Archive for March, 2013

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Free downloadable vintage Easter wonderfulness

Ok, it’s only two days away but I couldn’t pass by this wonderful Easter download.

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These are from and they are free and totally awesome. I plan to use the large rabbit – just so magical. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

How to Draw a Wind blown tree step by step

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Learn to draw a leaning windblown tree – here’s how!

In a previous post I showed you how to draw a tree using a fractal method. In this post I’ll show you step by step how to draw a tree that leans.

For this tree you will start out with the lean so draw a line in the direction that the tree will lean. Then draw a couple of branches with the same lean and curve as the original trunk – just a little shorter.

Continue and add more branches – if you did two branches on the trunk in the last step, put two branches on each of the branches you did previously and make them just a little shorter each time.

In no time you’ll have a wonderful tree shape that you can then do something with – perhaps leave as it is for a winter look or add a few leaves for autumn or spring.

Drawing this way is fun and you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful tree by the end of the process.


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Monday, March 25th, 2013

Free VW Bug Pattern download

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Download a free VW bug crafting template

I’ve been drawing and crafting  a bit lately with VW bugs and along the way I created a great template to use for your bug inspired projects.

It has been filled where necessary so you can cut it from felt or make it in paper or clay.

Here is what it looks like, and click here to download your free pdf copy. BTW I love  tweets so if you’re so inclined, please tweet this link!

vwbug template1 Free VW Bug Pattern download

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

How to draw houses – step by step

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Learn how to draw one house or a row of them, step by step

I love drawing houses but it took a fair bit of research and sketching until I found my style and then, I sometimes need to shake it up so I don’t repeat the basic shapes over and over.

If you’re starting out, as with anything worth learning, you will want to practice  until you find what you like to draw and find the styles that you like to use.

Here is a way to have fun drawing houses. It is a step by step approach and it starts with a line for the ground and some boxes on top. Use a nice soft pencil so it erases away at the end and press lightly. I like to use a 2B propelling pen – it’s hard to get leads for but it is awesome and never needs sharpening! I seldom erase anything but sometimes I have to draw over the lines a few time to get them right.

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Once the boxes are drawn I start drawing in the roof lines, windows and some other small details. You will want to have a few different shapes so experiment with them. Again, it is seldom necessary to erase lines and instead just draw those you want to use.

When that is done, start inking in the details. If I made a mistake in the pencil lines I’ll often correct these as I ink the shapes and not even redraw the line in pencil. I have a damaged .005 black pen which I use a lot and sometimes a .02 but seldom anything any wider. I use Sakura Pigma Micron markers and I really like them.

Finally, I thicken up the lines, in particular in the places where the lines join – I use a .005 for that.  Then I finish off with a Prismacolor marker in Cool Grey for the roofs and small details. If I scan the art then I remove the fill color by erasing it in Photoshop and then I color it digitally.



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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

How to draw a tree – step by step

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Step by step tutorial on how to draw a tree

I like using trees in my art but I struggle over them. That is until I found a way to draw fractal trees. I have a post on them on this blog which uses a downloadable tool to make them (see below for a link to this post).

But what if you want a hand drawn tree? Then this is all you need. The tree is a simple process, start with a single line for a trunk and then add the first branches – it’s a good idea if these are around 2/3 the length of the trunk. Then continue adding the exact same shape at the end of each branch – just a little smaller each time. In no time you have a fully fledged tree. Simple and smart.

If you want one created automatically for you, check out this blog post: Way too cool – create your own fractal trees.

And to see how to use trees in your Photoshop collages check out this youtube video: Create Fractal Trees online

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Monday, March 4th, 2013

Make it yourself – felt bunting

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Bunting made from felt and bakers twine is easy and fun to make.

I recently wrote a post showing how to make it over at the Craftsnthings blog and you can find it here.

I used it to decorate a showcase at a recent show. I had a very tall space to fill and I was concerned that there would be insufficient product to show. So, I made about 10 yards of bunting from felt to hang around – it filled the space and was easy to make. Wind it up carefully when you’re done and it will survive quite a bit of handling so you can use it over and over again.



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