Yesterday, I completed 12 tanging days on a Zentangle®️ project. The project, which can be purchased on the official Zentangle web site (Project Pack page), uses the tag #PP04 on the Mosaic app, in the official Zentangle newsletter, and in various other venues. Each project pack contains all the materials needed to create the project, from appropriate or special tiles to pen, pencil, and other basic supplies.
Project Pack 4 (or PP04) contains two 9-3/4″ spinner tiles, spinner device, two watercolor pencils, a good quality paint brush, a Micron 01 pen, a small Zentangle graphite pencil, and a tortillion (or blending stump). A video series on YouTube instructs you from tile preparation (ironing the creases from the tiles, coloring in the wedges of the spinner tile, directions for tangling the patterns, etc.) to finishing off your tile and inserting the spinner. You can find the Preparation Day video here.
One of the best uses for the completed spinner tile is to help me select patterns to tangle on days when I just can’t get started. There are days when no tangle comes to mind.
Another use for the spinner is for on-the-spot tangling suggestions during an advanced class. It can be a fun way of selecting patterns to learn, if a tangle has not been used before; or just playing with sets or individual types of patterns. For example, the spinner can be used to select a border to use during tangling. It may be a pattern that would not come to mind on its own. After all, there are over 50 tangle patterns on the wheel.
Rather impatiently, I am waiting for the post-Project instructions. I don’t want to jam the spinner into the spinner tile the wrong way, making it non-functional. I also want to cruise the Mosaic app to look at other tanglers’ embellishments for inspiration on tangling the center and other undecorated areas. I already added Mooka and ‘Nzeppel to opposite corners.
Meanwhile, I am about to start on the second spinner tile, using brighter colors and tangles of my own choice.
Tangling from the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Martin