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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


  • Toodles is oodles of fun!! Love the two new tangles. Thank you for these amazing video’s of inspiration!

    Tharina Etsebeth on

  • All the past stories are a great learning experiencing for me. Just hearing Maria’s cheery voice takes me back to CZT29. It was an experience of a lifetime for me that I will never forget. Being the eldest of 8 siblings, I was a second mom and now I finally have something that is all my own – Zentangle. It is the best feeling in the world to practice a tangle and finally feel the flow. A tangle’s rhythm soothes my mind and I can’t thank you enough for developing this method. Blessed Christmas to all of you at Zentangle!

    Gloria Vatavuk on

  • What a fabulous Day 6 Tangle!! You are both so amazing!!!

    Best wishes
    Sharon Jerkovic

    Sharon Jerkovic on

  • I love reading all these stories! And this new tangle, toodles, is so exquisitely designed, and so much fun to do!

    Danita Noland on

  • Working with tan is something I don’t do often enough—except on clay. I find that tan clay is the perfect tangling canvas.

    Laura Oldham on

  • I’m loving these posts and videos.

    Rhonda Miller on

  • CZT training was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and doing these projects “with” you feels like we are reunited for the holiday. Wishing the entire family the very best during this season.

    Debra Myers, CZT on

  • I really enjoy these holiday posts

    Andrea on

  • Very pretty! The one with the stripes behind it has incredible shading on the tile! Thank you!

    Janet on

  • WOW Toodles just roll off the pen. These Plastic Nib (PN) pens are really wonderful tools.
    Day 6? Does this mean we are 1/2 there? :/
    THANK YOU for all your hard work…we are loving every minute!!!

    patsy monk on

  • Day 6 already! The renaissance tiles have always been a favorite of mine. Fun night ahead!

    Jadene R on

  • Thank you for the gift of Zentangle. I am always amazed by the beauty of my final creation. I participate in The Giving Tree through my work, where we give gifts to those in need. This year one of the cards I picked was requesting a journal as her gift. I selected a very pretty unlined journal and some Micron pens. I also included some of my tiles and a printed sheet of patterns. I left a note telling her how wonderful Zentangle is and to give it a try. It’s my hope she will enjoy her gift and it gives her joy.

    Ann on

  • HI like using more”colors “

    Lisa Hoesing on

  • I can not wait to try thr new tangle, but first I plan to do Day 4 Dida Dances for a card for a grandson. Fun

    Karen Rushton on

  • What a stunner – & the different ways of colouring & shading just took my breath away, had to stop the video several times, rewind & watch again just in sheer wonder.

    evy on

  • They are all so beautiful. So intricate, so fluid. I started out with several lessons but gave up. I can never produce such beautiful work, so I will revel in that of others. Blessings to you all this Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Ellin on

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Zentangle Families!

    The new blog design is awesome!

    I love the Twelve Days of Christmas and every year I look forward to see what new inspirational creations that all of you come up with. It always amazes me how your creativity continues to flow so beautifully through out the years. Your artistic talent is such a blessed gift.

    Thank you, from Cheryl

    Cheryl on

  • Wow! An new favorite. Toodles is so simple, so versatile, and so astoundingly beautiful. Magnificent!

    Pat Floerke on

  • Toodles is very cute, and quite easy to do, yet so very effective. It will be very popular I am sure. Love the use of it as a border, can see it circular as well. Off to practice it now.

    Christine Jasper on

  • It just keeps getting better.

    Phyllis Carter on

  • Rekindling my excitement! I’m positively overwhelmed and can’t wait to get to my supplies tonight!

    Christine on

  • This new tangle is both easy and one of the most beautiful I have seen.

    Joan Mitchell on

  • I am so loving these PP videos! It has made me tangle on a daily basis once again!

    Cheryl Rotnem on

  • Thank you so much for this wonderful new tangle,

    Floor de Jonge on

  • Toodles is beautiful. Thank you for this video.

    Jackie on

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