This is me, trying to do some art and have some fun! AHOY THERE ME H-ARTY'S.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Summer of Colour 4 Week 6.....

I can't believe it is the last cumber of colour now, I've really enjoyed getting back in to it (even though I spend most of the weeks moaning about myself :-P) and I'll deffo be doing it again if it is here next year :-)

I've actually had my piece done for a few days but I've just not had a chance to write this post! I'm not even sure if I'm technically on time to count but ah wells! I've been trying to join some of your wonderful Blogs so I can follow what you are doing but at the moment Google Friend Connect just won't let me.....sometimes technology REALLY annoys me!

The colours this week where raspberry, Tangerine and Lemon.....I was so pleased with these colours, they make me very happy! I decided to get my sketchbook out (it had dust on it, and I found my old drawings from the last time I did Summer of Colour way back when :-P) Anyway I decided to do something that I LOVE doing....Sugar Skulls :-D


And here he is! I love him, I am genuinely very pleased with this :-) Do you think I should outline the skull a bit more? Maybe with black? Either way I think the colour balance came out just as I wanted it (mainly raspberry and tangerine with a bit of yellow!).


I mainly used my pencils again but I also added some bits with my Sakura Gelly Roll pens! I probably could have added more but I thought it was best to step back before I go to mad haha!

So there you have it, I managed to get all 6 weeks done! Hurrah! I've made it my mission to get back in to my art more! I used to love art (still do really), had big plans to go to uni etc etc, somewhere along the way I got lost and I stopped doing art altogether! Now I'm in that place where I don't think I'm very good and I haven't found my style or groove yet! 

Now I'm off to look at all your fab work and hopefully (fingers crossed) get to follow the Blogs I really want to! Wish me luck!!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Short but Sweet Summer of Colour Week 5

Hello to you all! I am literally just hopping in and out to post my summer of colour piece for this week! I have been working none stop on my most ambitious scarf design to date and I'm very excited about it!

This weeks colours were red, dark blue and light blue (I can't actually recall the shade of dark blue but I think you probably all know what I mean!). I ADORE these colours but sadly my piece did not live up to the great ideas I had! I used pencils but the paper was too rough, I mush prefer smooth paper! Also It was looking good until i added extra red in it and now it makes the eyes go funny...oh well onwards and upwards!



And here I am hiding behind what is technically a ATC! I shall have a nose around all your lovely work tomorrow, I'm excited to see what has been done with these lovely colours!!

See you all next week :-)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Things I have learnt this week.....

Hello everyone!

This week I learnt that it's better not to mess with things when they are kind of OK to begin with because you end up falling down the rabbit hole of trying to "fix" it and get it just right! I did this with my Blog.  It was perfectly acceptable, looked fine but I HAD to go and try and make it better!

I can't leave things alone, I'm always worried I've made the wrong choice and that a different choice will be better!  If you give me more than a couple elf things to choose from my head starts to spin and I may very well spontaneously combust! I went to a lampshade making class the other day....which was pretty amazing but I spent 10 mins standing outside trying to get myself to go in because I was worried they wouldn't be there, I didn't know what they looked like, people might look at me.... Eventually I managed to get in, by now I was pretty stressed out (I think I hid it OK) then we start on the lamp shades.....there must have been 10+ fabrics to choose from! I managed to narrow it down to about 3 I liked but then the familiar voice appeared...."but this one is red you like red" "oh but red is so obvious go with the green" "but that flower pattern is lovely, people will like that"..... and so it went on.  I had to make a decision in the end and for those of you interested I went with the lime green which is lovely and amazing and I'm very happy with!


My beautiful lamp shade!

So at the beginning of the week I decide to change my Blog....I really have no idea why! The same reason that I always ALWAYS upgrade my phone even if I love the phone I have and it's the best phone ever! The same reason that I can't decide which bike to get because there are so many..... the same reason I can;t decide if I should make a new Blog for my knitting or keep the old one I have......I just want it to be perfect and above all I don't want to make the wrong decision......except I'm not sure what perfect is!

What I have ended up with is a slightly different layout (happy with this) but the same banner only bigger and more central....I'm happy that it's more central but the thing is giant and for some reason it now looks dull and dark and the font doesn't work on it now......disaster!

So now I can't decide if i should leave it alone or make a completely new banner.....I wouldn't even know where to begin with that! I tried using another digital piece I had done but although I loved the colours it just didn't seem right :-( I feel a little deflated now, I just wanted my lovely Blog to look amazing! But this is typical of me, I should be used to it but I'm still annoyed.  Annoyed at myself really!

Oh well, I will have to keep it as it is for now and try very hard to decide what is best to do......I have a slight feeling of Deja-vu here......

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Big ideas......(Summer of Colour 3 week 3)

Hi Guys!

So this weeks summer of colour colours are pink, apple green and a bit of forest green.....oh I was happy about this!! These are colours that I could most definitely work with......or were they?

It all started well enough, I had my idea I just had to go for it...and go for it I did! I really should have planned it out more then I would have realised that A) my piece would be more green than pink which is not what I wanted and B) The medium I was using wasn't quite right for what I was using it on!!


I genuinely can not decide if I like this or not!! One minute I think yeah it's great the next I'm all like nook it's supposed to be PINK! I've been putting off painting this thing through fear of ruining it (I have a lot of fears about that sort of thing!) and ow I'm like ugh!


