Category Archives: Children

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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February

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February

Wow February was a super busy month! Some how between preparations for a family wedding, feeling horribly ill for nearly two weeks, and half term holidays I managed to fit in making a flannel tova, a tiny little apron and two and a half dresses. Of course I’m still slogging away on my handstitched class medallion quilt any chance I get as well! I don’t know where I found the time!

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Oh Brother!

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Oh Brother!

The last few weeks I have totally been making the most of the time my husband could take off work in the summer holidays. We’ve spent lots of time with friends and family, enjoyed days out, tried new things, been to new places, and generally had a fab time!

There have been picnics in the park, learning all about creepy crawlies, garden improvements for the kids and my little monkey has even learnt to sit up by himself…

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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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