10 Tangles 2024 Creative Challenge

Mar 14, 2024 | English, Practice, Resources

Are you looking for a creative challenge that combines art and language? Do you want to celebrate the diversity and richness of the French language? Do you want to have fun and relax with a pen, a pencil and some paper? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might want to join the 10 Tangles 2024 creative challenge (previously called Tanglefolie) !

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The 10 Tangles 2024 creative challenge is a challenge for French and Zentangle fans, that invites you to create beautiful images using the Zentangle Method™ and the French language.

But don’t worry, you can join the challenge even if you don’t speak the language or know the method yet!

What is the Zentangle Method?

The Zentangle Method is a way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. These patterns are called tangles and they are made of simple shapes such as dots, lines, curves and orbs. The Zentangle Method is easy to learn, relaxing and fun.

To create a drawing with the Zentangle Method, you need a pen, a pencil and paper. And then you draw a border and a string with a pencil and then fill in the spaces with different tangles (patterns) using a pen. You don’t need to plan ahead or erase anything. You just enjoy the process of drawing one stroke at a time.

Zentangle® effectively couples many of the benefits of art and meditation by allowing you to concentrate your awareness, quiet your mental chatter, and get into a creative state.

image of someone drawing with a pen on paper

Some of the benefits of Zentangle are:

Stress relief: Zentangle can help you calm down and cope with anxiety, frustration, and negative emotions. It can also improve your sleep quality by drawing with the Zentangle Method before bedtime.

Self-esteem: Zentangle can help you increase your confidence by showing you that you can create something beautiful and unique with simple tools and steps.

Creativity: Zentangle can help you nurture and develop your creativity by encouraging you to experiment with different patterns, shapes, and colors. It can also inspire you to apply your creativity to other areas of your life.

Focus: Zentangle can help you improve your attention span and concentration by requiring you to pay attention to each stroke and pattern. It can also enhance your memory and problem-solving skills by stimulating your brain.

black and white drawing based on the zentangle method on a fabric pouch and three pens on the side

If you want to experience the benefits of Zentangle for yourself, you can join a creative Zentangle challenge that will guide you through the process and motivate you to practice regularly.

One such creative challenge is 10 TANGLES 2024, which combines the Zentangle method and the French language.

What is 10 Tangles ?

10 Tangles (or Tanglefolie, as it used to be called) is hosted by French CZTs (Certified Zentangle Teachers) every year during the week of the Francophonie, which is an annual event in March that celebrates the French language and culture around the world. The challenge consists of 10 days of drawing tangles (patterns) inspired by words related to Francophone culture.

Each day, participants receive a word, a tangle and a prompt to guide their creativity.

The inspiration behind 10 Tangles came from the desire to create a Zentangle challenge for the French-speaking and francophile Zentangle community. In fact, when I was certified in 2013, there were very few French-speaking CZTs and I was even the first French CZT! Immediately after my certification, I decided to promote the Zentangle method in the French-speaking world.

When I started translating the CZT seminars into French and helping other French speakers to become CZTs, I thought it would be a great adventure to create a challenge that could be hosted by French speaking CZTs.

The idea of the challenge was born from the program Dis Moi Dix Mots (Tell me Ten words), which invites everyone to play with ten French words in a literary and/or artistic form. Each year, you will find a booklet (be mindful: automatic download) in French with short stories written for the occasion and an educational booklet also in French.

Four years ago, this program inspired me to create the first francophone Zentangle creative challenge, Tanglefolie, changing its name this year to 10 Tangles. 10 Tangles 2024 is the fourth edition of the first French Zentangle-based creative challenge.

Why is the name changing this year?

Tanglefolie was meant as a play of words, in French, to say we are all Zentangle fans. Unfortunately, Facebook did not like the fact that the word folie was used and took down all posts related to Tanglefolie. So, the challenged was renamed 10 Tangles for the 10 Tangles we’ll use during 10 days with 10 words and 10 prompts. Seems fitting, right?

polaroid style photos of black and white ink drawings made during the creative challenge Tanglefolie 2021
Tangled artwork for the first edition, Tanglefolie 2021 creative challenge

Now, did you know Zentangle is a wonderful way to relax, express yourself and have fun with art?

By participating in a creative Zentangle challenge like 10 Tangles 2024, you can also learn new words, discover new cultures and connect with other Francophiles and Zentangle enthusiasts.

You don’t need any artistic experience or expensive materials to join.

All you need is a pen, a pencil, a paper and the willingness to play with words.

Can I do the challenge in another language?

The 10 Tangles challenge is specifically designed for the French language and Francophone culture, however there is a translated version in English of the 10 Tangles 2024 creative challenge PDF.

Additionnally, you can also use the daily tangles and suggestions and translate them to your language using an online translator.

How can I participate in the 10 Tangles 2024 creative challenge?

There are a couple ways to join the 10 Tangles 2024 creative challenge listed below. Remember you don’t need any special skills or materials to join, just a pen, a pencil and some paper.

To join the 10 Tangles 2024 creative challenge, you can:

Download the 10 Tangles 2024 PDF document in English : 10 Tangles 2024 .

Follow the participating CZTs live videos.

Even if you don’t speak the language, you can still watch the live video and should be able to follow along.

The challenge takes place from March 15-24.

