Drawing, Personal

The Big Draw – Illustration With The Community!

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So I recently attended an event at The Waiting Room, inviting the local community to come along and get drawing with some very talented local illustrators, and I managed to snap some pictures of the fun! It was my first time at The Waiting Room, and I wish I could have captured the atmosphere and bottled it, it was incredible! Gemma Golland held a workshop showcasing her fabulously quirky and nostalgic ‘Shrinky Dink’s‘, on another table Mandy Roberts orchestrated her brilliantly bold tote bag portrait painting, and lastly, local Illustrator Rob Lock acquainted us with the brilliantly fascinating and crazily cool Sumi Ink Club.

I can’t wait to attend my next Maker Wednesday, and who knows, I may even become a resident artist at The Waiting Room, myself…

(Hint, hint!)

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Drawing, Personal

Am I A Digital Artist Yet?

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So my birthday was on the 17th, and my boyfriend ordered me a beginners tablet for about £20-30. A few days before it was due to arrive, we discovered a Wacom Bamboo tablet nestled in the back of a display cabinet at a second hand shop in reasonably good condition. After giving it a quick google, we realized that it’s original retail price was £75, and it was being sold for £40!

After a few friendly words with the store owner, he agreed to give it to us for an even lower price of £35, and I’ve been playing around with it ever since.

From what I’ve seen so far, it works wonderfully! I’ve chosen to use mine in Pen Mode, as opposed to Mouse Mode. This basically means that when you lift the pen from the tablet and lower it onto a different part of the tablet, instead of staying in the same place on the screen like it would with a mouse, it moves to the location on the screen in relation to where you have chosen to map your tablet to. So it’s essentially like writing or drawing on paper, which I personally find much easier to use, but either way is still usable.

My favourite discovery so far is definately the pen pressure sensitivity, which I accessed on Photoshop through Window > Brush. A Little menu should come up with different boxes to tick.

sashay awaypressureClick onto Shape Dynamics then click on the Control drop down menu and choose Pen Pressure & Voila! Your pen should now be ready to use!

Anyway, I thought i’d share my very first doodle with my Wacom Bamboo Tablet, a sketch of my next embroidery design, inspired by Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

If anyone has any tips or tricks they use with their Graphics Tablet, they would be greatly appreaciated! How did you learn to use your Tablet? Was is through tutorials? A local college course, or did you have someone there to help you?

Let me know in the comments section below!

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Home Decor, Personal

“Build Your Own Dreams, Or Someone Else Will Hire You To Build Theirs.”

DSC_0949DSC_0952DSC_0955It’s been a while.. Here’s what mama’s been working on.. what do you think darlings?

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Drawing, Personal, Uncategorized

Geometry, Vintage And The Act Of Self Love

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I’ve just returned from a hectic week visiting family, attending restaurant launches (pictures to come soon!), and catching up with friends, and I must say, I am so relieved to be back home.

I arrived home yesterday to find that one of my indulgent eBay purchases had arrived! In an act of self love, I decided to order myself a piece of nostalgia that combines my two greatest inspirations in life: Geometry, and Vintage. Does anyone else remember these? I absolutely loved them as a kid… And now I am even more enthralled with them as an adult!

When it arrived, I curbed my excitement long enough to take a couple of snaps to share with you guys.

So there you have it, my very own complete 1960′s dennys spirograph!

I can’t wait to get drawing!

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Drawing, Personal, Uncategorized, watercolor

Watercolours, The 10,000 Hour Rule, And Why It’s Okay To Be Bad At Something.

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How does one tame the lioness that is watercolour?

Well, truth be told, I’m still figuring out this beautiful (and sometimes rather unforgiving) medium myself.

I decided to pick up a moderately priced starter kit because I’ve seen some striking illustrations on the internet that have utilized the fluidity of watercolours and thought, how hard could it be, right?

Well it turns out, that it is actually super hard. Especially for a beginner. And there is absolutely no doubt that your first few tries will absolutely suck. When this happens, do not give up. I promise you that those first few sucky attempts that you never want anyone else to see are completely normal!

