Tag Archive | Drawing

A little bit of arty fairy fun

In case you haven’t already guessed along with butterflies, fairies are one of my favourite things. This week saw me receive an amazing gift of a full set of Winsor and Newton Half Pan watercolours. Yes I did a happy dance and thanked the person who sent them to me over and over for their generosity as it was totally unexpected. Part of the reason I have been dying to get my hands on some watercolours is that I got this fantastic Children’s book from Fishpond for a bargain$7.16 with free post. The reason I wanted the book was other than it being fairies. I love the funky cute look of it. I have seen some really awesome art journaling with this sort of drawing and painting in it and must confess I have been dying to try it.

This is the book.

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Now here is my first attempt

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My second

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And also a fairy pond scene
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What I love about the book is it is super simple. I am not one for having to sit there are pour over something to read for hours and hours, nor do I like to copy stuff over and over as another book I got recently has as it’s format.

All you need is some watercolours and a black felt tip pen. That is it.

For me I know I am totally looking forward to playing more and learning to use my watercolours in other ways.
For me Art and craft is about exploration and playing. I don’t always think what I do is very good or brilliant or arty. But I enjoy the process.

As for my fairies I know I need to look where I am putting my lines more, pay attention to where their wings are and such and perhaps overcrowd the picture a little less.

However it was fun and the end result for a first effort is pretty good and what I wanted to be able to do.

Sometimes I think grown up books make things far more complex than they need to be. When things are simple, we tend to pick up and develop them faster as well as to change them and put our own unique spin on them.

I know a lot of people would turn their noses up and go children’s book however I loved the cover and I have learned a long time ago to trust my intuition. I am ever so glad I did with this book as I love it. I look forward to trying some of the other techniques in it.

May you be inspired to new creative heights.

Amanda

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A day of Bearmaking and experimenting

A day of bear making and experimenting

Yesterday I received a new commission from a friend. So it was spent finding my pattern book, cutting out a new pattern from the last of my templastic (only to find my supplier of bear stuff does not have it anymore), cutting out, prepping (for me this involved fray stoppering the edges, sewing the neck and paw pads in and pinning all the pieces ready for sewing), and I even managed to get the bears tummy sewn.

Today I had planned on sewing a lot more than I did, don’t get me wrong I sewed two legs and an arm and this is not a small bear we are talking about here it will be around 15″+ when he is finished.

However the parcel man dropped off a parcel that I couldn’t help myself I had to have a play. Today my pentel oil pastels arrived.

Like the first time I used my regular more chalk like pastels I am not quite sure how I feel about these yet. On one hand I love the richness of colour of using them on watercolour paper on the other my first attempt on regular art drawing paper whilst looks good I was not happy with how hard it was to work in and blend the colours.

So here is the first attempt on art paper. I created a sunset over water type background.

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This pic is of the colours in the set on watercolour paper notice the richness and ease of how they blend as opposed to the art paper

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And lastly my attempt to draw a weeping willow. I am not too sure about the tree however I love the shimmery effect I managed to create in the water and the tones of the sky as well.

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Considering I only did these as quick probably less than an hour each drawings my intent was to play and see how the pastels layer and such. It is interesting how used to my more chalk like pastels I have become as the oil pastels feel weird to me. I am looking forward to combining them with my soft charcoal and pulling out my art journal perhaps on the weekend.

Exploring my inner artist

This year has for me about exploring new ideas and mixed media art journaling has definitely captured my imagination. The scope and range of products in the art and craft world astounds me and my wish list is rife full of all sorts of things that I would love to experiment with.

I have been playing with some cheap pastels (they are more like a chalk/watercolour than an oil pastel) and some very basic drawings. I have also acquired along the way both soft and hard charcoals, and a few art pads to play on.

Today for the first time I decided to try and draw and colour a face (other than art classes at school some eep let’s just say a very long time ago).

I have been seeing such wonderful fun and funky faces and people around and about and I always think I wish I could do that so today I decided to try it.

So I used the biggest art pad I had and pencil drew in a face, I then traced it with tissue paper (in case I made a completely horrible mess of things) I painted the original with pastel mixed with water and also a little extra pastels in places to add texture

This first pic is the Tissue Paper Pic

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And This is the coloured version, I am quite happy with this as a first effort especially pleased with her eyes as this was done without thinking of anyone just off the cuff

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Also (no wonder housework is not getting done, 12 tags, Christmas and a bout of mega creativity) I had a go at making a little hand bound book although I had seen this on a TV show and did look at some tutorials I ended up doing it in my own way (what is new with that lol) I still have to make a cover for it but here is a pic of it so far it is 6 pages from a sketch pad as well as tissue paper. I am looking forward to making the cover and seeing how it looks when I finish it. It is designed to be a pocket art journal not sure if I am keeping it or going to use it for a present for one of my arty friends who draw.