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Index to Zentangle’s Bijou 21-Day “Be Well” Series

May is Mental Health Awareness MonthOn Thursday, May 11th, Zentangle® launched a 21-Day series to honor Mental Health Awareness month.

As Wikipedia tells us:

Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America (MHA) organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health).

The Zentangle newsletter notes:

This year, as we considered how we would honor the importance of this month, Bijou reminded us all of his wise Bijouisms, which serve as gentle reminders for us in our Zentangle practice and in life.

Beginning May 11th, we are embarking on a 21 day challenge where we will delve into one Bijouism and one tangle on a Bijou tile each day. We invite you to find 15-20 minutes each day to tangle along with us, Bijou, and the Zentangle Community, allowing your pen to soothe your soul.

…. During this exploration, we will be using 21 Bijou tiles and a variety of tools. Bijou has suggested we offer special tangling tool bundles in celebration of this project.

There are 21 Zentangle bijouisms so this 21-day series from Zentangle features a bijouism-a-day paired with a tangle-a-day.

As each day’s bijouism and tangle video is released, they will be added to this page with a link to Zentangle’s YouTube video.

AND the full video will also be added to that day’s selected tangle’s page on TanglePatterns.

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Remember to bookmark this page so you can come back at your convenience to watch the videos as they are posted. This index can also be found on the TUTORIAL and the VIDEO links on the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar.

Excerpt of SERIES TIPS FROM ZENTANGLE

Tile or tangling surface: In each video we will be using a Bijou tile. We will alternate demonstrating on different surfaces each day. At the end of each video, you will see examples of the same tangle done on other surfaces. We invite you to use your choice of a Bijou tile or feel free to use something else. You can easily do this same lesson on a 3.5” square tile if you like a little more space, or you could make a string with lots of spaces on an Opus or the like, or maybe you have a special journal you want to fill with the tangles. Whatever you choose, we are thrilled to have you tangling along.

The Audio: We talked to Bijou and he suggested we do silent tangling for this particular series. We agreed that would be a nice change. So, the audio will be very simplified for these lessons. You will hear a little music at the beginning and at the end, but the rest is limited to the sounds of the pens and pencils working on the tiles. Enjoy the quiet or put on your own calming music.

The Videos: Each video and lesson is between 10 to 20 minutes long. They are designed to be short, simple, and full of Bijou love. The videos are not sequential so feel free to enjoy as many as you want in any order. In other words, do not sweat it if you miss one.

THE SERIES: 21 DAYS OF BIJOUISMS

Click the Day link to go directly to the Zentangle YouTube video, OR click the tangle name to go to its page on TanglePatterns where the full video is posted.

Learn more about Zentangle’s fanciful Bijou and wise bijouisms here.

Day 1 – Thursday, May 11, 2023 – Bijouism: Comfort. Molly tangles Crescent Moon with a Gelly Roll Moonlight pen on a black Bijou tile (9:35).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" series honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 1

Day  2 – Friday, May 12, 2023 – Bijouism: Relax. Julie tangles a weighted Printemps with an 05 Blue Micron pen on a white Bijou tile (9:36).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 2

Day 3 – Saturday, May 13, 2023 – Bijouism: Savor. Maria tangles Knightsbridge with a Black Micron 01 pen on a Translucen-Z Bijou tile and embellishes it with an Aqua Gelly Roll Souffle pen (21.31).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 3

Day 4 – Sunday, May 14, 2023 – Bijouism: Deliberate Strokes. Rick tangles Hollibaugh with a Black Micron 01 pen on a white Bijou tile (12:30).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 4

Day 5 – Monday, May 15, 2023 – Bijouism: Beautiful and Beyond. Molly tangles Bales (its Fife variation)with a Black Micron 01 pen on a Translucen-Z Bijou tile (17:42).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 5

Day 6 – Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – Bijouism: Embellish. Maria tangles a furled Pokeleaf with with a Black Micron 01 pen on a white Bijou tile and embellishes it with a Green Micron 01 pen (26:12). (Check out her trick at 1:48 for lightly bending the corner of the tile so she can easily turn the tile as she tangles.)

