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some Merryweather play

Have you checked out Sandy Hunter's new pattern Merryweather? Gorgeous. gorgeous. I love it.

I spent a little bit of time playing with it this afternoon - after getting the basic pattern down, I had a play with randomising the lines a little bit. I can't help myself - I'm compelled - my brain does not work well with straight lines.  It loses the kind of stretched lace/netting look with the randomising, but I like it.

My shading is a bit rough  - a couple of my pens, along with my blender are running dry and I was too lazy to walk upstairs to get new ones, so some lines are a little harsh and underblended. I'm not sure if I didn't just prefer it before the shading anyway. Ach!

This pattern is going straight into my keeper pile - I'll definitely be using it again!



  1. "My shading is a little rough"... and I am starting to think I should plan a trip to Australia to learn about shading from you! I think it's lovely.

    1. Haha - a long way to come for some shading lessons!

  2. I like it all wonky... it's playful and fun. I don't know how you manage to make whimsy look elegant, but you do it every time!

    1. Thanks, Sandy. I loved playing with your new pattern :)

  3. I like the way you "stretch" your patterns. Which size do your paper have (size of your drawings)?
    ;-) Tine from Denmark

    1. Hi Tine. Thank you :) I use an A4 journal to draw in. This design probably took up around 2/3 of the page.

  4. I think it looks like a beautiful Zentangle bouquet!

  5. Love the new pattern, and love what you did with it! You're definitely an artist, always criticizing your own work :) I'm always so inspired by you & your work.

  6. Hi Helen, Love your work as always.I am interested to know what you use to blend as you said it was running dry. I use pencil and a stump do you use a pen of some sort?

    1. Hi Fiona :) Thanks! I use tria markers and a blender (also a marker) for my greyscale work. I love them!


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