To doodle is often moving your hands in a familiar way. Doodling is mindless drawing of forms and patterns, doing what you’ve always done. But it can also be learning new things, trying something out, experimenting… Continue reading
Starting today with the spread that finished yesterday’s post about my Miniature Art Journal Idea and my need to get some drawing/doodling time into my life, and continuing with the rest of the pages in this little booklet that I bound together in January.
If the page isn’t painted in a warm color like orange, pink or red it is sure to be this awesome green-yellow mix. This page featured a happy blond and a not very happy brunette girl: Continue reading
So, after finishing the big 365 Collage project I did last year I have been mulling over new ideas around here. I am working with my one word of the year (willpower), and in January it was a huge success. In February (so far) not as much, because I am once again without a day job and it is hard to be on your own sometimes. Discipline and willpower become opponents in an inner (extremely aggressive) war, and I sometimes stick my head in the sand and wish for it to be over. What I want to do is one thing, what I wish I had already done (yesterday!) another and what I actually do a third thing. But that’s not what I wanted to write about, instead I wanted to share what I have created in January 2014 – a miniature art journal! This tiny book just “happened” and as all good things that simply happen it was easy, effortless and a lot of fun!
I started by laying down a background layer of paint on strips of scrap watercolor paper (all leftovers from cutting squares for collage last year). Each strip was cut in half and then folded, creating a tiny book that measures 8 x 11 centimeters (3.1 x 4.3 inches), about palm size. Love to work in miniature books, or booklets as I like to call them! And because I filled the entire book of 16 pages not counting the front (four folded pages in total) in January, I simply named it January 2014 and thought:
- Hmm… Maybe this is the first miniature art journal of 12 this year? Well, at least it could be. Let’s just see how it goes, shall we?
The first spread has a blue heart and a sun, and it is a little different than the rest of the pages in the book. Because I did a lot of collage last year I have been feeling a longing to paint, draw, doodle and play with blending fun colors. So I have made a little face on each page of the book, most of them kind-of-self-portraits in one way or other.
Hi sweet one!
If you are following me via instagram you know it’s #valentinecraftweek in my life right now. Now that I’m diving into it I get the feeling that I am in the right place, doing the right thing. Maybe Valentine is a commercial holiday that makes us single gals feel extra lonely, sure that’s true. But it is also a time for valentine self love and what ever you choose to make it. I am all for giving it a try, even if it’s hard sometimes.
To be happy is my choice. Plus, I adore the visual language of amore; red velvet, bubble gum pink, shiny hearts and messages of love! I am in the right place for love.
I am combining some of my favorite things with this project and making Sweet Valentine Cards!
A combination of favorites
- using hand painted and bought papers in new combinations
- working in layers
- sewing in paper, spending time with my sewing machine
- the heart as a symbol of so many things
Come along and I’ll show you what I’ve been stitching up around here.
Back to the book Craft-a-Doodle again, it’s such a fun book. In it you’ll find a fun exercise where you loosely doodle a big, bold letter and then colour it in. This is my kind of fun, especially since Cynthia Shaffer suggests we doodle on vintage book pages, my favorite drawing material! Super cheap drawing paper, so give lots to your kids too.
No matter your level of artistry you will make something pretty if you doodle on top of an book text page!
Letter doodling is fun, but I know at once that I wanted to draw a heart shape in this style as I have done something similar before. I ♥ hearts! Continue reading
There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. Itís why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.
Last weekend was fabulous, filled with champagne and paint. So this weekend, I decided to embrace my crafty side! I listened to the Quilting Podcast for the first time, and got some inspiration while sitting by my sewing machine, sewing papers together. I’ll show you more of those soon, because it’s all hearts around here right now.
It is Sunday and I am declaring Sundays Self Love Day from now on. You know, no computer work, no worries, no silly thinking of things you should do. Simply being in the moment and playing with different creative projects. Maybe reading a novel or taking a photo walk – but most of all: creating something! Because that is self love to me.
Yesterday I found, via Instagram of all places, a new to me youtube channel about doodling. I’ve watched several already, my favorite so far is How to Doodle: some tips: Continue reading
During studio time (a now sought after thing) that includes crafts, creative exploration and lunch, we doodled for quite a while. We were really inspired by the book Craft-a-doodle that I reviewed yesterday. We (two grown ups and two kids aged 5 and 12) had a great time.
For the first exercise I read them the instructions from Carla Sonheim’s exercise, Be Square (she used a square ink pad as a stamp), without showing the many examples on the next page. A fun creative challenge for sure!
We each filled a sheet of paper with stamped impressions of our index finger. Then we grabbed a pencil and tried to come up with new ideas for each stamped print! Not as easy as it sounds!
A few months back I got an advance copy of Jenny Doh’s new book Craft-a-Doodle, because I am one of the 18 contributing artists! I am happy to be a small part of this pretty book, because I really like it! So even though I am a bit biased*, I wanted to come back to it now, and write a real kind of review. And to recommend you to check out this book if you can – it is one of those books I am happy to have in my inspiration library!
Like I mentioned then teaching something as simple and intuitive as “doodles” is not easy, if at all possible. But to be inspired by what other doodle is very much a possibility that I think we should all stay open to! And if you’re of the opinion that you “can’t draw a straight line”, this is the perfect book for you! It invites you to copy the ideas and line work in 75 fun and manageable exercises.
Some of the prompts in the book are about creating a pattern or a specific figure, and some are more idea prompts to use a as a spring board for further exploration. Like Gemma Correll’s Visual Diary Idea, where you in your own drawing style could document one day on one page. The coffee mug, the cat, the dinner, a house you visited, all complimented with your own hand lettering… Continue reading
A calendar, like your life, is a constant work in progress. It will never be “finished” since there will “always” be new days next week and more things to do, list to write, plans to come up with – and goals to achieve. And that is a good thing! A DIY Planner binder has the potential of being the real Life Book, Brain Dump and Planner companion through the year(s)!
I’ve added in a couple of fun things in my calendar this year, and I’m sure I will keep adding to it. I added some inspirations in there too, like this quote I printed:
I just really like this note from the universe. I got it last year and made it into a framed poster image at the site Recite this. The framed quote really inspired me, so I am going to frame it for real and hang it on my wall one of these days. But until then I’m keeping it in my DIY Calendar as an inspiration page! Here’s the guide to printing the pages that is included in my printable DIY Calendar Kit:
Love using highlighter pens! And reinforcing the edge of some of the pages with neon tape. Mmm! Continue reading