30 days of creativity – Day 11 – Vase on the right side of the brain

30 day creativity challenge Day  11; I blame Diana Powell for this idea.

Diana’s idea is to do an exercise from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain every Sunday. The first exercise is also on the website for the book and you can see it here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm There is also an online version of the exercise but I couldn’t get it to work. Not that I could get the real life version to work that well either.

I experienced real conflict with this seemingly easy challenge. All you have to do is draw a face on one side of a bit of paper, draw horizontal lines top and bottom, draw over the existing lines naming them, forehead, nose etc. then mirror what you see on the other side.

I had a few goes, my first is the biggest. I didn’t use an eraser ‘cos I felt that would be cheating. It really hurt my head.

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You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Crochet Butterfly Pattern

This pattern uses UK terminology. So what we call a treble crochet you call a double, and what we call a double crochet you call a single. Clearly this is because all Americans are insane.

You will need 2 colours (notice the correct spelling no matter what WordPress auto spelling correct thinks!) of yarn and a pipecleaner. Using DK yarn and a size 5 hook makes a butterfly about the same size as the palm of my hand. You could use thinner yarn and a smaller hook and get smaller butterflies, or larger to get bigger.

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I used DK and a size 5 crochet hook

Using the first colour

1st Round:

Chain 4, slip stitch into first chain 4 times.

You should have a flower shape with 4 petals, the petals are the butterfly wings.

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2nd Round:

 

Chain 1, work into first 4 chain space, *1dc, 4 tr, 1dc.*
Repeat from * to * in the next 3 4 chain spaces.

 

Slipstitch into next stitch and break off yarn.

 

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3rd Round: Join a new colour at the first dc of any wing. 2tr into each of the spaces between the next 5 tr, dc into next dc.

 

Repeat for the next wing

 

For the larger wings

 

dc into next dc, 2 tr into each tr twice, 2tr into next tr, chain 2 (to form point) 2 tr into same tr, 2 tr into next 2 tr, dc into next dc. Repeat for the next wing and finish off yarn by slipstitching into next stitch.

 

Crochet or sew in ends.

 

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Halve the pipecleaner, sandwich the butterfly in the fold, twist together to seal and curl the ends to finish. You can put a peg or a hair grip in the back.

If you prefer the pattern as a printable PDF it’s here, enjoy! crochet_butterfly_from_ragbaby

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 10 – Foot

30 day creativity challenge Day  10; Copying Shani

Shani Burgess is also doing the 30/30 challenge – and on her day 5 she drew a picture of her foot. Shani also does amazing Paper mache I am very jealous of!

This is a great idea because I have control over my foot moving! It’s not like trying to draw cats or people.

My foot drawing was done last night, by the light of the reading lamp in my bedroom. It’s not an excuse for the lack of quality of the drawing. I feel a whole lot better about my ability to represent something on paper than I did 10 days ago. I don’t think I held my breath for any of this. I’m happier with my outlines now, my shading is that of a small child but I can work on that when I have nailed outlines. Even after 4 years of art college, I lack technical skills. I probably just wasn’t listening when I should have been.

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I gave up trying to draw the check on the duvet cover. Yes, it’s July and I still have a duvet, and a thin quilt on top.

Feet are weird, the only way I could do this was to not analyse what I was looking at. If I just draw what I see and don’t think about how weird and generally freaky it is, all is well. I like my feet, they have glossy deep blood colour nail varnish on right now, but I still think they are weird.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 9 – Comedy at the Wardrobe

30 day creativity challenge Day  9; I do wish people would stay still.

This is my second attempt at day 9, yesterday I drew the cats, or at least tried to. They can sense when I am looking at them and they keep moving. I did manage a sort of Duchamp Cat Descending a Staircase type thing which wasn’t really worth blogging about.

Day 9 also didn’t take 30 minutes. It took as long as my boyfriend took to go and get drinks in the interval. We were at the Wardrobe Theatre for a bargain comedy night, it’s where comedians practice their act for the Edinburgh Festival.

At the Wardrobe (which is a little upstairs room painted in gorgeous dismal khaki and muggy blue) I discovered that Hendricks Gin, the one that comes in the poison bottle, is traditionally served with cucumber. My lovely healthy drink had all gone by the interval though.

This was a row of girls who started off texting so were nice and still, then they started moving and talking, how dare they!

The one on the left gave me particular trouble but I did manage to get the set of her shoulders. I totally enjoyed drawing the nice round bum of her neighbour and the lovely long hair of the girl next to her. I was a bit scared to fuck it up from this great starting point though so I was glad when I had to stop.

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The act we saw next was Ian Cognito, who I vaguely remember talking to at some bar about a decade ago. At the time he was in a very mauldin mood because he thought he didn’t do a good set, we disagreed and drank a lot more to celebrate.

You know when you are in the pub and it’s well past bedtime there is often a mad, ranty ‘I was born in 1958 you know, it was different then’ type man. One who shouts suddenly and looks as though if he didn’t badly need his pint he might just throw it at someone. The type of man you look at then look quickly away, not wanting any eye contact or dealings with him whatsoever for he has ‘volatile drunk lunatic’ written all over him.

That is Ian Cognito, but he also peppers that random insane ranting about his upbringing with really really rude jokes. Properly obscene, unrepeatable in most places, very very funny. The audience were a bit young to get his references to Opal Fruits and the Liberal Party in the 80’s but the laughed anyway, maybe through sheer fear but I suspect that they found him very very funny too. Ian Cognito, born in 1958, likes a wank but it comes out as powder now he is so old. You get the jist. He is famous for being banned from more clubs than any other comedian and it was a real treat to see him last night.

There is a lot of swearing 🙂

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 8 – Deck Chair and Cat

30 day creativity challenge Day  8; How do you draw straight lines?

It’s a glorious sunny day and my son is away at school camp all week so I have no time constraints. The world is my lobster.

I’m doing battle with drawing again. I feel an improvement since day one and although I like cutting and sticking, this is better for me.

Today I went and sat in my garden and drew the deckchair I have taken the fabric off so I can paint it.

It was a bit of a battle with straight lines and angles but I kept checking outside shapes and found I wasn’t holding my breath quite so much as I was a few days ago. Straight lines have become hugely difficult, they veer off or around corners that are not there, they need discipline.

I didn’t finish the deckchair, which is a bit of a cop out but I don’t actually care. I didn’t finish it because I realised too late I was sitting too close to it, I’d have to turn around to draw the rest of it, which would cock up the perspective. However,  I drew something that was reasonably like the thing that was in front of me.

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All the time I was drawing, the cats were leaping around chasing innocent insects and things that are not there. I caught Scumspawn in his waiting mode. I’m most pleased today with the 2 second sketch of the cat, I have caught his bones and attitude and I am chuffed.

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.