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Fourth Day of Zentangle 2017

"On the Fourth Day of Zentangle . . ."

On the fourth stroke of Zentangle
R and M decided, 
on apprenticed squares for students

In the beginning we selected the Sakura® Pigma® pens as our drawing tools of choice. As a small company we didn't think of contacting Sakura. However, soon received a call from the Vice President of Sakura of America who asked, "Who are you and why are you selling so many pens?" 

That was the beginning of many friendships and a good relationship between our two companies. Sakura of America was a breath of fresh air compared with other experiences we had in the corporate world. They had an honest desire to know and learn about the Zentangle Method and to understand our story. From the beginning they believed this new drawing method was important . . . and something that went beyond the pen. 

Many of the Sakura staff have become CZTs. Sakura is deeply involved with schools and knew that many schools and school age children were already using the Zentangle Method. Together we realized that we needed Zentangle materials suitable for this demographic. 

The first item on this list was a tile. Our objective was to create something durable, slightly more economical, and still fulfill the original philosophy of the Zentangle Method. After much experimentation we created a slightly larger tile to offer a bit more space. Of course, we kept our rounded corners. This is a detail we felt gave the tile that individual specialness and made it a unique surface for art. For paper we chose a beautiful Bristol that held the ink nicely and still allowed for wonderful pencil blending. 

And last but not least what would we call these new tiles? There were many names that we tried, but when "Apprentice" was suggested, everyone agreed it was perfect. It fit our theme of Zentangle art as a practice and Zentangle artists as life long learners. Zentangle Apprentice would become a full line of products including Classroom Packs and individual kits designed for young Zentangle artists but enjoyed by tanglers of all ages.

In July of 2012 Zentangle Inc. introduced a 4.5" white Zentangle Apprentice tile. Today we invite you to explore this smooth vellum surface with a fun tangling lesson from Rick.

Happy day Four!
Project Pack 02--Day 4

Rick Roberts


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  • I’ve loved learning about the origins of the tiles.

    Nancy Wilcox on

  • Great weaving of Diva Dance together! Fun!

    LInda JF on

  • I love the larger tile. It looks like it gives just the right amount of space for younger artists. I look forward to trying them with my four kids!

    M Moore on

  • Very different design. So interesting and beautiful! Looking forward to trying this one!

    Lynne Caulkett on

  • Diva dance rock n roll is one of my favorites. This design style is wonderful!

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • Thanks for showing how to do Diva Dance. this video greatly helped!

    Betsy on

  • Awesome tangle and what a fantastic tile it made


    Kim G on

  • Thanks for the fun video. I live the feel of this surface and have always loved working with the pigma pens.

    Marilynne on

  • I really appreciate learning about “sproinging” and this slightly different way of doing diva dance. [Or at least it is slightly different from the way that I have been doing it. Thank you!

    Donna on

  • This was a fantastic video. Diva dance has always been rather difficult for me, but now I see how simple, and meditative it really is. The outcome here is beautiful.

    Dana "Jonesy" Jones on

  • ‘Sproings’ were fun- nice loose work that flowed!

    Heather Toswell on

  • Gorgeous!!! Who knew sproings were so cool!!

    Robin pIchelmayer on

  • Instructional videos are so helpful in so many ways! Thank you!

    Janet on

  • Diva Dance!! WOW!
    This was a perfect tangle to replay! The vertical and spiral connecting thru the tentacles (Sproings) makes so much sense, and not to mention, SO MUCH FUN!

    patsy monk on

  • Diva Dance is one of my favorite tangles! And this video will helps me give it a new look! Thank you!

    Danita Noland on

  • I haven’t used the apprentice tiles as of yet but I do love diva dance! Learned that one at seminar!

    Laura Beth Carpenter on

  • Wow! It took the master, my Diva Dance finally looks the way it should! It is one of the few tangles I have never been happy with the appearance of on my tiles. After watching this video, it finally clicked. Thank you.

    Tamra B on

  • This was truly therapy for me. A day late because of life happening but gosh was this needed and fun!

    Michelle Aalbers on

  • I love the story of your relationship with Sakura. It’s a shining example of the interconnectedness of the world of Zentangle. That, and the guiding principle of Gratitude are two of the things I love the most.

    Diva Dance has always been fun, and this project gives it a big boost of fun. Thank you all at Team Zentangle for your fabulous creations.

    Mary Bartrop CZT on

  • I like the video’s very much, because they are a big help voor drawning the challenge youngive us every day.

    Vera Rutten on

  • I’ve always had a little problem with Diva Dance… The adding of the ‘bumps’ and where and how was always a stress for me….. LOVE Rick’s way of not just adding dark bumps, but drawing the line first and then going back and coloring in the bump. Total lightbulb moment for me :)

    Jeanie 'JJ' James on

  • AWESOME. Can’t wait until I watch this video and relax as I follow along. ❣️❣️❣️ ???

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  • I just watched the video for day 4 (at work). Now I can’t wait to get home to play as well. Thank you Rick and Maria for this fun interpretation of Diva Dance!

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