though was gorgeous watching Rick do it was much more complicated and I kept getting lost. I will have to perfect this one! But they were both fun!

    Leslee Feiwus on

  • My first star turned out really nice, but I became a little confused with the 3 tiles together. My black star does not look like Rick’s but it is shiny and bright. Thanks!!

    Gloria Vatavuk on

  • Beautiful stars! Especially the black with gold. I might do enough of them to fill a small xmas tree!

    Red Carritte on

  • Watching u draw is always a lesson in mindfulness. I forget to slow down, and focus, but u always show us the way. I love that.

    Dana "Jonesy" Jones on

  • I love these stars, especially the black ohne Rick did with the golden Gelly Roll pen. So beautiful!

    Barbara Steyer on

  • Loved the stars! Wrapped ’round with ribbons, gorgeously simple.

    Tamra B on

  • Stars! Who Knew!?! These are wonderful and will make a great ‘more’ class :) As always, seeing you do a tangle just makes it so much clearer than just seeing a step-out.

    Jeanie 'JJ' James on

  • I love the look of both styles of stars! These will be fun to create!

    LInda JF on

  • You have really spoiled us this year with these projects! I have been amazed at the simplicity and beauty of each one so far. Thank you, always, for inspiring us to create beauty in our lives. I am grateful for your generous spirit. May your holidays and new year be filled with peace, joy,love and good health!

    Jennifer Sparrow on

  • I so appreciate these videos. I am only on Day 5 and am so excited about the inspiration they give me to explore the same idea over and over, it may take until next December for me to get to Day 12. Thank you so much. Please repeat this again next year. :)

    Georgianna CZT on

  • I love Zentangle – it’s been a wonderful lifesaver! Thank you for all the videos – I can’t wait to try them out. Merry Christmas!

    Donna S on

  • I was first introduced to scena at seminar earlier this year. Loved it then – love it even more now! These stars are awesome!

    Tharina Etsebeth on

  • An absolute joy watching this – I never really understood how Scena worked but now I see – thank you so much. This is a lovely gift & I had a few moments of delightful calm just watching you two – & how differently your strokes are executed…… each stroke imbued with your own individual character: never realised that before.

    Evy on

  • Such an uncomplicated but wonderful idea to do with those 3S tiles. Love the gorgeous results.

    ria matheussen on

  • I’ve watched all of these videos each night. Can’t wait for some time off next week to give them all a try! Merry Christmas!

    Betty C on

  • Merry Christmas!

    Andrea on

  • What an exciting project!
    The energy of the triangles is so much fun! I see them used as ornaments very soon :)

    patsy monk on

  • I have to admit, that 9 pointed star lost me for awhile, until it was more complete. both are awesome! and I love that tangle with the “smile” – tripoli? it’s awesome. Don’t think I’ve seen that one.

    robin pichelmayer on

  • As usual a day late and a dollar short! Just found this and am mesmerize by the designs.

    Lenore Guajardo on

  • I love being inspired by your ZenTangles and my new paintings are showing a New Energy,

    Pat Smith on

  • I love following along with these videos…learning new tips, techniques and Tangles. Thank you all so much!

    Marty on

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