It's been a few days since I've tangled on my Tangle-A-Day calendar, so catching up was fun. For January, I thought I would start with a string running all through the month. This way, the days are connected instead to each other instead of sectioned off one by one.
My first idea was to start at the beginning of the alphabet, and each day, do a tangle beginning with whatever letter was next. It's a nice tidy thought, but I soon remembered, oh yeah, I am not that tidy. I think I will use the alphabet as a starting point, but I already see things sneaking in there that aren't part of that system. Of course, not any of that stuff matters. Just having a little blank space each day is what I like. Allowing something to emerge into that space will be the fun part.
I started the year with a heavier pen (an old fashioned fountain pen), then switched over to a Micron .005. Because the paper has a harder surface than I usually use (a real Zentangle tile), the thinner point works better for me. When shading, I use the Zentangle pencil and a blending stick.
If you are playing with one of these this year, send me some photos. I'd love to see what you are doing with your calendar!