Tangle Dangles

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. I have something a little bit different to share with you today. I’m calling them Tangle Dangles (you’ll see why in a sec). Come and join me for a closer look at these little beauties.

Now before we go any further – I have a disclaimer I’d like to share. I am an Affiliate for Amazon Australia. This 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.

Tangle Dangle

The Expressive Bits

What inspired me to create these Tangle Dangles?

I have been a fan of MaeDesignsArt on Instagram for a while. Sarah is a self confessed bunny lover, painter of Bible covers and pet portrait artist extraordinaire. I particularly love the pet portraits she does on wood slices. It got me thinking….. what would tangled wood slices look like?

Now unlike Sarah, I am not a “painter”. I am comfy with a pen and pencils, so working with paint is a bit daunting. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did!

Tangle Dangle Work in Progress

What techniques did I use for the Tangle Dangles and why?

A hilarious question, because I know nothing about painting techniques! Here’s what I did do though….

I painted the surface white to begin with. This is so I could sketch the tangles on it.

Then I grabbed the smallest brush I had on hand and set about filling the tangle shapes with paint.

Lastly, I used a Signo Uni-ball Gel pen to define the linework and apply some highlights.

Is it weatherproof or waterproof? Aaah probably not. I know it should be sealed, but with what I don’t know 🤷🏼‍♀️ So for now, I’ve put them in a safe place, where they can’t get wet.

Tangle Dangle Work in Progress

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

These Tangle Dangles represent fun! They are me stepping outside of my comfort zone to have a play. If you ever start to feel stale with your art, I recommend step outside of your comfort zone and do something that’s creatively risky. It’s fun, and it breaks the monotony.

Tangle Dangle

How can you take this idea and be more Expressive?

How long have you been tangling and creating the same way? When was the last time you tried something creatively risky?

I loved reading Doris Bisschop, CZT’s post on Instagram last week. She was experiencing pain in her right hand (her drawing hand). It was becoming a problem for her tangling, but she didn’t want it to stop her. She stepped out of her comfort zone and gave drawing with her left hand a go. The results were incredible.

Yep, it’s definitely risky stepping out of your comfort zone. But you know what, if you pull it off….. the rewards are just so much more sweet! I’m so glad I gave these Tangle Dangles a go.

Tangle Dangle

The Factual Bits

The materials used

How big are the Tangle Dangles?

They are about 7cm in diameter – pretty small.

Tangle Dangle Close Up

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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

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