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Zentangle Project Pack No. 19 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2022 - Day 01

Zentangle Project Pack No. 19 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2022 - Day 01

Welcome to the Zentangle Project Pack No. 19 and the first day of the 12 Days of Zentangle!

It has become an annual Zentangle tradition for us to celebrate the holiday season with a series we call The Twelve Days of Zentangle. For twelve consecutive days, we deliver daily tangling lessons, guiding you through the steps to create festive tangled works of art that are all part of the same theme.

Join us as our old friend Alfie and a couple of new friends take us through The 2022 Twelve Days of Zentangle.

“Hey, Nomi, what’s that you have there?” asks Alfie.

“It just came in the mail, and it looks very intriguing. I bet it’s from our friends at Zentangle. Their packages always brings smiles and look . . we are all smiling!” Nomi says as he turns the package this way and that.

“Ooooooh,” says Marasu, “I love Zentangle packages, especially this time of year.”

“Hurry up, Nomi, let’s see what it is,” Alfie says excitedly.

“Let’s see . . . it’s different from other years. It appears to be a scroll of some sort, all rolled up so carefully,” Nomi comments quietly, careful not to damage the precious piece.

“Let’s give BaBa the sticker. He will be playing with that for days!” Alfie giggles.

Marasu exclaims, “We need some trumpets for a grand opening like this. Where are they when you really need them!”

Nomi peels the sticker off ever so gently, unrolling the tissue paper that holds it together. “Oh my, what is this?”

Alfie says, “It looks like a family tree, you know, where you fill in the names of your relatives. What in the world will Zentangle do with a family tree?”

Marasu ponders . . . “I don’t know. But I bet we will soon find out. I hope mine and Alfie’s came in the mail today as well. I can’t wait to start working on the Twelve Days of Zentangle. It’s the highlight of my Zentangle year.”

"Well, shall we start by watching the first video together?" asks Alfie.

And so, the journey begins . . .

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This Zentangle series is unique as we will be working on one singular piece of tangled art over the course of twelve lessons. The customized surface will provide structure and a common element to guide us on this adventure together. We will methodically and magically add to the structure as we simultaneously discuss and share our system of collecting, deconstructing, and categorizing tangles. As we take you on an adventure, we will introduce you to our Zentomology™ approach. We will explore Tangle Genuses, or categories of tangles.


In true Zentangle fashion, our approach to this system is playful and open to exploration and interpretation. We use the Zentomology system as way to learn about the characteristics of tangles and explore how to use them in ways that enhance and balance our tangled compositions. As we dig into this concept, we leave a trail of tangled artwork behind us. Join us as we get tangled up in the Zentomology approach of studying tangles while creating one large piece of tangled art.


Each day, as we add to this singular piece of tangled art, we remind you to trust the process. Watch as this composition comes together with different tangles, concepts and your individual style. At the end we will bring all of the elements of the Zentangle Method together in a beautiful and unique piece of artwork.


In this first video, follow along with Molly as she guides you through added water color to our template and introduces you to the theme of this project pack.

Please share your creations on the Zentangle Mosaic App using the hashtag #PP19Day01 and #12DaysofZentangle2022.

Let us know your thoughts below and at the end of this series, we will pick a commenter at random from each day to receive a Zentangle surprise!



  • This pack is such a creativity explosion.

    Linda Dochter on

  • The start of a new project pack is always exciting! The use of watercolors will be neat to see how this unfolds!

    Linda J on

  • Right from the beginning I was fascinated by the way people seemed to group tangle patterns into categories. I could never quite work out an obvious system though – grid & triangle based were fine as were stand-alone so this project pack is a particularly exciting one. Love the way you’ve used 100% cotton paper too – enabling the watercolour pencils to fulfil their full potential as a medium.

    Evy Browning on

  • I will use my sketch and wash pencil to create the background on my hand drawn template

    Susan Arnsten-Russell on

  • Always look forward to the 12 Days of Zentangle; never know what the project will bring; it’s like getting a Christmas present early

    Deborah R on

  • The paper for this project is excellent…took the color so well…could not imagine using as much water as Molly did, but it came out fine…thank you for another excellent product, as usual, to tangle on!

    Carol R on

  • Ohmygoodness you made a small one for the elves!!

    Sarah Hluchy on

  • I’m glad I watched the video all the way through before I started the watercolor part of this. I liked using all three watercolor pencils. The way Molly did as an alternate version of this a little bit really goes a long way with the watercolor, pencils and lots of water is very good also! Looking forward to seeing how this project will progress!

    Lynn Starnes, CZT on

  • Looking forward to using the watercolor pencils!

    Julie G on

  • I just loved working with the watercolour! Now I just watched day 2 – ready to play! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Ulrike on

  • Thanks for another 12 Days of Zentangle! So fun!

    Jackie on

  • I can’t wait to get home and start my project pack.

    Marty Greiner on

  • I was excited to use the watercolor pencils again! The paper looks beautiful already!

    Wendy on

  • Another challenge!

    Carol on

  • Oooo….. I can’t wait to put color on this gorgeous paper. I love the colors that came in my kit ❤️

    Kathy Y. on

  • I am amazed by the colours which were created by watercolours blending together. I love this technique! Thank you

    Harry Ting on

  • I love this time of the with Zentangle HQ! Although I was not able to purchase the project pack, I have cut a sheet of watercolour to size and will add in a family tree so that I can follow along. I have done these 12 Days of Zentangle every year, I don’t want to miss this one! Thank you for always coming up with interesting and thoughtful offerings!

    Brenda Urbanik on

  • I’ve been seaching my family tree on ancestry so it is really neat that you chose a tree like template for this project pack. So excited to see what each new day brings and how each tree grows.

    Merry Christmas to all of you at Zentangle HQ and the extended Zentangle family all over the world.

    Michele Couture on

  • This project pack looks grand. Thank you for giving an alternative so that I can use what I have here at home.

    Nancy on

  • I’ve only recently discovered Zentangle and I’m looking forward to this daily adventure.

    Michele G. on

  • A great beginning to 12 days of tangling JOY!

    sUSAn on

  • Every tree has roots and branches. All these parts belong to it, otherwise it would not be complete.
    It is the same in a family. Everyone has his task, his place. Without him, something would be missing.
    With the tangles it is similar, also here each makes its contribution: organically, geometrically, drama (no light without shadow – also in life)

    Claudia on

  • my Christmas gift that I look forward to with surprise and expectations that always exceed them… I liked the parchment format and adding color through watercolor… yes… a lot… and a family tree is the most amazing!!!!!

    carmela on

  • Quickly I went to make my own template and do some watercolour so I could Tangle with you on Day 2. BuT- I outlined in pen and then the black ink ran into my watercolour. THINKIN’ I should have just left my outline in pencil. Thoughts? I will work on it anyway and also do another one and not use my pen before applying the watercolour

    Judy Heintz on

  • Let the fun begin!!!

    Andrea R on

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