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Zentangle Project Pack No. 19 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2022 - Day 09

Zentangle Project Pack No. 19 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2022 - Day 09

It has become an annual Zentangle tradition for us to celebrate the holiday season with a series we call The Twelve Days of Zentangle. For twelve consecutive days, we deliver daily tangling lessons, guiding you through the steps to create festive tangled works of art that are all part of the same theme.

Join us now for Day Nine, as our old friend Alfie and a couple of new friends take us through The 2022 Twelve Days of Zentangle.


Alfie finally disrupts the quiet around the table (in the library!), “I could watch you draw all day, Nomi. That’s cubine, right? I loved watching Rick in the video yesterday. His care and description of every pen stroke he made was music to my ears. I was drawing cubine in my dreams.”

Harold says, “That tangle is totally different from the others, very straight, and yet it seems very much at home with all the others.”

“That’s just Zentangle working its magic,” says Marasu.

“Well, I can’t wait to get started. I hope all of you will teach me what you know. I believe this will make a big difference in my life right now” says Harold, with a big smile.

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This Zentangle series is unique as we will be working on one singular piece of tangled art over the course of twelve lessons. The customized surface will provide structure and a common element to guide us on this adventure together. We will methodically and magically add to the structure as we simultaneously discuss and share our system of collecting, deconstructing, and categorizing tangles. As we take you on an adventure, we will introduce you to our Zentomology™ approach. We will explore Tangle Genuses, or categories of tangles.

In true Zentangle fashion, our approach to this system is playful and open to exploration and interpretation. We use the Zentomology system as way to learn about the characteristics of tangles and explore how to use them in ways that enhance and balance our tangled compositions. As we dig into this concept, we leave a trail of tangled artwork behind us. Join us as we get tangled up in the Zentomology approach of studying tangles while creating one large piece of tangled art.

Each day, as we add to this singular piece of tangled art, we remind you to trust the process. Watch as this composition comes together with different tangles, concepts and your individual style. At the end we will bring all of the elements of the Zentangle Method together in a beautiful and unique piece of artwork.

Tangle along with Rick as he and Maria guide you through the ninth lesson in this series.

We recommend doing these videos in order, beginning with day 01. You can view all previous Project Pack No. 19 videos here.

Please share your creations on the Zentangle Mosaic App using the hashtag #PP19Day09 and #12DaysofZentangle2022.

Let us know your thoughts below and at the end of this series, we will pick a commenter at random from each day to receive a Zentangle surprise!



  • Oh, theTripoli is so complex looking. The explanation that Rick had really makes it easier to accomplish “One Stroke At A Time.” I’m having such a great time watching.

    Andrea K on

  • Another exceedingly instructive video – I’d never have thought of using Tripoli as a background tangle; plus the benefit of hovering over what’s been tangled previously to get the angle of the line right so it actually does look as if it has been ‘drawn behind’ – such a detail does affect the outcome.

    Evy Browning on

  • Love all the tangling behind!

    Diane Harpster on

  • I’ve been watching the videos without working on the project. I don’t have the project pack; I’m planning to draw the tree on some of my own paper but I can’t do that right now. I’ve been trying to keep up with the videos just to see what’s going on, thinking about how I’ll do mine!

    Sarah Hluchy on

  • Finally catching up to the posts…loved Tripoli and revisiting all the tangles as well as following Nomi and friends.

    Dorian on

  • I am fascinated by the sketchbook that Harold has his hand on. Those pages are tiny, but detailed! I wonder how big Nomi’s scroll is? It can’t be too big? He did a great job of keeping up with the steps “line by line” ! Isn’t it interesting how individualistic each scroll is. Mine is definitely different from the others, even though I did the same tangles in the same places. Great learning experience!

    LLS on

  • Truly I love tripoli. It‘s one of my favorit tangles, it fits in quite everywhere

    Martina Fegeler on

  • I love to read the story of Alfie an friends! I particularly pay attention to the background and what surrounds the friends. All those little things and the artwork, so cute and inspiring!

    Doris Bisschop on

  • I always have great respect for Tripoli. But looks great.

    Claudia on

  • Tripoli always frustrated me when I would try and get it “perfectly”, every triangle exact… this was very relaxing, no expectations, and I enjoyed sliding them in behind the other tangles!

    Ellen Weinman on

  • Tangling behind will be a challenge but I am up for it. Love the Tripoli!

    Wendy on

  • Thank You! I Feel Calm just watching you do the tangles. Now to go find some paper and find my own calm!

    Charlene S. on

  • These project pack days are just flying by so fast!

    Andrea R on

  • Martha’s Tripoli with the wavy lines is really interesting…I’m motivated to give it a try!

    Carol R. on

  • Tangling “behind” does have it’s challenges but it reminds us to slow down, relax and enjoy the process.

    Deborah on

  • I love Tripoli- it’s always been one of my favorites since my CZT training!

    Donna on

  • I love Tripoli! It is all coming together nicely, can’t wait to see the finished pieces!

    Suchitra Komandur on

  • I love drawing Tripoli. If you think of it like Rick said and just parallel the lines, it’s very forgiving. And the flow you get is so beautiful!

    Mary Margaret Yahnke on

  • I love seeing tripoli used in this project, as it is woven in between other tangles.

    Debbie J on

  • I love the beautiful tapestry that’s emerging in this project pack.

    Becky J on

  • Tangle by tangle this beautiful piece of artwork is coming together perfectly.

    Jackie on

  • Some serious focus required here… me anyway. Beautiful!

    Cathrine Nicols on

  • Another delightful day of tangling.

    Nancy Wilcox on

  • I so enjoy your calm and serene videos. Such a pleasure to watch & follow along.

    Patti A on

  • I’m loving this project pack and the continuation with a new reveal each day. I can’t wait to see how we finish it off!

    Lauren H on

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