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  1. Just love it Helen, thanks for sharing it.....have always loved whirling, and now I know how!

  2. My comment from You Tube - Thanks for this Helen. I've used Evernote for a while but you have shown me a few new tricks.

    1. Thanks, Chrissie :) I'm using Evernote to organise everything except my calendar at the moment. Loving it :)

  3. Helen,This pattern is fabulous, can't wait to draw it.

    Thank you.

  4. Love it! Can't wait to give it a whirl. :)

  5. You continue to amaze me, Helen. Beautiful pattern. Thanks for posting.

  6. You mentioned markers for shading. What color grey marker do you use? I absolutely love to draw and your work is so beautiful. Thanks.

    1. Hi Phyl - thank you!

      I use alcohol ink markers for my colouring and shading - and (unfortunately) it is not just one grey marker. To achieve the graduated look I generally work in at least 3-4 values, and, depending on the piece they could be using my cool grey, warm grey, or neutral grey markers (I have a lot of grey markers!) You can see some shading step outs in the patterns section of the blog which might help a bit. Thanks! h


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