Whirl - VIDEO

The video for Whirl:



Organising tangle patterns using Evernote

I had a few requests for a bit more information on how I use Evernote to organise my patterns. You can find the original post here. Now, keeping in mind that I'm probably not utilising Evernote to it's full capacity, here's a quick video showing what I'm doing with it.


 Hopefully you find it useful :)


Challenge #168 - Rain

Rain, what a cute, simple pattern - I don't think I've ever drawn with it except to slap it into my pattern journal, so this week's diva challenge was my big chance!

Here's what I've come up with:

It's probably pretty obvious that Rain made me think of string:

I love the way that, with a few simple adjustments, it's easy to make it appear to be twining around something.

Hope your weekend is fabulous!



Pattern Organisation

I love organising stuff. Any kind of stuff. Again, again and over again. Who knows why? I just do it.

Over the last few months, very on and off - I've been organising my tangle patterns (yes, again!) - I've done a couple of posts in the past, about the system I use -  you can read about it in this post,  (it's Sandy Hunter/Tanglebucket, super-tangler's, very cool organisation idea).

So, anyway, when I initially drew out the patterns, I did them pretty quickly and without a lot attention to detail, just to get them done. Now I'm going back and tidying up or redoing the little tiles. I'm also being a little more selective with the patterns that I'm including as there's just some that I'll never use.

I really enjoy drawing out patterns when I'm not inspired to do anything else - it makes me feel productive and often flexes the creative muscles so that I end up drawing something in my journal anyway! Not today, though :)

The other thing that I'm doing as I'm going through, is to catalogue all of the patterns in Evernote. It's new to me this year, but I am using it a lot. Love that I can have it across all the PC's/devices that I regularly use, especially my 7' tablet (the perfect handbag size and goes everywhere for me). I can add tags to the patterns so I can search and categorise however I want. Love, love, love.

I'm only up to the B's. But am steadily making progress.

Also, for anyone who is interested, if you follow A Little Lime on Facebook, and like to see my feed in your News Feed, you may like to select "Get Notifications" under the "Liked" tab situated under the page header image - apparently Pages is going through another update which will make feeds more difficult to see - obviously just liking a page isn't enough. LOL.

Hope you weekend has been fabulous, we are having such terrific weather! I built another huge compost pile (I know! Madness........it comes early here in the hills), that took me 7 hours to make. It's working away and will be spread over the new potager garden when it's ready in around 12 weeks! Just in time for Spring.



DuoTangle Well & Punzel

A super-quickie for the Diva Challenge this week. Floral-esque, of course :)

This is my freehand version of Well (check under the patterns tab for a step out).

My Punzel was pared back to Chainging to make the rose leaf (which I just realised! LOL).

School tomorrow, then a stack of gardening over the weekend.

Have a good one!



aquafleur rose

Hmmm........o.k.......so. Last week I sat down to put together something for the diva's weekly challenge, and as soon as I started drawing circles with interconnecting lines......I veered of onto tubes and cones. Love, love, love drawing these.

You can see my in progress pieces on the A Little Lime Facebook Page (some connected tubes, which I finished but didn't love), and this rose, which is a little odd (I think) with the juxtaposition of the surrealistic stacked cone centre and the flowing aquafleur petals. But, I like it. I do love squeezing in a bit of aquafluer wherever I can!

It really needs a stem and a leaf or two to ground it, but, after I was done with the shading I just didn't want to work on it anymore! LOL.

I am in the middle of a heap of gardening (yes, still). We are having a fabulous week weather-wise and now that the tree is down and the wood stacked (finally finished the last 3 hours of that this morning!), I can lay down my sheet mulch and build a couple of big compost piles where the garden is going to be. Also finished re-doing the front entrance flower bed to a perennial bed (mostly) in mauve, yellow and white and am half way through laying down sawdust paths in the vegetable garden and getting ready to re-vamp the herb bed.

I've also decided to do a whole stack of extra work to attain my Diploma of Permaculture by November. No rest for the wicked! Still, it keeps me out of trouble.

