Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Have you seen Sandy Hunter's gorgeous new pattern, Lola? Love, love.

I was thrilled when Sandy asked me to experiment with Lola before the reveal on her blog, so exciting!

I managed to squeeze in some Lola play during the craziness that has been my life over the past few weeks. Here's my favourite:

Yep, you guessed it - a feather. hahaha. Can't help myself. Lola has great flow and works perfectly for this. I can see it in a stack of future swirly drawings.

To see all of Sandy's wonderful samples (I adore the butterfly versions and frankly, am incredibly jealous that I didn't think of using Lola that way myself!!!), a few more small ones from me, plus (most importantly) a step out of how to draw Lola visit the blog post here.

While you're there, take some time to have a good look around at Sandy's amazing work. I am in awe of her tangle remixes!

Hope the remainder of your week is fabulous - I have a sketched idea for this week's challenge  along with a deadline piece that I have to complete by tomorrow night (gulp). The clock is ticking - I guess I'd better work on that deadline first, huh?

Also, thank you so much for the comments on my challenge drawing last week - I feel awful that I just have not been able to get around and comment on other people's work for a while. Things should be (almost) back to normal again soon.


Friday, April 11, 2014

challenge #162 - Initial String

A whole day at home for the first time in about 2 weeks. So, so good. I have another busy few days then should finally be able to take a break and enjoy some of the school holidays. Hopefully with lots of drawing :)

This week's challenge is to use your initials as a string.  I checked out the challenge Tuesday morning and made a quick sketch on a bit of scrap paper (along with some notes for a garage sale) I liked it but didn't have time to expand on the idea:

Today I did :)

Here's where I started (I took some artistic licence with the "w" to fit my idea):

"in progress" pic:

My mum, Ann, is on my mind a lot right now - this is her "A":

Hope your weekend is wonderful - mine is going to be crazy!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spiral - Challenge #158

I love using spirals in my drawings in lots of different ways, but for whatever reason I wasn't feeling all that inspired this week.

I've had a lot on and drawing hasn't been a priority. So sad :(

Anyway, I wanted to have a go at the challenge and did a coloured spiral piece that I liked, but didn't love (coming up when I have time to scan) and then, FINALLY, got in the spiralling frame of mind and did a couple of doodles when I decided to flick through my pattern journal for fill inspiration. I didn't make it past the A's. As soon as saw aquafluer I knew it would work perfectly - it seemed so obvious as it often looks like a spiral anyway.

So, here it is.

I've had a quick look at the list of entries for this challenge - so, so many I don't know if I'll make much of a dent in seeing them this week.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shamrocks - Challenge #159

This week's Diva Challenge was to take inspiration from St. Patrick's day. So, for me this week, it was all about the shamrock.

And though it's not really a shamrock colour, it was a good excuse to break out the lime-y green markers.

Firstly, I played with creating continuous lines of the shamrock and scroll which I think worked out pretty well.

Then a bit of mooka/shamrock play - this one is a bit heavy on the green - I should've left the scroll elements either simply outlined, or black I think.

Many challenges start off with me doing a brainstorming page - this just involves doodling the shapes  to try and engage the brain and get a few ideas flowing. After this I'm usually ready to go. You can see the genesis for the finished designs here.

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to come and look at my challenge piece last week and for the lovely comments. I did not manage to make it around to check out everyone else's entries, which was disappointing, but the last few weeks have been so busy with canning, appointments and the start of my PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate). Hopefully this week I can come up for air long enough to get around and see what everyone is doing :)


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


When I hit a drawing road block I often find myself doodling swirl designs. They're fun do when you just want to create something, but not really have to think about it too much.

Still trying to find the best settings for this new scanner.

Now I need to think of something for this weeks challenge :)


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Diva Dance/Crescent Moon Feather

This week's challenge - Diva Dance/Crescent Moon. Fun. Love, love playing with Diva Dance - such a beautiful, flowing tangle.

I love experimenting with patterns as feather designs, and since I haven't drawn one for a while, this was my big chance.

Looking forward to checking out what others have come up with!


Saturday, March 8, 2014


Two super-easy patterns that evolved out of the wonky grid challenge. I worked each flower in the grid from 2 intersecting figure 8's, hence the name.


Some fill/detail ideas (the centres have been dotted in with a white jelly pen).

Creates a nice loose pattern when you let it go wherever it leads.

Pebble Flowers: again very simple concept - form into a grid, or work single line as shown in the image below from yesterday's post.

It's a long weekend here in Australia and we are having some fabulous, warm early Autumn weather, so we're heading down to the beach on Monday to visit my eldest daughter. Tomorrow is not so much fun, we are planning to paint my youngest's bedroom. Lots of sanding in the morning and a day of painting after that!

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.