Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Today I have my very first Travelling Tangle with Carmen Menchon Galiana to share with you. This has been a lovely experience. I thought I’d capture it in a blog post, so nothing’s forgotten. Let’s get into it.
What is a Travelling Tangle?
A travelling tangle is where I tangle on one part of a tile and then send it to someone else. The other person does the same thing for me. And then we finish each other’s tiles.
So my first Travelling Tangle is with Carmen Menchon Galiana from Spain. Carmen’s Instagram profile is @Alucino.In.Colours if you want to visit and check out her account.
What did Carmen send me?
I was so excited to get Carmen’s tile and little package of goodies!! I jumped straight into it, starting to plan out the tangle and add ink.
To my horror, I then realised I had forgotten to take a photo of her tile. I am so angry with myself over this! My deepest apologies to to you Carmen.
I have tried to do my best to honour Carmen’s work. This picture is filtered to blur out my planning because I want to give you an idea of what Carmen sent. Carmen drew the heart and little fescu sprouting tail. The brown large fescu was me. I’m just so bummed I never photographed it straight away.
What approach did I take to finish the Travelling Tangle?
I spent quite a bit of time searching my pens and pencils to try and find ones that matched what Carmen used.
There’s two approaches I think you can take with Travelling Tangle Tiles.
- You can contrast strongly and have each tangler’s component be unique and separable; or
- You can blend and have each Tanglers component morph into one cohesive tile.
I wanted to go with the second option. It took me a long time to find the right pens and pencils. My search took me to drawers, cups and bottles of pens I haven’t used in ages! But I think the results speak for itself. It’s pretty close to a solid blend.
I also wanted to ensure Carmen’s purple gem was not lost in all the subsequent tangling. It is such a gorgeous piece of art. I opted to highlight it by bringing in very small touches of purple throughout. This ensured her gem remained the source of purple colour throughout the tile.
What tools did I use for this Travelling Tangles Tile?
As I said, this Travelling Tangle Tile took me to some drawers and places I haven’t been in a while. Here’s what I ended up using to blend our tangles together.
- Stabilo Noint 88 Fine 0.4 dark green and light green markers
- Sakura Gelly Roll Green metallic gel pen
- Signo uniball gel Pens in Brown and White
- Derwent Inktense Pencils
- Conte a Paris Pencil in Sanguine
- Mont Marte Water Brush Pen
- Prismacolor Premier Pencil in purple
What size is our Travelling Tangle?
It measures 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches
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Until next time, listen to your heart and sharpen your coloured pencils. A masterpiece awaits!
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