Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Woyww -almost back to a routine

After a wonderfully relaxing holiday in Vietnam I am almost back in the woyww routine. This post is a little loaded with pics of my sketchbook journal pages from the holiday.  Promise to only show 4 pages of my sketchbook which hopefully will give you a glimpse of wonderful Vietnam.  Firstly, beautiful lotus flowers and leaves.  The country was so lush and green with beautiful gardens and trees everywhere.

Quick fun sketch of Ha Noi city streets in the old quarter.  I got the city sketch idea from a brochure but what I missed drawing is the electrical wires that would criss cross all over the page.

The landscape was full of paddy fields/terraces, lakes and mountains.

 Wherever you went there would be a variety of animals but I was quite taken with poultry.  Normally I am the tourist patting the cats but this time I was taken with the chickens who knew not to cross the  busy roads if they wanted to live another day.

Taking a  sketchbook on holidays was new and definitely something I will do again.  A lovely way to stop and really make you look at the country you are visiting.

Have a lovely woyww.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

woyww - flying off

No crafting this Wednesday as I am flying off for a little break.  I leave you with a pic of the birds in our garden, the Australian Rose Breasted cockatoo aka pink and grey cockie. Kitty was very interested but as they made so much noise she decided to stay inside.  Have a lovely woyww.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

woyww - collection of cards

My desk this Wednesday has the left over items from card making on the weekend.  Finally got to play with the Magnolias for Her stamp from "Altenew" (US) and Nouveau Flowers from Clearly Besotted Stamps from the UK.  When I saw both of these stamps a couple of months ago on a blog I had to track them down.  Here are a couple of photos of the cards I made.

Yes you can see my shadow on the card.  As per usual I am rushing around and don't take the time to take a really good photo.
Finally a lovely collection of cards from RosA (thank you for the cards and the catch up :)

Have a lovely woyww....

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.