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Book Review: Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone – Automatic Drawing

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I recently acquired the book¬†Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone, I hate to say it but I was totally drawn in by the picture on front cover. Naughty naughty! There’s something about abstract art work that attracts me, I feel I’d love to make paintings like that but when I try they just look like childish scribbles to me!

After my first Assignment for my current OCA course my tutor encouraged me to work bigger. Now I already work on A3 paper a lot of the time so I wondered how on earth I was going to get bigger than that. I tried working on sheets of newspaper, or taping and gluing smaller sheets together, but its so time consuming and really gets in the way of just getting on and working. Eventually I came across this fantastic roll of paper made by a company called Fabriano that’s 1.5m wide by 10m long – fantastic! I just knew it would be perfect for use with this book. The first exercise is called Automatic Drawing and is all about embracing the pleasure of simply making marks on paper. You make a few marks on the paper then stand back and see where you feel like making a few more, then repeat until you feel satisfied with your picture, and boy is this satisfying!

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Book Review: Colour: A Workshop for Artists and Designers – Part 1

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Colour: A workshop for artists and designers by David Hornung.

This book is one of the set texts for my current OCA course so I decided to work my way through it to try and gain as much knowledge as I could from it. In places it overlaps with some of my set work, so I’ve followed my course text instead of the book, but these areas are very similar so I’ll include them anyway. Read the rest of this entry

Book review: Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley

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I borrowed the book Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley from the library recently as it seemed to fit in with the things I’ve been experimenting with whilst learning about making marks. The beginning of the book covers many of the areas that I’ve been studying lately, refering to different ways to draw and mark lines and then progresses on to the different background’s you can create to put these markings on.

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Sleeves!

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Sleeves!

Before I start I want to apologise for the terrible photo’s, it’s really hard to get a good picture with a really wriggly baby under one arm!

Yay, my lovely tova finally has sleeves! It’s so nearly finished now! I even managed to start pinning the collar on too, with any luck after another session or two it might actually be finished!

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The little pouch has a friend!

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The little pouch has a friend!

Oh dear, that’s the “mummy has the sewing machine out” face! That little pout just breaks my heart, and I always end up putting the sewing away and going for a nice long cuddle! However, one night this week he managed to not pull that face for an entire 40 minutes whilst enjoying that nice big green Q printed on his chair, meaning my next little zipper pouch managed to get half quilted! Yay! After that I had to switch to hand quilting, but at least I could have some lovely baby cuddles at the same time!

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