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 6

Day 7 – Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – Bijouism: Breathe. Julie tangles Diva Dance with a Black Micron 01 pen on a Translucen-Z Bijou tile (13:54).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 7

Day 8 – Thursday, May 18, 2023 – Bijouism: Enjoy the Shade. Julie tangles Shattuck with a White Sakura Gelly Roll 08 pen on a black Bijou tile (10:38).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 8

Day 9 – Friday, May 19, 2023 – Bijouism: No Mistakes. Maria tangles Munchin with a Green Micron 01 pen on a white Bijou tile and embellishes it with a Blue Micron 01 (26:22).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 9

Day 10 – Saturday, May 20, 2023 – Bijouism: Reflect. Rick tangles Huggins with a Black Micron 01 pen on a white Bijou tile and embellishes it with a Green Moonlight Gelly Roll pen (16:30).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 10

Day 11 – Sunday, May 21, 2023 – Bijouism: Inspire. Rick tangles Indy-Rella with a Green Moonlight Gelly Roll pen and a Magenta Moonlight Gelly Roll pen on a black Bijou tile (9:06).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 11

Day 12 – Monday, May 22, 2023 – Bijouism: Come Out of Your Shell. Julie tangles Marasu with a Magenta Moonlight Gelly Roll and a White Gelly Roll pen on a black Bijou tile (9:26).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 12

Day 13 – Tuesday, May 23, 2023 – Bijouism: Slow Down. Molly tangles Scena with an Aqua Souffle Gelly Roll pen on a Translucen-Z Bijou tile (10:23 ).

 Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 13

Day 14 – Wednesday, May 24, 2023 – Bijouism: Appreciate. Maria tangles Arukas with Gelly Roll Moonlight pens on a black Bijou tile (16:50).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 14

Day 15 – Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Bijouism: Discover. Maria tangles Mooka with a Blue Micron 01 pen on a white Bijou tile (20:26).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 15

Day 16 – Friday, May 26, 2023 – Bijouism: Trust. Maria tangles Ravel with Gelly Roll Moonlight pens on a black Bijou tile (15:39).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 16

Day 17 – Saturday, May 27, 2023 – Bijouism: Create. Molly tangles ‘Nzeppel with a Black Micron 01 pen on a Translucen-Z Bijou tile (13:22).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 17

Day 18 – Sunday, May 28, 2023 – Bijouism: Focus. Rick tangles Paradox with a Black Micron 01 pen on a white Bijou tile (14:35).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 18

Day 19 – Monday, May 29, 2023 – Bijouism: The String’s the Thing. Molly tangles Striping with a Souffle Gelly Roll pen on a Translucen-Z Bijou tile (14:46).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 19

Day 20 – Tuesday, May 30, 2023 – Bijouism: Choose Your Tangles. Rick tangles reticulum A1 (our basic grid, page 123) with a Black Micron 01 pen on a white Bijou tile then fills the grid with fragment L2 (page 114) using a combination of the Micron 01 and Gelly Roll Moonlight pens (17:22). NOTE: Zentangle’s charts of Reticula and Fragments are published in the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1.

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 20

Day 21 – Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Bijouism: Enjoy. Maria tangles Tipple with a White Sakura Gelly Roll 08 pen on a black Bijou tile and embellishes it with Gelly Roll Moonlight pens (22:44).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 21

Day 21 – Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Wrap Up – Molly, Maria and Rick (right to left below) reflect on the series and display some wonderful mosaics composed of the tiles created during the series (14:02).

Zentangle's "21 Days of Bijouisms" honoring Mental Health Awareness Month - Day 21

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8 comments to Index to Zentangle’s Bijou 21-Day “Be Well” Series

  • Jill Pike

    What a wonderful series! I think this one is the best yet. That it honors mental health awareness is just that much more awesome!

  • The Bijou are small and easy to complete, I enjoy the tangles, it helps me zone out, thanks for honoring all of us in keeping top of mind mental health awareness.

  • Pam

    These are the perfect size, and tangles for this. I have found myself doing something different with the “string”, in that I am more framing a workplace on the tile. Also, since these are very familiar tangles, I have added some “craziness” to each tile with a tweak to the pattern or a little colour! WHAT FUN IS ALL THIS!
    One thing I find is I am missing the great commentaries I have come to expect from these videos, but at the same time, the au Naturel format is growing on me!
    GREAT JOB, FOLKS!

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    Linda – thank you for putting this page together and adding to it each day as the series runs! It’s time and energy on your end and much appreciated <3 I find it enjoyable being able to come here and have all the daily videos lined up and ready.

    And thanks for also adding the videos to each of the selected tangle pages!

  • The “Be Well” Series is fantastic! Starting with the most basic tangles on the Bijou tile is perfect for reminding us how great the first ones we learned can be—we tend to think because we know them that they aren’t as exciting, but I’m finding that they ARE like a old friend.

  • Barbara Langston

    Linda, thank you for compiling all of these in one place. Your work on the Tangle Patterns website is greatly appreciated. It is my favorite Zentangle source! ???

  • Danielle DeRome

    Dear Linda, You do such incredible work for the Zentangle world – thank you so much!

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