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the bubble-ator & petal ribbon step-out

I had to jump out of bed early one morning last week and draw the outline for this. I don't know where the idea came from, no correllation to anything I was thinking about, I was probably just reading at the time, but sometimes images just pop, fully formed, in my head and I am compelled to go with them. I still seem to have cones on the brain. Such a cool, and, (to me) elegant shape. This ws pretty quick to do, though some of my striping is not quite right. Foiled by the black marker again! Oops! I can usually reshape, or just make something a little larger, but not in this case. I call him the..........Bubble-ator
I often use Finery on the more graphic drawings that I do, it works so well for long skinny shapes like leaves. When I was drawing "Growing Tube" I changed it around a bit by adding a curved, blacked out bit under every 2nd line. On "Pinwheel3" I played around a bit more by alternating the s-shapes, and adding the curved black shape under every line to round them off more. Really liked how it looks like petals on a strip of ribbon. Here's the steps if you would like to do something similar, just click on the image to enlarge :)


  1. bubble-ator is soooo cool looking. glad you jumped out of bed right away to capture the idea. I'm quite captivated by it. Also, I really like your experimentation with finery. I may try it myself. Finery has been one of the more difficult patterns for me.

    1. Thanks, kp. It's funny how patterns can be challenging for different people - I really love the flow of finery, but struggle with betweed, which shouldn't be all that different!

  2. helen - thanks for the step-out. i save so many of your pictures to go back and look at again. i love your work! it always has such an open feel to it - light and airy. so wonderful!

    1. Thanks, Alice! I do really love my white space :) Great to hear you are enjoying what I am posting - I am having a lot of fun drawing at the moment.

  3. Hi Helen, your work is so beautiful. It looks so intricate. I'm looking forward to trying your Petal Ribbon tangle. I hope I can do it justice!

  4. Helen, I love the Bubble-ator. It's one of those images that just makes you smile.

    1. Me, too, Genevieve! I love these type of drawings where nothing has to make sense. So much fun to create :)


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