Hope your week is fabulous!



Journal wrap up

If you've been visiting for a while you'll know that I generally like to take a bit of a tour through my journals when I finish them and see if I've got any interesting bits and pieces to share.

I wrapped up my latest journal a few weeks ago, and as I was cleaning up my room today (because I had to make space for the ridiculously huge drafting table that I bought off ebay this weekend!!!), I had a quick flick through the journal and there wasn't really all that much there - I've had a dismal drawing period over the past couple of months where I was so busy, feeling flat and really not all that inspired. When I could be bothered drawing at all, I tended to start things and not be interested in following through, hence there were a number of half-baked pieces that, honestly, aren't worth completing.

Here's what I salvaged from the debris. LOL.

A bit of Rixty play - I should go and have a look at the challenge pieces for this one as I bet others have done some amazing stuff with the pattern, but thus far, it's not one that has really grabbed me.

There was a Quandary challenge a while back - pretty sure I would've drawn this at the time.

Now, for some fun news. Back when I worked in the scrapbooking industry (quite a few years ago, practically the dark ages), I did a lot of work for a stamp company here in Australia, Stamp It - I would do convention workshops for them and the occasional bit of stamp designing. I hadn't submitted anything for years, but sent along a few of my drawings last year - here are the ones that are part of their new catalogue.

I'm not a stamper so the stamped impressions are not all that great - I've probably used the wrong ink, wrong technique, etc, etc.

There's something about seeing my designs turn into a 3-d item that I find so thrilling!

Hope your weekend has been fabulous. We've been spending most of our time inside as the weather has been dismal, though I have been closely monitoring the temperatures of my compost heap and researching ideas for my potager garden - it's starting to shape up in my head and I'm getting very excited. Hopefully we'll get some better weather later in the weekend so I can get outside and DO STUFF!



Challenge #165 - Camelia

I love the Diva UMT Challenges - so much fun to play around with a pattern that I've not experimented with before.

This week it was Camelia by one of my fellow Aussies, Anne Marks. I had a lot of fun with it :)

First of all I went off grid and created intersecting shapes.

Then (kind of) on grid (I haven't cut off the scan, I ran out of page so just drew it like this :) LOL.

What I really love about pattern experimentation is the "what if" factor - my brain often goes off on a tangent (and not just when I'm drawing......lol.......I am positive my brain works on a different wave length than everyone else's - precariously balanced between creative and completely crazy......hopefully falling more on the creative side, but, you know, my husband would probably put up a good argument for the "crazy"). Hahaha. Anyway, when I'm drawing a pattern, I often start to think about what would happen if I did ..............??????? The results are often pretty strange and not fit for public consumption, but, sometimes I end up with something that I love.

This time I became fascinated by the idea of intersecting waving lines (it doesn't take much for me to be enthralled with wavy line patterns - love, love them and could draw them ALL day). Anyway, the idea spun off from my first drawing (above), I decided to create a grid with the wavy lines, fill them out with the trio of haloed lines as in Camelia, then build a secondary grid behind the first to create the appearance of depth. The straight lines were drawn in last as detail.

I loved how it turned out and have put together a step out so that you can recreate it if you want. I've called it Whirl as it's built very similarly to double twirl (this one is only on video) - though D/Twirl uses a dot grid to control the size and shape to keep it more uniform whereas Whirl is much more freeform. 

I think the best effect is achieved by creating big loopy lines in the top grid (first 2 steps), so that the lines in the secondary grid are interrupted and reinforce the appearance that they're behind the first (probably illustrated most clearly in step 3), and the image below.

A bit of colour for a change - I got distracted half way through colouring this one and had meant to do  the bottom horizontal(ish) line also in red - ah well. Let's just call it quixotic, shall we?

Hope your weekend is wonderful - it is going to be wet and miserable here so I'm hoping to catch up reading some garden books that I bought this week to get myself ready for the great potager-ism-ing of my yard :) Fun!