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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge #202

This week the Diva threw out a Duotangle Challenge - Use Chebucto and Copada and see what you can come up with.  I have varied Copada as I wanted to achieve a wrap effect, I've extended the lines to create an encasement of my blue tree.  I think the tree's are beautifully highlighted by the vividness of the yellow in my interpretation of Chebucto.

I had two things in mind this week as I drew; I wanted to play around with blending colours and I wanted to dig deeper with the intensity of my drawing.  I am looking to do this period - it's my goal for 2015, so I am quite pleased with the results.  This tile took about 3 hours to complete, with the background requiring the bulk of the work. 

As I say every week, if you like my work, please follow my blog, I have lots I plan to share this year.  Drawing's my passion, I hope you enjoy it.

Until the Diva decides what we're up to next
Stay beautiful

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 32 - Jonah

We are up to the book of Jonah in the Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  Jonah is book 32 in the bible, which means that next week we are half way, there is 66 books in total.  Wow, what an achievement!

I really wanted to create a tile that was special this week.  In July of 2014 the tomb of Jonah was destroyed in Mosul, Iraq.  CNN advised in a news article (here) that, "this holy site is said to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or great fish in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions.  The tomb was inside a Sunni mosque called the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, which is arabic for Jonah."  I was so saddened to learn of this destruction, thousands of years of history gone in an instant, we can never get it back.

Knowing this, I really wanted to honor the prophet Jonah with my tile.  Here's what patterns I've used this week:

J - Jeewels by Livia Chua
O - Ona by Jose Meeusen, CZT
N - Nipa by Zentangle
A - Angel Fish by Marizaan van Beek, CZT
H - Hurry by Zentangle 

Until next week when we reach half way :)
Stay beautiful

Jonah 1:17
Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

My Zentangled Guitar

You've probably guessed that drawing is the great love of my life, but did you know that music is the other? I've been playing the guitar since I was 14 and when I'm not letting off some creative steam by drawing, I'm playing the guitar. I wouldn't say I'm a great guitarist, but I'm ok, I can belt out a tune and play with others quite confidently, but I'm definately no John Butler.  Never heard of John Butler I hear you say? Check out this video of him playing his signature song "Ocean", it's intense, incredible, breathtaking and exhilirating all at once, I hope you enjoy it.

My guitar has been begging me to draw on it. Every now and then I hear it call, "Chrissie, zentangle me!" I've been thinking about it for quite a while, but I always seemed to have a reason why I couldn't do it.

1. You can't do a pencil sketch first to work out where things are going to go.

Sure, you can trace the guitar on some newpaper and work on that as a template, but I like to do things "Cowboy Style", just get in there and get it done. (Cowboy Style - When faced with a hard chore, it's a shift in attitude from "can't" to a positive "can-do" with confidence and a non-complaining spirit that becomes contageous.)  I just picked up the pen and went for it, no template needed after all!

2. If you make a mistake, you're screwed!

Man did I beat myself up about this. This is the one reason that stopped me from doing this sooner. Yes, if I make a mistake, I make one, but zentangling is about incorporating your mistakes, making them part of the overall design.  I decided to throw caution to the wind and just do it!  As it turned out I made very minimal errors, and it's only me who knows where they are and what I did.

3. You will ruin your guitar, it will be worthless.

Once upon a time I believed this, but not anymore. I guess it really comes down to the eye of the beholder, you either feel the art enhances the guitar or you don't.  In the end I decided that the guitar is mine, I love drawing, I love my guitar, why not blend my two loves together.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you're contemplating doing something out of the box, just do it. Life is short, and while you go one on one with your reasons not to, time is skipping away.  Who knows, in your mind there might be a masterpiece, and if you don't create it, the world may never get to see it and that would be a tragedy.

Are you up for some piccies?? Overall I used 10 Sharpie Permanent Markers to do the work. I found that the glossy coating on the guitar affected the Sharpie's. I noticed that after a while I would no longer get clean lines with the pen, to overcome this I had to use new markers.

The spot that's clear has been left that way deliberately.  My work is not sealed and through strumming, this area would wear away.  I'm hoping to find someone who can permanently seal my work, and when I do, I will come back and zentangle this area.

I hope you like my work.  As always, if you're new to my blog and you like what you see, why not follow me.  I have lots planned this year, you won't be disappointed.

