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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


  • Thank goodness for the bigger tile, I have rather chunky hands and the larger tile suits me just fine. Thanks.

    Christine Jasper on

  • I love the way Rick teaches this tangle! It has never been as clear to me as now… thank you! Might be my favorite challenge thus far, tho only 4 days in and so much fun to come! ??

    Jadene R on

  • I can’t wait to teach my fourth graders about sproings! This is the perfect time of year for this as their level of excitement about the holidays is quite reminiscent of sproings!

    Laura Oldham on

  • Another great post for the holidays

    Andrea on

  • What fun. I haven’t used an apprentice tile before. I am looking forward to watching Rick’s video and giving it a try.

    MartyG on

  • Big and simply fun!

    Jackie Saunders on

  • I love the apprentice tile and pen. It just GLIDES. Thank you and happy holidays!

    Debra Myers on

  • Brave decision to do a monotangle on an apprentice tile with so much space to fill, but it worked beautifully. Now I’m thinking about what other tangles I could do sproings with . Hmmm. . . I’ll have to play around with that!

    Pat Floerke on

  • Yay! Apprentice Tiles and the origins of using Sakura pens. I’m loving this review of the Zentangle Inc. History.

    Edwin Ortiz on

  • Absolutely love the sproing…like how you compliment each other with your comments.

    Mary Kay on

  • Love using the extra space and your ideas.

    Karen Rushton on

  • I love this idea!

    Floor de Jonge on

  • Hadn’t realised Bristol vellum is used for the Apprentice Tiles – shall investigate the difference in texture. Love the demo here & your double act, so effective with the two conversational voices. Thanks again for a treat.

    evy browning on

  • I really like Rick’s technique with this tangle but had so much trouble trying to replicate. I just kept falling back into my own style….but it was fun! Look forward everyday to the videos.

    Mary Kay Watson on

  • So many fabulous ideas! :)

    Tisha Cabral on

  • Of course I just had to add my own flair to it by adding a couple personal rules to the “sproing-ing” to reduce my frustration…not sure I’ll keep using sproings, but I did enjoy going outside my comfort zone today!

    Sarah Hluchy on

  • This design has always been a favorite of mine. I love it!

    Debbie J on

  • And the fun continues with some dancing.

    AndreaR on

  • I love the many faces of Diva Dance, beautiful done!!!

    ria matheussen on

  • I am inspired to have a sproing day !

    Jackie on

  • “Who are you, and why are you selling so many pens?” Perfect!

    Bonnie Toney on

  • Thanks for sharing your stories.

    Rhonda Miller on

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