Kaboodle Doodle No. 4

Today, as promised, I’m going to show you some actual doodles!

Drawing is not my favourite art form ~ as you can see, it doesn’t come naturally to me:

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But I am working on developing the skill, with practical advice from The Artist:

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Here are some of the exercises he suggested, to help me draw basic shapes:

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And straight lines:

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Oh dear ~ epic fail! I’d better do that one again, (and again…..and again!) :(

Martin’s input has definitely helped me to improve, though:

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And I’m satisfied with my progress so far.

My next challenge will be to sketch more complex subject matter ~ I’ll let you know how that works out!
:)

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The Chopra Center

I’ve recently been made redundant, diagnosed with a chronic illness and currently have very little income.

Life may not be a bed of roses ~ but I have woken to another glorious day, filled with endless possibility and I know for certain that I am dearly loved.

I can’t think of a single ‘thing’ that I could buy, which would make me happier. I am truly ‘rich beyond my wildest dreams’!

How cool is that?

:)

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Mazeepuran

Tea and Paper

Meg Evans

Bowl of Cherries

Hugmamma

Kaboodle Doodle Number Three

Until I saw what could be done with them on Pinterest, I’d never even heard of ‘Sharpie’ pens. Old hippie that I am, I was particularly attracted to the idea of using them to tie~dye some old T~shirts.

The instructions required the use of ‘rubbing alcohol’, which I was unable to source on the Island. So I substituted surgical spirit ~ the lovely lady in the chemist’s shop assured me it was almost the same, except with added camphor.

Rather than tackling an entire garment straight away, I decided to test it out on a small square of ‘waste’ material, (why follow the tried and tested methods when you can make up a totally new one?)

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Surprisingly (or maybe not) it didn’t turn out the way that I expected. But I liked the effect so much ~ particularly in reverse ~ that I pasted it into my journal anyway.

Then I used them on paper:

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front

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And, no. I never did get around to tie~dyeing those well worn T’s! ;)

Once I’d discovered that ‘Scratchies’ would be a more accurate name than ‘Sharpies’, I began to investigate other brands of alcohol ink markers. Before long I’d acquired quite a collection:

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I didn’t really get the hang of them until I’d watched some YouTube videos ~ a rich vein of inspiration, handy hints and tips. I still haven’t used them ‘properly’ ~ but here are some early attempts at blending:

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And this is a very simple picture that I doodled:

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~ unable to decide which side I prefer, I stuck it in my Art Journal with masking tape, so that it can be flipped over:

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That’s all for now, folks! Next time I plan to show how my sketching practice is progressing, so I’m off to sharpen my pencils (and tidy up those markers.)

:)

What wouldn’t I give…..

…..to grow old in a place like this:

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‘This afternoon there were some beasty storms pushing in from the southwest.
As the largest storm of the day cleared away it let out a few final strikes as if to wave goodbye.’ Jamie Russell

Photograph reproduced by kind permission of ISLAND VISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY

It’s been a week of thunderbolts and lightning, here on the Isle of Wight.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning I was startled awake by a ferocious storm building up directly overhead. It raged on for ages ~ during which time The Artist slept soundly and Indie dashed round the house, barking to scare it away. She wouldn’t even settle on our bed, or scuttle under the covers like I thought she would when I allowed her upstairs. Ears standing to attention, she kept watch out of the bedroom window long after the last flash and bang had shaken the house to it’s foundations.

It caused quite a buzz in the village but, surprisingly, no damage ~ although the new landlord of a local hostelry was apparently hit by lightning whilst on the phone. Thankfully he suffered no ill effects ~ but I guess his takings might have risen since his story appeared on the front of the local newspaper! ;)

The above image, of a unique phenomenon above Culver Down, was captured and posted on Facebook by super~talented Island photographer, Jamie Russell. It totally blew me away.

And made me so grateful that I am growing old in an awesome place like this!

:)

Jamie’s highly commended photographs have appeared in books, magazines, several national newspapers and on the BBC television programme, ‘The Sky at Night’. To view/purchase/learn more about his incredible passion please visit Island Visions Photography

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Shared on Facebook by Ascension: Soulstice Rising

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Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Mazeepuran

Tea and Paper

Meg Evans

Bowl of Cherries

Hugmamma

Kaboodle Doodle Two

We Brits aren’t generally known for our demonstrative natures ~ quite the opposite, in fact. But when I read this Kurt Vonnegut quote I have to admit that I actually punched the air and yelled ‘Yay!’

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I’ve written it out on hand~made paper, which I made several years ago and dyed with metallic paint. The background is sprayed with alcohol ink in ‘Vintage’ blue, green and pink.

Vonnegut ended the quote with the words: ‘So do it.’ (which, ironically, I accidentally missed out!) Here are some pages from my Art Journal, which show how thoroughly I’m interpreting his advice:

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Testing…testing…testing…here I’m trying out some of my pens, pencils and pastels and discovering what they do: chalk pastels are far messier than oil ones ~ so I’ll use them with extreme caution, if at all.

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Wherever on the page I begin a sketch, I end up straying off the end, or having to squidge the drawing up to get it all in. The Artist has a natural sense of proportion, so he can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong or show me how to correct it. He suggested I draw a grid. It didn’t help… :(

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…so I just made another random multi~media collage ~ no~one can tell whether that’s right…or not! ;)

Well, that’s enough soul baring for one day.
More kaboodle doodles coming soon.
:)

p.s. Apple’s new iOS8 won’t let me add links to related ‘Kaboodle’ posts ~ the text box covers my keypad. If you’d like to read them, please feel free to scroll backwards.

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source: Jim Willet/Facebook

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Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Mazeepuran

Tea and Paper

Meg Evans

Bowl of Cherries

Hugmamma

Saturday Show and Tell # 2

Way back at the beginning of August ~ in Saturday Show and Tell #1 ~ I revealed our ‘Kaboodle’ ~ the outside building which we’ve converted into an art workshop/studio.

Since then we’ve moved furniture, books and collected materials in:

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strung rope lights along the ceiling, just for fun:

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and hung some some of Martin’s paintings and my papier~mâché on the walls:

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There are a few more paintings to be displayed:

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I’ve been experimenting in my Art Journal:

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and The Artist has started some new work ~ but I’m not allowed to show you that just yet. Watch this space! ;)

I <3 my Kaboodle!

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Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

And…..finally….to read my earlier ‘Nurturing Thursday’ posts (all 14 of them!) please visit Wightrabbit’s Blog

World Peace! Just Imagine…..

Jacqueline King:

Today is International Peace Day, with many events and meditations taking place all over the globe. I’m re blogging this post from Sue at Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary ~ the video is simply lovely! :)

Originally posted on Dreamwalker's Sanctuary:

Remember WE Create!

WE are the WORLD

Just Imagine it

ALL the People sharing that same Dream…

So Lets Join in the Dream of John Lennon

September 21st is World Peace Day—Everyday should be a day of Peace..

Wishing you Peace Now and Always

 Enjoy your weekend

~Sue~

I hope you have enjoyed the Video.. You can see more at Playing for Change.

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