Until next time
Stay beautiful

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #201

After last weeks 200 celebrations, we're straight back into business with the Diva, this week tangling awareness for Moebius Syndrome.  Moebius syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that is present at birth. It primarily affects the 6th and 7th cranial nerves, leaving those with the condition unable to move their faces (they can’t smile, frown, suck, grimace or blink their eyes) and unable to move their eyes laterally.  Moebius is a spectrum disorder, so some cases are more severe than others. If you'd like to know more about Moebius Syndrome or make a donation towards research, please visit the website by clicking here.  To help the Diva raise awareness, we've been asked to tangle the Moebius Syndrome Logo and use their official colour, which is purple.  This year Moebius Syndrome Awareness day is on January 24.  Hope you like it Artoo :)

Until next week
Stay beautiful

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 31 - Obadiah

I went back to a traditional string in my zentangle tile today to mark Book 31 of the Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge, Obadiah.  I do zentangle tiles all the time, but it's been such a long time since I did traditional zentangle.  I guess you could say I am a zentangle inspired artist, so much of my work is inspired by zentangle, yet I don't usually work with a string.  A string, however, is a core component of the traditional form of Zentangling.

It's good to get back to your roots though, to get back to where you began, because by taking the time to head back there you can see how far you've come.  By going back you get a picture of your growth, you can see how you're technique and style has developed.  Personally I think my growth has been in the area of shading.  I've feel I've made some significant progress here.  

When was the last time you went back to your roots with your drawing?  If you are genuinely interested in progressing your skills, I'd encourage you to explore the idea at some stage.  Who knows how far you've come, you may feel you've only improved in one area, however after closely visiting your roots, you may realise you have come further than you ever expected.  

To the Obadiah tile, here's what patterns I've used this week;
O - Ocean Spray by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
B - Betweed by Zentangle
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
D - Dex by Zentangle
I - Ixorus by Zentangle
A - Ahh by Zentangle
H - Hollibaugh by Zentangle

If this is the first time you've visited my blog, I'd like to warmly welcome you and thank you for stopping by.  If you like what you see, please follow me, I have lots planned this year, you won't be disappointed.  

Until next week
Stay beautiful

Obadiah 1:21 NLT
Those who have been rescued will go up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem to rule over the mountains of Edom. And the LORD himself will be king!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Introducing the "Alphabet Collection"

Where to begin with this.... I'll begin by telling you that the "Alphabet Collection" comes with a song, one that will stick in your head for a about a week.  Ever since I began work on the Letter A, I have been singing "The Rainbow Connection", Kermit's version of course.  So to be truly authentic, and have you appreciate the "Alphabet Collection" the way I am, I have put the video of Kermit and his friends singing "The Rainbow Connection" for you to enjoy.  From experience, it should stick in your head for about a week, give or take a day...

Why begin a Collection?  I've decided to work on creating a unique collection of mongram letters (the alphabet) that fuse graffiti and zentangle inspired art together.  I am a huge fan of both styles of art and blending two unlikely styles together is exciting and interesting.  Graffiti is controversial and I have received many comments in the past about drawing in this manner.  For the record, I do not support vandalising property, drawing or painting illegally on any thing, any where, any time, any place.  If you don't own it, and you don't have permission from the owner, don't paint or draw on it.   

With that being said, I couldn't think of a more unlikely pairing, graffiti and zentangle.  The colour work in graffiti is sublime and the elegance of zentangle is beautiful.  Creating a collection where they work together, side by side, is something I want to do.  

Having the option to choose between a singular letter A print or collecting various letters to spell something is what appeals to me about the Alphabet Collection.  My goal is to have the entire Alphabet Collection available online by 30 June 2015.  Prints, totes, bags and other goodies will be available via Society6 or RedBubble.  Below are pics, including some progress pics of my first drawing, now finished and available online.

If you're a new visitor to my blog, please give me a follow, I'd love to have you on board with Chrissie Murphy Designs for all of my posts, I have heaps planned for this year.  The Alphabet Collection is only just beginning!

Until Letter B
Stay beautiful

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge #200

I'd like to begin by offering my congratulations to the Diva, Laura Harms on her 200th Weekly Challenge, what an achievement!  I'm sending a virtual hug and high five your way Laura, I admire your dedication and devotion to the art of Zentangle, you are a true Ambassador.  

To celebrate the occasion, Laura has challenged us to "monotangle", that is, pick our favourite tangle pattern and use it only to create a tile.  I've chosen Pokeroot, I love it's organic and botanical design, it's a pattern I adore.  Last week I spoke about my imaginary zentangle garden, a place where I get lost in beautiful tangle patterns, how they blend and compliment one another.  Pokeroot is everywhere in my garden, I use it all the time to try and convey a sense of life, it's such an alive pattern reminding me of berries.

This is however the first time I have ever "monotangled" anything, let alone my favourite pattern.  I'm afraid this week's tile is not very adventurous, perhaps the tile shows the pattern in it's simplest form.  I have come to think that this is probably the best way to honour 200 challenges.  It showcases the simplicity of Zentangling, anyone can do it, just pick up a pen and give it a go.

If you're a new visitor to my blog, please give me a follow, I'd love to have you on board with Chrissie Murphy Designs for all of my posts, I have heaps planned for this year.

