Friday, April 24, 2015

Visions of nets.......

The other day I was driving along in the car when the drawing of an open/contracted net popped into my they do......perfectly normal, right? Okay......moving right along.

So, I wanted to try this idea and ended up with something quite different from what I'd imagined, but I like how it turned out.

Here's an in progress view of the base structure which may not be obvious from the completed drawing.

Just for fun......and to use some of my colour makers before they all end up drying out.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pattern play

I can't believe it's been over a month since I've posted! I've been spending my days getting the garden prepared for winter, making compost piles, picking or preserving the last of the harvest.

We've got group of PDC (Permaculture) students coming to see the property at the end of May as part of their course and we have had a long list of stuff to get done before then also, so, yep, it's been busy - as usual!

The weather has turned very cold this week with a heap of rain, and though it is sunny today and I probably should be out in the garden getting the last of the jobs done, it's still really cold and I just couldn't be bothered. So instead I found myself playing around with this design that was scribbled on some scrap paper. No idea what the inspiration for it was as it's been there for ages so it may be an existing pattern that I wanted to try, or a new idea. Regardless, I had fun playing around with it. I really like the twisting affect that appears when I focus on the central flower.

And a more freeform/wonky version.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Challenge #208

At the moment there are seriously not enough hours in the day.

Autumn = mad, crazy times around here.

I'm canning like a woman possessed, there's tomatoes everywhere! It's almost time to begin on the apple pie filling that my daughter loves and I am contractually required to put a years supply away for her or, apparently, I am out of the family.

We're madly scrambling to get things done around the place in time for a Permaculture group tour in May - one of the big projects was to properly fix up the kids old cubby that I've been using as a potting shed over the past year. By the end of the week it will have shelves and wall hooks and big windows and doors that closes. It will definitely be my garden happy spot.

We've got some cool Autumn festivals that I just have to go visit - today I was at Cloudehill an amazing garden that's part of the Diggers Club (heritage seed savers/garden club that I'm a member of) of course,  I couldn't help but buy a stack of seeds and plants - just doing my bit, you know? (well that's what I tell John, anyway).

Tomorrow we attend a Biodynamic field day as part of the BD course we're doing.

I've got lots of gardening to get done over the next few weeks, compost heaps to build so that everything is ready for the Winter wind down. Whew. I'm feeling tired already.

So, I did get a chance to take a peek at the challenge this week, which was a duo tangle using Cubine and Pokeroot, and this idea came right to mind, so I was compelled to put it down on paper:

ribbon and floral using cubing and pokeroot tangle patterns

I'm going to apologise in advance for not getting around to visit any challenge blogs this week. I'm hoping once Winter is here things will settle down and I'll be able to get more involved again.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Weave - VIDEO

Here's the video for Weave Pattern:

I think the most important thing for this one is that, once you've got the base structure complete (step 3 in step-out instructions), that you continue to work in the same order i.e. strokes on all of the front grid, then work on the back grid, then repeat till happy with the result.

Here's one showing the pattern drawn freeform - this is a speed-draw video - 8x speed. It's done using the same base structure but without the dots. I also add on where I feel I need more, so it's not as methodical.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 12, 2015


Here's the new pattern mentioned in my previous post, Scribble Daisies
Weave Tangle Pattern Step Outs

A couple of notes:
A dot grid helps to keep it straight/regulated if that's the look you want.
Note 1: shows the initial strokes done in a different order.
Note 2: keep adding more lines to fill if you want - really changes the pattern appearance.

Here's a couple of freeform versions:

Weave Tangle Pattern Wonky Grid

Weave Tangle Pattern Freeform

I'm currently working on a video for this one :)

Have fun!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Scribble Daisies and paper scrolls

Playing around with some scribble daisies and patterned paper scrolls. Fun :)

The smaller paper scroll uses a new pattern "Weave" (instructions to come soon - things are pretty busy around here right now).

The tomatoes have started coming in volume now so I have begun the preserving process - this will consume a lot of my time over the next month or two.

I've also updated my VIDEO page to a single media player - you can access all the videos via the dropdown playlist menu. - and also subscribe to my channel directly from this page. Any bookmarks to the old videos page will still work, it's still there, just hidden :)

Have a great week!