Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. Today I have a Travelling Tangle with Kathrin Burmeister to share with you. This is my third travelling tangle, and just like the fist, I have thoroughly enjoyed the process. Let’s get into it, so I can share this experience with you.
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 this Travelling Tangle is with Kathrin Burmeister from Germany. Kathrin’s Instagram profile is @kathrin_burmeister if you want to visit and check out her account.
What did Kathrin send me?
Kathrin’s little package was full of some of the most beautifully coloured backgrounds I have ever seen. They are truly stunning and the photograph doesn’t do them justice.
Earlier in the year Kathrin also participated in one of my Magnified Fragment challenges. She also attached the fragment she had completed to the front of a card and sent it to me. I treasure this so much, I have it displayed in my studio. I’m so grateful for it.
Kathrin’s Travelling Tangle tile was absolutely amazing! Again, the photo doesn’t do it justice. At first glance, I thought that Kathrin had glued a print to the tile, and aura’d around it. But she hadn’t. It was her amazing technique with colour that I was seeing.
The colouring of her tangles is truly exquisite. Kathrin’s tile sat on my desk for a long time as I contemplated how to finish it. The exquisiteness is something I didn’t want to mess up.
So what approach did I take to finish the Travelling Tangle?
I settled on the approach I’ve taken for all my travelling tangles so far – the cohesive, blended approach.
The biggest challenge was matching the colour work that Kathrin had started. The lavender and peach tones were so pretty. I dug through my Prismacolor’s finding pencils to match and got to work tangling.
The little tangles that Kathrin created were such a focal point. I wanted them to remain focal as I added to the tile.
I used linework for this to direct the viewers eyes to each of them. I also added a couple of Mooka’s so that as the viewers eyes are directed up the stems, they are reversed by the u-turn looking shape. Their eyes are then directed to come back down the stem to the linework that points to Kathrin’s tangles.
By using linework this way, I have tried to keep Kathrin’s tangles as the centre focus, while at the same time, ensure our tangling is cohesive. I think it worked.
What tools did I use for this Travelling Tangles Tile?
I used the following tools to finish Kathrin’s tile:
- Signo uniball gel pens in Burgundy and White
- Prismacolor Premier Pencils in various colours
- Graphite pencil
- White chalk pencil
- Copic Grey Marker W5
- Distress Ink
What size is our Travelling Tangle?
It measures 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches
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