Every once in a while I break out my moleskine journal - the one that is full of random doodles. I was planning on starting on a fresh new page, but when I flicked through and found this drawing that had been abandoned part way through so I finished it off.
What I do love about working in these journals is that I plan nothing - I just start with a squiggle, line or shape on the page and go from there adding whatever, wherever I feel like it. Sometimes they come out great, other times they are awful, or just weird, but it is very freeing to start and end with no destination in mind :)
A week or so ago I was updating my pattern reference folder and posted a picture of it on A Little Lime's Facebook page. I had a few questions so I thought it was time for an updated post on my pattern keeping process.
I tend to work in my pattern folder for a number of different reasons I might not be feeling all that creative and inspired, don't have a lot of spare time, or I want to draw something that I don't have to think about too much.
When it comes to my drawings, I mostly focus on doing my own thing and don't see a lot of new patterns on the web unless I go and seek them out. To do this I usually go to Tangle Harmony and Tanglepatterns to check out what's new.
I don't add every pattern to my folder, only the ones that I like, think that I will use or want to keep a reference of for whatever reason. For in…
While I was in Heartswell mode, I did up a few more tiles.
I hope that your Valentine's Day was wonderful - mine consisted the usual farm chores in the morning (milking the cow, feeding the sheep), and then my husband and I spent some quality time together roofing John's new shed. Feeling the love right there :)
Hearts have been a pretty frequent theme on the blog over the past few years (see all the heart posts here) - there's just something wonderful about the shape. Love, love. During February I try to come up with one or two new patterns featuring hearts, but I have to admit it is getting harder to do - there's only so many approaches you can take with this basic shape.
This year's offering isn't particularly ground-breaking and has a similar base to Heartstrings. Half of the heart is drawn continuously along one side of the line (this is how I draw Heartstrings - you can see a demo in this video), then the second half is drawn offset on the other side of the line. This pattern really comes into it's own when alternately coloured - an interesting zig-zag pattern appears.
Here's the step out:
A red and black sample on some wonky lines.
On the farm we've had some long awaited rain - 75mm last week! The paddocks are greening up and we're headed into a glorious…