Monday, 17 July 2017

thinking stuff...


My problem is that I wish I were the kind of artist that is instantly recognisable for her work. You know, I do a certain kind of genre and use a certain kind of medium and have developed it over years as an artist and even earn a living at what I do. But I'm not that person, have never been.

Instead I like to take something and go with it until I'm satisfied I've done enough of it. And then I turn to working with paper or fabric, I make jewellery, I draw comics or I decorate found objects. The down side of all this is although I can turn my hand to pretty anything I try I don't feel as though 'I'm an artist'. And when I describe myself as an artist there's a tiny part of me that thinks I'm fibbing.

I suppose I should both be satisfied that I enjoy what I do and revel in the fact that I'm multi-able. 


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Saturday, 1 July 2017

mini sketchbook fauxdori...

envelope design by Oh,Hello Stationery Co.

There's a Traveller's Notebook called a Midori and the brand is made in Thailand. Beautiful leather wraps containing stitched paper notebooks and the design is simple, allowing the user to personalise the contents. But Fauxdoris also exist and are a cheaper alternative to the original and legendary Midori. It's quite simple to make a fauxdori - check out Sea Lemon's YouTube tutorial.


After ordering planner stickers from Oh, Hello Stationery Co. I wanted to use the envelope covering to make some sort of mini sketchbook that would fit in my bag. I just love their envelope design - makes me think of tokidoki. The characters on the Oh, Hello design have each been designed from scratch by Alex and Kayla Benda themselves. The current new releases from the sticker design duo include some of the funniest llamas I've ever seen. 

I have some small Moleskine notebooks to draw in and the buttery paper is very nice to use. But I wanted to make a mini sketchbook using Bristol Board - I also like its smooth white surface that can take markers without bleeding.

making the mini fauxdori


Cut off the back of the Oh Hello A5 envelope where the pattern has no postage labels attached. Fold the piece of card along the middle to form the book cover. It may need to be trimmed evenly.


Cut Bristol Board to size and make it smaller than the cover. I needed to alter the size yet again during the making. Use a bone folder to make neat folds along the centre lines of each page.



I used a very simple way of stitching the inner pages together. Punch 3 holes along the centre fold (I used a large darning needle) and take the cord through the centre hole from inside to outside. Bring the cord through an outer hole from outside to inside and then through 3rd hole from inside to outside. Finally bring cord through centre hole from outside to inside and tie twice making sure the inner vertical cord is caught in the knot. Trim ends of cord and tie knot at each end.


With orange silky cord (I had no elastic) I made the Oh,Hello envelope card into a Fauxdori cover. Too make slipping the loop over the cover easier I curved the corners. It's much more straightforward to follow Sea Lemon's visual instructions than having to read each step-by-step stage - link. She also has some excellent bookbinding tutorials, for beginner and practised, on her YouTube channel.

view from my studio window



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Saturday, 13 May 2017

sketchbook May 20017



More experimenting with Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer pencils which are water soluble. Alo using the Faber-Castell Polychromos range, white paint markers and black Pentel brush marker. Eyes seem to be my focus and faces are 'held back' with nets, veils or other structures.


I'm aware of concealing some of the initial images resulting in the faces peeping through, hidden, which is also reflected by the juxtaposition of the face on the page.


Occasionally I'll leave an image unaltered because it doesn't need anything else.



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Friday, 5 May 2017

sketchbook April/May 20017


Started a new sketchbook in April, a small Winsor & Newton 4 1/2ins x 5 1/2ins, spiral bound. 170gsm paper.


I also picked up a box of watercolour crayons from Tiger. Didn't know how these were going to work as crayons are waxy but there was a certain amount of soluble colour mixed with them. So they could be used as crayons and also as watercolours with a bit of waxy texture added.




I left pencil lines from each loose sketch, colouring over the top. Another layer of crayons and water could be used once the previous layer had dried. I liked the texture that remained.


Used pentel brush pen in black over the surface of a few drawings and added some white acrylic paint pen.


The black can give a sinister feeling to the drawings.


A background of texture from layers of white acrylic made the watercolour washes from the crayons more visually interesting.



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Saturday, 22 April 2017

A year gone by...


A year has passed since I first started this blog, 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes or 31536000 seconds. And for the last couple of weeks I've been thinking long and hard about how I want to continue blogging.


Posting three times a week has sometimes proved difficult. I find I'm thinking about the postings and not my artistic development. It might seem more productive this year to work at my art processes and blog when I have something new. A different dynamic. At the very least I need to blog once a week and may, or may not, blog twice a week depending upon what material I have to share. Although this will result in less blogs what should become apparent is my development as an artist rather than being a blogger who 'does art'.

Roll on Year 2...



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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Black and White 3


Re-doing a previous drawing 'Mother of Bees'. Link to a previous blogpost Artwork process: Mother of Bees


Using pencil eraser and new fineliners. Colouring in the shirt pattern was meditative.






Background comes from the zigzag movement made by bees in flight...




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Friday, 7 April 2017

Black and White 2


Second black and white drawing. Used same pens and pencils as the first (black and white) though I added some Payne's Grey coloured pencil to her hair.


Soft pencil sketches on A3 Bristol Board...


Favourite retractable rotring propelling pencil, pencil eraser and unipin fineliner...




Coloured background in black Sharpie as before and used a Faber-Castell PITT marker in white to create a circular pattern behind the figure and dragons.


My uniPin fineliners were on their last legs so time to break out a set of drawing pens my son had bought online. Although not being a known brand they work just fine.


Liquitex acrylic paint marker gave the skin an ivory tone.




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