Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tumbleweed PATTERN - grid version

A while back I did a post showing a technique using some dots - and it was dubbed "tumbleweed" by several readers (I had mentioned tumbleweeds in my post). So, since it's a great name that works with the pattern AND I'm a very lazy pattern-namer, I've just gone with it.

I played around recently with putting this pattern into a grid - the dots in the original were a device to help randomise the pattern so they're not needed in the grid version, but you could try it that way if it works better for you :)

It's got a bit of a curvy "Steps" feel without the central line.


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Well Tangle

It's been a busy week - along with the usual running around for school and constant watering (we're going through a heat wave) two of my heart patterns have been featured on Tangle Patterns - always exciting (Linda does a brilliant job)! The patterns were posted during last years Valentine's Love Fest.....(haha)......the first two weeks in February I did a mass posting of heart patterns and drawings - so, so much fun but I pretty much totally exhausted all of my ideas for using hearts as a pattern base during this time. If you want to check it out and bask in a little extra Valentine's lovin' last years heart posts begin here.

O.k.....onwards........I haven't done any challenges in what seems like AGES! So, when I saw that this week's Square One FB group theme was to use the Zentangle pattern Well (one of my faves) I couldn't resist.

I kept it super simple and just stuck with a single big Well with some basic shading.

Zentangle tile using Well tangle pattern

Some housekeeping: if you're an email subscriber and got my String Journal post yesterday, you probably noticed the big gap in the middle - there was meant to be a flip book in that space - I didn't realise that the link/image would not show up until I got the email in my own inbox this morning. So, if you missed out and want to check it out, go right to the post on the blog by clicking here.

I have my fingers x'd that this post actually gets to email followers today as all my subscribers have disappeared from Feedburner - this happens about twice a year for whatever reason and they're always back after a day or two - so hopefully it will all be as normal tomorrow.

Have a fabulous day!
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

String......what's not to love?

You may know I have a bit of an obsession with drawing string.....so much that it was a feature chapter in my first e-book Flips, Folds, Ribbon and String.

I recently had a request for use of one of string designs as a business logo and it renewed my interest in the String Journal that I started ages ago. The object of this journal was to try and create a continuous string drawing across many pages and to experiment with different ideas. See the initial post here.

Since then I've added more pages and thought I would post the updated String Journal. Each double page of the flip book represents 4 pages (2 double page spreads) from my journal - (hopefully that makes sense). So the actual book has 21 pages of continuous string line :) O.k., now I've even confused myself......so moving on.........



Not everything lines up perfectly in the digital version, though I assure you it does in real life (wink).

Have a great day!
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See other posts featuring string drawings.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Three little rules

For this drawing I just started in the middle of the page, and gave myself 3 rules to follow to keep me focussed and give the design some consistency (in a random kind of way):

- each "flower" shape would have four petals
- each "petal" would have seven lines
- each "petal" would join up as part of another flower

I also have one rule for you - you are not allowed to check whether I stuck to the rules.....hahaha!

A few drawing acrobatics were required - a number of petals needed to stretch a long way to reach another flower.

Half way through I decided I needed a shape to work to so that I would have some kind of end point..........so, it's a heart..........sort of.......with the rounded sides cut off by the edges of the paper (you will have to use your imagination).

Here's the finished drawing:

Heart tangle design with black fill

And, just in case you're interested, how it looked before I decided to fill in all the gaps with black marker:

Heart tangle design with white fill

Which do you prefer? Me?...........I'm leaning towards the black.

As always things have been crazy around here with the start of the school year and all the related running around that entails, John and I are doing an 8 session intro biodynamic course (one night a week) starting tonight. It's not too long until tomato preserving will begin in earnest - a late season this year due to the cool January weather we had. I can't wait to see all those juicy tomatoes, sauce and salsa bottles lined up on the shelves ready for winter.

I am also having a lot of fun getting to know my new camera - here's a couple of recent chicken pictures.


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Moleskine Doodle no.11

Along with working in my pattern journal I have had a renewed interest in doodling in my small Moleskine journals. It's nice to be able to just switch off my brain and let the drawing develop organically. I stick with pen work, no pencil or marker shading. My mantra when doodling like this is "halo and fill".

I've decided to number these drawings, following on from the 9 that I did in 2013 for the Monday Moleskine challenge that I set myself. Too hard to try and think of new names for them, so numbers it is.

Moleskine Doodle featuring flowers, scallops and scrolls


Want to see more? You can see all the previous Moleskine posts here.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trying something new

I've always used journals for my drawings - I love the way I can view my drawing progress and obsessions in chronological order. What I don't love is how difficult they are to scan - and since I scan a lot of my drawings this can be a real hassle - the lid normally has to come off the scanner and the journal weighted down and don't get me started about working around the spine! I also have issues with marker bleed through the paper and the general clunkiness of working in a book.

So, for me, negatives were beginning to outweigh the positives. The solution? I bought a packet of Quill Board (100 x A4) - it is a 200gsm paper, clean white with a very smooth surface.

I am loving it! As I finish my drawings I just date them and put them in a manilla folder. I figure that I'll just bind them when I've accumulated enough pages. Scanning is easy. So far it is looking like a great alternative.

Onto today's drawing: Wheat Ribbons - this is the piece I sketched out when working through my Surrealistic Sunflower drawing block piece (previous post).

I have a bit of a thing for drawing wheat, I love those spiky bits (awn?)

Wheat and Ribbon Drawing

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