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Sixth Day of Zentangle

"On the Sixth Day of Zentangle . . ."

On the sixth stroke of Zentangle
R and M produced, 
Tan squares a-dancing

It was early 2013, and all was good in Zentangle land. We were beyond busy with many projects but one idea kept coming back to us. People often asked,  "Why don't you use color?" 

This is a long conversation but our short answer is that we felt it interrupted focus, particularly for an early practitioner. You had to decide which color, where to put it, picking up the right pen, not mixing up the caps . . . Yikes! Of course, none of this is bad, it just changed the process. 

We also appreciate that over time your practice can develop and you have a desire to explore new territories and some of that may include new materials and color. After all, this is Zentangle and there are no mistakes. 

Back at Zentangle HQ we were trying to figure out how we wanted to introduce another layer of tangling for those ready to explore something more, but how?
In October of 2008, Rick and Maria created a body of Zentangle Art to display at a local art gallery. It was a beautiful spread of work and we had a lovely party to kick off the event. You can read and see pictures from it in this newsletter
After the show was over the work found a new home in Rick and Maria's home. Maria had created a series on wood veneer and on tan lokta paper. These drawings were eye catching because the tangles were drawn with blacks, browns and shades of grey and highlighted with white charcoal. 
To add light and dark lines to a mid-tone paper was a familiar technique of the great masters during the Renaissance. After a few years of walking by these drawings, we realized this would be our next tangling palette and surface. What a wonderful way to introduce some subtle bits of color in a way that is both classic and unexpected. 

There was a nice growth sequence involved here, too. On our initial white tile, you added darker lines and shading. On our black tile, you added lighter lines and highlights. Now, by using a mid-tone paper, you can add both lighter and darker lines together with shading and highlights.

We went to work right away to find the paper and tools. We found a beautiful 100% cotton mould made paper for the tiles and added a brown Micron pen and white charcoal pencil to our collection of tangling tools. With this combination of tools you can explore tangles in the tradition of the great Renaissance artists.

In November of 2013, we unveiled the Zentangle Renaissance Tile in the 3.5" square format.

Today, on this sixth day, we use that tile to introduce another new tangle. We call it, "toodles" and we think you will have fun with this one.

Project Pack 02.. Day 6

Rick Roberts


  • I loved this design, especially with the green background! Gorgeous!

    RosA on

  • I loved this design, especially with the green background! Gorgeous!

    RosA on

  • Love toodles!!

    Nancy Wilcox on

  • Love toodles on tan!

    LInda JF on

  • This little leaf is a treat to draw! Loving toodles

    Sandra Chatelain on

  • It’s wonderful how you have expanded your tools for those that wanted more ways to create. I still fell like a beginner, but hope to work my way to this level.

    M Moore on

  • I keep repeating myself these days: How wonderful are these videos! So many opportunities. I feel so blessed! Love this new tangle! Thank you!

    Karin CZT Belgium on

  • Beauty—what a delightful tangle.

    Becky R J on

  • What a beautiful tangle! This is my favorite. I love it especially on a tan tile.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Barbara on

  • Beautiful design, simple yet elegant. Love it!

    Lynne Caulkett on

  • tan tiles are my favorites to draw on and this beautiful new tangle looks gorgeous on those tiles. Thank you for your wonderful demostrations!

    ria matheussen on

  • This tangle is already in my ‘goto’ Tangles. I feel like I’ve known this tangle for ages. It comes so naturally and am very comfortable already with the flow. Thank you for sharing this with us Rick and Maria! MattskiCZT

    Matt Wieczkowski on

  • This is my favorite so far. I love tuddles!

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • I love to do flower and leaves. Another one to add to my collection!!

    Betsy on

  • I love toodles!

    Mary Kay Watson on

  • This is such a gorgeous tangle! I don’t have tan tiles, but I’m gonna be filling up pages of my tan sketchbook with this one.

    Dana "Jonesy" Jones on

  • I love playing with these neutral tones. The use of charcoal gives extra texture to each project!

    Marilynne on

  • These tangle videos make my days. Thank you. New ways with old favorites as Tamara wrote. What a gift. ?

    Nancy Day on

  • These tangle videos make my days. Thank you. New ways with old favorites as Tamara wrote. What a gift. ?

    Nancy Day on

  • Toodles….my new best friend!!!!

    Jackie Saunders on

  • I love Love love the renaissance tiles. The combination of black and brown with the graphite and charcoal just appeals to my soul. Thanks for introducing these to the world.

    MartyG on

  • I love it!!

    Laura Hattersley on

  • What a fun Tangle to play with on a Ren tile! I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much time playing with the layers of shading. Thank you!

    Michelle Aalbers on

  • Toodles! It’s even fun to say! I’m just really starting to enjoy Tan tiles of late. I recently bought a tan sketchbook to try and explore some of the different techniques I see people using on this pretty surface. :)

    Jeanie 'JJ' James on

  • As someone who has a tendency to fall back on pokeroot and pokeleaf frequently, I am excited about “toodles.” It is fast going to become one of my GO-TO tangles! I’m in love!

    Tamra B on

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