Arty Advent Day 24: New Art Supplies

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

So, I don’t know if you noticed, but it was Christmas a few days ago.  And Christmas means presents!  Unsurprisingly, I got a few new art supplies.  (Forgive the horrible pictures).

I got just a few rolls of washi tape…

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The roll on it’s own on the right is a mini duct tape.  I also got a proper size duct tape.

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I got some watercolours and semi-decent brushes, which I currently can’t use well but I’m working on that.

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I got a unicorn colouring book.

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I got some very awesome pens and pencils.

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I got some sketchbooks – the big leather one was made personally for me by one of my best friends.

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And I got lots of things to paint.

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So just a few art supplies. It’s almost as if my friends and family know me 🙂  What did you get for Christmas?

 

Arty Advent Day 23: Default Hobby

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

I do a lot of crafts.  I’ve been cross stitching for as long as I can remember, but I also knit, crochet, make jewellery, use hama beads, do origami, use shrink plastic, use resin, do wirework, do knotwork, do pyrography…..  I’ll stop there but the list goes on and on and on.  One of the things I say when people ask me what crafts I do is that if I don’t already do it, it’s probably on my list of crafts to try.

And then in the last year I’ve been drawing and colouring a lot too.  In fact, drawing has become kind of my default hobby.  I’ve been doing a lot more of that than I have been anything else.  Sometimes my brain will decide I want to do some knitting, or some hama… and all of a sudden I want to do six different crafts and my brain short circuits.  So I do art instead.  Art is fun.  Art is good.  And I’m getting pretty good at it.  At least, I think I am.

Here are a couple of pieces I haven’t shared on the blog yet.

 

Arty Advent Day 22: Running Behind

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

I realise that advent is usually BEFORE Christmas, but I owe you all three posts, so I’ll be sneaking them in before New Year.

Running late is something I’m pretty good at, with art related things at least.  In real life I’m the person who turns up an hour early for things for fear of being late.

Remember Huevember?  Well I finally finished that.

You might be able to tell that by the end I was getting very frustrated so the pieces are less detailed, and not as well done.  But I am happy with that gradient.  I might not do Huevember next year, but I’m definitely going to be doing more monthly challenges.

Merry Christmas!!

Happy Holidays everyone 🙂

I love Christmas.  I love all the music and the movies, and the food, and the presents.  And all the craft too obviously.  This year, unsurprisingly, I’ve been focusing more on the Christmas art.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day, whatever you’re doing and however you choose to celebrate.  Today I’m being cosy and cuddly with my pets and lots of tasty foods.

Merry Christmas!

 

Arty Advent Day 21: Fan Art

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

Fan art is something I’ve always wanted to do. Long before I could draw, I wished I could draw just so I could do fan art.

Now I can draw, so there has been fan art.  Not much, but there will be more.  Much, much more.

There’s actually another piece, that I’m really proud of, but it’s a Christmas present so I can’t show you yet.

 

Arty Advent Day 20: 100 Somethings

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

The clever amongst you will notice that this post is a day late.  I have no excuse.  It just is. Lets move on…

I like to give myself a challenge for each year, and for 2019 I’d like to draw 100 somethings.  I asked my adjudicator friend Cayden if 100 was enough, and he’s decided that it is.  We’ve decided between us that doodles don’t count, but sketches can do.

The trouble I’m having is figuring out what I want to draw.  Do I draw 100 things I’ve been drawing already?  Like mermaids?  Or something that I’ve been wanting to draw more of?  I did know that I don’t want to draw 100 monsters.  Well, I probably will draw 100 monsters throughout the year, but I don’t want that to be the challenge.

I had some input from friends.  One suggested I draw 100 dogs.  I do love dogs, and I’d definitely like to draw some.  But the problem with dogs is that they are real, and therefore can be drawn wrong.  I do like a more fantasy genre, where I can use my imagination more.  So dogs are off the table for the challenge.  As are “species of spider” like Cayden suggested.

I have narrowed it down to 4 options.  But I’m having trouble narrowing it down any further, so I’m asking the Internet.  I’ve put up polls on my Facebook page, my Twitter feed…

…and my DeviantArt page.  I’ve even set up a Strawpoll, which you can find here.

If you’re really lazy, you could just comment on this post if you want to vote.  And if you’re super eager, you could vote on all of them.

Arty Advent Day 19: More Twitter Challenges

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

On my Twitter challenges post the other day I had a comment from Frank, who is @aoba1895 on Twitter, telling me about even more Twitter challenges.  So now I follow Colour Collective, Virtual Studio and Pinch Punch Post.  You’ll see my entries for Colour Collective and Pinch Punch Post later, but Virtual Studio is what I went with today.

They have different challenges every single day.  I’m going to have to force myself to not do some, because otherwise my OCD will mean I’ll end up HAVING to do them or getting very anxious.  Luckily I didn’t find time to do yesterday’s Shape Challenge…

But the two previous days really caught my interest.  The weekend saw a Snowmageddon challenge…

and Monday was Mythical Mashup time.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do, but I added them to my to do list, along with the second animal in a Christmas jumper for Animal Alphabets.

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The idea fully solidified in my head after a quick trip to Hobbycraft to pick up some Christmas washi tape.

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I saw that snowflake tape on the bottom there and knew I had my Snowmageddon.  All I had to do was make my Reindeer/Angel mash up a Christmas jumper and voila!

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How cute is he?!  If I’d made it a month earlier I’d have scanned it and made it into Christmas cards.  I could do that for next year, but I’m hoping my skills increase a little in a year.  We’ll see.