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 detail. Beautiful tiles.

  5. Amazing tiles. Even the zingers are shaking.

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

  7. 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.

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