Moleskine Doodle no.11

Along with working in my pattern journal I have had a renewed interest in doodling in my small Moleskine journals. It's nice to be able to just switch off my brain and let the drawing develop organically. I stick with pen work, no pencil or marker shading. My mantra when doodling like this is "halo and fill".

I've decided to number these drawings, following on from the 9 that I did in 2013 for the Monday Moleskine challenge that I set myself. Too hard to try and think of new names for them, so numbers it is.

Moleskine Doodle featuring flowers, scallops and scrolls

Want to see more? You can see all the previous Moleskine posts here.



Trying something new

I've always used journals for my drawings - I love the way I can view my drawing progress and obsessions in chronological order. What I don't love is how difficult they are to scan - and since I scan a lot of my drawings this can be a real hassle - the lid normally has to come off the scanner and the journal weighted down and don't get me started about working around the spine! I also have issues with marker bleed through the paper and the general clunkiness of working in a book.

So, for me, negatives were beginning to outweigh the positives. The solution? I bought a packet of Quill Board (100 x A4) - it is a 200gsm paper, clean white with a very smooth surface.

I am loving it! As I finish my drawings I just date them and put them in a manilla folder. I figure that I'll just bind them when I've accumulated enough pages. Scanning is easy. So far it is looking like a great alternative.

Onto today's drawing: Wheat Ribbons - this is the piece I sketched out when working through my Surrealistic Sunflower drawing block piece (previous post).

I have a bit of a thing for drawing wheat, I love those spiky bits (awn?)

Wheat and Ribbon Drawing



Just begin

Ever have those days where you want to draw, but you're not really feeling all that inspired? 

I either have a million and one ideas that are desperately trying to burst out of my head and I can't get them down on paper fast enough - or I have nothing.

Today was one of those days - the blank piece of paper was staring back at me mockingly (cheeky thing!) so I decided to just begin with a circle.......which evolved into a sunflower........which is now unrecognisable as I just kept adding detail and pattern. 

I'm happy enough with the result and the side benefit is that whilst drawing this my inspiration switch flicked to the "on" position and I sketched out my next project in between filling in the black areas on the sunflower design. It is surprising how often this will happen. I'm a big believer in the more creative you are, the more creative you become - sometimes you just need to give yourself a push to just begin. Draw something......anything......then the ideas will follow. 

Sunflower Zendala using tangle patterns

This year we have had a population explosion of kookaburras - they're always here, but we are noticing so many of late. Kookaburras have a very unique call  - you can hear it in this audio file - this is what I wake up to most mornings.

With quite a few visiting the garden, I've been able to get close enough to take photos.

Kookaburra in gum tree

Kookaburra trio
A trio of young ones.

Have a good one!



I've been in the process for ages of curating, and redrawing my pattern reference folder - it's something I do on and off  when I'm in the mood (more off than on - I'm only up to the D's). I initially drew out patterns that I liked quickly and in basic format, now I'm going back and being a bit more adventurous with them, randomising, adding shading, etc, etc. It's a great way to revisit ones I have forgotten, put my brain in neutral, and get the odd idea, too.

When drawing out Dawn's lovely pattern Blossom - the zig zag grid got me thinking, the end result was this pattern:

Zag V Tangle Pattern

I had some fun experimenting with the fill options:

Zag V Tangle Pattern Sample

Zag V Tangle Pattern Sample

If filling with black as above, you could ditch the initial horizontal lines and just do rows of zig zags.

Zag V Tangle Pattern Variations



Alternative approach

In my previous post I showed a page from my Pattern Journal in which I drew the pattern 63Y by Hsin-Ya Hsu  using an alternative approach.

I've had a few requests asking to show how I did it. Here are the steps I used to create the base framework.

63Y Tangle Pattern Alternative Approach

Steps 1 & 2 are the same, instead of doing the Y shapes in step 3, I draw a vertical line in the centre of each diamond shape then connect with another zig zag line. 

I find doing it this way makes it easier to randomise, too.

Hope that helps :)



More Pattern Journal

Lately I've had a renewed interest in working in my Pattern Journal - this is a small book (A5) in which I play around with a single pattern, click here if you want to see previous Pattern Journal posts.

Breaking down patterns is something that I love to do. I am fascinated by their construction and love to see the steps that have been used to get the end result. I admit though (as our minds all work so differently and what seems logical and easy to you may not to me), that sometimes I can find that the steps seem a little complicated and I'll try and find a simplified way to recreate the pattern.

63Y is a good example of this. I loved the "floral" version of this pattern and set about replicating it. I soon found the process of putting little "Y" shapes in each of the triangles and hoping the pattern would line up doing my head in, so I found an alternative method to create the base structure.

Here's the finished page from my pattern journal:

Pattern Journal - 63Y

I really like the way the honeycomb angles of this pattern shape the petals and love how it appears to be bulging and contracting across the page.



A Fresh New Year

A new year! Don't you love it? It feels like a clean slate, a beginning - I always feel motivated to make big plans and get things done. Yes, lots of things. I also feel compelled to begin an Art Journal every year, but that only lasts about 2 days. LOL.

This year I want to focus on:

  • My Cutting Garden (which is looking fabulous, I must say, but I want to expand it so, so much!)
  • Creating a large Bee/Herb garden near the house (this was going to be the dedicated potager, but I've revised my plans - this will be a very long term project).
  • We've also got lots of fencing/shedding/home improvement plans on the go this year and just got our solar hot water installed a few weeks ago. Love it!
  • Getting my Diploma of Permaculture sorted (I completed the certificate, but ran out of time/motivation to get the Diploma done last year).
  • Do a photography course (I can muddle through o.k. with my camera and take a lot of good photos, but I'd like to understand more of the how and why).
  • Take a calligraphy course (I've just always wanted to.....maybe this will be the year!)
  • Get a regular blogging schedule worked out (this is probably more of a fantasy than a reality - I'm too fickle to work to a set posting format, but, it's now officially on the list I'm going to give it a go!).
  • Hoddles Creek Farm blog - this is a work in progress - I have lots of stuff to flesh out, but I definitely want to spend more time developing it this year. This blog focusses on our farm: life/philosophy/projects and will be pretty image heavy. Check it out if you're interested.
  • A Little Lime - I want to provide lots of fun, inspiring content for you this year - I've got lots of sticky note ideas all over my blog Idea Board just waiting to happen. I've spent today streamlining the Home page - there is now a Search feature, the blog archives can be reached via a drop down button, and I have pared my unwieldy label list down to 17 Categories (still too many, really) - this involved going through almost every post over the past 3 years, but it is done! I might even manage to get an updated photo of me up this week :)
O.k., enough of the (un)realistic goal setting, I'm already feeling tired and in need of a holiday!

I did actually do some drawing over the holidays - I've had a renewed interest in working in my Moleskine and Pattern Journals, here's one of the new pages from the Pattern Journal.

Pattern Journal - Smoke

My holidays were also filled with cutting lots of flowers, new calves and harvesting so, so much garlic - I now have enough for everyone.........seriously!

Cut Flower Garden

New Calf

Garlic Harvest