I’ll hold my hands up and say that yes, I did think about setting my beginners kit on fire and retreating to my sofa to drown my sorrows in a bucket of buttery mashed potatoes. But here’s the thing, it’s totally normal to feel this kind of impatience… Right?

Well, my response might have been a little much, but according to this article on Josh Kaufman’s 20 hour theory, it states that:

Most of us are deeply disturbed at the prospect of being horrible at something, even temporarily. When you try something new, you’re usually very bad, and you know it. The easiest way to eliminate that feeling of angst is to quit practicing and go do something else, so that’s what most of us do.”

Furthermore, he goes on to say that, by pushing through this initial suckiness (that is the technical word for it, I believe) we improve dramatically within the first few hours of attempting our new skill.

Also, if you plan on committing, it helps to ditch the idea of spending x amount of hours mastering something. Just thinking about spending 10,000 hours of your life ‘mastering’ something will make you feel dizzy, depressed and inadequate.

Besides, how does one even measure ‘mastering’? According to Kaufman, the 10,000 hour estimate is normally used to describe mastering a skill at a world class level. 

I don’t know about you, but if you are a lowly and humble being like I, you’d be quite happy just being pretty good at something.

So with that in mind, go forth and try new things. When you stop looking for the finish line, you will realize that the beauty of mastering a skill is not mastering it at all, but by continuously improving and learning and being proud of every step you take in the right direction.

If you have the desire to do, the will to persist and the patience to screw up; you can accomplish anything. (Youtube tutorials are also a GOLDMINE of resources.)

If you are having trouble with watercolours, then I’d recommend this brilliant tutorial written by Alina Chau, the writer and illustrator of Pickle the Bird Who Doesn’t Tweet. Her tips and hints are perfect for achieving that dreamy and soft children’s book aesthetic, and perfect for watercolour beginners. A*!

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Home Decor, Personal, Plants

Marimo Adoption – Soft Fuzzy Pals For Busy Households!

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DSC_0624DSC_0626DSC_0631So, remember that post I made about how much I loved these little guys? Well guess who’s finally received her very own little marimo pet in the post?

Honestly, I really cannot contain my excitement, I’m so happy with this little critter, and even though I know it’s just a ball of moss, I can’t help but attach my own sentimentality to it. It’s the perfect little plant for those that aren’t green fingered at all and want a furry little desk buddy to keep them company. I love how tranquil and peaceful they look floating in the water! They enjoy being played with and gently swirled around, so that all sides of their furry circumference can reach the sunlight and grow evenly. How cute is that?!

My fella noticed that I’d been regularly browsing the internet to obsess over these beautiful marimo aquariums by PinkSerissa and decided to gather and order various pieces so I could make my own!

I absolutely love this glass skull that he found on ebay, but unfortunately the spout is a little too small for my marimo to fit through. And let’s be honest, what’s the point in having a marimo if I can’t touch or play with it?! He ordered some sparkly cubic zirconia, and we used pearls from an old necklace I had to make a pretty base for the marimo tank. I’m in two minds as to whether I should cut through the glass to widen the spout, or whether I should just convert the skull into an awesome sparkly snowglobe and find little marimo a different tank.

Either way, I can’t wait to show you all the results!

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Personal

Just a little creative update!

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I’ve been crazy busy lately working and catching up with Fashion PR expert and childhood bestie Stuart Fitzgerald. In the past he’s worked with brands such as Alexander McQueen (the designers that created the wedding dress during the royal wedding – so yeah, a big deal.) LK Bennet, and Surgery PR, a company based in London and Los Angeles that promotes and organizes events for high profile brands and celebrities. So with all that said, he really does come in handy every now and again. We talked branding, the beauty of watercolors, and of course hometown gossip. It’s been a long week, but after a few late night chats and about a hundred cheese boards later I have a fresh new perspective on brand identity and a whole ton of exciting projects lined up.

Here’s a sneak peak of one of the items from the collection I’m working on for the launch of my etsy shop.

I’m excited and optimistic to say the least!

obligatory new cactus selfie

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