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Every Day Art

I just saw this on my #seriescd Instagram page and it excited me so much I just had to share it with you

series of doodles Since starting the doodles in my 6″ x 6″ sketch book, to travel with ,I have become immersed in continuing with a Series using a CD as a starting point. I have to do one as I wake up and can’t settle to sleep at night without doing another.

And today I got some Posca Pens in the post!

Eeek!!!!!posca pens

they show up so well on the black card – they sort of glow!

Not cheap at £14.99 for 8 pens but so worth it.

I am on my second sketch book – they each have 40 pages in them ….

Must go – I have doodles to doodle doodle doo!

What to Do on an Aeroplane

gel pensWhen planning a trip, I put more thought into what I will do on the plane, train, whilst waiting in airports, stations and in quiet moments on holiday, than almost any other aspect of the trip. I have to get that planned well in advance, only then can I think about clothes and what the place will have to offer.

I will be taking my Scrap Happy blanket to crochet – yes you can take crochet hooks on board a plane. I have done so many times. (Just in case I meet with a problem, I take a cheap old plastic hook that I wouldn’t mind losing, keeping a better one tucked away in my case).

There needs to be an alternative to crochet as well. At first I thought I would take this 11″ x 11″ sketchbook in which I have painted some backgrounds,mandala on acrylic

but it is rather big and heavy, so I bought two 6 x 6 inch sketch books, one with black paper, one with white, and some gel pens intending to draw some small mandalas.

I’m not sure if the airline will be happy with a compass, hence an old CD to draw round. sketch booksI drew some circles in preparationdots

and could not resist having a quick doodle.

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and another

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I remembered the ‘false writing’ Julie Balzer had shown us on the Whimsical Collage Workshop

It is such fun to do

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These mandalas were not turning out at all as I had originally planned. I thought I would re-visit Alisa Burke’s superb online Mandala Magic Course, that I first took back in July 2015. She has so many wonderful online classes. I can highly recommend them – Alisa is very generous with all of her tips, techniques and ideas. Once you have bought a class you have unlimited access to it forever.

I was on a roll and enjoying this more minimalist form, keeping to the CD as the basis of the patterns – it feels like it might turn into a little series – I’m fantasizing about how I will frame them as a group …….

But Stop! This is supposed to be for when I’m travelling.

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Luckily there are 40 pages in each book.

Reluctantly I have put them away for now.

What do you take with you to do when you are travelling?

 

Painted leaves

The beautifully painted leaves on The Green Dragonfly today prompted me to find the photos of the leaf doodling I did on Nevis.DSC_1602

I never did discover the name of the plant this leaf came from, it grew near the sea.

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Each morning I would create little arrangements on the table on the verandaDSC_1422

I can’t stop arranging things – even the loose tiles in the swimming pool could not escape

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…….. a coral collection

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……..shells

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some of which I doodled on wondering if they would combine with a seahorse to make little hanging decorations

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What do you think?

 

 

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 Furoshiki, 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!)

The fabric I have used is an African wax printdsc_0117

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.

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

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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

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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

FOUR

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.

Mandala-la-la

 

mandala1At last I’m out the other side! Energy has returned Hurray!

The upside of lounging about for 16 days is that I got to play in my sketchbookmandala2

Alisa Burke’s Mandala Magic, online course could not have come at a better timemandala3

some are still work in progressmandala5

some are completemandala4

and they have all been supremely satisfying and relaxing to drawmandala6

I never know what will happen as I start drawingmandala7it is fun to let it flow and develop, sometimes over a few daysmandala8

and because it is only a doodle and a sketch I can just do it knowing I can throw them in the bin if I don’t like them or tear them up and use in collages.

I like the last two best – do you have a favourite?

If you would like to have a go Alisa is holding a Summer Sale of her Classes. I can highly recommend them, full of inspirational videos and clear, easy to follow tips and guidelines.

 

A Doodle Day

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Day 11 of this ………..*! virus and I’ve given in.

After the first 3 days of non-stop sleep, I’ve been trying each day to do bits in the house and garden between resting. Having heard from others who have had this and who tell me it has lasted between 4 – 6 weeks before feeling on top form again, I’ve given in.

Today I am going to be mainly doodling.

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And I need colour to cheer me up!

Mandala Magic

I am taking part in my first online class.AB Mandala1

Dipping my toe in, I have started with Alisa Burke’s mini-tutorial entitled Mandala Magic.

It’s fun, and concentrating on one simple form suits my need to dip in and out according to the weather and other stuff going on right now.ABmandala1a

Alisa has a very distinct style and at first I thought my mandalas would turn out looking like hers, but no – not at all – I immediately went off in my own style adding colour from the start. AB mandalaThe course provides some wonderful prompts and is hugely inspiring. I’ve started in a small ring bound 6″ square sketch book, so that I can carry it around easily and doodle in odd moments.

