Sunday, 16 July 2017

all the things i don't know about embroidery, yet

The start of the week I was out and about in the city which I posted here. The rest of the week was shrouded by hormonal brain and I didn't get as much done as I wanted to but I did do this little embroidery over a couple of afternoons.

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It's all over the place, I know, that's actually intentional. I wasn't trying to make a good piece I was just experimenting. I have a go at embroidery every now and then and I make my patches which are quite simple for the most part but I still don't really have a lot of experience with it so I wanted to try a couple of things and just see what the results would be.
I used regular sewing thread rather than embroidery floss for the first time. I did the right side of the hair with embroidery floss at first to compare them but I unpicked that to try two types of stitching with the same thread. You can see in the photo above that it's shinier on the floss side which sometimes bothers me with embroidery floss but regular thread is so thin that I guess it's more work to fill an area and I found working that many stitches on this fabric was pulling the fabric too much, I can see where there are little "holes" that are just the fabric being pulled too tight in both directions. That could probably be solved with slightly heavier fabric though I guess? This fabric was too thin to hold so many stitches I think, it'd be better for simpler, mostly line work designs maybe.

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I love the look of embroidery with my drawings though. I'm going to get some little hoops and make some pieces to hang on the wall. When I take my fabric out of the hoops it gets so wavy, another missing piece to my knowledge, am I being too critical and that is just how embroidery looks, is the fabric wrong, is how I do the stitches wrong, am I pulling the fabric too tight in the hoop, do you take it out of the hoop and re-stretch it somehow, some other thing I haven't thought of?? I think hanging work in the hoops looks cute though so there's no rush to figure it out at least.

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In an attempt to clear my grumpy head I went for a quick stroll round the meadow which I haven't been too in ages. It was nice, I saw some cows and ate a blackberry ^_^

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Lord Mayor's Celebrations 2017

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017

The Lord Mayor's Celebration was at the weekend which means a parade, street performers, food and fireworks. I generally avoid going out at the weekend but if I'll get to see a giant bear then I'll make an exception. (which is why I'll be at Pride later in the month haha)

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
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Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017

Baba Yaga and her hut were out and about terrorising children. Look at how beautiful the hut is! And Baba Yaga herself was gliding around in her mortar, it was super cool.

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017

Those samosa were the best samosas I have ever had and I've been thinking about them ever since mmm samosas.

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017

I was pretty achy by this point because I am a weakling but we hung around to watch the fireworks because public displays of fireworks are magic. You're meant to stand round the other side of the castle but we go where there are fewer people, that's why it kind of looks like two separate displays, a short one and a tall one lol.

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
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On Sunday we went to see the duck race. It turned out that the tide was going in one direction and the wind in the other and they kind of cancelled each other out so it wasn't so much a race as a float about but in the end a few ducks made a break for it and there was a winner. It was fun to watch, the ducks get dropped off the bridge to start the race which was what I was most excited to see (I tried to film it so it might be in my vlog at the end of the week).

Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017
Lord Mayor's Celebration 2017

Overall it did reinforce the fact that I like to avoid weekends, I definitely had to experience one too many dickhead lads, but I had a really good time. I'm glad to live somewhere that puts on something like this each year, it's a lot of fun ^_^


Edit: here's the blog post with the video from this weekend

Sunday, 9 July 2017

painting shirts and making key rings

June 2017 Zine

June zine done. A whole year of zines, DONE! I'm so proud of my 12, tiny, little baby zines ^_^

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I added this marker drawing to my Redbubble and Society6. I actually took this straight from my sketchbook and just tidied it up a bit around the edges. I'm hoping to do this more often. I really like the look of drawings on paper scanned in for use on other things, scanning things well can be a bit tricky though and obviously if I wasn't intending to use it when I drew it it might not be usable but I like how this one turned out ^_^
I do really like digital colouring too, I want to do all the things!

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I went into the city to post orders and came home with lots of nice things. I fucking love libraries. Also love cheap stickers.

