A-Z Journal - B (for Buttercup)

I've got a short break between school assessment tasks and I've been spending most of my time gardening - we are having the most amazing Autumn weather here and I have a lot I want to get done in the bee garden. I've just about finished all of the paths (finally), and there is a stack of pruning and planting to do as well as lots of seeds to sow and cuttings to take. I really want to put in a rustic looking water feature, too, so that's next on my task to research :)

Here's the next instalment from my A-Z journal. I've used one of my longtime favourite tangle patterns Buttercup. Love. Love. I discovered Buttercup early on and it's shown up in many of my designs since - in fact it made it's debut in my first tangle journal back in 2012.

I love it's simplicity and, well, because..........FLOWERS.

For this page I've used a wonky grid (1) and then added additional lines to create a grid in a grid (2) so that there is a bit of variety in the flowers size and shape. You can see how I created the underlying grid here:

Have a good one!


Heart2Heart - PATTERN

It's the month of love. Yep, the big L. Hearts and Roses.

So, I've already shared some String Roses, now it's time for a heart2heart (see what I did there?)

I was pretty surprised to find I had another heart pattern left in me, but here's one that I've been playing with and am really loving:

heart2heart starts with an alternating s-grid - add some v's to create the outer heart then a second heart shape is added inside. Variation - try alternating the direction of the hearts (panel 6).

You know what else I'm really loving of late? The way I can quickly record and edit insta-videos from my phone. Here's a little heart2heart demo.

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Here's a sample on a wonky grid.

I hope you have a fantastic, love-filled valentines day. Me? I'll be at school feeling the love for my computer :) hahaha.


String Rose PATTERN

Well, d-day has almost arrived. Tomorrow I head back to school. Where did the summer go? At least the class schedule is looking pretty light and I'll only be at school for 2- 2 1/2 days a week.

Today I want to share a really simple technique/pattern I've called "String Rose". This idea first made an appearance on the blog during the old into new challenge back in 2014. I named one of the experimentation tiles as Trentwith and though this pattern was the initial source of inspiration, my version takes a different approach. I had always meant to share the technique as it's so simple, and fun, but I just didn't get around to it. Until now! 2 1/2 years later.....haha.

O.k., here goes........

The String Rose Pattern - this shows the base technique.

As it's all done in one continuous line, I thought a little insta-video might help out:

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I've never linked my Instagram video before so I hope it works - not sure whether it will show up via email, so if not, just visit the website, or my instagram feed.

Why not try String Rose out on different grids? Shown here on a s-grid (alternating) and a diamond grid. The s-grid is my favourite. Adds to the organic feel, I think.

You don't need to be locked into a grid to draw this. Freehand some random sized roses, add a few leaves. Ta da. Bouquet!

Have a great day!


A-Z journal - A (for Abeko)

I cannot believe how fast the summer holidays have gone! I am back at school next Monday and will have completed the Diploma by June. I'll be glad to be done with it. At this stage I think this will be the end of the road for my graphic design study. I'll see how things pan out, but I feel ready for a new and different challenge.

Despite the hot weather, I did manage to sort my old scrapbooking supplies that have been hanging around for years and adding to the general feeling of clutter in my little studio, so far I've taken 3 boxes of stuff down to my local library for them to use in their kids program. I get a more focussed workspace - they get some fun supplies - win/win.

Over the past few months I've been (very) intermittently working on an A-Z journal. It's going to be a long-term project.  I work on a pattern from each letter of the alphabet in order. The journal pages are A5 (approx. half letter size).

I meant to start sharing these pages a while back (hence the 2016 label) but, you know........life.

Here is "A" (for Abeko)

So now I am off to savour the remaining time before I head back to school.

Have a great day!



The 2016 Pattern Folio

Over the past few weeks I've been working on the updated 2016 version of the Pattern Folio. I've also had to have a hard think about how I was going to make it available this year.

As many of you know, in the past, in order to send out free e-books I use a 3rd party delivery service - this is different service from the one that delivers blog updates to your inbox. Over the past few years I've been experiencing issues with spam filters and an increasing number of people not receiving the free e-books because their mail servers are identifying the emails as spam and blocking them. Frustrating. Stressful. Beyond my control. And time consuming. At the end of the day - it's just not something that I have the resources to deal with, so, I had to make the decision whether to continue with the Pattern Folio at all, and if so, how best to go about it.

So, here's how it is going to work, there will be 2 available formats:

Update Edition: this will include only the 4 patterns published to the blog during 2016 and will be available for free for anyone to download from A Little Lime for a limited time. This edition is intended as an addendum to the previous years (2015) full edition of the Pattern Folio. It is my intention to offer a free update edition each year.

Full Edition: the full edition includes the 47 patterns published to the blog from 2012-2016 and will be available for purchase. The 2016 Pattern Folio is a larger, higher resolution file, and has been edited and updated including: rescanning or digitally remastering some patterns, adding new images and drawing tips to others. Basically it's had a complete overhaul to make it lovely for you to read.


So, here they are:

Full Edition: 2016 Pattern Folio

A collection of patterns published to A Little Lime from 2012 - 2016. 52 pages including 47 pattern step outs, video links, tips and drawing inspiration. 

the 2016 Pattern Folio is available now


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Update Edition: 2016 Update

Includes only the 4 patterns published to the blog during 2016 - intended as an addendum to the 2015 Pattern Folio. 

Things to know:

From 2017, at the end of each year that I continue to publish patterns to the website, I will create an annual update file which will include only the patterns published on the website during that year - this will be downloadable, for free, for a limited time, to anyone.

If you purchase 2 or more of my e-book titles  I will send you the 2016 Pattern Folio for free. Please forward your transaction receipt to me and I will email the Pattern Folio to you. **Please note: only valid for transactions processed after 15th January, 2017**

Have a great day!!


Puffy 8's VIDEO

We are having a bit of a cool spell here - a huge relief before the weather heats up again next week - we're expecting 39C (102F) again by Tuesday, so I'm making the most of it while I can.

It was a huge thrill to see my Puffy 8's pattern on Tanglepatterns earlier in the week. Here's a video for it:

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Have a great day!


Orbs-la-Dee Challenge

We live in a very old weatherboard farmhouse with no air conditioning and once it starts heating up over summer it becomes unbearable for me to play upstairs in my studio, so I have now decamped to my summer office (aka the verandah, or the coffee table in the lounge). It takes a little more co-ordination, but I am getting some drawing done.

Today I had a go at the latest Diva Challenge which was to use the Orbs-la-Dee tangle pattern. I don't remember using this pattern previously, so it was fun to try something new.

My interpretations of a pattern are usually more of a riff, than an accurate representation - here's what I came up with:

I wanted to try individual rows of the pattern connected by string, this then lead onto a string swirl dotted with random diamonds and aura-d oval centres which look nothing at all like the original pattern.......hahaha.........but it was the inspiration :)

It's been a while since I've drawn any string and I definitely felt rusty!

Have a good one!