Friday, July 24, 2015

Heart Box - VIDEO

Happy Friday, everyone! This week's video is Heart Box. I find this one very relaxing to draw - it's easy and I don't have to think too much about it :)

I posted Heart Box on the blog during the 2014 Valentine's Love Fest .....back then it was all hearts, all the time.


This video shows two methods of drawing the pattern (the second, continuous line version is my favourite) along with a wonky grid version. I hope you have fun with it!


(If you're reading this via email, you may have to visit the website to view the video.)

Here's this week's focus tile : Hollibaugh.


Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Challenge #227 - Circus Life

Ever begun shading a project and you really wish you hadn't because it just goes on and on and on? Yep, me too! Many times. My challenge piece for this week was one of those times. I initially thought I'd go for colours to complement the circus theme, but decided on shading instead.....and what a job......all I can say is I'm glad it's over :)

So, this week's challenge was to use the tangles Cack and Tropicana then either Florz, Linq or Fescu.

As soon as I checked out the various tangles I knew what I wanted to do, but unfortunately the double connected Cack did not fit into it, so I cheated a bit and just used a single Cack inspired circle for the centre. Petals and surrounding bands are Tropicana and the outside curvy bits are Linq.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Challenge #226 - Simplicity

I don't think it's any secret that I love, love, LOVE! white space.........I am a minimalist at heart- so this week's diva challenge - "simplicity" - perfect :)

As I've been busy, I think the challenge has been mulling away in my brain without my knowledge over the past few days and this morning when I was dropping my daughter off at the bus stop, I had the image of a single daisy curved back on itself randomly pop into my head. I know, normal people think about important things....... me......I just see random images.......I don't really think there's any hope for me :)

So.....daisies......without a doubt my favourite flower. I love drawing and photographing them. A perfect single, white daisy is, to me, the epitome of classic elegance.

As per the brief, I kept it all very pared back and simple - it was very quick to draw, which was nice. The single daisy is combined with a play on Prestwood and Knightsbridge (the poster-child minimalist pattern, I think).


A daisy photo from the garden last Winter.


Wow. Two posts in one day - it may take me the week to recover :)

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Kisses Tangle Pattern VIDEO

It's Friday, so how about a kiss?

See what I did there? LOL. O.k., so, if you haven't guessed, this week's video is Kisses.

Kisses is a pattern that goes right back to 2012 (can you believe how fast time flies?), I posted it just a few months after beginning this blog.



Here's the video - it shows a few options for using Kisses: stacked @ the wheat and borders, flowers and a braid. (if viewing by email, you may need to visit the website to see the video).


Hope you enjoy it! Have an amazing weekend.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Black and White Spinners

The weather has been so miserable here over the past few weeks, I've really had no choice but to do a lot of drawing........nothing more productive that I really should be doing.......like......ah, housework. I promise :)

So, my routine has been to get the must-do jobs - like milking the cow, feeding chickens, bringing in some wood etc, done first thing in the morning, then I load up the wood in the fire and settle down to draw (maybe I surf the net a little bit, too). It's been great!

Today I decided to revisit the Olb/Abundies combo that I first played with a couple of weeks ago. I had so much fun with it that I wanted to have another go - I went with some black striping on this one. So fun!


I've even got a little bonus "quick draw" video (I know! it's not even Friday :) showing how I approach drawing an Olb/Abundies combo with some basic grey lead shading. This has been filmed at (mostly) 8 x speed. Actual drawing time took approx. 15 minutes. The drawing above took more time with layered shading and filling in the black areas.



Enjoy the quick draw? I've also got a video of an Aquafleur Poppy being drawn, though I've used a series of photos instead of video footage.

Other stuff: work on the new book is progressing slowly, slowly, but in an ever forwards motion, gearing up for a chicken workshop we're doing here in a couple of weeks........ and here's a 3.5 tile that I did for the Zentangle One Focus on Finery.


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Friday, July 10, 2015

Heartline Tangle Pattern - VIDEO

Friday comes around fast, right? This week has just flown. We're back into the dairy routine, milking, making butter, ricotta, etc. Miss Jersey has stopped trying to hide with her calf at milking time and now just comes up to the gate ready to go. I like a girl who likes her treats :) She's making her way through my pumpkin stash at the moment. Clearly my pumpkins do bring all the girls to the yard.

This week's pattern video is Heartline. This is a versatile pattern that you can do as a standalone, linear version, or put it into a grid with or without lines in order to increase it infinitely.


Want to read more about it? You can view the original pattern post here.

Here's the video (if viewing by email, you may need to visit the website to see the video).


I hope you have fun with it!
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Challenge #225 - colour

The current Diva Challenge is to use colour - also known as "So.........Colour, my mortal enemy........we meet again!"

O.k., maybe colour is not (quite) my arch enemy but I definitely prefer to work in black, grey and white with only the odd foray into the land of colour. When I do make a visit I usually stick to a monochromatic scheme.

And the big news.........today is no different. LOL. Here's my piece in shades of green.


I initially had the idea of turning the pattern Cloudfall into a feather, I did the first two steps of the pattern and then just went off on a tangent and kept adding stuff, and this was the end result.

Have a good one!
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PS. Look out for a new video tomorrow :)

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