Hand Drawn Key Rings
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I bought these key ring blanks ages ago not really sure if people would actually want one or not but I made one for myself and I really like seeing it on my keys so I found some glitter paper and they're in my shop now whether people want them or not lol. I think it's a pretty cool idea to have an original drawing on your keys though.

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I spent the second half of the week hunched over my desk painting shirts. These are for me because it took me three shirts (one older one not pictured) to realise I really do need to use textile medium to make the acrylic not crack. That's why we test things though, plus I'll wear them anyway. I found some old medium though and have added it to the hearts on the girls shirt so at least I can test that too and then hopefully get some shirts actually done for the shop! It's a slow process painting on fabric with a brush but I really love it.

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I'm so lucky to have a garden, it's so nice to sit outside (♡˙︶˙♡)

I've been trying my hand at making videos for a while now and I think this might be the first one that I think turned out alright/am not totally embarrassed to have people watch lol. I really want a video editor that would let me add stills/video on top of/next to each other and play with the brightness/contrast/colours etc but I'm doing what I can with what I've got. It's probably too long for other people to enjoy (I quite like a long vlog but I work from home so have time to watch them at my desk...) but I like this vlog I made ^_^

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Thursday/Friday

Last week I didn't do a weekly vlog. I did a 'video an hour' video on the Friday but had also filmed some bits on the Thursday so I gave them a video of their own too.

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I remember feeling really, really down on Thursday, especially at the end of the day (after I filmed these bits). I think it was a long time coming, a lot of bad thoughts built up and peaked, like a thunderstorm after humid weather. But this week I've been feeling really motivated. I'm fed up of not seeing myself in a good light and I'm working to rectify that. More structure, more belief in myself as a professional artist (/designer/crafter/handmade maker person, I still haven't figured out my job title lol).

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I also recently came across furrylittlepeach's studio vlogs on youtube and they made me feel pretty inspired. I guess it's similar to how some people need to share a studio with other people to feel motivated and like they're 'at work', I enjoy watching videos by art folks while I work (or even while I'm not working, the good feelings carry over) even though I wouldn't be able to work with loads of people actually in the room.

I find it pretty impossible to come across new channels I want to watch through youtube though (e.g. I watched 1 min of that 20 min video why are you now only recommending that person's videos!!) (I know it's because of greedy google and their need for ad revenue but come on!) so if you know of any arty people that vlog I'd love to know about them. I find they don't even have to make work that is to my taste but if they come across as hard working and friendly and make things then it's good watching.
And seeing as I'm asking for recommendations....
Audra Auclair is great. Her work is beautiful but I really love how while talking about art things she also talks about other things she cares about. For example I found it refreshing to hear someone mention being uneasy about the amount plastic they were having to use in pen refills even though it might be an art material you really love. (Why don't more people care about how evil plastic is!!!!, but that's a different rant lol)
Frannerd. Oh Fran, how I love thee. She comes across as such a friendly person, I love her work and she's so willing to share information that traditionally people think you should keep to yourself. Let's just all share everything and be helpful to each other yeah?
Furrylittlepeach. As I already mentioned, Sha'an's vlogs got me feeling super motivated this past week.
Nerdburger isn't an art channel but it's still all about things I love and I also love Cazz so much. Her joy for all things comics, toys, horror films, colour and outdated tech is contagious. I mean I'm already highly infected with a love for all of those things but oh my gosh Cazz, I love her. Her and Liam are a pair of real good eggs.
The Sad Ghost Club. I really enjoyed having their sketchbook club videos on while I worked in my sketchbook, it's so weird that having a video on can make you feel less lonely at your desk. I hope they do more of them.

