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Scrolled Feather - a video and some variations

A while back when I did the pattern for Scrolled Feather - I got my daughter to video me demoing - all ready for me to upload to the blog so that you could see how I go about drawing it. Unfortunately my firewire cord, or the video, would not talk to the computer and I couldn't edit it.

I still wanted to do it, and today, as it has been miserable and so incredibly cold that even my husband, John didn't want to work outside (an unheard of occurence!)  I got him to video me on my little Canon point and shoot camera. Yep. We're a high quality outfit here. Nothing but the best. LOL. Hopefully I don't live to regret it.

Anyway, here it is. Take note of the disclaimers at the start - the sound quality is not good (I do not lisp, and I'm sure my voice does not sound like that!) Hopefully you can understand me and my very Aussie accent.

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I also had a bit of a play with the pattern and came up with a few variations of the theme.



Also, along the way, created a new pattern from the basic structure.


My head has been so full of ideas this weekend, my fingers are worn out trying to keep up. I've been playing with knyt and have another feather variation on the go. Hopefully tomorrow I will have time to put together another post.

Have a great weekend!

hx


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  1. I love these scrolling feathers and the variations - thanks for sharing

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  2. I can not thank you enough for sharing the video! It made a world of difference in my approach! Absolutely inspiring!

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    1. Glad you found it useful, Vickie. I know I often like to watch something being done rather than read how to do it :)

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  3. the video quality is fine, helen, and i could understand everything you said. the rooster was a nice touch :)

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  4. Thanks so much for posting this video! I love your scroll work but I just wasn't getting it until watching you draw it out (and I loved the rooster--haha! Too fun!) Beautiful, wonderful, love love love your stuff!! And so thankful you're kind enough to share! =0)

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    1. Thanks Dawn :) I saw your lovely drawing on your blog - a terrific way to use the pattern - it looked great :)

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  5. No I have it! I have tried scrolled feather but without much success. Now it is clear. Thank you (and I love your background "music").

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  6. What a beautiful tangle, I must have a go at this one. Thanks for the video instructions.

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  7. Thank you for going to the trouble to make a video! It was super helpful for me. Your rooster is the BOMB! lol. =)

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  8. Helen - there is a big blank where the video should be! I can't believe it because I need help with this pattern!!! Looks like I'll have to call in the geek troupe, i.e., my daughter, to see if she can fix the problem. If not, is there anywhere else we can find the video?

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    1. Hi Jakki, I have just checked and it is working for me & Barbara below must've watched it about an hour after your message. I know that it just showed up with a blank box in the "follow by email" email, but if you are on the site it should be there.

      Let me know how it goes - if all else fails I can try and upload to youtube - been years since I've accessed my account on there and I've forgotten the passwords, but I can try :)

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    2. Techno-daughter worked her magic! Don't know what she did but I have the video! Once I have cooked, served and cleared up after dinner I will sit and watch!! I'm really looking forward to it! How close are you to Woodend near to Mt Macedon? My brother lives in Woodend and I am hoping to visit him next March....Thank you for all your wonderful work on Zentangle - it is an inspiration!

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    3. Jakki, I have the same problem, what did your daughter do? Susiejo

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    4. So glad you got it to work, Jakki! HOpe you find it useful :) I am almost as far from Melbourne in the opposite direction from Woodend. It is west of Melbourne, and I am east - around 2.5 hours away.

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    5. Susiejo- she logged out of Chrome and then restarted it. I have a mac and she said I might need to upgrade Flash - we didn't have to do that....I'd also had a problem with youtube giving me a black box, but I had audio. I hate computers!!! My techno (real genius) son is now in South Korea - he got sick of me asking for help! Techno daughter fortunately still lives close by!

      Anyway, the simple act of closing and reopening Chrome did it for me. Sometimes it helps to log out of everything, turn off the computer, give it 5 minutes to catch its breath and then turn it on again - apparently beating the sides may give a degree of satisfaction to the beater (usually me) but it doesn't do much for the hard disk drives...

