Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Colour-Me, Doodle-Me :)

This week I have added some more colouring options to my Etsy shop. This time, it's some greetings cards, with simple designs so will be suitable for anyone to colour and gift to a friend.

The Colouring cards are titled Colour-Me cards and are priced at £4.50 for a pack of four cards, with different designs....

I have also created some Doodle-Me cards to inspire your personal creativity. These have prompts in the form of doodles which have been started and there is space for you to fill and colour the rest of the card with your own designs...

Keep your eyes peeled, there will be more!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

I can't draw

I consider my creative and artist, but there are days when I still look at my creation and decide it’s not good enough, it isn’t representative of what I had in mind and it doesn’t reach the standards of other creatives and artists.

These are exactly the thoughts and emotions that came up when I was in school when my friend would say ‘you’re copying me,’ when in fact everyone had the same brief! Or another friend would look at my piece and scowl derisively. These comments and reactions made me doubt my own creativity, then and now. Those thoughts and feelings are not unusual for anyone, of any age who is asked to be creative; to pick up a pen and represent something on a page. We are culturally conditioned to be not good enough and to not compare favourably to anyone else. In an achievement-based society so much has to be improved or goals need to be reached.

So where to start? If you have that nagging feeling that you would like to doodle, draw, paint or sketch, then I say go for it. The thoughts will still be there…’you don’t compare,’ or ’that’s not good enough,’ or maybe ’are you seriously telling me that is supposed to look like a ———?!’
The whole courageous act of picking up a pen is enormous. The best way to start is to challenge yourself and either show no-one what you are producing each day or only show the people you trust will understand your motive for beginning this practice. They might be inspired too!

Find the simplest materials in the form of a felt-tip or drawing pen, or a pencil. I would recommend a pen for now as you will be less inclined to erase ‘what isn’t good enough’. With a piece of paper each day, or a cheap sketch pad, the challenge can begin.

Start with drawing a different type of line each day, straight lines (without using a ruler!), overlapping lines, curved lines, follow the borders of the page or create triangle borders, like bunting. This is about feeling the pen in your hand and becoming more friendly with the process. Does it look like the image you imagined before you started? It doesn’t matter. Does it look perfect, or pristine? It doesn’t matter.
Look at nature to inspire the irregularities, every rose on a plant is not the same size, each leaf on a tree isn’t representative of perfection. We embrace the differences in nature; the perfect imperfection, and that’s exactly how the lines on your page can be viewed.

As you finish each drawing you can be proud of your courage and you can be proud of the fact that you dedicated time to opening up to your creative side. Everyone can be creative, in so many different ways, the misplaced lines, the imperfect sketches just open new doors for more creativity. Give yourself five minutes during your lunch break, or ten minutes when you could be looking through social media, each day for a week or a month and you will amaze yourself with your dedication and what you produce as the days go by.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Mandalas on Etsy

Today I have started an Etsy shop, from which pdfs can be purchased. I have uploaded ten mandalas which are black and white, ready to be printed and coloured as many times as you choose.
Here are a few of the photos...

Each mandala is hand drawn and scanned into the computer, then uploaded to Etsy, which is the main sales site available to sell pdfs and downloadable digital artwork and craft supplies.

As you can see, I enjoy drawing mandalas with lots of different shapes and repeats. Colouring  and drawing can be a great way to relax and rest away from screen time and work.

I have created photos to capture the original drawings and added a few colour suggestions, three colours is a simple, practical idea for colouring and is used in design all around us in modern life.

A different colour choice could be used for each ring of the mandala, or for each repeating detail.
The beauty of downloadable colouring is that different colour combinations can be tried and tested again and again.

If you'd like to give them a try, my Etsy shop is here.