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Zentangle Project Pack No. 12 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2020 - Day 12

Zentangle Project Pack No. 12 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2020 - Day 12

Alfie writes:

Today's tile was designed and tangled for you by Maria, with today's video commentary from both Maria and Rick. They seem to work well together, like the tangles she chose. These tangles are some of her absolute favorites for many reasons. 

Mooka has flowy spirited lines that can grow in almost any direction. She loves to shape and extend those mooka tendrils so they explode onto her tile in a state of joy and contentment (perhaps describing her life and the gratitude she has for it). She also is known to smile (a lot) whenever she draws mooka, so there's that.

The other tangle, mi2, is an early design by Mimi Lempart who attended our very first CZT seminar. Maria is partial to mi2 because she finds it is such a simple yet "magical" tangle with its own surprise ending. Even after many years of tangling it, mi2 still manages to evoke in her a sense of wonder and playfulness. All it takes are a few elegantly intersecting curved lines and a touch of shading to release its "wowness."

You can only imagine Maria using these two dynamic tangles in one tile . . . well, she could hardly contain her delight!

Now, after all these good things we have shared with you, my friend, Bijou, says it's time for you to choose YOUR tangles. Find the tangles that perhaps make you feel as Maria did when she created this tile. Know that, like acquaintances, you may not be so enamored on first introduction, but with time, it may end up to be a favorite friend. Remember, each artist will have their favorites. Each tangle has a different story for each one of you. 

And so, my friends, "All good things must come to an end." 

Wait, wait! Who said that anyway? 

I asked Maria to look it up and it turns out it's a proverb from around 1374 by some dude named Chaucer. I forget his first name, but surely he was not into Zentangle drawing. For if he were, he would "knoweth" that Zentangle is not only good, but only gets better! 

And, it certainly "needeth" not come to an end! 

Oh, yes! I finally opened Bijou's gift. He gave me me a beautiful golden clock. I take that as Bijou's way of telling me and all of us that it's now time to "Choose Your Tangles"!

Bijou writes:

Today's Bijouism is "Choose Your Tangles."

(It also happens to be Bijouism #12. We didn't plan it that way, but synchronicities like that happen all the time around here.)

I love all of my Bijouisms (!) and this is one of my favorites because it has so many meanings and metaphors.

You can read it as "Choose YOUR Tangles" as Alfie said above. You have seen so many tangles and tangling ideas in these 12 days. Our desire is that you take these ideas and inspirations and apply them to YOUR tangles . . . which may not be any of the ones we worked with in this series. And even if they are on a list of YOUR tangles, when YOU tangle them we want them to look like YOUR tangles . . . not (necessarily) like ours or any one else's.

Another part of "Choose YOUR Tangles" is our desire to inspire you to create YOUR tangles, just as Mimi created mi2.

You can also read this Bijouism as "CHOOSE Your Tangles." This suggests that it is up to you to trust your own imagination and creativity to CHOOSE which tangle to draw.

My favorite part of this Bijouism is that "Tangle" is another word for "pattern." Think of all your patterns of thoughts, actions, reactions, and responses. You have the ability to choose those, too!

As Rick likes to say, you have a natural, imaginative, beautiful, artistic, and creative "response ability."

And as I like to say, "Anything is possible, one stroke (or thought, or question, or insight, or inspiration, or step) at a time!"

With all Appreciation and Gratitude, we invite you to deliberately choose YOUR beautiful tangles!


Given the time theme in today's photo, I asked Rick to take a picture of this clock face that Maria created some "time" ago.

I think you might enjoy it . . .

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Welcome to the Project Pack No. 12 and the twelfth day of the 12 Days of Zentangle!

It goes without saying that 2020 will go down in history as remarkable year. This year we all experienced the unexpected, the unknown and the uncertain. There were challenges that required our patience and strength in order for us to contribute to what the world needed.

In our Zentangle practice we encourage you to embrace the unexpected, the unknown and the uncertain as a part of your creative process. We encourage you to look for opportunities and to shift your perspective.

As we bring a close to a pivotal year in history, Project Pack No. 12 will offer us a magical time of rebirth, restoration, and awakening. We are excited to begin this year’s 12 Days of Zentangle, that we are calling the 2020 Zentangle Renaissance.

