Hi there!

I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

3D Shadow Tile

3D Shadow Tile

Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

The ULTIMATE shading technique: a Zentangle®-Inspired Tile made as a mini 3D shadow box! I have an incredible fascination for shadow boxes, how they look so dimensional. In architectural school, all the dioramas and architectural models fell to me, I just had a thing for constructing models using paper.

Constructing a shadow-box tile (or a shadow-tile) is not difficult, and I had a ton of fun making it.  The drawing of the elements took about the same time it would have taken me to create a regular tile, plus added the time to cut the parts and assemble the tile. The assembly took a little bit of planning, some things worked, others didn't, but I came up with a set of rules that will work better for next time.

Here you see a picture of the tile almost ready, just missing the top frame and a few of the smaller elements.

Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

I'm still totally addicted to gems, so the center element has an aquafleur topped with a purple gem.

(To learn how to create these beautiful Gems, get my ebook here).

Here is the tile seen sideways, you can see that it is 3-dimensional:

Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

The tile measures 4x4inches, and is 1/4 inch thick.

Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

Even though it was that thick, I managed to fit it into a regular photo frame:

Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

And here is another close-up in the frame:

Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com
Learn how to create great shading with Eni Oken's ebooks • enioken.com

All in all, an EXTREMELY enjoyable process! I am certainly going to make more of these. The final objects FEELS like a tile, it's substantial and wonderful.

Copyright 2015 Eni Oken

UPDATE! An Ebook is now available with the complete description on how to create these beauties.

Learn how to create a 3-dimensional art tile • enioken.com
Learn how to create a 3-dimensional art tile • enioken.com
Ixorus Challenge

Ixorus Challenge

Purple and Green Gems

Purple and Green Gems