Until Challenge #201, stay beautiful

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 30 - Amos

I'm up to the book of Amos this week and after putting together Amos I ended up with a tile that's a bit off centre.  I would love to just reach in and pick up that centre "Starawn" and align it correctly haha!  

Maybe I'm a bit obsessive compulsive, but I am drawn to symmetry and centredness.  I'm so drawn, that this year I'm enrolling in a course with Coursera to understand Form, Function and Symmetry much more clearly.  The course is called, "Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry".  Coursera describes it this way;  "Learn how to identify symmetrical forms and appreciate their importance in nature, art, architecture, crystallography and technology. Understand symmetry quantitatively, recognize its role in beauty and design, and appreciate its function in our everyday life".  A little intense, I know, but I am hoping to come away with a greater appreciation of symmetry in nature and architecture.  How this will apply to my art is anyone's guess, but I know I want to understand it more.  

Images like these inspire me, have a look at this magestic symmetry... some made by God and some made by man.  I'm in awe of this beauty <3

I'm looking forward to the course beginning, it starts on the 15th of this month and should really give me an appreciation for symmetry in creation and society.  

As for Amos, here's the tangles I've used;
A - Arc Flower by JJ LaBarbera
O - Onamato by Zentangle
S - Starawn by Judy Murphy

Until next week
Stay beautiful

Amos 4:13 (New Living Translation)
For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains,
stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind.
He turns the light of dawn into darkness
and treads on the heights of the earth.
The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge #199

I feel like an entire palaeolithic age has passed since I last completed a weekly challenge by The Diva.  This is the Diva's first challenge for 2015, a UMT (use my tangle) Challenge and this week we've been asked to showcase the tangle pattern "Hitched" by HeidiSue at TangleOoh!  

I get lost in the flow of tangling, I often feel like I'm in some gigantic sanctuary or garden.  Everywhere I look is alive with beautiful tangle patterns growing and blending in to one another, creeping into corners and crevices and bursting with flowers.  "Hitched" feels like a beautiful vine that connects clusters of flowers with each other.  It belongs in my garden :)

Until next week
Stay beautiful

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 29 - Joel

Quite a few books have been tangled since I last blogged about it. Committing to a challenge as huge as this one has been interesting, to say the least.  There's 66 books in the Bible and I'm planning on tangling each one and at Book #29 (Joel), I'm not even half way through the challenge.  

Here's what I've learned from the challenge so far;

1)  I'm glad I opted for a weekly challenge.  I feel the time in between tangling each tile is just right,  I'm able to rest and reflect and I'm not feeling pressured.

2)  Who would have imagined the Bible could look so beautiful?  A few weeks ago, I took a  screenshot of where I was at with the challenge.  Looking at all the tiles together really gave me a sense of achievement as I feel like I am really able to glorify God through this challenge.  He has gifted me with the talent I have, I want to honour Him with it.  

3)  I'm not bored!  Anyone who knows me really well, knows I have a short attention span and I get bored really easy.  When I started the challenge, Autoneg (the automatic negative voice in my head) tried to convince me I'd get bored and I would end up giving up because of boredom.  After 29 tiles, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get bored any time soon, if anything I'm fascinated by how different each tile looks! 

I'm sure as I continue I'll learn even more about myself.  I'm looking forward to finishing the Old Testament, there is only 10 more books to go.  As for this tile, here's the tangle patterns I've used to create the tile;
J - Jetties by Zentangle
O - Onamato by Zentangle
E - Efilys by Sandra Strait
L - Laced by Mary Elizabeth Martin, CZT

Until next week, stay beautiful

Joel 2:21-24 (The Message)
Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate!
God has done great things.
Fear not, wild animals!
The fields and meadows are greening up.
The trees are bearing fruit again:
a bumper crop of fig trees and vines!
Children of Zion, celebrate!
Be glad in your God.
He’s giving you a teacher
to train you how to live right—
Teaching, like rain out of heaven, showers of words
to refresh and nourish your soul, just as he used to do.
And plenty of food for your body—silos full of grain,
casks of wine and barrels of olive oil

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Year!

A very happy new year to all in the blogosphere!  Last year sort of fizzled where me and blogging was concerned, however 2015 is a new year and one of my goals this year is to be more proactive on my blog.  I've begun with a makeover and I've spent considerable time reworking the blog by removing and adding some buttons here and there.  I'm not really sure how this year will look on the blog, but I'm committed to giving it a red hot go!   Let me know what you think of the new look.  

One thing I am sure of is that you will see drawings galore.  This drawing is one that I wanted to do to celebrate the new year using Copic Markers for the colour work.  I couldn't have wished for a better start to the year as Copic Markers shared my work on Instragram.  To date my drawing has been liked by over 2000 people.  What a way to kick off a new year!

My mantra for this year is to "live everything and make it adventurous" - let's see where 2015 takes us!  Until the next blog...

Stay beautiful