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Ribbon Roll

If you've followed my blog for a while, or bought my first book:  Flips Folds Ribbon and String you may have guessed that I love, love drawing ribbons. The curls, the scrolls, the perspective challenges, the two surfaces to add patterns to. What's not to love?

I started playing around with some ribbon studies last week and ended up completing this one:

The black and white check works as a good relief (I use it a lot!) for a busier pattern on the other side - in this case Sails pattern.

Now, I'm off to have a play with my new toy - a video/camera quadcopter. I took it for its first flight this morning and now that I've looked at the video footage I have a bit better idea (maybe) of what I'm here goes!


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  1. Love the ribbon roll! And you will have so much fun with the quadcopter! Just don't scare the animals....hahahha

  2. Loving this Helen, I really have to try it. I just need some time to sit and do nothing but tangle. I thought when I retired I would have all the time in world but alas, it's not so. lol

    1. I'm convinced that life only gets busier the older you get - two of my children have left home and the youngest is almost 18 and I seem to be running around and involved in more things than I was when they were small. Exhausting! Hope you carve out some time to tangle :)

  3. Your work amazes me, so complex and interesting. I have your book, and this has inspired me to try ribbons and folds once more. 😀

    1. Fantastic, Lucy! They're so much fun - I could draw them all the time :) h

  4. Oh Helen, I am so in awe of you! Love your ribbons - always have. I need to practice more I think because I still struggle with getting them perfect.

    1. Thanks, Tracy.

      I still look at all my drawings and see problems, but try not to get too hung up on it :) I try to focus on the progressive improvement. Keep practicing you will get there! h

  5. I love it! I tried sooo many time with ribbons but it always look wrong - even after following your guidelines in your book that I bougth....maby some day..

    1. Keep practicing, Tine - best way to learn is through our mistakes - frustrating though, I know :) h

  6. I burst out laughing! What fun! Such depth and perception. A strip of leather hung on a dowel. I love it!


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