Focus on Imbedded

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Today we’re finishing our month long Focus on Imbedded with a wrap up post. We’ve been focusing on Imbedded (a tangle pattern by Alena Light) for the last month, and this blog post, is the final piece in our study. We will run through everything we’ve covered so it’s all in one place, so let’s get it underway.

Focus on Imbedded Zentangle Tile

The June Newsletter

The idea to Focus on Imbedded began with my June Newsletter. I shared Alena Light’s step out for Imbedded and advised we would be spending the next month focusing on it. Each month we are going to be focusing on a tangle pattern, pulling it apart and then playing with all we’ve discovered as we’ve studied it.

Can I also add that I’m super keen to share pictures of your journey focusing on our monthly Tangles too. I’d like to be sharing them here on the blog, in my newsletters and on Facebook and Instagram stories. But before I can do that, I need to know about your work!

To help you out, I’ll be setting up hashtags each month. For this month’s Focus on Imbedded, just use #CMDFocusOnImbedded – I’m monitoring it and as soon as you share your latest pics using the hashtag, I’ll see them and be able to reshare with everyone too.

The July newsletter will have the next tangle we’re going to be focusing on. So keep an eye on your inbox, cause next month’s newsletter will be out soon.

We kicked off our Focus on Imbedded with Tangleations

Focus on Imbedded Tangleations

We began our month long Focus on Imbedded with Tangleations. Tangleations are fast becoming something I really enjoy doing. I love the sensations I feel in my mind as a whole new level of creative thinking opens up. Tangleations cause you to think differently, you are looking at the pattern in its original form and you’re seeing how many ways you can alter it. Every month as we focus on a Tangle pattern, we’ll be trying to vary it in as many ways as possible within a fragment.

Here’s some of my go to ways for Tangleations:

  • Straighten curved lines or curve straight lines
  • Overlap tangle components
  • Rotation
  • Displacement – place individual tangle components in areas where they wouldn’t normally live
  • Splicing – splice tangle patterns in half or quarters etc

The favourite out of all I came up with for Imbedded was the Halved Tangleation, it’s where I looked at the pattern, spliced it right through the middle, flipped it, and then anchored it in halves within a fragment.

The Overlap Tangleation I used for my Focus on Imbedded Tile

Having said that, for my Focus on Imbedded Zentangle Tile, I ended up choosing the Overlap Tangleation instead. This is where I reduced Imbedded and overlapped it within a fragment multiple times. This was actually my second favourite Tangleation and I thought I could really have fun with Overlap in my Tile.

Next up we looked at Color Techniques

With the different colour techniques, we also explored different mediums. Every technique I mentioned could also be applied with each of the different mediums. Thinking about the future with colour techniques, I think the techniques we discover won’t be as wide as the Tangleations. Ultimately I believe the tangle pattern itself will have the greater weight on how colouring can be varied in a pattern, but we’ll see how this actually plays out as we explore this further over the coming months.

Focus on Imbedded Colour Techniques

Although the Ombre effect was my favourite colour technique, when it came to my Focus on Imbedded Zentangle Tile, I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to work on something I wouldn’t normally choose. So I chose the colour technique “warm toned colours”.

The Warm Toned Colour Technique I used for my Focus on Imbedded Tile

My Focus on Imbedded Zentangle Tile

After choosing Tangleation “Overlap” and Colour Technique “Warm toned” it was time to tangle a tile. I liked the idea of using Imbedded in the square design and having it randomly overlap each other. There’s actually two patterns of Imbedded in my tile, making 6 squares in total. I’m not sure if you can see it, but they are offset and overlapping. Because I was using so many straight lines I wanted something curvy to contrast, and the Mooka 3D pattern by Eni Oken was perfect.

Warm Toned Distress Markers

Warm Toned Prismacolors

I used Distress Markers and Prismacolors in as many warm tones as I could find to colour the tile. I really felt out of my comfort zone with this colour technique. It’s taken me a little while to even like the colour work, it’s so not something I would normally choose! Only after adding highlights and embellishments in coordinating gel inks did I consider it ok.

Gel Inks

I used a white Strathmore Artist Tile for this piece. The finished tile measures 4in x 4in.

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