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Zentangle® Project Pack #01 Summary – Introducing Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pens

Zentangle Project Pack #1

Zentangle’s Project Pack #01 “is a celebration of the newly released white gel pens from our friends at Sakura, along with a surprise of other tangling tools and tiles to use along with us in the first Project Pack tutorials.

As Molly notes in the warmup video, “this is a great opportunity to test out these new pens and kind of get used to how they feel.

SUPPLIES: The first Project Pack is available here ($19.95) in the store and it’s certainly a convenient way to get all the supplies for the project. However for those of us whose budgets are tight, the Introduction video reviews the items in the Project Pack and you might discover you have suitable alternatives in your own Zentangle supplies. Here are a few of the items from the Pack:

Sakura has just released the White Gelly Roll pen in sizes 05, 08 and 10 and tips for working with these lovely new tools are demonstrated throughout this series of videos.

The following chronology is a summary of the videos for Project Pack #01 with links to the individual videos. Either click the video #’s title link or the image itself to view the full video on YouTube.

Note: the tangles included in these videos are each linked to their own post on TanglePatterns where you can also locate these videos.

It isn’t necessary to watch the videos in sequence, but it will be very helpful for you to watch the warmup video first.


In the warm-up video (15:58) with Maria’s daughter and CZT Molly Hollibaugh, Molly introduces Sakura’s new White Gelly Roll pens and gives some tips on how to get comfortable and work with them.

She begins by putting a loose spiral string down on a black Bijou tile (1:20) with a white charcoal pencil.

Using the largest Gelly Roll, the #10, she tests the nib on the back of the tile to get a feel for the how the ink flows. Molly shares that she likes to do that with all her pens, “for me to just get the feel for it, so just a little squiggle here and there“.

Next Molly starts drawing orbs beginning with a tiny one at the center of the spiral and slightly increasing each one in size as she moves along the charcoal string. “Ever so slightly that each next orb is just a little bit bigger, ever so slightly slowly drawing each orb, no need to rush just taking your time, one stroke at a time reminding yourself to breathe. and turn your tile.

Once the orbs are added, (5:33) Molly starts at the outer edge and adds strokes going between the orbs and stopping at the next string line. She changes pens to the 05 (7:40) and adds aura lines (“simple arcs“) to the edges of the orbs. When those are complete she changes back to the 10 and adds ink to the outside edges between the orbs.
Finally she adds graphite shading (13:22) to complete her tile.

Project Pack 01 - WarmUp

Video 1

In Day 1’s video (7:53) with Rick’s company (and Molly’s hand), Maria tangles Dewd on a black tile using the 10 Sakura Gelly Roll pen and finishes it by shading with a graphite pencil then adding a white charcoal pencil “glow” or halo around the outer edges.

Martha named this because she thought it looked like dew on the morning grass so we went with that dew drops – Dewd.

Project Pack 01 - Video 1

Video 2

In Video 2 (7:29) – Bales Part 1, Maria’s daughter and CZT Martha Huggins tangles a variation of the Zentangle-original Bales on a black apprentice tile using the 10 white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and highlighting with a white charcoal pencil.

Project Pack 01 - Video 2

Video 3

In Video 3 (5:12) – Bales Part 2, Martha tangles a second variation of the Zentangle-original Bales on a black apprentice tile using the 10 white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and highlighting with a white charcoal pencil.

Project Pack 01 - Video 3

Video 4

In Video 4 (10:44) of the series, Molly tangles on a black prestrung Zendala tile using the tangle Striping and adding highlights with a white charcoal pencil. Towards the end of the video Molly shows before and after shading and some detail variations on additional black Zendala tiles.

Project Pack 01 - Video 4

Video 5

In Video 5 (13:58) of the series, Rick tangles Crescent Moon with a white Sakura Gelly Roll 10 on a regular black tile.

