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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Happy New Year!

 

Wishing you all oodles of arty, textiley, papery adventures for 2016!

If you’ve noticed that I have been quiet since launching my shop, it’s because I’ve sort of accidentally fallen into the rabbit hole world of planners and all things related! It started when I noticed that printable stickers and digital collage was popular on Instagram so I investigated, with a view to designing some myself.   I have hurtled into the land of stickers and leather filofaxes (I remember coveting these in the 1980s!), decorated paperclips, washi tape and post-it notes and realised too late that I have an addiction to notebooks and all things stationery related …

I also discovered midori notebooks and made this one from some pelmet vilene that I painted years ago:

 

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My handmade fauxdori alongside my trusty cropodile

 

I also bought a few  Websters Pages Color Crush binders which were on offer at Create and Craft…

2 Color Crush binders from Websters Pages and a sheet of stickers

Love these colours! and the stickers…

 

Anyway, here’s to a gloriously colourful and creative 2016!

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Patterns and blogging experiments

I’m just experimenting with using the WordPress app on my android tablet and if it is successful it will hopefully encourage me to get blogging again!

The ease of adding photos will be the crunch point to this experiment so let’s wait and see.

The last few weeks since the first module of my pattern course finished, I’ve been busy getting to grips with Photoshop and building more patterns. You can see one in the Graduate Showcase of the course on Rachael Taylor’s blog –  I was so excited when it turned out to be the first one!  It was based on a thermofax screen design I made from some Markmaking. Here it is:

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This week we were excited to go up to Warwick University where DS1 was graduating from his degree in PPE – here he is in all his finery (sweltering in the heatwave!) with his proud parents :

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Pattern course and a bit of colour!

For the last few weeks I’ve been doing an online course called The Art and Business of Pattern Design. I decided to embark on this because I noticed that a lot of my artwork consists of lots of overall pattern and texture and I needed something to get me organised now that my boys are all flying the nest and I’ve got more time to set up a business in it!

I’m finding it really inspiring and you’ll probably see quite a lot of it popping up in the next few months but just now we’re doing colour and here are a few photos that I’ve dug out to get colour swatches from…. UPDATE: I added the swatches I got from them at the Color Palette Generator

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A cliff in Cornwall (didn’t do one for this as both the colour generators I tried seemed to ignore that gorgeous red/orange and green and focus on the browns/blacks of the rocks).

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A building in Bloomsbury in London

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Some graffiti near Brick Lane in London

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Rainy pavements in London!

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More rain!

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Yes, it rained a lot that time…

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Colourful containers in Newport

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The Paris metro

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