A few more stamp images

Some stamp images from back in the day when I did stamp designing. These are a couple of the "rejects" that were not picked up for the catalogue at the time.

Both of these drawings were inspired by drawings I had done for the blog.

Tulip stamp image:

The drawing from the blog that inspired it:

Gum leaf wreath stamp image:

Image from the blog that inspired it:

Seeing these gum leaf images makes me realise how long it is since I've drawn some. I absolutely love drawing gum leaves and flowers so I'm putting it on my to do list now!

Have a great weekend!


Challenge #280 - Olympics

This week's Diva Challenge theme was to be inspired by the Olympics.

As soon as I saw the challenge and thought about the rings, in my head I saw them all bunched up and squishy looking - that idea evolved to this:

Please don't ask me to explain it........hahaha. I probably needed to think about it a bit more :)  I would have liked to avoid colouring the black blob in, but not really an option with the challenge theme.

I don't know how long it's been since I've done two posts in one day, but sometimes girls just gotta draw, right?

In the midst of drawing this challenge piece I almost had a meltdown when I tried to open my book file to add some edits and it was corrupted. Now, I'm a compulsive file saver, so luckily after downloading my desktop publishing program on the Windows computer downstairs, running up and down between computers for about 2 hours trying to un-corrupt the file, I managed to find an up-to-date version in the trash. Yay! Much relief and rejoicing all around.

Now, it's back to work for me! Have a great weekend!!



A quick one today - playing around with an idea. I had no clue what to name these drawings, so I just went with blobbers. This may be a reflection on how I feel after sitting in front of the computer for a big chunk of my time over the past three days.

The good news? I think I'm about 3/4 done with the new book and now just have to make the final push. John is away for the next 2 days so I should be able to get a lot done. I'm really, really hoping to get this first draft stage completed before I start back to classes next week so that I can work on the edits progressively and have it ready for release on my next term break. We'll see.

Back to the drawings:

You know how some things don't really come out like you imagine in your head? These drawings are one of those things. I don't love them and I don't hate them either. Though, they do creep me out a bit - they make me think of fingers with long fingernails trying to reach out. haha. particularly in the first one.

Now with that lovely visual - have a great day!


Tangents and Tigers

Alright, let me clear this up right away - there are no tigers in this post.............it's 10am in the morning, I'm still tired and, well, I just like alliterations :) Yes, I realise I probably need more coffee before I start sending stuff out to the world......but.......here goes anyway.

It's been a while since you've seen a mid-week post from me.....I know!!!.........I'm excited, too! I have an unexpected week off from school - first round of assessments are done, I went for my interview yesterday and I'm all up to date, so I don't have to go back until we start on assessment 2 projects next Monday. I am officially 1/6 of the way through the Diploma! Yay for me :)

I told myself I would dedicate this week to getting the bulk of my current book written and I will, I will, but I couldn't help doing a little diversion drawing before I got started.

I've dashed this out, the shading is a bit questionable and the centre should be white.....but here it is - a tuesday drawing! I'm just thrilled to be able to even write that!!

Here's the problem, though - now that I've had a bit of a play I want to keep going with it - I don't have enough time to just draw lately - I spend so much time staring at my computer screen I think my husband is actually jealous of it. He really prefers that I stare at him all stalker-like instead. hahaha. Anyway, I'll just have to do a quick couple of sketches in my journal and hope that I remember to develop them further later.

On the farm, Miss Jersey is due in approx 2 weeks. She's looking all big and moody. I can't wait until we've got fresh milk, and cream, and butter again! Spring seems to have arrived early- we've had some stunning days and today I have my windows fully open just enjoying how great that is!

Last week my son moved out of home - a big milestone for John and I, though Ben has moved out (and in) a few times, as have the other kids.......this is the first time in 27 years that we have no children at home and John and I are living along! I know it probably won't last, but I've got to say - I'm loving it!

So, in a nutshell, things are going along pretty great around here - I hope you guys are having a fabulous week, too!!



Double 8's PATTERN - variation

Still having fun playing with this pattern :)

Variation idea for Double 8's which I shared a few weeks ago.

For this first variation, leave space between the 8's to create an even flower grid, in the second sample add connecting strokes.

Here's a freehand example of version 2:

I think it's pretty cute. Like a flower ribbon :)

Have a great weekend!


Looking back!

I've mentioned a few times on this blog how much I love drawing in journals - this is mostly because it gives me a chronological visual representation of how I've developed.

A few weeks ago I was looking back through my old journals and thinking about the beginnings of my current drawing journey. It's so interesting to be able to see whatever my obsession of the moment was - I tend to do something over and over until I'm sick to death of it. Some obsessions though, like string, still make frequent appearances.

One thing that definitely stood out in my journals was all the florals - these have been a favourite topic of mine since I first picked up a paintbrush over 20 years ago and since discovering tangles, I've been finding ways to work with them together.

With all these nostalgic feels happening I thought it would be fun to take a look back through some of my florals from the last few years.


Back in 2012 I used more colour and more pattern - I was trying to find ways to use them together and though my drawing style was a lot busier, there's still a reasonable amount of white space.


Cleaner lines are appearing and I had not long discovered alcohol ink markers and wasn't afraid to use them :) . I think my style had pretty well emerged here, though I was still experimenting with mixing different patterns on a piece, something I don't do all that often now.


2014 was a big pattern experimentation year for me - my patterns, other people's patterns. I had so much fun seeing what I could do with them and how I could make them as organic as possible. This was the year I created my first e-books Flips, Folds Ribbon and String & Tangle Transformation. It was a pretty productive creative year for me.


Looking back I was interested to see that 2015 included quite a bit of bold patterning. Not as many florals that year and lots of playing with patterns. During 2015 I released my e-book Tangle Transformation, which might explain all the pattern experimentation.


Still plenty of time to see what is going to develop in 2016, but so far it's been a lot of florals.

Taking a look back at the images over the past few years, I think that my current style was pretty well established by 2013. For me, the steepest development curve happened during 2012, I think that I felt more freedom to experiment before become more settled in my design style, though I do still feel that I'm continuing to evolve and learn, which is great - it'd be pretty boring otherwise :)

I hope you enjoyed taking a look back as much as I did. How do you think your style has developed? What do you do now that you didn't earlier on?

Have a good one!