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Make it meditative, take your time, don’t have any limits of how many patterns you should do. Stay in the moment, relax and have fun. Do not have a deadline on when to complete it. Keep it out on a table and do a little bit every day or whenever you feel like it. If going on vacation, you may want to bring an Opus Tile with you and just work on that one tile while you are away. I’ve done this with my trips to Florida and Nantucket. So whenever I look at them, I think of the relaxing time I had at those places.
Suggestion for creating your Opus Tile.
First draw a string, just like you would on a basic tile, except you are going to draw a lot more and much bigger. Shoot for around 10 sections. Don’t think about it. Just follow your intuition, staying in the present moment and not thinking about the outcome. Take a minute now and do that. Just focus on the string, nothing else. Give yourself the freedom to be as creative as you want to be. Once you get the string down, you are ready to tangle one section. Pick any section and then ask yourself, “what pattern do I feel like drawing” and start to draw it. Now you are on your way!
I was nervous just like many of you to start my very first Opus Tile. I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting outside at a hotel cafe overlooking the harbor. The very first pattern I did was an error, but you can't tell, can you? I’ve received so many compliments on that pattern and to me it’s a huge screw up. This is one of our greatest fears of starting an Opus Tile. There are so many imperfections on this tile, but not noticeable. Let go of your fears, let go of the outcome, and go slow.
I did this one on my own in preparation for a class to teach. First I traced the heart in the middle, then drew the string around the heart. I chose patterns that I love to draw.
I chose to make all string sections curvy with patterns intertwining. I drew the string first of all sections, not knowing how many sections I would draw. Then started to draw each section, not having a plan, not knowing what tangle patterns I was going to draw. Did this while vacationing in Florida for a month and took about a month to complete. I left it out on the table and did a little bit whenever I felt like it.
I drew the string for all sections, first all starting from the bottom left corner of the tile. Not knowing how many sections I would draw. Then started to draw each section, not having a plan in mind, not knowing what tangle patterns I was going to draw. I totally relaxed into each one sitting outside at a picnic table on the Island of Nantucket. I did a little bit whenever I felt like it. When I look at these tiles framed on my wall I’m reminded of my peaceful & fun getaways.
First I traced the butterfly, then drew the string behind the butterfly. Keeping the same patterns on both sides as if the patterns were continuing behind.
I worked from the center out. Traced a heart cutout, then gave it inside auras. Drew strings from the outside heart border to the edges.
For this all day Opus Class I first decided on the patterns I was going to teach. Then I decided on how many sections we needed. I guided the class on drawing the strings/sections. We did not draw all sections at once like we do on a smaller tile. I started with a corner and then guided them through the pattern to fill in that section. See more instructions and mosaic...
Full day Opus Class where students choose the shape of a Heart or Circle to trace in the middle or any place on the tile they like. See more instructions and mosaic...
I tried to create a design that could be finished in a two hour class, but that did not happen. We got a lot done, but they still needed to be finished on their own. We started from the center and worked our way out. The border was the last to do in class. See instructions and mosaic...
This one is from class I took from
CZT Cari Camarra at ConnTangle and later taught it to students using the grid template. But all you really need is a ruler to create the even squares. It's a lot of fun to use only grid patterns on a tile. For this one, I only used 8 patterns and then duplicated them in the reverse direction for the last two rows.
Everyone received cutouts of hearts and bijou (snail). Students could lay out the cutouts any way they wanted.
Intertwining wavy string and border. Brown pen used for accent. Only a few patterns and still were not able to finish in the 2 hour class. See mosaic of what we completed in two hours...
The idea here was to create a loop type string. Five hour class with lunch and breaks. See mosaic...
Everyone received 5 butterfly cutouts to place on their tile any way they like and then trace them. After each butterfly was traced, I instructed students to give each one an aura to create the white border so that the butterflies would stand out. See mosaic...
We drew the string starting from the center and worked our way out. Notice the triangle shapes in the middle creating an octagon. Then arcs surrounding the octagon. Then from the arcs, sections to the edges. Three hour class. See mosaic and string....
The pattern Umble was drawn as a string along the perimeter and Hollibaugh as a string in the middle. The mosaic of what we completed in three hours is really cool. See Mosaic page...
String was drawn and tangled first on all four corners. Brown pen used for accent. Three hour class. See mosaic...
The round like patterns were drawn first (phicops, mumsy, hemp, gneiss, cyme). Background patterns filled in the entire tile. No border. Three hour class. See mosaic...
This has not been shaded and was one I did for preparation for class.
Notice the funky border and the mystery pattern was meant to connect the tangles. See mosaic of this two and a half hour class...
All tangles here are organic and vine type patterns. The brown pen was used for accent. This was a 3 hour class and did not finish. See mosaic to see how far we got...
Just as if we were tangling on a 3.5" square tile, but instead drew the patterns much bigger. Two hour class. See mosaic...
The border and string were drawn first and then patterns taught one by one. The brown pen was used for accent. See mosaic of what we completed in a 5 hour class with breaks and lunch...
In just 1.5 hours, we did Ahh with Dangles. Tangled each corner. View mosaic...
Heart cutouts were traced and tangled. Organic patterns drawn around the rest of the tile.
Class taught five consecutive days, 2 hours/day on Zoom (online) during Covid-19 (June/July 2020).
All Bales Pattern with 30 different variations. Taught online (Zoom) for 3 consecutive days, 3 hours/day. August 2020
Three consecutive days, 3 hours/day and we finished right on time!
Three hour class through The Enrichment Academy (TEA). Started every section and finished on our own.
Three and a half hour class through The Enrichment Academy (TEA). Started every section and finished on our own.
Partially done, but you can see the string.
Partially done, but you can see the string.
Traced the cutouts the tangled around them.
This is my first Opus Tile.
Traced 3 Hearts
Partially done - you can view some of the string.
After drawing shapes as the string, we filled in the tangle patterns then drew tangle patterns in the background. - See next photo on how we started to connect them.
Notice how we started to connect the tangles in the shapes using the pattern Mysteria.
String for Octagon Arc.
String consists of 30 sections for 30 different Bales Pattern Variations.
All Gneiss patterns. Drew one at a time growing off of each other. This is day one.
Sring for Opus Class through TEA Oct 2020
The Enrichment Academy - 3 hr class
Drew a slightly wavy line from top right corner to bottom left. Then added the flux pattern with aura fescue.
The only class that I brought in a ruler. We used it just for the border and traced a large square cardstock paper to trace the middle square. The pattern Gneiss is in the middle as a string.