Category Archives: Doodles

Hearts and free downloads

Valentine’s Day is on its way. I’ve been having fun making cards for my 8 grandchildren aged 4 – 9.

Photos of Love Rocks and sketch book pages were printed onto 160gm A4 white card.

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I measured the card into 2″x 4″ sections

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and cut with a craft knife

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giving me enough pieces to make 5 cards.

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Using double-sided sellotape in each corner

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I fixed the two layers together.

Then added some heart stickers and made 5 cards

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They still need a little more decorating to personalise them.

On the next batch I used a doodle page

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Would you like to have a go?

Here is the link to the You Tube clip  I learnt from,

and some PDFs for you to download, just click on the title.

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tendrils

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love-rocks

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If you download them I’d love to see what you make.

 

Wrap

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sweet kisses

tender nuzzling

taste of wine

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There’s a Happy Christmas right there!

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Photo Challenge: WRAP

Haiku Challenge: KISS and TASTE

‘Phaiku’: combining the two challenges

The Japanese turn wrapping into an art form. They use a Fur0shiki, or wrapping cloth. Here’s how to wrap two wine bottles in a way where they are protected from clanking together and include a carrying handle.

Use a piece of cloth 90cm square – a large scarf or small table cloth and place the bottles diagonally with their bases a fist width apart.

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Then fold the bottom left corner over the bottles and roll to the opposite corner keeping as tight as possible. Making sure that the last corner is underneath the bottles

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Then take hold of each bottle by the neck and fold upwards so that they are standingdsc_0122Tie the top with one right over left move.

Leave a gap and tie a reef knot: right over left, left over right – tighten securely.

Et Voilà! or perhaps in Japanese: ここで (Koko de)

(The translation is according to Google Translate, so goodness knows if it is right!)

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I’m a bit in love with the bold design and vibrant colours of African prints at the moment. These leaf designs are sure to turn up in some pages of doodles soon.

Happy Wrapping!

Next week’s Photo Prompt is

MUSIC

Looking forward to seeing your WRAP photo – please leave a link in the comments.

Monster

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monsters creep
deep from our psyche
hearts racing

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Ronovan’s prompts: Creep and Race

Photo Challenge Prompt: Monster

Pictures drawn on the ferry ride back from Brownsea Island last week. All drawn by Little Miss M, aged 4, apart from the one top left, by Master R aged 7.

To join in with the Photo Challenge or the Phaiku Challenge which combines the two challenges, please leave a link in the comments.

Next week’s Photo prompt

HUNT

Heat

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cheering in the ninth

from hot and muggy Iowa

created by K

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Just as I was putting together a post about iHanna’s Post Card Swap and simultaneously wondering what on earth I was going to photograph for our Photo Challenge prompt of HEAT – what should come skidding through my door puffing and panting but this postcard all the way from Iowa! Serendipity!

The ninth to arrive out of a possible 10 – and a very welcome addition to the collection with perfect timing. Here are the other 8:

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This card was sent to me by Kirsten in California- I love a good quote. It was one of the first post cards I received in the swap which I wrote about back in May.

This one came from Emma in Rapid City, South Dakota. I have never been to South Dakota but my son went to a rodeo there when he was on his gap year back in 1998

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It feels so good to be connecting with other creatives from all over the world and getting these gems through the post.

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We are all given 10 addresses and so should receive 10 cards in return, if all goes well, but sometimes I guess life and other commitments get in the way and this year eight 9 little works of art have arrived.

Going clockwise from top left, these cards came from Valerie in California; Kirsten in California; Gertrude, Lake Ontario; ‘Fanciful Flutterbys” by Judith Pennsylvania; Emma in South Dakota; Julie in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Pam from Fargo, North Dakota and the hearts from Tina in Florida.

This one by Gertrude seems to be made in a similar way to my post cards. Such a perky little bird drawn on layers of collage, painting and stamping. I like its interesting background and the simple cheerful design. I also like the way Gertrude has gone all round the card’s cut edge with black pen, I’ll try to remember to do that on my cards for a good finish.

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This one from Tina uses layers of stamped and printed designs for the background, creating a similar effect

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and comes from sunny Florida where in May, Tina wrote, it was already ‘too hot‘, but she was enjoying seeing the ‘neat birds and gatars in the back lake’. A wonderful glimpse into her world.

Joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, where he is celebrating his birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY RON!

prompt words: CHEER and BIRTH

cheering in the ninth from hot and muggy Iowa

from hot and muggy Iowa created by K

I have used ‘created’ as a word connected with ‘BIRTH’.

and

our 52 Week Photo Challenge, created by Cathy, Jane, Melissa and me

Join in any time, next week’s prompt is

PLAY

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Check

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home schooling:

free rein on the quest

for knowledge

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Last week Miss E and I went on the train to the Lymington Museum and Art Gallery where 22 Home Schooled children gathered to take part in the most wonderful workshop based on an exhibition of work by many different artists all creating pictures of trees.

The children were invited to leap into a painting and imagine themselves there – what could they hear, see, touch, smell. What would they need to take with them. how did they feel whilst they were there.

