Map Tangling

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. I recently tried Map Tangling for the first time and I‘d like to share more about it with you today. It’s a technique that I am quite enamoured with, and hopefully by the end of today’s post, you will be too.

A close up of my map tangling

The Expressive Bits

What inspired me to create this Map Tangling tile?

Again it was a who, not a what that inspired me to create.

The Instagram Tangle Community would have to be my most favourite place to be. It is a place full of tangly creatives who love to spurn each other on in the craft.

An artist by the name of Marion van Exter caught my eye with her beautiful map tangling. Here are a few images of her work.

Map Tangling by Marion van Exter
Map Tangling by Marion van Exter

Marion advised she learned the technique from Henriette Robben CZT of Zentangleyeart. Here are a few images of Henriette’s work.

Map Tangling by Henriette Robben
Map Tangling by Henriette Robben

I’m sure you agree – their work is exquisite. I was so inspired to give it a try.

What techniques did I use for the Map Tangling and why?

Well it’s a technique unto itself. Henriette offers workshops to learn the technique, so I won’t go into it fully in this post. If you want to learn more about map tangling, visit her website.

Having said that, I worked in watercolour, ink and coloured pencils using my normal tangling techniques. There was nothing new that I incorporated in that regard.

Some work in progress

What does it mean in terms of my artistic work as a whole?

Map Tangling touched on something I haven’t shared about before and that’s artistic development.

As artists it’s important we keep expanding our capabilities, because doing so enhances our expressive abilities.

There’s so much more I want to convey in my work. As creatives made in the image of the Creator, we are vessels of endless imagination. There is no beginning and end to how we see things, feel about things and contemplate things and because of that, there’s no end to how we can express things.

As the Lord speaks something upon our heart, our ability to express it is limited (ONLY) by our capability.

Developing ourselves artistically opens up a greater capability for expression. We will never know it all, but what we can do is pursue greater capacity to express His goodness however we can. For me, it was giving Map Tangling a try and adding it to my tool belt of artistic capabilities

Map Tangling

How can you take this idea and be more Expressive?

Maybe it’s not Map Tangling, maybe it’s Gel Plate Printing, Card Making or Macrame. Maybe there’s been something else you’ve seen and been inspired by. Don’t ignore the desire.

Push into it and pursue that new thing. Give it a try, watch some video’s, take a workshop or sign up for a class. Add that new thing to your tool belt of artistic capabilities. You’ll never know when you’ll need to call upon the capability, but knowing you have it is everything!

The Factual Bits

The materials used

The tangle patterns that were used in the Map Tangling

  • Tangleation of Flux by Zentangle
  • Onamato by Zentangle
  • Paradox by Zentangle

How big is the tile?

The tile is about 10.5cm in diameter.

Map Tangling

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Until next time, listen to your heart and sharpen your coloured pencils. A masterpiece awaits!

Bless you my friend

Chrissie xx

3 thoughts on “Map Tangling

  1. Chrissie, thank you for this. I am so enthused and invigorated by map tangling – just took part in a workshop – and it has definitely coaxed my creativity and made the Zentangle journey so much richer; I’m learning how to share another aspect of my art and grow it. I am a believer in the collective conscience of the universe, and am respectful of all who believe in the greater unity of life – a different perspective than yours, and yet not dissimilar. And I love and appreciate the work and thoughts you share. Just beautiful. As a new student of watercolor, I’m experimenting a lot and learning so much. My next step is to check out Henriëtte Robben’s web page 🙂 Namaste.

    1. Chrissie Murphy Designs July 3, 2021 — 8:41 am

      Thank you so much for your comment Peyton, I’m so encouraged by it. Henriette’s work is stunning and I know you will be learning from the best.

      Comments like your keep me going. I can’t thank you enough for the time you’ve taken to leave me a comment. I’m so happy to hear my post has resonated with you, it why I continue to blog. It’s what I hope for every blog post I publish.

      Bless you my friend, I look forward to hearing more about your watercolour and map tangling journey xx

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