Arty card challenge progress

Glad to say that I’ve been keeping up with my #trainticketart still – I’m up to no. 31 now!

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This one’s a doodly plaid design.

lines and circles
and a doodly lines and circles design…

stylized leaf pic
and a stylized leaf.

curly bean pod
I’ve been growing some beans from the Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library and this year I decided to dry some of them as this particular variety don’t cook very well as whole pods. I thought the dry pods themselves are very picturesque – they might find themselves as a #trainticketart design before long too! If I made 3D art I could see them being very useful as moulds for ceramics or silverclay…

my binditall
Another thing I did towards the end of the week was to make a few sketchbooks. I went to Hobbycraft and couldn’t find any I really liked the look of, so I bought a huge 100 pack of white card and made 3 A5 sketchbooks with my Binditall machine for the princely sum of £4. I only want it for drawing with black pen and scanning, not for watercolour or printing so I wanted something white and smooth and card will do the trick nicely.  For covers I just used the old cardboard back covers from my watercolour pads.  Perfect!

Arty Snippets

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Here is some more of my #trainticketart… I’ve kept it up pretty conscientiously so far, though there was a bit of an Instagram hiatus last week when my phone broke.

I’m having a go at blogging on my mobile so let’s see if WordPress cooperates.

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I’ve got even more incentive to keep going now because the arts group I belong to locally, Diverse Manners, has an exhibition in the Riverfront arts centre next Easter so I’m planning to show them in some fashion there.  More details to follow!

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Apart from that, there’s not much to report. I’ve been busy clearing out our boxroom of over 20 years of accumulated clutter : it’s looking much tidier now though I did wonder sometimes whether a search party would be required to dig me out!  I’ve also been working on my website behind the scenes… Eventually that will be ready for the big reveal.

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That’s all for now, let’s hope this post doesn’t freak out when I hit publish…

Still on track (get it? – sorry!)

I’ve been keeping up with my #trainticketart challenge so far, although Virginmedia did its best to disrupt progress last night and this morning by making so-called ‘improvements’ to the local cable network which resulted in no internet connection for a while…
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Early in the week I did a bit of preparation by stamping randomly on some of the cards.  Sometimes it takes a while for the paint to dry and then I forget to finish it or upload it to Instagram and it was also nice to have a few half made ones when I was lacking inspiration. (The allan key is unconnected – I’ve been decluttering the boxroom and had been tightening up some joints in a chair which I was putting on Freecycle.  Though I daresay I could use it for stamping too!).
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I’ve been doing a mixture of paintings based on sketches, doodles, patterns and some printing, like the one above which I did using a quick stamp that I made from sticky-backed fun foam (great for making stamps as you can see).
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This one was based on a stylized sketch of my peace lily plant.  Do you like the negative shapes coloured blue? I think they are my favourite aspect of this design.
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This one is a bit more delicate …
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And I got out the pens and the bling for this one!!
I went to Cardiff in the middle of the week and was glad to see that they are starting to adorn some of the buildings with street art.  Here is one in the process of being actually painted:
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And another one nearby:
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Finally, I’ve started a Pinterest board so if you want to join me, let me know!
If you noticed anything strange happening with this blog last week, I have been doing various WordPress manipulations on it.  I’m working on a new website (all linked together with the blog) with a new opening page but I’ll try to keep any disruption to a minimum until it’s ready for all to be revealed.
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