Day 12



Project Pack No. 12 materials available here

Please share your creations on the Zentangle Mosaic App using the hashtag #PP12Day12 and #12DaysofZentangle2020

The winner from Day 11's blog is Chandra Merod! Please send your snail mail address to 

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  • I just want to say a big THANK YOU for the most beautiful gift of Zentangle and sharing it with the world. I have always aspired to create art but never found what I was looking for. Then I chanced upon a piece of art on the internet and it was truly a lightbulb moment. Discovering that it was Zentangle inspired and was accessible to me, and everyone else, was a true gift. Thank you also for these wonderful project pack series. This one, for me, has been one of the best.

    Liz Currie on

  • Really enjoyed each of these projects and I will be going back to them again and again!

    Ellen W on

  • Thank you so much for an inspiring series and the challenge to “Choose your tangle”. I have not followed as closely as I would have liked to date as it is the end of our school year, here Downunder. However I accepted the challenge and found peace in tangling and I will now spend more time during the holidays being challenged every day, to look at and use Maria’s designs and then look for those others that also touch my heart. Thank you again, and wishing you all a safe, relaxing and happy holiday break.

    Colleen on

  • Just a simple thank you from a greatful heart for the gift you give us each year.

    Charlene Smith on

  • I am sad to see this project pack come to my an end. But I am looking forward to having a relaxing time exploring it more over the year end holidays. All the best to the entire Zentangle HQ team and stay safe everyone.

    MartyG on

  • I have tangled along with some of the instructions. Have stopped at Day 3. At about the fourth try, I think I get it! I heard Maria say, “Try this about 10 times, to really get it.” So I have a few more to go! I am finding this more exciting after just completing czt#36 Also I love the introductions each day from Alfie and Bijou in the email I have received. Thank you.

    Paulette Kirschensteiner on

  • With respect !!!

    mamaligadoc on

  • 12 days is just truly never enough…sigh.

    Jonesy on

  • So so fun!! It’s not over yet for me!! I still have five or six Days in this Project Pack to look forward to … Yay!!!!

    Thank you to all you wonderful, creative creatures at Zentangle HQ :) Love Love Love XOXOXOXOX
    and Merry Christmas!!! And Happy New Year!! We may be a bit crazier than we used to be, but we are stronger and wiser and Zenner :))

    Wendy Beak on

  • What a truly beautiful clock Maria. I love that quote, it puts life into perspective and promotes gratitude. The quote is from the Bible book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1 to 8.

    Sandra Pridmore on

  • Thank you for the beautiful tiles of this project pack and the opportunity to relax with wonderful tangles.

    Joyce R on

  • This was my first Christmas project pact, but will not be my last. It was an exciting and instructive twelve days. Many thanks to you and your staff for giving us a creative diversion during this rough patch. Happy holidays and now on to 2021!

    Carol Roenbaugh on

  • Glorious 12 days of zentangle 2020! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I was missing the last tan square – so I used a white one that I had not finished. I may even try it on the round one which I had two extra’s in my kit. My sister is amazed at the results of my 12 days…and so am I. I was going to send them off in cards to people I miss…but I have to make duplicates first because I LOVE them all so much! Thank you…it was a December to remember!

    Mary Ellen Ziegler czt33 on

  • Each day of Project Pack 12 was such a delight.

    Patricia on

  • Another delightful episode…..sad to see it coming to an end. Thank you

    Cathrine Nicols on

  • Thank you for such an amazing series! What an inspiration to see all of the beautiful tiles and ornaments on social media posted by such talented artists!

    Rosy S on

  • Molly and Martha are so right about trusting the process! I almost gave up on the four bijou tiles with hearts but after their encouragement (and what Julie said earlier in a blog post) I continued on and am glad I did!

    Jo D on

  • Sad to see the end of 12 Days of Zentangle. This final tile is perfect. Thank you !

    Jackie on

  • Great culmination to this year.

    Tisha Cabral on

  • Thank you! I know I will be revisiting these videos again.

    Natalie Ma on

  • Thank you to everyone at Zentangle for all your hard work putting this together! This project pack was amazing and I have enjoyed every minute of the videos and tangling!! I was really looking forward to learning more about Renaissance and layering and this experience definitely did that. I feel like I have a whole new set of tools to use. Now I’m looking forward to applying my newly learned skills to my tiles going forward!

    Sarah Waring on

  • Have enjoyed each and every video. I’ve gotten ots of inspiration and ideas. Thank you. It’s the last chance to win the drawing. Happy Holidays.

    Andrea Saxton on

  • Thank you and take care~everyone!

    Kathy Y. on

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this project pack series!

    AndreaR on

  • Thank you all for the 12 fabulous tangling days! These have been a highlight for me! Merry Christmas to you all!

    Linda JF on

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