Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New 'Opus' tiles

An opus is a great work, a major effort, a work on a grand scale. To accomodate the growing interest in ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Artwork) and many people's desire to try doing Zentangle on a larger scale, the nice folks at Zentangle have produced a tile on a grand scale: 10.5 inches square!

I have a few and have been enjoying using them. I began with something relatively simple, and comfortable for me, a mandala in black and white. This is one of my first uses of Zinger.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Fasset, Fengle,
Florz, Krli-Qs, Tipple, Zewm, Zinger
Then, I just had to try color and at the time was quite enamoured with Aquafleur. One thing I love about the Tiepolo paper is that I can wet it, and add washes as much as I want, and it still dries almost completely FLAT! What a delight. This piece had acrylic washes before I tangled it.
Tangles: Aquafleur, Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Krli-Qs, Nipa, Tipple, Wud
I've just finished a taichi (yin yang) symbol. It's based on a single nautilus shell line drawing from Ben Kwok's Facebook group 'Ornation Creation'. I copied the template facing each other, and made some little adjustments to fit them into a circle.
Tangles: oh, so many!
Of course, I have lots of ideas for more!


  1. And they are very beautiful.

  2. These are really beautiful. I guess many hours of work!

  3. Just stunning, all three! I could just stare at all the details you put in your work for hours!

  4. Amazing tiles. Even the zingers are shaking.

  5. Very ambitious! As always you shine. I agree with Sue's comments.

  6. I love all of these. I think the blue and green aquatic one is my favorite. But I like the crisp detail of the yin-yang piece too. They're all really beautiful.

  7. Wow! Such gorgeous work. I especially love the taichi--it's so organic with such beautiful, subtle contrast and depth.