Please share any arty types you watch on youtube! I don't care if they have a huge following or a small following, if they can help inspire me to stay as upbeat about work as I have this week then I'll drink them right up ^_^

Monday, 3 July 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

tiny drawings and not tiny drawings

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I did some tiny drawings ^_^ I have a few keyring blanks and although I'm not sure if it's something people actually want to buy I thought a little original drawing in a keyring was pretty cute. I only have four but I did a lot of little drawings and then I'll pick the "best" ones to use. I really want some holographic paper to use for the back but I can't find any in the city. I thought it'd be a staple part of any kids art section but apparently not. I'll have to find some though because now the idea is in my head I can't imagine finishing these off any other way.

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I can't always add drawings/hand written notes to packages but when I can I really like to. This package was someones third order from me which makes me feel all fuzzy and stuff (´ ∀ ` *)



I finished a sketchbook! This is the first time I think I've finished a sketchbook and not been totally fed up with it so I filmed a flip through. There's only one page edited out because I'd written on it some stuff that ain't for your eyes but I didn't want to take out anything because even though some of it is horrible and some of it I love I think the internet and how people present themselves can be so unnecessarily polished. I'm ok with you knowing sometimes I draw horribly. A lot of people would probably think my drawings are bad anyway so it doesn't even matter!

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Actual shorts weather! I like wearing shorts but am actually not that fond of the weather that makes it necessary (>﹏<) // This little ball of destruction gets away with a lot of book nibbling because it's just too cute // sorting out my damn roots

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Having finished that super long sketchbook there are now loads of little drawings in my life that I think should be worked up into big fancy drawings so this week I got two new designs sorted and listed in my Redbubble and Society6.

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I had a shout from Will to come downstairs because this little friend had landed on our windowsill! She's so adorable and so fluffy!! I'm pretty sure it's a tortoiseshell butterfly and you can see her clean her tongue and move and stuff in my weekly vlog down at the bottom of this post. It was such a treat to get a really good look, you could even see the stripes on her antenna!

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Back to green. I want to try all the colours and I'm sure I'll do something else before too long but I think green is my go to natural colour, I like it. Plus having just one colour makes topping up between bleaches much easier.

Monday, 19 June 2017

wild garden

These weeks are going past way too quickly at the minute. I know it can always feel like that anyway but I've had a bit of a run of bad brain and it's making me really concentrate each week on the feeling of "another week gone and I didn't get anything done". It's not even true but I still feel bad about it which makes me not feel very creative. And the evil circle continues.

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Something I did do this week though was get some mini hama beads which I'm very excited about. I'm going to make all sorts of pixel based images for badges and necklaces and earrings and whatever else. I made myself a little rainbow badge to test out glue that would hold to the beads. I've been wearing it for 4 days now and it's still together so I think I might be ready to start making things for the shop. I bought just a 7500 mixed colour bag of beads to get me started so I have some boxes coming soon so I can sort the colours out which will make them much easier to work with. I'm really excited by these ^_^ colours, crafts, pictures, what more could I want?!

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I also got a new design listed in my print to order shops. It's the same design that I painted onto a shirt for myself and even though I'm planning on painting shirts for my etsy I thought it would be a good idea to have it up on all the other products too.

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Our garden is doing really well at the minute. We basically ignore it and then when it's too overgrown to use we chop it all right back and repeat. The strawberry bush is giving us tasty little strawbs even though it's supposed to be too old for fruit which is lovely and the rose bush is doing so well. I've brought a few flowers inside and they smell amazing.

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We've been watching Grace and Frankie on netflix and love it. I didn't think I would get as into it as I am but I'm really enjoying it. It's been good the whole way through, not a recent revelation but more programmes about people outside the young, white, straight, able bodied demographic please. Besides the obvious equality/representation reasons, stories we haven't heard yet are much more likely to be interesting because they aren't over used already.
I also finished reading Sailor Moon this week. It was such a good series, I still really want to see the anime but I'm so glad I've had the chance to read the manga, there's a reason it's so popular ^_^
Aaaaand Haruka Kurebayashi has started a youtube channel and so far it's as colourful and cute as you'd expect. I hope she keeps it up because I'm loving it so far. I'm so glad she's having english subtitles added ^_^