Hi and welcome back to a fresh week on the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. I’m going to be sharing about my Stacked Stripes, a Morphed and Gemmed Zentangle Tile today, but before we get there, I want to talk about why I’ve been a bit quiet of late. It’s due to a combination of things…. and I don’t intend to go in to everything here, but one of the things I’ve been working my way through, is understanding my purpose as an artist.
I withdrew from social media last year to be with the Lord and this last month or so, I’ve been feeling that same pull again. I’ve been drawing close to Him, allowing Him to lead and speak to my way forward. I’ve been listening and reflecting and while I still don’t have all the answers, I feel like each day He’s revealing more about how I should roll.
One of the things I’m sensing to do is close ranks. I know this sounds funny, but let me explain…. I’ve shared with you before how after the tribe spoke earlier this year, I made a decision to work where my strengths lived, in zentangle art. It’s what you guys wanted, and while I have been working there, I still feel like I have too much other stuff going on.
When Jesus walked the earth he brought wisdom, he brought hope, he brought encouragement, he brought truth and most of all he brought love. Driving all of this was a clear understanding of His mission. While I don’t fully understand my mission as clear as what Jesus did (yet!), I still want to be moving as He did, in wisdom, hope, encouragement, truth and love. To do this and be able to bring these things to you, I’m sensing I need to close ranks and really refine what I do. I want to know that I have done my utmost to bless you with all I can.
So now what…
I intend to pour all I know and all I have into my art to share with you. Planning will move sideways. My blogging will take on a bit of a different approach too, instead it will be more information based to help you in your art journey.
My posts will be filled with progress pics, details about the tools I use, techniques I’ve adopted, it will point you toward other artists I think you should know about and give credit to the artists who are creating the tangles we love. I want to bring you wisdom, give you hope for your art journey, encourage you, tell you the truth about all things creative and most of all, just love on you.
So let’s begin with my Stacked Stripes, a Morphed and Gemmed Zentangle Tile
Eni Oken Art Club
You know I’m a member of Eni Oken’s Art Club. If you’re not, then I really recommend joining. Eni is a wonderful teacher and I credit her with much of my improvement as an artist. There’s a link to Eni’s website here, just head to her Art Club page to explore it further. It will be an investment you won’t regret!
A recent lesson we had was called Stacked Stripes. We worked on our overlap and shading techniques to create a stacked stripes effect to our work. My piece that I initially completed is above.
A few weeks ago I prepared some watercolour backgrounds, and I had a striped one ready to go, but I never got to it. So I thought it would be cool to finally get a tile underway.
Brainstorming Zentangle Ideas
One of my go to’s for ideas is
Eni Oken’s Tangle Deck. Here’s a tip – if you’re looking for a tool to help you come up with new ideas, try Eni’s Tangle Deck, head to her website to find out how you can get one.
I flipped through the deck and chose some elements I wanted to include in my work, I grabbed the “Tangle Morphing” Card and “Tangle Gems” Card.
Tangle Recipe Card
Next I put together a Tangle Recipe Card. I worked out which tangles I was going to morph, and where I was going to add gems. This is where I prepared a quick sketch of what I was thinking. I already had a “striped string” of sorts, so the planning just evolved.
Here’s what I decided to do. Pssst, another tip – I’ve added a link to the step-out for most of the patterns below as well. So if you’re not confident with drawing the pattern, the step-out from the artist who created it will really help you:
- Morph Cayke by Rose Brown with Sandswirl by Kerry Heun as one stripe
- Add Scallops by Suzanne McNeill, CZT and use these as gemstone. This will be another stripe
- Tangle Fat Paper by Livia Chua as another stripe.
- Use Bubbles by Suzanne McNeill, CZT as another stripe
- Use Flukes by Zentangle for shape contrast on the outer edges
- Maintain white space, don’t fill the tile, leave space open at top and bottom. I did this to some degree, but used an orange background with muted line work so it didn’t detract from the Stacked stripes.
Linework and Shading
Next up I used my Unipin Fineliner 0.3 in black to do the line work, making sure I applied line weight and rounding in my corners.
Then I used grey Copic Markers in Cool Tones C2, C4, C5 and Warm Tone W7 to apply shading. I used the W7 for the areas that were going to be really dark, blending it out with the C5 and C4. Lastly the C2 was used to blend the marker (overall) into the white or water coloured backgrounds.
Using the the watercolour stripes as the base for my colour, I chose Prismacolor Premier Coloured Pencils in similar shades to add another layer of colour.
For example, if the stripe was pink, I chose a purple (for the darker areas), a hot pink (for the medium areas), and a pink (for the lighter areas – this was about the same shade as the watercolour). This is the technique I used to colour all the areas – 3 shades of similar colour – a light, medium and dark shade.
Highlights and Embellishment
I finished the tile by applying highlights and embellishments using my white Signo Uniball pen and Kaisercraft glitter gel pens in coordinating colours.
Applying some little dots and dashes as highlights and embellishments always seems to take your tile to another level.
My finished Zentangle tile
So here it is, my finished zentangle tile, measuring 4in x 4in. I used a Strathmore Artist Tile for this piece, I’m quite a fan of Strathmore artist tiles.
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