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Zentangle Project Pack No. 22 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2023 - Day 01

Zentangle Project Pack No. 22 - The 12 Days of Zentangle 2023 - Day 01

The following text was translated by Rick from the tap tap tapping "voice" of Bijou.

Bijou writes:

As you all may have heard, Zentangle Project Pack No. 22 was my idea. Perhaps that is obvious. (For those of you who may not know, I am a snail. :-)

It all came to me in a dream. It is not surprising that I dream of spirals, but this particular dream was spectacular! I awoke with my mind going this way and that, and around and around in a beautiful spiral. It made me think that my friends at Zentangle would love the idea of doing a project pack all about spirals. I pitched the idea and they of course loved it.

We went right to work researching and exploring all the ways we could honor the beautiful, magical spiral. It somehow felt like home. I was honored to be working along with them and adding to the creative magic. We are so excited to share with you what we came up with. I encourage you to watch the introductory video they have put together that goes into detail about this fabulous theme.

I have asked my friends Alphie, Nomi, Harold, Marasu, and our new friend, Zander, to help me share the lessons with you each day.

Alphie, Nomi, Harold, and Marasu carefully unwrapped all the materials in the Project Pack No. 22 envelope.

Nomi shrieked with excitement, "So many things to admire. New pens, new pencils, and tiles ... oh my!"

They find the tile that will be used on this first day of the twelve days of Zentangle and put the tile on display to take a moment for gratitude and appreciation.

"How absolutely inspiraling!" exclaimed Marasu.

"I am so eager to see how Rick will be using this tile in the first video," pondered Alphie.

"I am feeling very grateful. Shall we sit back and watch as Rick and Maria deliver this first lesson in this very exciting series?" suggests Harold.

"Yes, please!" they all shouted out.

And so...without further ado, we present to you, The 2023 Twelve Days of Zentangle.

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Welcome to Zentangle Project Pack No. 22 and the first day of the 2023 Twelve Days of Zentangle!

As so many of you tangle enthusiasts know ... The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns that we call tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves, and orbs. There are a few tangles in the history of the Zentangle Method that are known more and used more often and manipulated more than others. Their forms are basic, resilient, familiar and they have the potential to be so much more in so many ways.

This project pack will take a deep dive into one tangle and all that it stands for. As usual, we are taking a very creative, outside the box approach to this fun theme.

Today, we share with you two videos.

First, join Rick, Maria and Molly as they introduce you to the theme and materials of this exciting project pack.

Then, tangle along with Rick as he and Maria guide you through the first video in this series.


Day 01

Please share your creations on the Zentangle Mosaic App using the hashtags #PP22 #PP22Day01 and #12DaysofZentangle2023.

Share your thoughts in the comments below and each day, Bijou will randomly select one commenter to receive a Zentangle surprise!

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You can purchase Zentangle Project Pack No. 22 materials here.



  • I am off from work this week so I bought the project pack absolutely love Love the new sizes. I have learned so much. Tried shading from a zentangle book and it never worked. Having the right tools and video instruction is amazing. So all the pieces come together at the end for one large pictureb

    Mindy Kaplan on

  • Just did my first tile, and am loving the contrast. When I first opened my pack, I thought, “how are these colors going to work together?” Amazing!! Thank you Zentangle group for all the planning and work you put into these.

    Mary Kay Cass, C.Z.T. on

  • The 12 Days is my Favorite Project Pack.

    Marty Greiner on

  • Hi. For those of us who did not purchase the pack, do you name the tangles? Or is the idea just to copy what u are doing?


    Jody. L Church on

  • Phi tiles with the spiral string on the back has been my favourite. I am excited to see these various pre strung tiles. So many possibilities!

    Suchitra Komandur on

  • I like the larger tiles in this series.

    Debbie J on

  • I always LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when the 12 Days of Zentangle come around. It’s a busy time of year but a reminder to slow down and create space for zen.

    Andrea Saxton on

  • I always look forward to each Project Pack, but especially the 12 Days of Christmas! Can’t wait to get started!

    Carol R. on

  • Well, no packet for me this year. So,I will be improvising in every way. Whoopie 🤎💚💛

    Kathy Y. on

  • I was so excited to see the tool and amazing tile collection for PP22! It is Always a delight to watch and Listen to Rick, Maria, and Molly tangle for us!

    I’m ordering my PP today, and can’t wait to join yall on this journey!
    Thanks to All at Zentangle HQ, and of course, Bijou!
    *I hope Maria is on the mend, and will be joining Rick, Molly, and Julie in the tangling. Tho even as an Inspiration, her presence is always a joy!

    Andrea on

  • What a great idea Bijou! I wish I had dreams like your’s. Just ordered the project pack. I can’t wait to get started!

    Lalita on

  • I’m so excited for this PP! Loving the spirals and strings. And the 5xPhive?! Oh my!!! I can’t wait for more videos <3

    Robbin K on

  • I LOVE this pack and can’t wait to jump in! And I am blown away by the background, especially finding Huggins in the Egyptian art! I watched the first video and will carve out time tomorrow to jump in…..slowly of course!

    Ellen Weinman on

  • Ahhh December and the 12 days of zentangle. I so appreciate Molly and Rick and Maria’s reminders, to go at my own pace, but must say that I can’t wait to get home and open my project pack and get crackin’. (I’m out of town for a few more days.) Rick made this first day’s piece so inviting. With much gratitude for you all!

    Molly Siddoway King, CZT36 on

  • What I love about Zentangle is that it is so much more than putting pen to paper! It is exploration! I love the connection to ancient Egyptian art, to native American cultures in which spirals may represent life’s journey, and to all the naturally occurring spirals! So pleased to begin this journey!! Thank you!

    Sue Corfman on

  • How did Bijou know I love the color teal?! I just watched the intro and Day 1 and I can’t wait to create 💚

    Cecelia on

  • What a stunning tile for the first day! Loved the vibrant colors and creative use of familiar tangles. Looking forward to the next 11 days!

    Donna P. on

  • Cup of tea and two great videos to sit back and watch. Very cool!

    Cathrine Nicols on

  • What a great start to what promises to be a wonderful journey into all things spiral. Looking forward to continuing the journey with you all.

    Cheryl Gebhart on

  • I am so excited for this project pack! What a wonderful spiraling journey it will be…

    AndreaR on

  • The introduction is so cool I can’t wait to get started!! Have fun everyone!!

    Betsey Youngs on

  • Stress aside! Creating things with your hands could be considered a therapeutic activity. Ceramics, illustration, screen printing or even photographic development, there is nothing like putting your phone in a drawer and being able to dedicate the time it deserves to each thing.

    carmela on

  • Oh this is going to be so much fun! The new tiles are so beautiful and can’t wait to use all the supplies in this project. I love listening to Rick and Maria take us through the first tile and look forward to the next 11 days. Thank you for all you do for this wonderful community! Can’t wait to start!🙂

    Diane on

  • Spirals and colors, oh my!

    Jackie on

  • Looking forward to this years’ holiday project pack. I’ll do my best to watch, learn and draw each day. Thank you.

    Nanc Needler on

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