MATS Bootcamp: Journal Cover

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In February our MATS Bootcamp assignment was to design a cover for a journal on the theme of reading tea leaves.

I didn’t know anything about tea leaf reading so I did a bit of research and decided to illustrate some of the symbols that are often looked for when reading someone’s tea leaves. I also hand lettered a quotation about tea from Arthur Wing Pinero.

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Since I love making patterns I also used the images I drew to create a new pattern. I couldn’t decide whether I like the dark blue or the pale background so I ended up with one of each.

31 Painted Patterns

In January I joined in with Lisa Congdon‘s brand new CreativeBug class. A couple of years ago she taught a class on CreativeBug which was a daily drawing challenge. This new class was similar but instead of making a drawing each day we created a painted pattern. As you know, I love making patterns and I’m a big fan of Lisa’s work so this was right up my street . I also really enjoyed getting more familiar with gouache paint.

Here are the 31 patterns I made this month.

Drawings and Reflections from August

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I still haven’t managed to get my energy levels back on an even keel since the end of the 100 Day Project (this is life with M.E sometimes!) so I was appreciated the slower pace for the 365 project over the summer. I created one new illustration each week rather than 3 and enjoyed being able to take my time with each one.

As you can see, I made 2 new repeat patterns (one of my favourite things to create nowadays), a simple fish illustration and a self portrait.

As well as these 4 pieces I made an illustrated map of the City of London, which you can see on They Draw and Travel.

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Now September’s here and I’m back to creating 3 new illustrations each week. Since my energy’s in short supply I’m experimenting with ways to keep things as simple as possible to avoid overwhelming and exhausting myself.

Right now I’m planning on sticking to my paper sketchbook and avoiding doing too much digital work. Digitising my work is fun but it can be really time-consuming for lots of reasons so cutting out that stage feels like a good plan right now. I may even use a pocket-sized sketchbook for some of my illustrations, just to keep things really simple.

Do you find it helpful to keep your work process simple and straightforward or do you prefer to spend lots of time on a piece of work?

New Prints in the Shop!

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Every day since Tuesday I’ve been adding a new art print to my Etsy shop. They’re all A4 (8.3 x 11.17 inches) in size, which is bigger than any of the prints I’ve sold so far. Since the beginning of January I’ve been making at least 3 new pieces of work each week so I chose some of my favourites  for these prints. These 3 are available for purchase right now. I’ll be adding another one later today and 2 more over the weekend, so keep an eye on my shop to make sure you get your favourite(s) before they’re gone!

Preparing for The 100 Day Project 2017

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The 100 Day Project starts again this year on 4th April. If you’ve never heard of The 100 Day Project, it’s a free art project open to anyone, where you choose a creative action to repeat every day for 100 days.

I took part for the first time last year and created 100 patterns in my tiny sketchbooks. I really enjoyed it and creating technical repeat patterns from my artwork has become almsot second nature to me now.

I’ve not decided yet what I’m going to choose for this year’s 100 Day Project. I have a few thoughts but nothing nailed down just yet.

Have you taken part in The 100 Day Project? Will you be joining in this year?