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20th Anniversary Zentangle Journal Project

Tangle along with us in your journal or other tanglings surface for a year long celebration through tangles. We will offer fun prompts, tutorials and bits of inspiration throughout 2024.

January Journal Prompts:

Gratitude 2024: In honor of the first step of the Zentangle Method, we would like to take a moment right here, right now, for gratitude. We encourage you to take a page to dedicate to this very important first step in the Zentangle Method... Gratitude.

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #Gratitude 

8 Steps of The Zentangle Method: Reflect on the 8 Steps as a source of comfort and support. 

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #8Steps #8Steps2024 

My First Tile: Create a page in your journal dedicated to then and now. Add an early tile of yours and a more recent one and reflect on how your practice has evolved over the years and what has remained the same.

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #MyFirstTile


February Journal Prompts:

From the Heart: Take a moment to reflect on what fills your heart and surround those things by your favorite tangle.

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #FromTheHeart24

Heart Strings: Tangle along with Molly and Julie as they fill their hearts with tangles. Watch the video lesson here.

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #FromTheHeart24

March Journal Prompts:

Birth of Zentangle: This month, as we begin to look back at the beginning of the Zentangle Method’s journey, we invite you to look back at the beginning of your Zentangle journey. Open a new spread in your journal and reflect on when you first found the Zentangle Method. Are there tangles that remind you of your early journey? How does it feel to explore those tangles now?

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #BirthofZ

ICSO: Write ICSO in large letters on your page. Use the letters as a string/guide for your tangles. As you tangle, pay attention to each line and which elemental stroke it uses.

Maybe, use tangles that utilize only 1 elemental stroke at a time, like indyrella, keeko, knightsbridge, etc.

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #ICSO #ICSOJournal


April Journal Prompt:

No Mistakes: Open up to a new spread dedicated to No Mistakes. Take a moment to reflect on how this philosophy has shifted your perspective both on and off the tile. Are there tangles or techniques that you have not tried for fear that you will not do them the “right way”? Use these pages to explore those tangles and techniques and remember… No Mistakes!

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #BirthofZ


May Journal Prompt:

Bijou Be Well 2024: We are making our way through Bijou’s Be Well Series 2024 and enjoying the simple tranquility of one tangle and one tile at a time.

If you are looking to expand on this series, we encourage you to open to a blank page in your journal. Add 4 dots to the corners and connect them to create a border. Inside your border create a string that has (at least) 21 spaces. Each day, after you finish your 3Z tiles, come back to your journal and add the tangle to this page.

On the opposite page, feel free to reflect on what this series means to you. Is there a Bijou Comic that resonates with you? Write down a few reasons why.

Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #BijouBeWell2024 #BijouBeWell2024Journal

June Journal Prompts:

Shading your Zentangle art is just as much part of the method as the tangles themselves. Adding shades of gray can add dimension and character to your art and allows you to play with both light and dark. Shading can also be daunting and intimidating.

In your journal this month, we are focusing on shading. We encourage you to push the limits by adding layers and layers (and more layers) of contrast to create an illusion of light and dark.

In between the tangles, reflect on if you have ever taken a Zentangle class with a CZT or followed a tutorial that really pushed you outside of your comfort zone. How did that go? What did you learn?
Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #ShadeAway

July Journal Prompts:

Do you have a tradition or ritual in your life that you hold near and dear to your heart? Perhaps something with your family, community or even just for yourself.

As you think about how these rituals and traditions hold us together and surround us with comfort, tangle around your thoughts focusing on borders and border tangles.
Hashtags: #ZentangleTurns20 #TeaTime