All the times are indicated in CET (Central European Time).
Find your local time: https://dateful.com/world-clock?tz2=Central-European-Time-CET/

⭐️Friday 15 at 11h CET – Karen Rutter https://www.instagram.com/transeval.fr

⭐️Saturday 16 at 19h CET – Christelle Mendelssohn https://www.instagram.com/bezenandcreative/

⭐️Sunday 17 at 11h CET – Laure Imari https://www.youtube.com/@Laureimaridoulacztartiste

⭐️Monday 18 at 20h CET – Ingrid Darsonville Mouchel https://www.instagram.com/atelier_idehem

⭐️Tuesday 19 at 11h CET – Melanie Marty https://www.youtube.com/@tobetangled

⭐️Wednesday 20 at 11h CET – Lidia Fontaine https://www.instagram.com/lestraitszen

⭐️Thursday 21 at 19h CET – Isabelle Courbin https://www.instagram.com/odiccreation/

⭐️Friday 22 at 11h CET – Pauline Hanfi https://www.instagram.com/fanfi.fr/

⭐️Saturday 23 at 11h CET – Ludivine Schott https://www.youtube.com/@ludivineschottczt

⭐️Sunday 24 at 11h CET – Murielle Delepine https://www.instagram.com/murielle_cocooning

⭐️and Juliette/ArtsAmuse with regular update on this blog and on instagram https://www.instagram.com/artsamuse

Regularly Check the updated program.

This blog post will be updated daily with information for the duration of the challenge.

DAY 1: Adrénaline / Adrenalin

Tangle : Bartom – Allyn Johnston (https://tanglepatterns.com/2019/01/how-to-draw-bartom.html)

Erratum : Allyn Johnston with a “t” was the person who created the step by step instructions not Allyn Johnson as previously written.

Suggestion: Change the scale – if you draw small – try to draw large and vice versa.

DAY 2: Aller aux oranges / Go to Oranges

Tangle : CitrusAdele Bruno CZT (https://tickledtotangle.blogspot.com/p/citrus.html)

Suggestion: Tangle more or less quickly. Make several drawings and draw the tangle, for 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min … choose some different timings and observe what happens.

Live video : see the Instagram account @bezenandcreative – https://www.instagram.com/bezenandcreative/

DAY 3: Champion / Champion

Tangle : Victory – Milde Weiss CZT (https://tanglepatterns.com/2019/11/how-to-draw-victory.html)

Suggestion: Write the word in pencil on the tile before covering the tile with tangles. And reflect on this sentence as you do so and see where it takes you.

“And as their hisses and insults heat up my back, I’m tempted to take refuge as usual inside, on my quiet island, but no, I change my mind, I turn sharply back to them, a big smile on my face: Me too, guys, I’m glad to see you! It nails them to the spot, makes their mouths drop in shock. […] You’ve been crowned champion of courage in every category!”

– Monique Proulx, Le Superissime

Live video: see the YouTube account @laureimaridoulacztartiste – https://www.youtube.com/@Laureimaridoulacztartiste

DAY 4 : Collectif / Collective

Tangle :  Partners – Suzanne Mc Neill CZT (https://tanglepatterns.com/2023/07/how-to-draw-partners.html)

Suggestion: Slow down, take your time, breathe.  Find three ways to draw the tangle, slowing down as much as possible and letting your breath settle into that rhythm.

Live video: see the Instagram account @atelier_idehem – https://www.instagram.com/atelier_idehem

DAY 5 : Échappée / Getaway, Breakaway

Tangle : NipaZentangle (https://tanglepatterns.com/2011/01/how-to-draw-nipa.html )

Suggestion: Play with the word, the tangle and/or the tangle as a string.

Live video: see the Youtube account @tobetangled – https://www.youtube.com/@tobetangled

DAY 6: Faux départ / False Start

Tangle : Orna– Ria Matheussen CZT (https://tanglepatterns.com/2023/12/how-to-draw-orna.html)

Suggestion: Change the shapes – Modify the shape(s) of your tangle to make them more pointed, rounded or elongated.

Live video : see the Instagram account @lestraitszen – https://www.instagram.com/lestraitszen

DAY 7: Hors-jeu / Offside

Tangle : Morrisseau – Cherryl Moote CZT (https://tanglepatterns.com/2020/10/how-to-draw-morrisseau.html)

Suggestion: Change the texture – Add lines, dots or pearls inside the tangles to create extra texture.

Live video: see the Instagram account @odiccreation – https://www.instagram.com/odiccreation/

DAY 8: Mental / Mind, Mindset

Tangle : Chainging – Zentangle (https://tanglepatterns.com/2011/10/how-to-draw-chainging-and-punzel.html )

Suggestion : Use the embedded letters technique today and the tangle of the day on your tile (see https://zentangle.com/blogs/blog/kitchen-table-tangles-embedded-letters).

Live video : see the Instagram account @fanfi.fr – https://www.instagram.com/fanfi.fr/

DAY 9 – Prouesse / Prowess

Tangle :  Nayu – Emiko Kaneko CZT (https://tanglepatterns.com/2020/08/how-to-draw-nayu.html )

Suggestion: Let a little lightness come to your tile. Leave some white or play with the TransluZence and TranZendance techniques. (See TransluZENce – A Tangler’s Mind et Kitchen Table Tangles: TranZending – Zentangle).

Live video: see the Youtube account @ludivineschottczt https://www.youtube.com/@ludivineschottczt

DAY 10 – S’encorder / To Rope up

Tangle : Krazy’s 8 – Cindy Knapp (https://tanglepatterns.com/2023/06/how-to-draw-krazy-8s.html)Suggestion : Change density – Draw more or less dense tangles, spacing them evenly or grouping them more closely together.

Live video: see the Instagram account @murielle_cocooning – https://www.instagram.com/murielle_cocooning

Are you ready for the 10 Tangles 2024 creative challenge?

Remember, the important thing is to have fun, enjoy the process and create something new.

Here are some images of artwork created during the first couple days of the challenge.

It is never too late to start!



PS. Take advantage of the challenge to add these tangles to your tangles’ directory. It’s always helpful for those days when you’re not inspired: just flip through your directory for ideas.

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