The close up of it is a little better! Damn you green for being too....green? haha! Well anyway i used my Posca paint pens on this bad boy. Which was a great idea until i realised all my pens are quite thick tipped as I usually paint vinyl toys with them.  I had to use all my powers of concentration not to get pink on green and green on pink! It needs some touch ups too....if I ever get a thinner pen in these colours I am so on it!

Anyway I hope you enjoyed stopping by my little Blog! I'm off now, I have about a million things to do today and I'm going to a lampshade making class tonight! Before that I have to finish knitting a commission for someone (shhh its a secret) busy busy busy......

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Summer of Colour 4 (week 3)

Hello again :-)

I can't believe we have been doing this for 3 weeks already!! It's been good so far, seeing everyone else lovely work! I love going to each page and seeing how creative everyone is!!

This week the colours were plum, lavender and grey.....these are more my kind of colours!! Purple is one of my faves along with red! I love anything brightly coloured!!  So the challenge for this week was to choose what to actually do with the colours!!


I've had this little guy sitting in my art stash for a while! To be honest I forgot about him for a bit but I found him when I moved again this year! I thought what better time than to try and give him a make over than now?!? I decided to use Gaudi as my inspiration again (I do love his work) and drew out a pattern of mosaic style squares on the piggy!


I had to mix the colours myself, which I have to be honest I'm not great at.  I just mixed a lot of blue and red together to get the plum then added white to that to get the lavender colour.


Strangely enough it was the grey I had most trouble with! At first it was too dark and then it was too light.  I finally finished with this shade although I'm not 100% happy with it as it feel alike it has an odd blue tinge too it. I don't know if this is because of the colours it is next to or because I didn't prime him first!! 


Overall I'm pretty pleased with how he looks apart from the odd blue/grey grout colour :-P I even used a darker grey on his eyes so that I stuck completely to the colour scheme.  I'm off now to have a nose at all the lovely stuff that has been posted already....see you there!

P.S As you can see i have bright red glasses and lime green nails.....bright colours are definitely my thing!


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Summer of Colour 4 (Week 2)

Hello everyone! Week 2 of Summer of Colour is upon us and this weeks colours were coral, teal and a splash of white! I must admit coral is not one of my fave colours.  I don't mind it on my nails, although it just highlights how pale I am haha.  But in every day life, not so much! Now teal I can deal with.  I love the colour teal, I'd quite like to do my bathroom in teal :-P

So this week I was determined to finish a little earlier as I get very stressed if I leave things until the last minute.  This goes for pretty much every aspect of my life not just the summer of colour!  I wasn't too sure what medium to use this time.  There was no way I could do knitting or crochet as I have NONE of the colours needed...not even the white haha! At first I thought paint, i'd mix my own colours....honestly though I didn't feel I had the time this week.  Then wax crayons came to mind but I couldn't find the right colours.  This left me with pencils.  I was quite happy to work with pencils but as I was looking for my pencil sharpener I came upon my sharpies.......SHARPIES!

I adore sharpies! They come in so may lovely colours and are so bright and just generally make me happy.  So sharpies it is then.


Ta-Da.....looking at it now my coral is a bit orangey and my teal a bit greeny and the white is more than a splash.....ok ok I shall stop focussing on the negatives!! This bad boy comes from a really cool colouring book (yes I did say colouring book and yes I am 30!) I got from Barcelona.  It's full of mandalas designed using the work of Gaudi.  Now I LOVE Gaudi and I LOVE colouring, perfect match!


The book is cool because it has little snippets of information about lots of the buildings Gaudi designed.  Thinking about it I should have taken a photo of what the Mandala looked like before I coloured it in! Ooopps!


I added some highlights and little bits here and there with my Gelly Roll pens.  I've not really had a chance to use them before so this seemed like as good a time as any.

So there you have it! My week 2 colour of summer effort, I hope you like it and come back to see more :-)

Sunday, 15 June 2014

My Dad



This is my lovely Dad.  I don't think there is a photo of him where he doesn't have that lovely grin on his face.  He was kind hearted and fun.  He'd do anything he could for anyone and he'd never complain about it.  He loved to laugh and did so often! He was clever and knew exactly what to do in any situation, he was a good artist too.



My childhood is filled with memories of having fun, and laughing and of Dad doing whatever he could to make me smile.  He'd sing silly songs in silly voices and gave my teddies names and personalities! We'd have picnics in our living room when the weather was too bad to go outside and he made THE best dens in the world!



Whatever it was I wanted to do with life he was OK with and tried to help me as much as he could.  When I wanted to be an artists he bought me art supplies, when I wanted to be an architect he bought me squared paper so it was easier to plan out rooms! 



He was a good cook too.  He was the main cook in our house and would come up with his own recipes! He spent hours every day making his own pies and pasties after he retired! He took great care in everything he did so that it would be perfect!

I was a daddies girl, we did everything together and I loved him so much.  The day he was taken away from me was the hardest of my life, my heart broke in to a million little pieces and I thought it would never go back together again.  He was a wonderful man and I miss him more and more every day.


If I am half the person he was then I will be doing OK.  I wish I could wish him a Happy Fathers Day and give him a hug instead I just have to remember the good times we had together and try and smile and be happy :-)