Project Pack 01 - Video 5

Video 6

In Video 6 (12:56) of the series, Rick tangles Paradox on a black 3Z tile using an 08 white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Project Pack 01 - Video 6

Video 7

In Video 7 (8:19) of the series, Zentangle co-founders Rick and Maria tangle Pokeleaf along with Molly’s daughters Mazzy and Indy, and the help of Molly’s hand. Maria tangles on a Renaissance tan tile with the 08 and 10 white Sakura Gelly Roll pens. Shading is added with graphite and a white charcoal pencil.

Project Pack 01 - Video 7

Video 8

In Video 8 (28:13) of the series, Molly tangles the tangleation of Huggins referred to as Crazy Huggins on a black apprentice Zentangle tile with the white Sakura Gelly Roll pens. She fills the Crazy Huggins spaces with Shattuck (16:01) and Crazy ‘Nzeppel (18:39). Molly finishes by shading and adding highlights with a graphite pencil and a white charcoal pencil.

Project Pack 01 - Video 8

And there you have it. This recap of Zentangle’s Project Pack #01 will make it easy for you to find all the related videos.

Remember the images above are linked to their YouTube video, simply click the image to go to the video. Also, the tangles included are each linked to their own post on TanglePatterns where you can also locate these videos.

For future reference you can locate this post on the TUTORIALS and the VIDEO tabs in the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar. You can also locate it in the TANGLES BY TYPE section in the left sidebar with the tag projectpack.


Zentangle Project Pack Summaries on TanglePatterns

For your convenience here are the links to all of my Zentangle Project Pack summaries:
  1. November 2017: Introducing Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pens
  2. December 2017: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2017 Edition - A Stroll Down Memory Lane
  3. June 2018: A Zentangle Ensemble
  4. December 2018: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition – Making a Zentangle Spinner
  5. April 2019: Zentangle Cartouches
  6. August 2019: No Mistakes
  7. December 2019: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2019 Edition – Light and Shade
  8. March 2020: Dancing in the Moonlight
  9. April 2020: Spring has Sprung
  10. July 2020: The Legend of Zentangle
  11. September 2020: Fee-PHI-Fo-Fun!
  12. December 2020: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2020 Edition - Zentangle Renaissance
  13. April 2021: Layers and Transitions
  14. May 2021: Accessing the Artist Within
  15. September 2021: Alphaborders, Letter Forms, Alphabets and the Birth of Zentangle
  16. December 2021: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2021 Edition - Keeping Score
  17. March 2022: The Kaleidoscope of Our Lives
  18. August 2022: Introducing Zentangle's new Translucen-Z Tiles
  19. December 2022: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2022 Edition - Zentomology
  20. March 17, 2023: Blossoming Tangles
  21. August 4, 2023: Organic Tangles: Tangles of a Botanical Nature
  22. December 2023: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2023 Edition - Exploring the Spiral
  23. March 15, 2024: The Birth of the Zentangle Method
  24. August 9, 2024: Honoring One of Zentangle's Most Famous Tangles
  25.  December 2024: The Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2024 Edition


These are the links to my Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack summaries:
  1. January - February 2021: The Basics of the Zentangle Method
NOTE: You can always find the Project Pack Summaries by clicking on PROJECT PACKS on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar. OR by looking in the left sidebar under TANGLES BY TYPE for the tag projectpack. OR on the ZENTANGLE PROJECT PACKS page on the ZENTANGLES tab on the top menu bar of any page on the site.


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3 comments to Zentangle® Project Pack #01 Summary – Introducing Sakura’s White Gelly Roll Pens

  • Ginger Young

    I saw the intro from 2017 on the White Sakura pens. For totally different art projects, I’ve used the Uniball Signo UM 153 & like it a lot. The downside, the ink dries out if you don’t use the pen for awhile. (even if it’s never been used & still in the box)
    Has anyone had the problem of the White Sakura pens doing that?
    They both have caps to put over the points when not in use.
    It would be helpful to know before I purchase.
    Thanks so very much for a terrific site, Linda.
    I used it years ago & would use small mixed media paper sketchbooks, marking off ahead of time 3.5″ squares so I could carry it with me while waiting at doctors offices, etc. I could get two on each side of the paper & use front & back.

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