Periodically Zentangle (Central) offers a series of "project pact" videos to just fire up the Zentangle groupies everywhere. The idea is that you will buy the "kits" from Zentangle and then tangle along. The kits include the pens and papers and etc that you need to complete the videos that are offered free on YouTube. Just google "Zentangle Project Pacts". Each one is a series of videos.
If you wanted to buy a kit go to zentangle.com.
BUT you do not need to buy the kits...you are encouraged to make do with whatever you have around your studio in order to follow along. They often provide a pdf as a supplement so that if you want to run them off, it will help you with doing it on your own. That is always the way I've approached them. If I were going to use them in teaching Zentangle I'd never expect students to "buy" a kit. (The kits range from $10-$30 each).
So anything you see here printed off is a pdf that I have cut out and glued into the project. Most pens and materials can be either improvised or purchased separately from art supply sources or local art stores.
I just happened to have a small 4 x 4 notebook that I picked up somewhere (garage sale?) and it fit the bill perfectly. I've had to draw all my own strings to fit the book, of course, but that was a fun part of the challenge. The 20 sided die I still had from a previous kit BUT they are for sale inexpensively on Amazon.
Here's an example of one of chapters in the project (there are I think 12 chapters). Only about half of the tangles are demonstrated for each of the days. Then you are encouraged to use some your favorites to finish it off. With 20 tangles per day...there is no way I could finish this "as we go along". So I just start with drawing the strings based on the video and then fill in some of the tangles that I like. This section above is based on "textured tangles" and "drama tangles". Drama meaning a lot of black/white contrast.
This section is based on "crazy" or slightly "wonky" tangles. You can take regular tangles and make then crazy. Or you can find tangles that were wonky from the beginning! I still have 4 to go. Wonky appeals to me. You won't be surprised by this!
This section above was all about "spiral inspired" tangles. A bit of a challenge on this one. Remember there are 20 of each topic. So this is just 10 on this spread. There is another 2-page spread following it.
The idea of the whole thing is that you toss the die and whatever # shows is the tangle you start with on your tile for that day. The names of the tangles are recorded on another page. It's a way to make a "random" tile without going through the step of "deciding" what you are going to tangle that day. Most tiles require several different tangles to complete. So you then pick a section and throw the die and off you go.
Of course you always have a few preliminary decisions to make when doing Zentangle. Size and shape of a tile, string, color or just black and white. But once that is decided the little book and die can be employed to help finish it off. It's also just fun to look through.
I'll probably post a few more completed pages later on. It's a nice project for keeping you meditatively inspired during the pandemic.