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Zentangle Project Pack No. 12 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2020 - Day 9

Zentangle Project Pack No. 12 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2020 - Day 9

Bijou writes:

Molly and Martha will be your guides today on a journey of familiarity and comfort. The tangles they have chosen for this tile are easy, yet delightful. Simple string, no fear. 

The composition leaves us with many alternate directions to take, if one so chooses. A lot of room for miss-steps, changes of mind, an opportunity to take the road less traveled. 

Enjoy the soft banter of the sisters' comments and suggestions, a giggle here and there. It is not lost on me, a lowly snail, that the sisters are very apt to take chances and have fun with their tangling. They have inspired me to take my own advice, to RELAX and enjoy the ride. 

Or, as Martha's boys always tell her "Mom, chillax!"

Alfie writes:

Bijou and I are exhausted from all these photo shoots on top of all our holiday activities. We haven't even found time to decorate our own tree!

As we were picking a Bijouism for today's newsletter theme, we came across, "Relax."

"Ahh, that's what we need to do!" I said.

Bijou suggested, "Let's ask our friends how they relax."

Okay. I asked one of my friends what he does to relax. He said, "I watch baseball."

So Bijou and I found a baseball that Maria and Rick had tangled and we sat down to watch it. It is quite beautiful and we did appreciate it, but that wasn't what we had in mind.

Next, Bijou contacted one of his friends and asked what she did to relax. "I just sit back and watch the screen."

"What do you mean, 'screen?'" Bijou asked. She described it and Bijou said, "Oh, there's one of those in the toy box!" Bijou and I found it and hung it on the wall and watched it. That did nothing at all to help us relax. But instead of taking it back down, we just stuck the Bijouism on it.

(We've decided that Bijou's friend must have been teasing us when she said that most people spend hours every day watching a screen.)

"Let's ask Rick and Maria!" said Bijou. And so we did. I think we knew the answer already because we often see Maria tangling and Rick reading (and they are both quite relaxed).

Rick and Maria replenished our tangling supplies and let us borrow some books. Soon we were settled back in our apartment and . . .

. . . ahh . . . Relaxation!

As soon as I drew my dots, border, and string, my cares and anxiousness melted away.

Bijou got into his book and relaxed so much that I think he fell asleep because he hasn't turned a page in quite a while.

Thank you, Rick and Maria! It feels so good to . . .

. . . Relax.

Rick adds . . .

Bijou chose a book about snail mail. Alfie chose "Expect Miracles" to read after he finishes tangling.

They also borrowed On Friendship, Sacred Geometry, Platonic and Archimedean Solids, Critical Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Happy Choice, a blank book, and Daily Food.

Excellent choices!

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Welcome to the Project Pack No. 12 and the fifth 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 9

Project Pack No. 12 materials available here

Please share your creations on the Zentangle Mosaic App using the hashtag #PP12Day09 and #12DaysofZentangle2020

Let Alfie know your thoughts and each day we will pick a commenter at random to receive a Zentangle Surprise! 

The winner from Day 8's blog is Maryanne L ! Please send your snail mail address to 

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Julie Willand


  • Super Fun!!

    Cindy Brandt on

  • I am learning so much by watching all of these videos.

    Christi on

  • Thank you for another day of fun!

    Betty K on

  • I find the offset tangles to be so interesting. It is also so user friendly since I do t have to stress about being perfectly centered. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Rachael S. on

  • I just love all the beautiful layers!

    AndreaR on

  • I love the tangled baseball! Thanks for another great video.

    Nancy Wilcox on

  • I

    n addition to the beautiful tangles and tiles, I am enjoying the Bijou and Alfie photo scenes and stories. Thanks for bringing joy to a difficult 2020.

    Joyce R on

  • I love all the white on this one – looks very snowy!

    Donna P. on

  • I am learning so much from the Project Pack 12 videos.

    Patricia on

  • Super fun time here with Martha and Molly’s drawing and shading their wonderful designs on this great and colorful tile. Thx. ~ Rose

    Rosemarie Crawford on

  • What a fun tile to do! So many layers of depth, I really enjoyed this one! Thanks Molly and Martha!

    Ellen W on

  • I relax by watching these videos. Thank you !

    Jackie on

  • Another fun tangling adventure day! Thanks! I enjoy the scenes created by Alfie and Bijou, too!

    Linda JF on

  • Love those tiles……will have to check them out. Beautiful tangle work too!

    Cathrine Nicols on

  • I’m glad Bijou found their relaxation groove. I look forward to hearing Molly & Martha’s sisterly banter and relaxing. Rosy

    Rosy on

  • This is really beautiful❤️ Always amazing to see that so muxh can be done with simple tangles!!

    Vandana Krishna on

  • I just loved the “finishing blossom” in the corner! PERFECT😆🤎

    Lee K on

  • Thank you!

    Kathy Y. on

  • Oh my sweet Lord of Baseball! I am going to tangle some of the baseballs ⚾️ I’ve snagged from all the minor league games I go to! I love, love yours! That’s a great idea!

    Mary Kay Watson on

  • Oh my sweet Lord of

    Mary Kay Watson on

  • Loving this! Thank you

    Tisha Cabral on

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