Just before Christmas I decided that I wanted to create an illustration for each of the 12 days in the song. When I looked it up I discovered that there are quite a few different versions, so depending on which one you sing, you may have 9 dancing ladies or 12 pipers piping, or even ships sailing or bulls roaring.
I decided to go with the version I was most familiar with, which turned out to be one of the oldest versions, although probably less common than others.
I also started creating patterns that would co-ordinate with each image but as I started this series quite close to Christmas the patterns fell by the wayside. I hope I can get back to working on those but we’ll see. For now, here are the 12 images I created for the song The 12 Days of Christmas.
I hope you’ve had a fun festive season and a peaceful start to 2019.
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At the end of last year (and at least once before) I’ve shared a series of 12 photos – one from each month of the previous year. Here’s my selection from 2018.
Looking back through photos and choosing your favourites from each month is a nice way to remind yourself of what you’ve done, where you’ve been and how things have changed. Sometimes it sparks ideas of things you might want to do more of in the coming year. I purposely chose images that weren’t things that I’d drawn, as a way of stepping back from my sketchbook and looking at the bigger picture.
Could you scroll back through your photos from this year and choose a favourite (or 12)? What are they? Are there any pictures that you’d forgotten about?
I hope you’ve been enjoying the festive season and have time to rest and enjoy yourself.
I wanted to let you know that there’s a sale on in my shop right now. Lots and lots of items have discounts of up to 40% and if you’re in the UK, shipping is free too. I have plans to introduce some new products to my shop over the coming months so if anything sells out now it probably won’t be coming back.
If you have any questions or difficulties placing your order, just let me know and I’ll do what I can to help.
And if you’ve bought from my shop over the past year, thank you very much. I really do appreciate it. Wishing you a peaceful end to 2018.
A bear I painted in my sketchbook a few weeks ago. I’m thinking of making more drawings of animals in knitwear and more animals in general. Are there any animals in particular that you’d like to see me draw/paint?
Earlier this year I worked with ME Action to create a gold shoe pin, which they used as part of a fundraiser. I’ve been working with ME Action again recently and together we created 2 holiday cards based on the same shoe design.
One features this repeating pattern on a red background and inside the message reads ‘Seasons Greetings’. The other is a single pair of shoes on a blue background and contains the message ‘Happy Holidays’.
Both designs are available to purchase through the ME Action shop and all proceeds go towards the work they do campaigning with and on behalf of people with ME.
Right now the ME Action shops ship only to the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK but if you’re in one of those countries there should still be time to receive your cards before Christmas.