Happy New Year!

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Hello, Happy New Year! Its 2020 and for some reason, I get more excited about New Year than I do about Christmas.

So….do we still do goals? Hmm, lemme see. Not sure about doing a 2019 review that’s for sure. Not much to say on that to be honest – yeah I finally got a job, but its retail hell-on-earth, so I guess my first goal for this year would be to extract myself from that, and get myself into another type of job.snail-drive.png

 

Another goal, would be time management, ha!pattern-girl.png

The thing with me is working 12 hours every other day needs a day or two of recovery time, and by then, its back to work. So……until I acquire another job, I’m going to have to re-jig my schedule to fit in some creativity.

(Can you tell I have had some time off? This post is peppered with sketches, haha!)

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So yes, first things first, time management and find a new job. Do you have any goals to aim for this year? Lemme know – we can hold each other accountable, hehe! 🙂

 

Making a tiny art book

So I made this little art book, just for out and about travelling to work and things.Tiny art book

I made it with strips of long paper all folded together…..lemme show you

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I splattered a huge sheet of recycled drawing paper with watercolour paint….Jackson Pollock style. (That cup of orangey liquid, is watercolour water….its not juice, heh!)

4 strips

Then waited for it all to dry, before tearing into 4 long strips. I may have used a hairdryer……it helps move the paint around too.

accordian style

Then I folded up the strips into equal sections, making the pages of the book. What I love about this is are the details that emerge in the smaller format. So many are missed when viewing a large sheet, but making it smaller just brings a different persepective to the artwork. I see shapes and patterns that I didn’t notice before.

Tiny art book

Stick a cover on it, doodle around the colourful shapes that I see, and make art. Its quite interesting making something out of random blobs and dots. And having some colour already on the pages, takes away that “oh what can I draw on this pristine white sheet of paper?” feeling.

I’m going to make another one now – it only takes about 20 mins to do (including drying time)

 

 

Vintage Collage

So I have veered into the word of Vintage Ephemera……which is a whole new place for me. I was initially inspired by some youtube videos of books/journals that were being made with scrapbook paper ( I bought a whole stack of pads last week from the Poundworld chain of shops that was closing down, purely because they were pretty. I had no plan in mind, I just didn’t want them to go to landfill)

So I was browsing the videos, wondering where they got their images from, found some free image sites, downloaded a few images to see what they looked like, and made this…..

weird collage thing

Naturally I had to go with the surrealist in me…..no straightforward matchy matchy for me, oh no. So here we have a steampunk scrapbook page, with random cactus placed along the bottom. The cacti have upturned strawberries as flowers (heh!), and an early 19th century girl stands among the thorny plants waiting for her beloved. He brought along his giant pet bird because he couldn’t find a sitter, but the bird doesn’t mind as he found a friend in the upper left corner. So yeah, that was fun. Off to find some more pics now – apparently vintage is a *thing* just now – who knew?!

Paper Collage

Hello – Happy Bank Holiday Monday if you have one. If you don’t, and have to go to work, well I hope you have a lovely day anyway! 🙂

I made a couple of paper collages with a stack of old National Geographic magazines that I found in a charity shop over the weekend. Such lovely images and quality paper!

Edith and the moon bird

Edith & The MoonBird”

Edith decided to take control of the situation and release the bird her husband gave her all those years ago. Teetering up the side of the moon in her brand new high heels, she wondered how she was ever going to explain it all to the neighbours. The Post Office was already agog with gossip about her husband disappearing. Edith also wondered if Mrs Henley would like it up here…….

The meerkat Kids

“The Meerkat Kids”

The boys seemed be enjoying the scenery so much, that Bethany decided that now probably wouldn’t be a good time to mention that it was nearly teatime, and she hadn’t eaten since yesterday.

