Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thinking pink?

After three boys (12, 11 and 4 years older than me), my parents finally had me.......the long awaited little girl. Planned? Nope........but you can bet I was the cutest mistake ever - always singing and dancing and basically just a joy to behold. How could it be possible that I was anything but the favourite? LOL.

A very rare photo of me and my dad, Hanging Rock, Victoria
(check out the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock - an Australian cult classic)

So, what does this have to do with this week's diva challenge which is to use pink in honour of someone who has been touched by breast cancer? I am so very fortunate to have not had any family or friends with breast cancer, so along to dedicating this piece to those who have, I am also posting it in memory of my dad, who passed away when I was 15, and would always ask me "are you thinking pink?" (this was his way of asking me whether I was happy). And, yes, dad......I am.


I find pink quite hard to use, so have stuck with just a few touches :)

Have a good one!

hx

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Journal 13 Wrap Up - part 2

A few more overlooked pieces from Journal 13.......

Leaf string challenge revisited - I loved the aquafleur leaf so much I wanted to do it again :)


An ING Christmas tree.


Lila Popcheff did an amazing spin on Alice Hendon's Dutch Diamond pattern and I couldn't resist having a go. I love the way stripes makes the shapes look tubular and juicy :)



A bit of double Batch:


Journal 13 - officially done and dusted and on the shelf :)

Have a good one!
hx

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Journal 13 Wrap Up - part 1

Another day, another journal. No 13 - done and dusted!


(me and my besties) 
Journals from June 2012 - today

When I finish filling all the pages of a journal, I like to take a look back through - I generally have half-finished ideas, random doodles and notes, and occasionally a few gems that are worth polishing up. It's also a great way to refresh my memory on what I've been doing, and, always interesting to see how long it has taken me to get through the journal, too.

No. 13 has been the longest  so far spanning 5 1/2 months - generally I'll average a journal every 2-3 months. During the time I've been working in this journal, though, I wrote my latest e-book Light and Shadow - so pretty much all of my drawings went into that, finished my Permaculture Design Certificate, had a very demanding baby lamb to look after, and had a shocking case of the flu. Yep, it all makes sense now :)

I had a flick back through and surprisingly found more things to share than I expected, so I'm going to do this in 2 parts. Part 2 will be posted in the next day or two

So here it is, the random selection from Journal 13 part 1:




Hope you have an amazing day :)
hx

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Curly Bracket Feather - PATTERN

I love it when something suddenly seems so obvious, you can't figure out why it never occurred to you before. Today's obvious idea is the combination of......you guessed it.....curly brackets & feathers.

I am a big fan of visualising individual shapes, rather than the whole. It makes it easier to achieve the end result rather than being overwhelmed. Please explain? In this case.........I was able to concentrate on creating curly bracket shapes (i.e. super-easy to draw). Draw a group of them along a spine/centre line and you'll end up with a feather.

Here goes:



Easy to make a bit fancier with more flourished brackets:


hx

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Steps PATTERN - Variations

Some ideas for changing up the  STEPS pattern that I posted yesterday

I know, I know, it's a confusing name.....but when a pattern name (or book title) feels right I am compelled to go with it - I am helpless to resist the pull of my compulsive nature.

1. Start with a curved line 
(I love how simply beginning with a curved line dictates that the curves follow through the whole design and create a more organic, flowing feel).


2. Use "S" shapes to fill in design
(a much more organic version)



3. Additional ideas and tips
(yep, the stuff that just doesn't fit anywhere else)


Hope your weekend is fabulous!
hx


Friday, October 10, 2014

Challenge #186 and STEPS pattern

I have so many scribbled on pieces of paper scattered across my desk right now - pattern ideas, drawing ideas.......things that have just popped into my head. Yep, it's a mess!

I haven't had time to get up to my room and draw, because, you know........it IS Spring and there's gardening to be done, a lamb who thinks I'm his mother and is resisting being weaned (though I do have him down to one feed a day), running my daughter around, catching up with my other kids......oh.....and having coffee with the first CZT I have met in real life! Exciting! Yesterday I met up with the lovely Jenny Farrell for a coffee at beautiful Karunga Native Nursery (well worth a visit if you're in Melbourne and love Australian native plants). You can see the sun was out ....... my squint is going full force :)



So, onto this week's diva challenge..........I wanted to go with the colour option and for some reason I was determined to do a string themed thing and it just wasn't working out.......after 2 aborted attempts, I scrabbled through some of the papers on my desk for some inspiration - here's the result:


I don't usually include a whole lot of colour in my drawings, so it was a challenge........and some of the blending could have been better, but, I think if you stand far enough back from the screen.......it's o.k. :) and, I like the way it works with the transitioning colours.

This pattern is a similar concept to this idea using dots that I posted a couple of months ago, but I use lines for the base framework instead of dots.

It makes me think of a spiral staircase, so I'm just dubbing it "steps".


I've got a few variations on the theme that I'll try to get up over the next few days.

Have a great weekend! Mine is going to be a full on gardening-fest!

hx

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Challenge #186 - Leaf String

This week's diva challenge was to use leaf shapes as a string - as I don't really do strings, I've just used leaf shapes instead :)


When I saw that leaves were the theme this week, one of my favourite earlier leaf designs popped into my head - I still really love it and incorporated similar ideas on this piece.

Really love the how the aquafluer worked across the leaf shape.......requires more intense investigative research I think!

I'm having a bit of a string renaissance of late, also, it's appearing on most of my journal pages :)

Have a good one!

hx