Magnified Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer

Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. As we make our way through the Magnified Fragments Project Part 1, I have been trying to share about each fragment in a blog post. Today we are looking back at Magnified Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an enhancer. Let’s get into it and I’ll fill you in on all you need to know.

Magnified Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer

The Expressive Bits

What is the Magnified Fragments Project and where can I find out more about it?

Well in short, it’s the biggest zentangle project I have ever undertaken! There is greater detail about the project and what’s involved in the very first blog post for the project – Magnified Fragment A1 using Echo Lines as an Enhancer

We’re currently about 60% of the way through Part 1 of the project, starting the E Fragments a few weeks ago. Most importantly though, you are still welcome to join us – you can join in and follow along using the hashtag #MagnifiedFragments at any time.

If you’d still like to learn more, check out our Magnified Fragments Gallery! It’s full of all the fragments that Expressive’s have created in the project so far. It’s absolutely amazing!!

Fragment B3

What is Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer?

Here is a close up of Fragment B3 that is featured in 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 effectively magnified it.

We used botanical elements and tangles to enhance this fragment.

Work in progress

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

This fragment tied in really well with an exploration I’d done on Betweed previously. I loved the bulking of Betweed and I wanted to play again with it so badly. So when this fragment came along, it fitted perfectly!

I love botanical elements, and I felt like this fragment was aligning with everything I liked! I could bulk Betweed and use Botanicals! Bonus!

The end result really expresses the joy I felt at working in two areas I love. It’s cohesive, layered well and coloured reminiscently.

Magnified Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer

How can you take this idea and be more Expressive?

When was the last time you really took notice of a tile you’d completed after working with elements you love?

Is there a more cohesive look to it? Does it look like it’s layered and built well? Are the colours or shading seemingly perfect for the tile at hand?

I think it’s amazing that when we love what we do, it’s expressed IN what we do. Have you ever noticed that?

Over this next month or so, I’d encourage you to have a look at your tiles. Pay attention to the ones you really love. Can you see cohesiveness and structure? What about it’s shading and colour? What do you see when you really look at it.

These elements will testify to how you felt about what you were creating. I would love for you to leave me a comment telling me about the tile you created that you loved. What did you see when you really looked at it? Fill me in.

Magnified Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer

The Factual Bits

The materials used for Magnified Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer

  • Traditional Zentangle Tile
  • Uniball Signo Gel pens in Black, White and Sepia
  • Grey Copic Markers in W5 and W7
  • Derwent Inktense pencils
  • Prismacolor Premier Coloured Pencils
  • Distress Ink

How big is Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer?

It is 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches square.

Magnified Fragment B3 using Botanicals as an Enhancer

Want to be more Expressive?

Come and Zentangle and Journal with me!

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I can help you to express yourself creatively if you’ve never really tried it before. Fill in your details below to sign up.

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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