New Stuff…

I’m busy working on a new project that will be revealed soon…ish. Well, not soon. Sometime.  In the meantime, I’ve made a few new things, had some things made, and drawn lots of silly things.

You can keep up with all my nonsense on Twitter or Instagram…this sort of thing:

I’ve had lovely teatowels screen printed:

And made a couple of illustrations for Inkology.co.uk

….click on the link to read fun kids poems by Dom Conlon.

Animals in Jumpers…Free Colouring Sheet to Download

This week I’ve been drawing animals in jumpers…

…using pen, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil.  I thought they would make fun brooches..

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I’m going to use the images for prints and cards and a few other things. The brooches are available on my Etsy shop, BearsGetCrafty.  Also, as they I enjoyed colouring them in so much, I thought I’d share the fun… Click here to download the colouring sheet.

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Printing on fabric with your inkjet printer.

Printing on fabric with your inkjet printer! I saw a tutorial for this on Pinterest. I was slightly dubious and concerned I would end up with a printer full of tangled inky threads, but I tried it anyway…

The fabric I used was cotton and fairly thin. It worked beautifully and I covered some notebooks. I’ll be experimenting with coarser fabrics as well.

I used images from my sketchbook which I scanned and arranged in photoshop, but you could draw your artwork at A4 and then simply scan and print.

Now I’m thinking about all the other things I can use this technique for…watch this space.

 

The one I forgot to post on Christmas Eve…

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This is my “Merry Christmas!” post turned into a “Hope you had a Merry Christmas” post.

When I drew this illustration I was busy wondering what the story behind it was. Then I was lucky enough to have it included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators advent calendar.  (Click on the link to view all the other wonderful illustrations in the calendar.)  As well as a splendid Christmas picture everyday from a different SCWBI illustrator, writers were able to create a micro story to go with each image  (You can read these on the #W&PAdvent hastag on Twitter.)   …and so… I got a few stories to to go with my drawing. 🙂

Thanks to Pippa Wilson, Jake Hayes, Janey Robinson and KM Lockwood.

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I’m growing rather fond of these animals…I also drew them decorating their tree:

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I wonder what they will get up to next?

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You can find out about the marvellous SCWBI here.

Wishing you all a very happy, peaceful, prosperous and much drier New Year.

Love Jools X

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Tree – an art book

I made this today. It’s an origami book based on a Turkish Map Fold. It’s about 7cm by 7cm. It needs a little work on the cover, but it’s almost how I imagined it.  The poem is by Dom Conlon.  You can read it and other of his poems here.  I’ve had the idea for making a little book around a poem for a while.. the form came from this lovely blog: Green Chair Press.  I’ll write more about the method another time. Here are the photos:

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Making things…

The best part of making jewellery is having ideas and trying out new things.  So far my adventures with shrink plastic have been restricted to drawing, then scanning and printing onto shrink paper.  I did some drawing directly onto the shrinky paper recently, when I had a medium sized child on loan. We used permanent fineliners in bright colours, but I wasn’t very keen on the quality of the line once they were shrunk down. As I like my Rotring pens so very much I thought I’d have a try with those, although I wasn’t sure if Indian Ink would work…  I used two different nib sizes, 0.25  for darker lines and 0.18 for fine lines and shading.

After several experiments on scraps…

making-2So far so good. Next trimming into a slightly irregular shape and hole punching to take a jump ring.  These are the second pair in progress.

making-3And the first pair, shrunk and made into earrings.

houseearrings-3 copyThe next level of experimentation involved working out how to protect the surface, as I’m not sure how durable the ink will be.  I usually spray on a light coat of matt acrylic varnish, but I’ve seen shrinkie jewellery with a shiny domed finish.  Internet research revealed that ice resin was one way of achieving this look, however Glossy Accents (which I already had) produces a similar look.  First attempt… got a few air bubbles. Pretty sure I can get it perfect with practice. 🙂

makingI applied it with the findings still attached because I am lazy and because I wasn’t sure if it would block the hole.  It should dry perfectly clear and hard.  I will post a photo when they are finished.  Then wear them!

I have a few other things on the boil as well, but as they are presents and supposed to be surprises I can’t show you yet. 🙂  Also starting to try bending and shaping the plastic while it’s hot… more news on that to come.

And here are the dry earrings.. complete with air bubbles… which don’t really show when you’re wearing them..

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Fatwans (or further fun with my Rotring pen)

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I have been drawing a lot with my growing collection of Rotring pens lately.  A lot of bears and cats and pug faces.  I thought it would be interesting to try an actual pet portrait.  Fatwans kindly agreed to be my guinea pig. (Obviously Fatwans is neither a pet nor a guinea pig, but a rather beautiful cat with her own Twitter account. Follow her here.)  I’m reasonably pleased with the result.

It looks better in real life, I haven’t quite worked out how to scan pen drawings without the lines dominating.  Tips welcome 🙂

Five poems for children: 4

A nonsense poem. I love nonsense poems. There are many goods ones. Edward Lear is a favourite of mine, you can read some of his nonsense verse here.

This one is by Dom Conlon.  I like it a lot. It’s also the first thing I ever drew an illustration for.  I think I’ve improved. You can see other, better illustrations for this poem here.

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