Almost a year after becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2009, I began a daily practice of drawing one Zentangle a day. The small, 3.5-inch format enabled me to practice the 102 patterns I now had at my disposal to learn so that I could eventually teach them to others. I began storing the tiles in poly-protected album sleeves as a reference source which I still use today.
Looking back through these albums I discovered the first time I used a circular format was in May 2011. My strings and tangles were random, not symmetrical as mandalas, and thus began my “big bang” exploration of tangled planets.