I had Miss E and Little Bro here this week. mandalasWe were mainly in the garden, but needing to dodge the showers we retreated to Pippin (my little caravan in the garden) and did some mandala drawing together.

Here is Miss E’s so farE'smandala

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and because Miss E enjoyed drawing a mandala so much and has a birthday coming up soon I have made her a card that she can continue to embellish herselfb'daycardAnother experiment for the Etsy shop me thinks – maybe others would enjoy colouring this pattern as well, you never know!

A Wednesday Walk-Along with Linda

Please take off your shoes and join us on our Ynylas walk, (just before we created the labyrinth)………..

….. ooooh I am still savouring that magical stroll along the wide expanse of Ynylas Beach…… as we go …. imagine a spring breeze making your hair dance around and feeling fresh on your cheeks …. making them glow…….DSC_0438

……. cool salt water swirling round your ankles ……

linda6………    is there anything better in the world than walking along a beach with a dear friend, on a sunny day ……

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….. looking for shells …….. watching the shifts of light as the clouds scud across the sky

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noticing patterns DSC_0466DSC_0462 DSC_0460 DSC_0458and inspiration for doodles

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with the lull of the sound of the wavesturnng point

……..  and then it is time to turn around

Ynylas return

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…. and marking a thank you before leaving the beach.

Dust off the sand between your toes, shoes on, deep breath and maybe just a little sigh as we say goodbye to Ynylas (for now anyway)…….

Would you like to see the shells I collected?

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So satisfying to see them all laid out, some gathered for Linda’s Mum who makes the most amazing shell sculptures, some for me to play with in making pictures, patterns and mandalas as I did in January 2014 in Abu Dhabi,  and some as collage material for my grandchildren ………. what would you do?

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I tried to find  out what ‘Ynyslas’ means in translation. Ynys is ‘isle’, but if I put in ‘ynys las’ – I get ‘greenland’ – however ‘las’ does not translate as ‘green’.

Welsh is not an easy language!

And now, after the beach, how about a wander through:

an Italian Garden;

or join Amanda, The Welsh Wanderer on her journey walking the coast paths;

and then a real treat if you like reflections on water – A Canal Walk in Yorkshire

I do hope you enjoyed walking along with us, it’s fun having you along.

Please leave a link to one of your favourite walks, we’d love to join you.

Black and White

Looking back at photos of my recent stay in Pembrokeshire I found this photo of a wonderfully vibrant lichen

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found on rocks at Whitesands beach

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where we went for a wonderful paddle one evening when the sun came out after a grey and rainy day.

Looking at the white lichen on the black rock inspired these doodles

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and now I’m thinking of adding some gold and silver – hmm – Christmas cards maybe?

The black and white theme continues with my Cruella Deville Hat Wig selling this week and now speeding it’s way off to be worn for a Halloween Party – must knit another quickly – luckily it only takes a total of 4.5 hours to complete a Hat Wig – a couple of evenings and it’ll be done.

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You can find a pattern in my Etsy Shop  if you too would like to be Cruella.

Doodles Black and White

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Now I’ve started on the black and white theme I just want to keep on going and my very talented creative sister, who does exquisite detailed work, has got the bug too – she sent me this work in progress

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I love the way we all take a theme and work it in our own unique way. Her work is very soothing to look at – I love the repetitions.

A while ago I put a doodle on the blog as a PDF for readers to download

here is what I have done with it so far, following the black and white theme, more to do

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and some more from my sketchbook

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all these will be added to in odd stolen moments of the day, and in the evening in front of the TV,

 

 

 

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whilst waiting for an appointment,

 

 

 

over a coffeedoodl

 

 

 

or on the telephone ….

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how do you fill those precious little pockets of time?

Doodle Time

I always find Alisa Burke inspiring. There is a link to her blog in the blogroll on the right.

She often posts glimpses into her sketchbook and I just had to have a go at her latest style of doodle which she calls ‘Meditation’, and I can see why.

Here are my versions:

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Thoroughly absorbing to do – go on have a go!

Celebrating

We have a lot of anniversaries in our family in July (and then another batch come along in October).

On Friday it was E’s birthday – I have been a Granny for 6 years!

Instead of a card I decorated an ‘E’ for her

Our local Art shop sells these hollow cardboard numbers and letters for just under £2 each.

2E1I gessoed it first and then painted it with acrylic paint mixed to Elfie’s favourite colour – a turquoise blue

2.EbThen with a touch of stencilling and doodling she has her initial that she can hang on her bedroom wall.