      Helen, I am really enjoying your posts - what do you do for a job (besides work on the farm, raise kids, do Zentangle etc). Were/are you an "Artist"? I have finally reached a point in my life where I am comfortable with the fact that I am not an "innate artist." It has taken a long time to stop comparing myself, negatively, to people, such as yourself, who have an inborn gift. Try as I may, I will never be able to accomplish what you can naturally achieve. I can look at your work, and the works of other accomplished Zentangle artists, and I can improve my skills - just as you can develop your talents by practice and lessons - but I can never make myself have an innate artistic talent.

      I also make quilts and aspire to making "art quilts" - I can copy, and I can do some innovations, but I don't have what it takes to get me accepted in to art school....

      Reaching this understanding has, in fact, freed me to be myself and to value my own efforts much more than I was able to in the past.

      Thanks again for putting your work in a blog - it is an inspiration and an out and out joy to be able to look at it, and learn. You are a born teacher and very generous with your talents. Jakki

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    6. It never fails to amaze me how often a tech will tell you to turn off the computer and wait for a few minutes. lol!

      Jakki, I work 2 half days a week at a primary school teaching children to cook using seasonal produce that we source either locally or grow in the vegetable garden at school. I love it as eating locally/living sustainably is a subject that I am very passionate about. I am new to working with children though (just this year), and wow, is it exhausting!

      Up until quitting 5 years ago, I worked as a part-time contractor in the craft industry whilst bringing up my children. I have taught many workshops and written quite a few articles over the years - something that I love doing, the sharing/learning aspect of the art/craft field is so amazing. There's always something new to discover!

      I have "crafted" my whole life, but it wasn't until I was older when I was exposed to decorative painting through a mother's group and later did a 2 day botanical art course that I discovered I could draw. It was a learned skill for me - I had to learn the mechanics of perspective and how things are put together, it all just clicked.

      These days I just draw for me, I believe the only person you have to satisfy is yourself, and drawing and sharing ideas make me happy. It's just not worth making negative comparisons. I would love to be able to do those quick sketches of people and animals - it amazes me how a few strokes and the artist has managed to capture expression and personality. That's not something I will ever be able to do, I appreciate it, maybe envy it a bit, but ultimately that takes too much energy that I'd rather pour into somemthing that I love doing and makes me happy. That's what it's all about. Glad you have found that place in your art, too :)

      I am so glad you are enjoying the blog, I really appreciate your comments/feedback - such a wonderful feeling to know that others are getting something out of it!

      Thanks,
      Helen

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    7. Helen, many thanks for the video. I love your work and always look for you first on the challenges.
      Jakki, thank you for the help on what your daughter did to get the video. It turns out that all I had to do was move from me iPad to my old laptop and it came right up. Thanks to both of you!
      Susiejo

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  9. Thanks so much for the video showing the steps. Very helpful. Beautiful pattern.

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  10. Thanks so much for struggling to get the vid made. It helped a great deal. I tried the pattern before I started the vid and just couldn't quite make it happen. Your voice was fine and I think a feather pattern should always have a rooster for ambience, don't you??? And now I know how to go about that beautiful feather making. Love all your work and hope I can get a little closer to being so talented as you!!

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    1. I agree, nothing like a rooster for ambience :) I always forget how noisy they are until I want to video something, it is just background noise to me. Glad the video was helpful.

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  11. Thank you so much for the video. Loved it and your nonexistent lisp. More, more, more.
    Lynda

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  12. Thanks for the video. I was struggling with the line work inside. This helped me see what you did. I was not that far off I just started at the wide end and worked to the narrow end. Will try the way that you did it and see which works best for me. Thanks again.

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  13. Great fun! Thanks Helen! You are a star!!

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  14. Beautiful tangle, and I love all your variations! You have a beautiful voice and accent - very easy to listen to. Thanks for the video - you made it looks so much easier and fun.

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  15. Hi Helen... I love the feathers, and I appreciate the video.

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  16. Hi Helen, these patterns are very nice. I can't wait to use them.

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  17. Have tried this feather many times, but I can't envision the straight lines going down the back of each feather. I must be looking at it wrong???(hehehe) Can you help?

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    1. Oh, no. Frustrating! Have you looked at the step-out (in the Patterns section)? That may help. You could also try printing the pattern out and drawing over the top a few times and create a bit of muscle memory, then give it a go again freehand. Not sure if that's any help for you, but you never know! hx

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