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PreStrung Fun!

PreStrung Fun!

We recently learned of a fun Zendala challenge organized by three Certified Zentangle Teachers, Deb and Anica, and avid tangler Jem. We asked them to share with the Zentangle Community a little bit about their experience and how others can participate.

We are excited to share with you this guest blog post. Enjoy!

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Jem, Deb and Anica write...

We all have favourite tiles - certain shapes, sizes or colours we reach for most often. Perhaps we also have those that stay overlooked and rather neglected? For some tanglers the pre-strung Zendala tiles are used less frequently, but a recent project has shaken up renewed enthusiasm for them.

A fleeting remark in a comments thread was the seed that began this adventure. Jem observed that she rarely used pre-strung Zendala (in eight years of tangling she'd only tangled about three) - but she'd long wondered what would happen if many tanglers all worked on just one string and then compared their results. Anica and Debbie quickly saw the potential and the three of us devised and polished the idea of #prestrungfun.

We vowed to keep it simple, not wanting rules or restrictions to over-complicate the process. Just an open invitation to use one chosen pre-strung tile, picked by us. No pressure, no competition, any colour, or no colour. No requirement to share your tile in any particular place, just the request to add the hashtag so we can all find and admire each other's work.

We set the date to share our tiles a few weeks ahead - in part so no one had to rush, Zentangle should never be rushed! But also we encouraged people to resist sharing before that date, because we were intrigued to see what we would each create without being overly influenced by others artwork.

On June 6th tiles started appearing on Facebook, Instagram and the [Zentangle] Mosaic app. Over 60 worldwide tanglers shared their results, with some offering multiple tiles as once they started they couldn't stop! The variety was astounding – colourful, classic, bold, elegant, simple, complex and everything in between. On some the string was still apparent, others less so, and some it disappeared altogether. Collectively we clearly proved that from one string there are limitless possibilities. Feast your eyes on the gathered splendour by searching for #prestrungfun on any of the platforms mentioned.



In addition to the obvious joy on their tiles people commented on how much they'd enjoyed the process, and often how they'd not particularly connected well with pre-strung Zendala before this project. There were a number of requests to repeat the challenge and so in August we will be sharing a new string and inviting people to tangle along once again. We hope you feel inspired to join us.

-Anica Gabrovec, Debbie Huntington and Jem Miller


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If you would like to join the next #PreStrungFun challenge, they have selected the Zendala string below to tangle. Upload yours on the Zentangle Mosaic app or other social media outlets using the hashtag #PreStrungFun beginning August 22nd!

*Banner Images taken from the Zentangle Mosaic App. Artists left to right: @NormaJeanZen, @HirokoMCZT32, @dlhuntingtonCZT, @zen_Linea

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Thank you to everyone who shared there tips for going beyond the basics with us and sharing your tips and ideas in our last blog. What a wonderful resource to share with tanglers when they need it. We have randomly selected Mary Ellen F to receive a Zentangle Kit - Classic! Please send your snail mail address to



  • When is there the next prestrungfun?

    Zensusa_ on

  • Hi~!

    thank you for sharing for sharing.
    how can I join this great challenge. just draw and upload my sns with that hashtag? 😅

    lee josephina on

  • Hi, everyone,
    I also missed the first one: so I was more eager for the second. Can’t wait to post my post.
    A very great, a very, very great idea.

    Zensu on

  • My two packages of Zendalas got delivered today. Ready to play for #prestrungfun

    Debbie Rabb on

  • Fun idea. I think I’ll do this challenge.

    Theresa Caillouette on

  • A delightful idea!! Not only will I participate in this 2nd one, but I just might use this idea for my Zentangle Club’s Challenge for 2022! Thanks!

    Jan Brandt, CZT12 on

  • Oh my ! I LOVE the variety. This is another reinforcement for me to play…i need to play and join friends in this wonderfully creative venture! Anica Gabrovec – I would like a video too for making the Zendala. Oh my – I want to learn how to make a video…LOL. Always zentangle appears when needed the most. Thank you.

    Mary Ellen Ziegler CZT33 on

  • 아주 좋은 아이디어입니다. 저도 함께 하겠습니다~~~^^

    han yeunsuk on

  • I like to use pre-strung sometimes when I feel a bit “stuck”. They help to get me started. I love the ideas of this post. Thanks for sharing.

    Lori Riden on

  • I like to use pre-strung sometimes when I feel a bit “stuck”. They help to get me started. I love the ideas of this post. Thanks for sharing.

    Lori Riden on

  • What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing.🥰

    JojelliCZT36 on

  • Thank you for posting this article. Sounds like a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to participating! I just happen to have one of that pre-strung tile left. Really looking forward to August 22! Thanks again!

    LaJuania on

  • Reminds me of the Zendala Dare and Zendala Moments challenges of days gone by. So much fun!


  • For those of you who would like to see a video with instruction on how to create the string for this August challenge, please visit my Facebook profile (Anica Gabrovec) or Facebook page (Zen Linea). Both posts are open for public. I hope that you will find the video helpful. :)

    To join the challenge, please use the pre-strung tile from the last photo on the blog post and post your drawing on August 22 (you can post anytime, actually, but that’s when we’ll search for the drawings) on the Mosaic app, Facebook, or Instagram, using the #prestrungfun hashtag. Can’t wait to see what you create!

    Anica on

  • thank you for sharing!
    how can we join in August?

    Michèle Parent-Bergeron CZT37 on

  • Great idea! I must admit that I have a bunch of pre-strung tiles sitting in a box somewhere. Nice to see variety of tangles used inside new string; colours but most importantly connecting people from all over the World!

    Heather Toswell on

  • I’m sorry I missed the first round of this; maybe I’ll do it anyway, belated! Hunting now for the pre-strung tile for the August round. (Haha! I just got it. “Round”! 😄)

    Margaret Bremner on

  • How fun! I love the idea of being part of a creative show of Zentangle love! ❤️

    Kathy Y. on

  • Love this fun idea!

    Marie Porti on

  • Great idea…beautiful tiles!

    Carol Roenbaugh on

  • This looks like so much fun! Anica, I would love a video to guide me through using the Markus Operandum to create a prestrung Zendala. tia!

    Peyton on

  • Our first challenge was so much fun and there’s no doubt in my mind that the new one will be even better with the support of the HQ – a huge thank you for posting this blog post! I look forward to seeing all the creations!

    Jody, the string for the first challenge is in the top left corner of the mosaic photo. If you don’t have the original pre-strung Zendala by Zentangle, you can easily create the string using the Markus Operandus – start with an aura line inside the edge of the tile, add six curvy lines that radiate from the center and connect them with two additional lines that stretch to the right. Let me know if you need help – I can make a short video :)

    Anica Gabrovec on

  • Beautiful. Where is the step out for the string of the first prestrung mandala please. I do not belong to the mosaic app.

    Cheers. Jody Czt 21

    Jody Church on

  • Thank you for sharing this id

    LaJuania on

  • It was a fun way to finally use a pre-strung tile and see what other tanglers made with it. Especially to see it after I finished my own tile so I wouldn’t be influenced by what others made. I definitely join the next pre-strung challenge

    Jessica Remmé on

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