A lot of you have left comments asking who made the pretty watercolours on the blog. Well, the truth is, it wasn’t me! eep! I actually commissioned some lovely ladies, under the name Estudio Cabron to create my layout for me as I simply didn’t have the patience this time around. Anyway, all of the shoddy watercolour work that has been popping up in posts recently is the result of my trying.
I remember having a question on my Formspring recently, where a girl asked for ideas for summer projects. Well, here is one of my suggestions: I really really enjoy drawing and ‘painting’ even though I know i’m really not the best at it, but there is only one way to get better, and that is to do it over and over, so I bought myself a little watercolour pad where i’m trying to do at least one doodle a day on the pocket-sized page. I’ve called it my summer journal. I plan on putting in my daily outfits, illustrated quotations and soon-to-be memories, and with this shopping ban, perhaps even illustrated wishlists (nothing as beautiful as Caitlin Shearer’s, here).
Today I drew what I wore and practiced a little colour mixing. When i’ve made some progress, i’ll be sure to scan in pages. I want to be as good as these guys!
Do you have a journal that you draw, or paint in? x
I’ve had the idea in my head for some time that I was going to make my own floral headband after I couldn’t find any I liked in my price range online. Unfortunately, this one isn’t quite there yet, when I ordered the paper flowers online I assumed they would be bigger (always read measurements!!) but I thought i’d give it a go anyway.
The headband took around half an hour to make, and was done simply by wrapping the wire-stemmed flowers around an old black headband. It would be far better in a matching colour, or a colour that matched your hair, but it was the only one I had to hand and I’m impatient like that…!
The flowers were bought here. It’s comfy to wear, as long as you make sure all of the wire ends are tucked away neatly. It’s a little too bridesmaid for my liking, so I shall be trying again with larger flowers when I can get my hands on some. What do you think? xx
Miguel has gone off to Germany on a University-related trip, leaving me with no Camera to take any pictures..! Thankfully, I had some already uploaded of the fabulous Pick Me Up Graphic Arts fair that was on at Somerset House last week. Lucy invited me to go along with her for her birthday, and i’m so glad that I did – I was so inspired by all the art on show, but even better than that was Rob Ryan’s open studio.
If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll probably remember me talking about how much I love Rob Ryan’s paper cuts before, so imagine how excited I was to watch him in action! I took so many pictures of the ‘studio’, with it’s inspiration-board walls, I even snapped a few of Rob and his team at work on a huge paper cut. I was (loudly) complaining about how I find it hard to cut around small curves, Rob overheard and gave me some tips! I’ve only just got round to giving it a go..now I just need to come up with a design to cut out.
I wish I had the time to post about this before the show was over because it was definitely worth a visit – Did anyone else get to go?! I’m hoping to pay a visit to his shop on Columbia Road this weekend, i’d love to own some of his art! ..i’ll keep you updated and tell you if I get my hands on any..!
I found this video on Rob Ryan’s Blog, it’s a timelapse of the huge, detailed paper cut that they were working on at the fair – it’s so beautiful:
Please note I didn’t take this video! Click on the Vimeo logo for the original.
pssst: All of my work for my first year at University has been handed in – i’m free! See you here more often! xx