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Project Pack .04 -- 12 Days of Zentangle - Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Zentangle!

In the Twelve Days of Zentangle series we borrow a traditional holiday song as a playful way to share fun, little Zentangle projects for twelve consecutive days. 

When Rick and Maria developed the Zentangle Method, one objective was to address the anxiety or distraction of deciding which tangle to do next. So when they designed the original green Zentangle Kit, they made a legend with 20 tangles on it and offered a 20 sided die to help choose which tangles to use.

The Zentangle Spinner of Project Pack 04 that we are using in these 12 Days of Zentangle expands on that idea. Now you can create your own legend to help choose tangles. And you can invent fun games to play and creative tangling parameters to guide you on your expanding tangled journey.

On each of these twelve days, we will offer a lesson that contributes to creating your Zentangle Spinner. All the necessary supplies are available in Project Pack #04 (available below).

If you don't have the Project Pack #04 with the spinner template, or you don't want to create one . . . you can still enjoy following along with the tangle instructions. The video instruction is free and available to all and we are happy to have you play along with whatever supplies you have.

And so, we begin . . .
12 Days of Zentangle - Day 1

On our preparation day, we added some color to the Zentangle Spinner. You can watch that video here.

Today, on this First Day of Zentangle, Martha serves up feast of jetties, flux, and zander and includes the secret ingredient . . . well!

Project Pack #04 -- 12 Days of Zentangle - Day 1
Project Pack #04 -- 12 Days of Zentangle - Day 1

See video with German subtitles here.
(Note to our viewers in China, in the next day or two, we will add these videos to a platform you can more easily enjoy.) 
You can find the "12 Days of Zentangle" supplies in Project Pack 04 which is available at this link.
We'd love to read what you have to say and each day we will randomly pick a person from the list of commenters and send that person a gift from Zentangle Inc.

See you tomorrow for Day 2 as we continue tangling!

Rick Roberts


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  • The link to the prep video is missing. What’s the secret to seeing it?

    Laurie Earl on

  • I too am wondering about the preparation video. Also, I received my project kit today, but I don’t know what to do about the folds on the spinners. It seems that it will be difficult to tangle over them. Those in the videos seem to be perfectly flat.

    Claudia McKeon on

  • I am so excited to join in! I am really enjoying following along with the videos!

    AmandaJ on

  • I was so busy with my 50th Wedding Anniversays I didn’t get a kit, so I am doing mine as a Christmas Decoration and Teaching Poster.


  • I love the combination of tangles of this day. Every time I look at my spinner my eyes will pause on this day :) Thank you for this video!

    Anya Ipsen on

  • Just FYI – The link to the preparation day video is missing.

    Margaret Bremner on

  • Really enjoying the Zentangle spinner Project Pack 04 project. Especially love seeing the variety of personalities in each artist’s color choices on their spinner! Thank you for such an enjoyable series of videos and this project.

    Nancy CZT18 on

  • So curious where Alfie will take us this year!

    Marguerite Samama on

  • It will be so much fun to see this project evolve over the next few days!

    SUsan L on

  • Thank-you everyone for creating the 12 Days of Zentangle. I love everything about Christmas and what better way to enjoy this festive season than sitting down with the 12 Days of Zentangle. I look forward to each year’s fantastic creations! Thank-you for all your wonderful inspirations, truly a gift of love.

    Cheryl on

  • I was surprised! I thought there would be only 12 or 24 tangles on the Spinner, so it seemed beautiful but not very useful to me. But now I see that it’s going to be much more fun and more practical than I expected! Can wait to get my Project Pack!
    By the way can I suggest you announcing PP earlier before the release of the videos?

    Yulia Folkman on

  • Just started tangled last month! just wait for the package then can start tangled…. Thanks Maria & Rick bringing me the the world of art that I ever thought that I can draw….. Alice from Hong Kong Dec 5, 2018

    Alice Li on

  • While I don’t have the project pack, this looks so awesome, so I will try and participate anyway. I loved these tutorials in the past. This is gonna be fun.

    Jonesy on

  • I really loved the previous years of 12 days of Zentangle and this year is looking to be just as fun and festive. It’s such a great tradition that I look forward to now. Thank you for all the time put into these projects and videos and for sharing them. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone posts on the mosaic app for #PP04.

    Michele Werner on

  • Aloha…It is so much fun to be tangling with everyone…we are all connected under the ocean and with the Zentangle string that unites us.

    Lois Stokes on

  • 12 Days of Zentangle – One of my favorite traditions.

    Linda Dochter, CZT 16 on

  • I’m going to color outside the lines a little by not sticking to one wedge each day and mixing up the Tangles you show us. I’ll probably still have all the same patterns, just slightly out of order. Lol.

    BethanyARTE on

  • Tangling with Martha was lots of fun! I especially like the embellishment on flux, love the drama it adds!

    Debbie McComas on

  • This is terrific fun and I’m already planning my 2nd spinner.

    Valerie Hayes on

  • Loved the pace of this Martha when teaching. This project pack really is a wonderful oasis from all the hustle & bustle of the holiday season. Ahhhhh!!!!

    Heather Toswell on

  • This is such a great idea! I’m already behind and need to get my spinner. :)

    Tisha Cabral on

  • Thank you so much for this uplifting project! This is a dark time of year in Switzerland but now I have something fabulous to look forward to for twelve days.

    Jennifer on

  • After a stressful day, facing one minor crisis after another, I was ready to relax. It has been a while since I have tangled, it felt good to have a pen in hand. I took time to quite mind and body by tangling a few tiles before starting on the wheel. The videos are well done.

    Mary on

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