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Third Day of Zentangle 2017

"On the Third Day of Zentangle . . ."

On the third stroke of Zentangle
R and M played 'round, 
With circles, white and cheerful

As more people around the world practiced the Zentangle Method, we noticed a marriage between the form of traditional Mandala art and Zentangle patterns.

This lovely combination inspired us to investigate further. A circular canvas is a perfect fit for the Zentangle concept of no up or down. It also nurtures the practice of turning your tile as you work. 

We studied traditional circular patterns and developed ways to incorporate them in a Zentangle way. After much fun exploration, we made a series of pre-strung Zendala tiles with printed templates that looked like a pencil drawn string to offer suggestions, but not demands. 

In early 2011, we made our first round Zentangle tile with our white Fabriano Tiepolo paper with it's familiar die-cut edge. We made them available in blank and pre-strung models.

Play along with us on this third day of Zentangle as we celebrate the birth of the white Zendala tile.
Third Day of Zentangle

Rick Roberts


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  • Rumpus is my new fav!

    Nancy Wilcox on

  • Rumpus! What fun! A new favorite tangle!

    LInda JF on

  • I love knowing that one tangle can be used by itself and be just as beautiful as many tangles together. Thank you!

    M Moore on

  • I have a new favorite tangle and it is called: RUMPUS! Ooo I am having soo much fun with these videos. Even though I have my own pace, I will try them all and redo them and play with them…. so many opportunities. Thank you!

    Karin CZT Belgium on

  • I haven’t loved a tangle this much since Mooka. Beautiful!

    Leslie Fisette on

  • Is there any way this cannot turn out to be beautiful? Fun tangle

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • This tangle was so interesting to learn!!

    Betsy on

  • Love working in the round. Rumpus is a perfect fit!

    Marilynne on

  • Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    Laura Hattersley on

  • I am truly enjoying playing with rumpus, and I love how the name of it came about. Thank you so much for doing these “12-days” series!

    Donna on

  • I have not tried any 3D but wow!!

    robin pichelmayer on

  • RUMPUS and a Zendala tile makes perfect harmony. The tangle grew to fit the space in delicate fashion. The enthatching is a neat new technique in our tool box! Loving these daily learning challenges!! :)

    patsy monk on

  • Day Five reminded me of one of my favorite aspects of learning with Rick and Maria – they show me how to do MORE with what I already KNOW. Thanks!!

    GInny Lockhart on

  • I am in love with rumpus! It makes us such a beautiful looking tile. I love the circular hollibaugh look. The enthatching dimensionality is fun too.

    Tamra B on

  • Zendala and Rumpus was a wild ride! What fun!

    Michelle Aalbers on

  • In the begining it seems confusing, but the result is very beautiful!

    Vita on

  • Rumpus is a wonderful tangle. Easy, yet with plenty of potential for variation. It has all the marks of a tangle I’ll use often and with pleasure – I can tell you took your time to work this one out. Thank you.

    Jem Miller on

  • Love Mandalas. I have been doing them for many years in many different media! Loved when you added round Zentangles! Thank you! I am also enjoying your sharing of the history of Zentangle! Thank you!

    Paulette Kirschensteiner on

  • Love the new tangle – so versatile!

    Donna Pilato on

  • Really had fun with this! ❤❤❤

    Tharina Etsebeth on

  • Love this tangle!

    Andrea on

  • Love the depth created by the unhitching!

    Barb on

  • Thank you so much for sharing these videos and a trip down Zentangle Memory Lane. Being a newbie to tangling, I am learning so much and growing. You provide so much joy to CZTs. I’m more visual so I like the videos and it helps me pronounce the tangle names properly!! Looking forward to the rest of the days!!

    Gloria Vatavuk on

  • I loved the outcome of this Zendala!

    Brenda Urbanik on

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