Sunday, July 5, 2015

Frost Flower Tangle Pattern

Having a play with Kary Heun's tangle pattern Frost Flower today. 

I love how light and delicate it turned out.

Here it is with a few touches of colour. I prefer the black & white version myself and may add some shading to it.


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Olb Tangle Pattern - VIDEO

TGIF, right? Not only is it almost the weekend, it's week 2 of my 12 week video "marathon"......but maybe that's only exciting to me.....LOL :)

Hope you enjoy this week's video, Olb - I love this pattern. It's one of those easy patterns that gives great results with minimal effort. It's one of my older ones - you can see the step outs and read the original post here.

I thought the timing was right for this one as I used Olb yesterday in combination with Abundies and love, loved the end result. I hope you'll be inspired to have a play with it.

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Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Come in Spinner

I wanted to draw something today and decided I'd have a play with the first new (to me) pattern that I could find - I checked into Tangle Patterns and saw Hanny Waldburger's Abundies. I love patterns with a curve or s-shaped base so it was all systems go.

I drew the framework in a continuous line, created the outside as per Abundies and then filled in the middle with  Olb - they work great together.

A little bit of string to "hang" the design and it was done. The final result reminded me of a string of spinners - hence the name.

Here's an Australian colloquialism for you: "Come in Spinner" is a phrase (common around my dad's time) used to refer to a gullible person whom you are right on the cusp of convincing to believe the unbelievable.

This Friday's pattern video will be out tomorrow! Don't forget to check it out :)

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ribbon Roll

If you've followed my blog for a while, or bought my first book:  Flips Folds Ribbon and String you may have guessed that I love, love drawing ribbons. The curls, the scrolls, the perspective challenges, the two surfaces to add patterns to. What's not to love?

I started playing around with some ribbon studies last week and ended up completing this one:

The black and white check works as a good relief (I use it a lot!) for a busier pattern on the other side - in this case Sails pattern.

Now, I'm off to have a play with my new toy - a video/camera quadcopter. I took it for its first flight this morning and now that I've looked at the video footage I have a bit better idea (maybe) of what I'm here goes!


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Video - HEART S Pattern

MY WEEK went a little like this...............

Since I had all my video equipment set up to film Narwal, I decided to go ahead and do Sails ......which was long overdue........after that I think I just lost my mind and decided to go for it and record all of the patterns that I wanted to get done. Then, once I had a system down, I went ahead and edited the lot. Whew! Though I found it oddly soothing watching myself draw to a soundtrack, I am now thoroughly over it!

The end result........I now have 12, YES 12! videos lined up ready to go. I am going to put one up a week on Friday for the next 12 weeks. I cannot believe that me, the Queen of Disorganisation and Lack of Planning (my true title) has actually done it has happened and it appears we are not now living in some alternative I'm just going with it! I do have to remember to post them every week. (Cue BIG sign being put up behind my computer monitor as I am writing this post!)

In my previous post I talked about doing some extra work on my Youtube channel  - I am really happy with the result. I'd love for you to check it out :) All of the videos have new thumbnails.....some even in colour (gasp!) and all the new ones will have a consistent format. Let me know what you think.

If you want to subscribe, you can do so at the channel, or click here. You'll be notified when I post new videos to Youtube. is the first "Friday Video" - the HEART S Pattern - the video includes Heart S, Heart S - no kick, and some randomising. I like to keep my videos to a reasonable timeframe, so if there are sections that are too fast (or too slow), just use the settings "cog" to adjust.

I love Heart S - definitely one of my favourite patterns, it looks great randomised, too.  You can check out the original post here with the pattern step-outs and some examples.

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In other exciting news, Miss Jersey finally had her calf and she is a gorgeous girl. We'll be training her up over the next couple of years to become a house cow just like her mum. We still need to think of a name. Love her :)

Hope your weekend is amazing!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sails Pattern - VIDEO

For a long time I've been wanting to put together a video for the patterns that don't have one yet, so this week I've been working on it and have managed to get some footage for several of them. That's the easy part of the process - putting them into a completed package is more time consuming. For that reason, I've ditched the dialogue as including it often requires a couple of takes to get right and, honestly, I get so sick of listening to myself. I'd rather listen to the same music (over and over and over again) than my voice when I'm editing.

I've also done some much overdue work on improving my Youtube Channel - which now has a trailer video and better thumbnails (you may need to refresh the page if they don't show up for you). I've put together a title sequence and ending which you'll see on new videos. So, I've been having fun. I'm really supposed to be working on my new book, but I've let myself get distracted. Ah, well, it'll happen :)

Here's the first video - Sails: basic and with two grid variations.

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If you'd like to check out the original pattern post, visit here.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Narwal Tangle

Since I've pretty much had my head buried in the sand in regard to tangle-related stuff, I missed seeing the tangle pattern Narwal by Sam Taylor. I heard about it on Donald's blog and once I checked it out, of course I had to have a play. The pattern reminds me of a twisted rope using stacked "s" strokes - I've done drawings using this technique before - you can see one in this post - so I went with a similar approach to keep it more freeform and didn't use the pencil guidelines at the beginning which allows the pattern to go where you want it to.

First attempt - it's definitely a fun one to shade.

narwal tangle pattern greyscale

Next one......getting a little more interesting.

narwal tangle pattern black and white

No. 3 - shades of green (with a little blue and yellow thrown in) - I'm generally not a big colour person, but I actually love this design with it.

narwal tangle pattern shades of green

If you want to see my approach, here's a quick video of me drawing the first example.