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A Big Box Of Pencils

13 Jan

 

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I did a bit more work on my next woodcut today, making a tracing from my original drawing to transfer the image onto the wood block. I used a thick charcoal pencil for the tracing because I have to turn the tracing paper over to reverse the image onto the wood. Once the reversed image was in place, I drew over the thick charcoal lines using a smaller 2H pencil which gave a fairly fine line. Finally I took the tracing paper off the MDF and went over the faint trace lines with a B pencil, which gives good definition without being too smudgy. I have a big box of pencils. It’s really nice.

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I bought the box at a very reasonable price from the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick in The Lake District. It’s a fabulous little gem of a museum, so informative and a great place for graphite geeks to hang out. Just outside Keswick is an old graphite mine, which is why the pencil industry took root there. And it has a factory shop, with cut-price pencils and boxes!

From left to right: tracing over the original drawing; the tracing reversed onto the block of MDF; going over the faint trace lines with a darker pencil.

A Bit Each Day

7 Jan

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It’s easy to get precious about making art, I’m guilty of that! I spend so much time agonising about what to do that I almost get creative paralysis at times. One of the things I do to overcome this is to start working on a process and just do a bit every day. Sometimes you can work flat out on a piece of art for 7, 8, 9 hours but other times it’s just not possible. So a bit each day is good enough as it gives time to think about it, and thinking time is really important. I carried on redrawing from an original drawing, scaling it up and thinking about the technical problems I’m going to have to work out to develop this into a three-colour woodcut print. I’m using conté crayons in black and sanguine over graphite.

 

 

 

Sparta Says ……

24 Dec

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Sparta says, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

Mae Sparta yn dweud, “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda”.

This is a lovely digital drawing of the lovely Sparta Puss by my lovely Husb.

Bits And Bobs

22 Dec

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I had a quick scribble  on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet, just catching a few of the bits and bobs at the bottom of the Christmas tree. It’s a sparkly place….

 

Seasonal Food

17 Dec

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Sitting in the dark, watching TV, scribbling the cat quickly on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. Been visiting relatives most of the day and am stuffed full of home made mince pies. Mmmmmmm …. seasonal food.

 

 

Wrapping Prezzies

15 Dec

 

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It’s that time of year again. The house disappears under a ton of wrapping paper, shards of ribbon, bits of last year’s Xmas cards, recycled as gift tags and, satisfyingly, fancy carrier bags loaded with prezzies. I drew with an app called Markers onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet.

 

 

Winter Pud

11 Dec

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I’m winding down a bit for the holiday season and spending more time with friends and family and socialising and really enjoying cooking for people. We had some lovely young relatives around this evening and after a humungous meal, we tucked into a hot steamed sponge pudding, made with butter and golden syrup and served with lashings of custard.

The Nights Draw In…

5 Dec

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More digital kitty. It’s nice drawing the curtains on the dark as we rapidly approach the longest night, it’s dark around teatime now. Sparta Puss likes hanging out with us, dozing on her pouffé with a crocheted blanket. It’s an easy option to scribble her while she snoozes. I’m using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free app called Markers.

Digital Kitty

4 Dec

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It’s cold and dark outside and the curtains are drawn and Sparta Puss has settled down to do some grooming in comfort. So I grabbed the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and did a quick scribble using a free Markers app.

Cool Clockwork

3 Dec

 

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Just having a break from making art for a couple of days as the past few months have been so full on. It’s time to decorate the Xmas tree and I recently bought these wooden clockwork kits from Ugears which are made up into some pretty cool (I think) little tree decorations.

 

The tree looks good but Sparta Puss is eyeing up the baubles. She’s calming down a bit, though. When she was younger, she used to climb it and attack it so we had a few years of hanging it from the ceiling.

 

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