30 days of creativity – Day 4 – Apple Tree Details

30 day creativity challenge Day¬† 4. Today I am mostly stressing about going to look at a house and I’m finding it difficult to focus on anything.

This didn’t take me half an hour because I noticed that the garden needed watering urgently or everything was going to die. This may not matter to the next people who have the house, but for the moment I love my garden.

I especially love the Red Falstaff apple tree that produces large apples, red on one side, green on the other, perfect for poisoning princesses with. Curse you princesses, the prince is mine, and your little dog too, just you wait and see.

Day 4 apple tree

I started with a pencil drawing of the leaves then I realised that I was holding my breath trying to get it right. So I moved onto Sharpies, which you have to be confident with because any hesitation leaves blots on the paper. I love the pink blossoms next to the green of the leaves so I spent a little time looking at them more closely, first with Sharpies then with my Stabilo fineliner, which leads itself to meandering drawing. I can breathe when I draw like that. I ended up looking at the patterns in the leaves and getting lost in their little road maps.

I am totally unconfident in my ability to draw right now. I seem to have forgotton how to see properly. Judging distances and measuring by eye has got really hard, when it used to be something I could just do. I’m going to be tough in my 30 days challenge and actually do some drawing, even if it’s crap I’m not going to get better not drawing.

 

 

 

 

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/

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 3 – Cats and Bugs

30 day creativity challenge Day 3, I am not in the mood to do anything at all really.

It’s been a weird one where I had to cut the deformed bits of wings off one of my newly hatched beetles. I’ve never done it before, it’s a big beetle and he has lots of legs that kept getting in the way. Anyway, he is eating banana like there is no tomorrow so maybe he knows something I don’t. He may or may not live. All these ones are called Mr Newton, they are Eudicella schultzeorum pseudowoermani.

Eudicalla

I tried to draw some beetles but they kept moving, then I tried to draw the cat but he has bits of him so black there is nothing to draw.

He is a black hole covered in fur with sharp bits and a stinky end. He is Scumspawn, and he is obsessed with bread. The other cat kills mice and birds, he kills crusts and baguettes. If you leave the bread bin open there will be no bread. He tries to climb into the oven whilst it is toasting toast. He can eat half a packet of crumpets and then it’s only the packaging that is stopping him from finishing them off. And bread makes him fart.

crap day, crap drawing

Anyway, it’s a crap drawing on a crap day, but at least I did something.

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/

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 1 – Plane Trees Collage

Inspired by the very talented and therefore somewhat hated by me Diana Powell, who is blogging a drawing every day for 30 days I’ve decided to get off my fat and lazy, binging on 30 Rock box sets arse and do something creative every day for 30 days.

I’m not a sticker, I’ll hate this by tomorrow but I thought it best to start today rather than wait.

So, here is day 1, it’s a collage of plane tree bark made from music manuscript, braille paper, wrapping paper and sugar paper. There is also bit of a book about the grand masters I liberated from a skip with the idea of printing on it. Plane trees are the ones with the camouflage trunks, and the ones with the pom pom seed heads. I’m using my Moleskine sketch book which is just under A6 size for the 30 day challenge.

plane tree collage

This is the image Photoshopped with just a filter – Stylize/Find Edges

Plane Tree Collage

Being me, I see loads of cocks in it.

Flexagon Tutorial – Moving paper toys

Flexagons are hexagons made of card or paper that you can turn inside out, so instead of the 2 sides you would normally get with a cut out hexagon, you have 4 sides!

You start with a strip of paper and mark out or fold a triangle with equal length sides. If you have a protractor handy you can mark out 60 degree angles all along the strip.

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From the first triangle zig zag the paper back and forth.

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You only need 9 triangle so cut off the others.

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Now you need to fold it into the hexagon shape. The creases will help you here as you never need to go against an existing crease.

To help you see where the folds should go try to imagine a rhombus or kite shape on each section.

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Tape the loose section on the edge

hex7Fold in and open out!

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There are now 4 sides to a 2 dimensional shape. If you draw on the outside edge it will appear on the inside edge of the next rotation.

Enjoy!

The perfect notebook for plotting world domination

evil plots and schemes steampunk notebook

We all know how it is, our evil genius friends and relatives are impossible to find presents for. They have all the bunsen burners they could possibly desire and you gave them socks last year.

This is the solution. A handy A6 hardbacked notebook with loads of lovely blank pages for drawing diagrams or writing lists on. A6 is a quarter of normal bit of photocopier paper so these notebooks fit nicely into bags or larger pockets.

The front cover features an iconoclastic Rag Baby composite design of cogs, a torso, a lady in a corset, mechanical legs, a very judgemental looking man on a bike and a cat, with it’s innards on display.

The paper inside is a good weight that would take ink pens, felt tips and probably blood though for safety and legal reasons I cannot recommend that. Not after what happened last time.

http://folksy.com/items/4187346-Evil-Plots-and-Schemes-Thick-A6-Steampunk-Notebook-or-Sketch-book-Blank-Pages

Capricorn Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Capricorn Zodiac card at Rag Baby

December 21 – January 19
Capricorn the sea goat is in front of Saturn.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4186570-Capricorn-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

Virgo Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Virgo zodiac card at Rag baby

August 23 – September 22

Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships is in front of Mercury.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4186562-Virgo-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card

Sagittarius Zodiac Card at Rag Baby

Sagittarius zodiac card at Rag Baby

November 23 – December 22
Sagittarius in front of Jupiter.

6 inch square card of brown 300gsm card with matching 100gsm envelopes – the brown has a subtle diagonal line on it like brown wrapping paper.

Packaged in a hygenic safety cellophane wrapper which won’t be safe if you swallow it so take care. Think once, think twice, think put the packaging down and pick up a biscuit instead.
For sale on Folksy –http://folksy.com/items/4186558-Sagittarius-Card-Zodiac-Astrological-Sign-Large-Square-Blank-Card