One more

needlefelted monster

So I finished the rest of the fluffy wool and made this little guy. 10 inches or thereabouts. Needle felted wool onto cotton. Going to move onto something else tomorrow because I think I have done enough jabbing for now, heh! Times-a-ticking, and there are so many other projects I want to get underway. See, this is why I can never develop a “style” as such, because I am always exploring and experimenting. Which is good, right? Art always changes and reforms into more art……but sometimes I feel like it would be nice to have a recognised *thing* going on. Then the serious moment passes and I’m all about the fun again 😀

 

Hmmmm….Scrapbook papers

So I was in the poundshop looking at their range of pretty papers when my phone rang. Normally I would never answer it, (nothing interrupts my stationery shopping!) but on this occasion I did answer it – and lo and behold, after the conversation I found myself leaving the checkout, having bought 4 pads of scrapbooking paper! (This is why nothing should be interrupting my stationery shopping!)

pretty papers

Now I am not a scrapbooker. I don’t do cards, or layouts, and don’t have the fancy punches etc required. If I ever need pretty paper for something, I tend to paint my own since its not something I use very often at all. So I’m sitting here wondering what to use them for (btw, is it normally as stiff as cardboard? I tried to make paper beads but its really not that flexible)

I looked at my little characters I was painting and wondered if I could use the paper for that…..so I tried this:

girl suprisewhere I drew items of clothing on the paper and cut them out. Kindof like a paper doll idea. The face, hair, legs, and hands (badly drawn hands, heh!) are just paint and coloured pencil. To pull it all together I scribbled round it with black ink pen. Its alright, but….y’know…..its not really my style.

I tried another one

sleepyheadAgain, wonky perspective with the PJ’s, but hey…its been a while since I played, haha!

So given that the paper is so stiff, I wondered if anyone out there had any ideas on what to use this stuff for?

P.S. My phone is being left at home on the next stationery mission!

Happy Thursday!

Its not a special day is a Thursday, is it? I mean its too far away to look forward to the weekend, and it could still technically be “mid-week”, which is a bit tedious, so I’m wishing all who arrive here a Happy Thursday. 😀

So, what’s been going on…..well I made some art (always good, right?)

collage stickers

I’m not sure what to do with them now…..do they become stickers? or do I make a collage? I have no sticker paper so I thought of doing something nifty with double sided tape so that they could be applied only when required. Hmmm….but then a collage would be nice too. With added elements of course – these are just random with no connection.

Also, the last of my ink photos:

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Now if such a thing exists as a circular picture frame, I would be very interested! I did look online, but everything is square – or a circle within a square. I would like a circle, with circle glass. Keeping on looking because I would love to frame this one! Its like a little tree world.

And finally….we went for a walk on a cold bleak day. It was raining and cold – typical Scottish weather…

bleak walk day

But we saw this

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Which seems to be a memorial to someone’s pet. I thought that was quite sweet. Especially the knitted flower toy lying on top….aww!

A bit of a hodge podge post today, but I’m determined to keep up with blogging, so it may be some quick little updates until I get settled into a schedule. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Skippity Skip!

Skip to my lou

Hello!!! I am no longer a snivelling pile of misery. I am now barking like a dog on 60 a day, sadly, but hey ho…..I am focused and alert and have a tad more energy than before. Hubby and I love to share our viruses with each other  are on the mend.

So! This morning I was all of a fuffle. All this energy and nowhere to direct it. I dyed fabric, thinking I would sew, then an hour later found myself making paper mache masks with the tiny styrofoam eggs I had left over from Easter. Then I made inkblots, one of which is above – very fitting I thought. Skipping along nicely!

We have switched to our Summer Diet earlier than usual – we usually begin in May, but since we clearly need some vitamin support, I’m doing it now. Its very simple and comprises of having fruit or veggie smoothies every alternate night instead of a main meal. It works out quite well – no point in stuffing ourselves with a heavy meal at the end of the day, keep it light and fruity!

Did anyone see that giraffe giving birth? I stumbled on it by accident as the tiny hooves were sticking out of her bottom (sorry, tmi) but I didn’t know the whole giraffe thing had gone viral!! Ah well.

Anyway, nice to be back. I missed you all – lets just give the place a bit of a dust and I’ll get the kettle on!

Life is like a Pigeon…

pigeons ahoy

I  took this shot in the High Street, as a flock of pigeons rose and swarmed like locusts swooping on a field of….what do locusts eat….grain? A field of grain.

So! Why is life like pigeons….well, we have the Lurgy again. Apparently its the 100 day Cold, according to the doctor. Hubby is on antibiotics, while I’m just sniffy. I tried to continue with doll production, but its not really happening. I got as far as this….

stick egg doll

…….then got bored. I’m all out of patience right now. Bleugh. I want to paint, but the Room of Doom is all Doomlike again, which makes me fed up. I need more space (hahaha! Nope.) I need to chuck out some stuff. Purge time. The idea doesn’t excite me, but needs must. I have to start the week productively and no sniffles are going to stop me!

Hope you are all well here in Blogland.