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They then chose a painting to look at for 10 seconds then turn away and draw from memory, then a different painting to draw just the outlines for 5 minutes, then 5 minutes to use colour. After that we went to the craft room to create a printing block of their drawing in polystyrene, to print on coloured paper.

On the train I was allowing the movement of the train to create wiggly lines in my sketch book as a quirky diary/memory of our day.

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Miss E noticed that the rain on the train windows made similar lines when travelling down the windows

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which in turn were similar to the lines of the branches of the trees in one of the paintings

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I just LOVE the way her creative mind flows.

Joining in with our 52 Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt CHECK

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: REIN and QUEST.

I’m a little late this week as I have been away for a few days visiting my son and his three girls and then to Chelsea Flower Show with my sister! We had the BEST time – more of that soon. A highlight of the day was meeting up with fellow blogger Dorris – Wow! That was really special!

Fern

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ideas like lightning

strike me by surprise, and when

it rains it pours

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Joining in with our weekly Photo Challenge: FERN

One of my granddaughters has Fern as her second name and I have been trying to crochet some fern fronds to decorate a birthday card for her. I’m also wondering about using them for appliqué on a knitted jacket.

Here are my trial runs:

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Not quite there yet. I used Lucy’s pattern as a starting point, but wanted to include a curl at the top. Rainbow Jane has a lovely picture of this on her FERN photo challenge entry.

I’m thinking they would be even better made in fine crochet cotton, I hope I can find the right colour – the right shade of green can be tricky to find.

Ferns seem to be growing in with my orchids, spores must be in the orchid compost. I used one of the leaves to see what effect it would have on my dyed paper – subtle, but I like it.

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More ferns in a doodled mandala I drew when I was learning from Alisa Burke’s Online Mandala Workshop. With my granddaughter’s second name in mind I drew this mandala for her, with fern fronds at the centre.

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I have no idea of its name but I love its delicate cascade.

Do you have any photos of ferns you would like to enter in our Photo Challenge this week? Just leave a link in the comments.

Also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge with his prompt words of

LIGHTNING and RAIN

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt

FRIVOLOUS

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16 for 2016: March

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16 walks, more than one hour long

THREE (13 to go)

At last I have had the time, energy and the weather all coming together at the same time, to go for 3 long walks. There is a good walk from my house that takes just under 2 hours and I have done it twice.

And then just after Easter, a walk round the parkland of Montacute House (picture above) near Yeovil, Somerset – a lovely walk with a friend on her birthday.

15 handmade greetings cards

SIX (2 more done in March, 9 to go)

The total was brought up to 5 as I made another never-ending card for a friend

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a good way to use some of my doodlesimage

Doodling makes a nice change from knitting for a whileimage

I just love the way these cards give you 3 or four cards in one, this side was a nod to her love of sailingimage

And another friend’s birthday card made from decorated paper, as shown in this post.

14 items in my Etsy Shop

THREE (11 to go)

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– a bit of an experiment to see if PDFs of my painted paper pages will sell as collage material.

13 swims

FIVE

Not one in March, oops, slipping!

12 Garden Posts

THREE

11 Bags made

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10 Different types of bead

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9 Pieces of Textile Art

ONE is well on it’s way

My aim was to make a textile book for each of my 8 grandchildren and one for me. Having been on Frances Pickering’s course, I realise these will probably take a few years to finish, so I am revising my task to starting 9.

8 Mornings of sorting and storing

ONE

I attempted another 4 hour stretch at sorting Stuff. I started at 8.45am on Thursday morning, every time there was an interruption: phone calls, my son dropping in at lunchtime, a neighbour needing help etc etc I stopped the clock and started it again. By 3.30pm I had only done 3 hours of actual sorting and tidying and gave up! Living on my own you would think it an easy task to find a 4 hour stretch of uninterrupted time, but I seem to find it nearly impossible!

7 Paintings

I might change this from paintings to pictures, or pieces of art – could be collage, could be drawing, could be painting.oranges-1

I am enjoying working on the Blood Orange prints, which is still a work in progress – I’m not sure yet whether this will be a piece that will stand up as something I want on my wall, but it is turning into a bit more than a doodle.

6 Bus Rides

ONE

5 New Forms of Exercise

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4 new patterns for my Etsy Shop

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3 Massages

ONE

I am so lucky! My daughter gave me a voucher for Mother’s Day for a massage. How wonderful is that! I think I will go for a Hot Stone Massage this time. That will be my second massage.

2 ways to help refugees

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I had to abandon thoughts of going to Calais as I have been ill with one virus after another. Feeling brilliantly healthy now thank goodness, so once I have caught up with myself, I will put my mind to it again. I’m not sure what is happening in Calais at the moment as far as volunteers are concerned so more research is needed.

1 novel read

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Another false start with ‘A Tiny Bit Marvellous’ by Dawn French.

0 beads bought

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This magnificent 600 year old sweet chestnut tree stands in the park at Montacute House, I could spend a year drawing this tree.

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Cathy inspired me to do the 16 for 2016, here is her March post.