Wednesday, August 13, 2014

woyww - a teacup or two

This weeks SBS klass has been with Liz Steel and we covered teacups and architectural drawing.  Well to tell the truth I am still struggling to draw an ellipse and getting those teacups to sit on the saucer with some form of perspective and proportion.  My first pic shows the cup and some details that Liz suggests you sketch out quickly so that you understand the cup before you draw.  She manages to drink her tea hot while she is sketching and painting! Mine went cold and I went back to using a mug. The next pic has a wide border because I cannot even draw a straight line but in the end it really didn't matter.
Have really enjoyed SBS.  All the teachers are wonderful and had such different styles and I learnt lots of tips and techniques.  Now I just have to practice, practice and more practice.  Not enough time in the day or night.  Off to join in on woyww and I promise to slowly drop in and visit lots of desks.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Drawing with a biro


The class this week at SBS is with Andrea Joseph and drawing with a pen or biro.  Not something I would ever think of doing (apart from doodling on a scrap of paper) and it has been a great exercise.  Her illustrations are wonderful and her tips have been really helpful.  The top pic is a collection drawing and the one below is a quote using her hand lettering style.


All in all a very good class in SBS.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

woyww- moleskin w/c notebook and a bird


Hardly an exciting woyww desk but it does show my new moleskin watercolour notebook which arrived on Tuesday after I placed the order online Sunday.  How good is that and I think I was in my pj's when I ordered and when it arrived.  I have been using cheap notebooks that I buy from the $2 dollar store. Sometimes the quality of the paper is ok other times it is terrible.  I have finally had enough of cheap paper and bought a moleskin.  

This weeks SBS class  was with Cathy Johnson and the focus has been on nature sketching and painting.  

My version of the Eastern Yellow Robin.  He was sitting beautifully in a tree and moved around for a couple of different poses ..... I know he looks like 3 different birds! I got good value out of his moving around.  
Have a lovely woyww and I will slowly visit lots of desks over the week.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

woyww- napkins as a distraction

Thank you to everyone who left great comments and personal thoughts on the topic of selling craft last week.  I learnt that most people generally give their craft away and very occasionally sell through word of mouth or local shops.   It doesn't appear that many or us are selling online and it certainly looks like if you do then prepare to market yourself via every social media site available.  Quite exhausting! and when would I find the time to do what I love.  This week my distraction is napkin art which is really decoupage using napkins.  I have a beautiful collection (thanks to RosA) and have been storing them waiting for inspiration.  Inspiration arrived in the form of special "napkin glue".  I had tried modge podge which some love but I was disappointed as it can be quite tacky in our climate.  So I have bought my special glue and will give it a go.   But I did do the exercise in continuous line drawing in SBS.   Got myself in a muddle with the pencil ending in the wrong position which captures my awkward hand eye co-ordination beautifully.  If you didn't notice I will point out that the loop in the bottom corner is pointing the wrong direction.
Have a lovely woyww.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

woyww - w/c sketch


This week my desk has a landscape watercolour sketch.  It was finished yesterday and left to dry on my desk.  I should be moving on to do my homework for  week 2 of "Sketchbook Skool" but, as it is self portraits not much is being done!!   Whenever I want to avoid something I just go off on a tangent/digress or procrastinate.  So today I am going to do all three and ask woyww a few questions.

 Do any woyww's sell craft online?  How easy is this to do? Would you recommend any sites such as etsy or do you just sell through your blog/ ebay.  I am just curious to see if anyone is actually selling the lovely stuff they make or giving it away.

Would love to hear what woyww's do with their craft and whether anyone has hit the big time.  By the time I get a few answers my class would of moved on to week 3 and I can get back to painting fruit rather than selfies.  Have a lovely woyww and promise to visit lots of desks over the week.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

woyww - crafty goodies

Spent a lovely day wandering around the Sydney Craft & Quilt fair and what you see on my desk are some of the goodies.  Topped up on items that I have run out of such as the double sided tape.   Found a nice gold embossing powder and then had to buy the pretty pale gold for variety. Also came across two new types of glue used for napkin collage on both fabric and paper.  Worth giving it a try as the demo was interesting and I have so many gorgeous napkins (thanks to the lovely RosA).    Also bought a stack of papers and the TH lattice stencil.  I rarely buy stacks of paper as I like variety but  scrapbooking these days is quick with minimal agonising over embellishments.  If I want to do something fancy I go to a class.  The birthday card was from a class where I learnt to shape flowers.  All in all a great day. Finally on the left is my practice sheet of watercolour roses.  The yellow rose was demonstrated by a work colleague who is super artistic and now I am trying to give it a go.

Flowers have been a theme this week and here is a pic of my Phalaenopsis orchid which lives in the kitchen.  Far more co-operative then kitty who never sits still if I am sketching or painting.
Have a lovely woyww and I plan to visit over the weekend.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

woyww - colour charts

Almost forgot to post for woyww and I can only say I got distracted by colour charts.  My new metal watercolour box arrived and I was playing with different pans of colour trying to work out which ones I like and how they fit into the box?  Of course I had to try out the free colour charts that came in the package and that lead to looking at pinterest and you tube to see what colours are popular and that became another distraction.  But I did learn that I manage better with a limited selection of colours.  If I have access to 50 colours I will use all 50.  The whole topic put kitty to sleep, so I better hurry up and post.

Have a lovely woyww and hope to visit lots of desks over the coming weekend.