Sunday, June 21, 2015

15 Day Drawing Challenge, Days 3 and 4.

You can see why I continue to take classes in drawing, especially life drawing! I did this sketch using a wooden manniken, sold at art stores to assist artists get the proportions of the body correct. It didn't help me much!

I copied this from a Whiskas Cat food advertisement. It reminds me of our cat Tiger who looked just like this picture when he was a kitten. So cute :-)

Friday, June 19, 2015

DTE Forum Drawing Challenge

Cheryl over at Down To Earth Simple Living Forum, started a new thread just for fun and a bit of a challenge to any members who fancy themselves as artists, or just like to doodle!  I have a foot in both camps, as my less artistic friends tell me I'm an artist, but for me it is just a fancy form of doodling :-)
For 15 Days we are to draw something every day.  Here are my first two days' drawings:
Ken snoozing.  Sketched in graphite pencil.
  Fineline pen and watercolour wash.
I will be back in a day or two with my next few doodles!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Three handmade cards.

I wish I had more time to spend on paper crafts, I really do love creating cards, collages, etc. although my efforts are simple compared to those whose primary hobby it is.  Here is what I made today.  One of these will be sent to a Down To Earth forum member as part of an arranged swap this month.
The cat below is a scrap of patchwork fabric inserted into a precut card.  I got distracted during this project, and glued the fabric on the wrong side of the card, so I decided to cut the back off and sticky tape it on the other side to correct the layout.   I couldn't leave it with a sticky taped edge! so I glued the yellow paper over the edge to cover up my mistake...


This is a plain white card with check scrap booking paper glued on to the front.  The flower cart is a cut out from a decoupage book of cut outs that I found at the opshop.

Teapot is made up of two fabrics which I adhered visoflex to, cut out the shapes, and ironed them on to the card.  The lacy bit under the teapot was a mistake; I used sticky paper lace because it was quick and easy, instead of cutting a small piece of real lace which would have looked much nicer.  Cie la vie..

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Assorted paper crafts.

I like to borrow craft books from the library to peruse, before I decide to buy a copy for myself. It's a good lurk because much of the time there are only a few projects that I would consider making in most of the books, so I try to make them all while I've got the book out on loan. Problem is if I run out of time, especially if I've renewed the loan twice, as it has to go back on the due date!
 I'd borrowed Papercrafting In No Time and made three items so far, with more that I wanted to do. I thought it was due back last week, but luckily I have another week to play! Here are two of the projects (the other is just a decorated clothes peg, not worth posting here).

his "bird on a nest" is made with buttons hand sewn onto the card stock background, and the bird and branch cut out of various papers and glued.



These Union Jacks are made using a template of the crosses.  It is traced on to patterned paper, cut out, and glued on to a plain background.  The triangular shapes left after cutting out the cross, are then trimmed to a smaller size and glued into place, leaving a band of plain colour around the cross.  It can be made more interesting if two different patterned papers are used as shown on the right side.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Recycling Napisan and other plastic containers.

On the Down To Earth forum, one of the members was asking what she could do with Napisan containers.  I replied that I just throw mine straight into the recycle bin as I have so many containers of other kinds, I couldn't find a use for any more.  But last week when my Earth choice (or a similar brand) dishwashing powder ran out, I decided to decorate the container rather than chuck it out.  Good old Modge Podge and paper napkins to the rescue!



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Christmas card collages

I did two of these last December, but can only find one photo on my computer file.  I had saved my Xmas cards from the previous year to do this after I read about it on a craft forum.  I had an A3 art pad that I used for the background, glued old sheet music at random, then the cards over that. 
The other collage was similar but I used cards with animals (cats, dogs, birds, etc) as the theme.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Paper Napkin and other paper crafts.

I found a fabulous craft magazine in the newsagent recently.  It is an English publication called More Home Crafts, and although expensive at $25, it is worth every cent as it has a large variety of crafts in it.
Today I decided to do some of the fun projects using paper napkins and gift wrapping paper.  I used Gesso to paint two masonite clip boards, the broom handle and broom, dustpan and brush.



Then I used Modge Podge to glue wrapping paper to the broom head and handle, dustpan and brush, and the smaller clipboard.

I painted around the edge of the chicken napkin, but it will need a second coat, and I think I will use a lighter colour, as this is a bit dark.  Didn't decorate the other clipboard of the same size, but I'd painted a larger clipboard with Gesso, and haven't gone any further with that.

The next thing I did was use a paper napkin to decorate a plain glass vase.  Here is the vase, napkin glue, brush and napkin.  I only used the smaller row of holly leaves from the napkin.

Completed in less than five minutes!  Here it is with a tea light inside.