The last in my series of amigurumi throwback posts. These are the ones that just didn't fit into the other categories. Puppy Not one of my favourite patterns. I'm not sure what it is — I suspect it's just the way my brain works — but occasionally a finished toy will end up feeling like… Continue reading Amigurumi: the rest
It's the third week of the "Faces" theme and the second of this theme's guest instructors: Marieke Blokland (website, Instagram, YouTube). People, faces, dolls... these are not subjects that lift my heart. And yet... There is something about this pair that brings a smile to my face. It was fun to make because the whole… Continue reading Wanderlust: doodle dolls
I'm always happy to have an excuse to colour Power Poppy flowers; I chose these pretty sweet peas for my brother's girlfriend's birthday earlier this year. Like all Power Poppy images, this is so beautifully drawn that it's easy to get a good result. The background was more of a challenge. I could have left… Continue reading Sweet peas
This is the second week of the "Faces" theme and the first of this theme's guest instructors: Marjie Kemper (website, YouTube, Instagram). Most people who art journal seem to create double page spreads, using every side of every page in the journal. I can't do that. I know it's efficient and the best use of resources… Continue reading Wanderlust: face to the sun
The second theme of the Wanderlust year was "Faces" and we started off with inspiration from the organiser: Kasia Avery (blog, Instagram). It took me a while to tackle this one. I could use the excuse that 1st February (when this class went live) was also the start of the Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring… Continue reading Wanderlust: portrait
The only other Easter card I made this year: the inevitable Easter bunny... Any excuse to colour up a bunny for my other half's sister. It's so satisfying making a card for someone who truly appreciates it; she keeps all my cards and has even been known to "look after" ones I've made for her… Continue reading Easter bunny and egg
Week four of Wanderlust 2019 and we're back with Kasia Avery (blog, Instagram). After having said that I don't do the whole word for the year thing, guess what this week's exercise was... I also said that even if I did "my words would be the same every year: explore, play, learn". So what word… Continue reading Wanderlust: do!
I may not have made that many cards this year, but I still manage to take my time writing them up for the blog. Though Easter was less than a month ago, so it could be a lot worse... And I only made two Easter cards this year — this one for my mum and… Continue reading Vintage Easter egg
I picked up a bag of assorted Stampbord pieces on sale ages ago and they've sat in my stash unloved ever since. Then this post went by in my feed reader; I thought it looked really pretty and was inspired to have a go myself. To actually make one there and then rather than just… Continue reading Stampbord butterfly
Week three of the "Typography" theme brought the next guest teacher: Kelly Hoernig (website, Vimeo, Instagram). So this is the actual homework for week three's lesson (unlike "ow!" which was just inspired by it). There were two elements to the class: the first involved recreating printed lettering with paint and the second asked us to… Continue reading Wanderlust: mop brush
Another masculine card to make. They're hard enough to come up with ideas for when you know the person well, but when it's a nephew who you haven't seen in ages and who is somehow now 22 years old, well... If it was a niece, I'd do flowers, but my fallback for men seems to… Continue reading Purple monster
The fifth in my series of amigurumi throwback posts. Most of the patterns I've made end up being only a few inches tall, but there have been a few larger creations. Curious alien They do warn you that the feet can be a bit tricky to make, but the pattern is well written so just… Continue reading Amigurumi: bigger
Week three of the "Typography" theme brought the next guest teacher: Kelly Hoernig (website, Vimeo, Instagram). This isn't the "homework" for week three's class, though it does use some of the techniques taught in that class and is a heartfelt response to the night before I made it. I was relaxing, watching a bit of… Continue reading Wanderlust: ow!