Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. I recently announced I was undertaking a project called Magnified Fragments. There’s more about it below. I began the project with a tile called Fragment A1 using Echo Lines as an enhancer. Today I’m going to run you through it and I’ll fill you in on all you need to know about Magnified Fragments. Let’s get into it.
Now before we go any further – I have a disclaimer I’d like to share. I have recently signed up to be an Affiliate for Amazon Australia. It means that I get a small percentage from the sale of anything you may purchase through links I use in my blog. Just want you to know before we get into today’s post.
The Expressive Bits
First up, what is the Magnified Fragments Project?
Well in short, it’s the biggest zentangle project I have ever undertaken! I will be working my way through every fragment in the Zentangle Collection of Reticula and Fragments book, putting them under the microscope to magnify them.
And I’m going to be doing my best to use a different Zentangle Enhancer for each Fragment to thoroughly explore each enhancement technique in depth.
For so long I have desired to undertake a serious project and I have been praying for guidance in this area. There are 49 fragments in the book, so this project will take me through to the end of the year, and then some.
By undertaking this project, I am praying you will be encouraged. I hope to renew interest in fragments and enhancers as we visit components that may not have been used in a while.
But most importantly, I welcome you to join me – you can join in and follow along using the hashtag #MagnifiedFragments.
Let’s look at Fragment A1 using Echo Lines as an Enhancer?
Here is a close up of Fragment A1 from the Zentangle Collection of Reticula and Fragments book by Zentangle founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
I have created a tile using this fragment as my string. In doing so, I have effectively magnified it.
I used Echo Lines as the enhancer. It’s an enhancer created by Eni Oken where lines are created parallel to a tangle. They get increasingly shorter to simulate foreshortening or a 3D kind of effect.
I chose the following tangles for Fragment A1 using Echo Lines as an enhancer:
- Floo-ish by Martha as it’s a tangle that is full of Echo Lines;
- Braided Divi. Divi is a pattern originally deconstructed by Ragged Ray, but Eni Oken had a lesson on it a few years ago where she came up with a braided Tangleation. It was another pattern that uses Echo Lines, so I thought it would work well for the fragment;
- And a variation of Archer by Christianne Gerstner. It’s one of my Mac and Cheese tangles. I added Echo Lines to the sides of the pattern as well.
What does it mean in terms of my artistic work as a whole?
Undertaking a project of this magnitude is a big thing for my artistic work as a whole.
As I mentioned above, I’d spent a lot of time in prayer ahead of this project. I knew I wanted to be working on something that would prepare me.
I have been seeking to intensify and grow myself. And I feel like I need to begin “preparing” for the really big project I will eventually undertake. Do I know what that project is? Heck no, not at all! Haha!! But I do know I have a desire to really deepen the intensity of things I create, and to do that, I need to start preparing.
Magnified Fragments is a fantastic project for this purpose.
How can you take this idea and be more Expressive?
In this instance, I’d ask you to join me. And I’m so glad so many of you already have!
Check out the Magnified Fragments above that have already been created by some amazing Expressive’s on Instagram. These are the tiles that have been created for Fragment A1 using Echo Lines as an enhancer so far.
They are such a great representation of how unique expression is for all of us. We all used the same fragments, and our results are so beautifully different.
You can join in too. Every Wednesday I’ll be announcing the Fragment we will magnify for the week ahead. Use the hashtag #MagnifiedFragments and post your tile to Instagram or Facebook.
The Factual Bits
The materials used for Fragment A1 using Echo Lines as an Enhancer
- Zentangle Traditional Tile
- Uniball Signo Gel pens in varying colours
- Prismacolor Premier Coloured Pencils in varying colours
- Grey Copic Markers in C4, C5 and C7
- Unfortunately the backgrounds were made years ago and I can’t remember what mediums I used to create them.
How big is Fragment A1 using Echo Lines as an enhancer?
It is 4 inches x 4 inches square.
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Until next time, listen to your heart and sharpen your coloured pencils. A masterpiece awaits!
Bless you my friend