Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. A little while ago I shared about taking a “Broken Fragments” class with The Tangled Artist, Catherine McKittrick. I wasn’t able to finish my tiles during the class, and promised I’d finish them over the following weeks. Today I’m going to share one of my finished tiles and share my thoughts about Catherine’s class. So 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
What are Broken Fragments?
Well, they are the main focus of a class offered by The Tangled Artist, Catherine McKittrick. I don’t feel it’s my place to explain what they are, as this is something Catherine covers fully in her class.
Catherine has deconstructed the process of Broken Fragments into tiny manageable chunks that enable anyone to be able to participate and follow along.
If you’d like to take the class for yourself, a link to Catherine’s classes is here.
What did I learn from the Broken Fragments Class?
The image above is where I got to on this tile in the class. I found myself becoming increasingly challenged as the class progressed…. In a good way though.
Catherine’s class showed me that I have preferences (you might even say they’re “prejudices”) to how I tangle, and when they’re not available, I find myself very creatively challenged.
Broken Fragments are unlike anything I’ve ever tangled before and it broke some ways I think about things. I’m not upset by it…. I was actually fascinated! I could physically feel new creative neutrons firing in my brain as we delved deeper into her class.
Catherine fired up something in me that hadn’t been used since I discovered tangling in 2013. It felt amazing, even though I was struggling to know where to draw next.
What happened over the next few weeks?
Catherine’s tagline is “Empowering others to “just be”….. one tangle at a time”.
In the class I felt like I was searching for “how” to complete it. I didn’t know what to do. Catherine had completely freed me of any creative constraints and I was so lost!!
Over the next few weeks I kept coming back to her “just be”. I kept telling myself …. Just let it happen as it happens, don’t overthink it, just let the tangles pour out from you. Fill one space at a time, a tangle at a time and then move on to another. No pressure, just let it be….
And this is what happened. It’s so unlike anything I’ve ever done before.
I highly recommend her class. If you’re looking for something to fire your creative neurons…. this is it.
The Factual Bits
The materials used
- Zentangle Pre-Strung Zendala tile in tan
- Signo Uniball Gel Pens in back, brown and white
- Staedtler HB Pencil
- Pitt Pastel Pencils in White and Sanguine
How big is the Broken Fragment?
It is 117mm in diameter.
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Until next time, listen to your heart and sharpen your coloured pencils. A masterpiece awaits!
Bless you my friend