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Zentangle® Apprentice Project Pack A1 – Basics of the Zentangle Method

Hi everyone, Happy Friday!

AND, we wish happiness and prosperity to all our tangling friends celebrating Chinese New Year, Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Today is the beginning of several days of joyful festivities celebrating a brand new year, the Year of the Ox.

And now for our first Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack …

While this video series caters to teaching “our youngest generation” the basics of the Zentangle Method™, it is truly meant for all ages.

We believe that all of us have a child inside us which makes all of these videos great for tanglers of all ages.

Anyone can do this!

Each of the video lessons cover important Zentangle concepts and principles in a way everyone can easily grasp and feel confident in their progress. Because each video contains these lessons within, I’m not including my usual detailed Project Pack breakdown. I feel it’s better instead to watch and listen to each one through to fully absorb the concepts and information being shared.

From the introduction to the video series from the Zentangle newsletter:

Zentangle Apprentice™ brings the Zentangle method and experience to our youngest generation. Children as young as four across the globe are creating amazing pieces of art using the Zentangle Method. What is fascinating about Zentangle is that it stretches across cultures, religions, media and ages without having to alter the content of the method. The Zentangle Method itself changes very little whether artists are children or adults. However, we thought that it would be fun to create some lessons and materials that would cater to and be more suitable for the children out there that are eager to create with the Zentangle Method.

SUPPLIES: The Apprentice Project Pack is available here ($32.95) in the store. However, “If you do not have the materials, we encourage you to follow along with what you have available.

Day 1 – Introduction

A brief video (03:21) with Zentangle co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas introducing this series.

Day 1

In Day 1’s video (41:54) – in the first lesson of the series we tangle along on our first Zentangle tile with CZT Molly Hollibaugh and her daughter Mazzy.

Together they tangle Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Bales and Printemps. while learning the basic concepts of the Zentangle Method: Gratitude and Appreciation; Dots, Border, String, as well as techniques like aura and drawing behind.

Day 2

In Day 2’s video (27:30) – Molly and Sierra tangle on a black Zentangle tile using Sakura Gelly Roll colored pens.

Together they tangle Crescent Moon, Pokeroot, Hollibaugh and Printemps.


Day 3

In Day 3’s video (38:03) – Maria and special guests, daughters of “a Zentangle employee“, Apprentice tanglers Abby and Charley guide us through the third lesson in this series.

Together they tangle Pepper, Crescent Moon and Printemps.

Day 4

In Day 4’s video (37:26) – Tangle along with Molly and special guest Apprentice tanglers Gwen, Alex, Indy and Mazzy, as they guide you through the fourth lesson in this series. In this lesson they tangle Pokeroot, ‘Nzeppel, Knightsbridge and Printemps.

Assembling all four tiles at the end of the video shows how different each Apprentice’s tile turns out although they all followed the same instructions.

Using different color tiles and colored pens makes delightful and dramatically different end results from the same set of instructions.

Day 5

In Day 5’s video (26:06) – Tangle along with Molly and special guest Apprentice tanglers, Alex, Indy, Mazzy, Gwen, Charlie and Abby, as they guide you through the fifth lesson in this series.

In this video Molly uses 3Z (triangular) tiles. After instructions on how to add the string in pencil, Molly divides the triangle into bands and adds tangles into each. They tangle Crescent Moon, Printemps, Purk, Bales and an outer border of perfs. After showing what all the tiles look like together at this stage, at 20:39 Molly demonstrates how to shade each of the tangles and add white highlights before signing her work at the end.

Gathering the six Apprentices’ finished tiles at the end:

Day 6

In Day 6’s video (29:11) – Tangle along with Maria and special guests, Landon and his Mom Lauren, as they guide you through the sixth lesson in this series. Maria and Landon tangle on a white Zendala with a black pen, and Lauren tangles on a black Zendala. They work with the tangle Dream Catcheraka the Zentangle-original Cubine in the round.

Day 7

In Day 7’s video (27:49) – Tangle along with Molly and special guests, Abby, Alex, Charlie, Indy and Mazzy, as they guide you through the seventh lesson in this series. In the first half of the video hey tangle Munchin on a selection of Zentangle tiles using various colors of Gelly Roll pens. In the second part of the video (beginning at 13:37) they tangle Paradox on

Day 8

In Day 8’s video (18:29) – In the eighth and final lesson in this series, tangle along with Molly and special guests, Abby and Gwen. Molly tangles on a black Zentangle square with a white Gelly Roll pen, Abby and Gwen use different tiles and pens. They begin tangle a variation of Strircles using hearts in place of circles and add a band of Crescent Moon and other embellishments to complete their heart tiles. At the end of the video Molly shares a variety of tiles done with the heart string and other tangles.


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
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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2 comments to Zentangle® Apprentice Project Pack A1 – Basics of the Zentangle Method

  • Suzanne

    This is so great to have all these lessons together in one place, thanks for your hard work Linda! I’ve sent the page link to my grands and all my friends with grands 🙂

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks for introducing more Apprentices to this great art form – for kids of all ages. I hope everyone shares the link with their friends and little ones. Cheers and happy tangling! 🙂

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