Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Drawing – Balloon House

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Thoughts on how to draw a flying house

I’ve been working on this drawing for a while by drawing houses flying in the air. One problem I had was actually making this feel real. Well, real is a bit of a misnomer here because you don’t see houses flying around too much. But I wanted to give the drawing the feel of being a house actually flying around. The secret is to put the house on an angle so it looks like it is flying – after all, if a house were attached to a ballon that is moving it would be dragging a bit behind and so it would be hanging off its rope.

As soon as my house was at an angle, the entire drawing came together. Adding the washing line and washing was a stroke of genius – I have a total love of laundry in real life and in drawing too. The birds and clouds also reinforce the suggestion the house is on the move!

I finished off with some Tombow markers to add some color. The sky was done with lots of water to get a washed out look. I like the Tombow markers because I can use them full strength and also mix them with water so I can get a second ‘color’ into the drawing and only use one pen.



Friday, December 12th, 2014

Mini Christmas Felt Embroidery

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Make this seasonal embroidery in just minutes

There is something to be said for personal gifts and I love to make things to give at Christmas. But when time is short it’s tempting to go out and buy something just because it is quick and easy. That’s why I love this project – it is simple and quick to make. In fact, once the holly is done, I can do the rest in a few minutes while watching a good movie after dinner!

To make this you will need a small embroidery frame – I get mine online – generally from Etsy and these are a tiny 3.5-4 inches tall and they are flexible so no screws. Inside them I use white or off white burlap – it’s inexpensive and much nicer that traditional embroidery fabric as it has a neat texture. Cut out the holly leaves  from green felt – if you use good wool felt the edges will stay nice and the whole thing is easier to sew. Make the holly berries using  a small amount of crimson felting wool and felt the wool into 3 balls. Mine look really plump in the photo but in reality they are flatter as that uses less wool and they sit better on the final piece. Using matching thread, sew the leaves to the burlap then attach the red berries. I finish off the back of my pieces with red felt cut to just smaller than the back of the embroidery. Trim the burlap to 3/4 inch all round, tuck it in and tack the felt over the top. It takes just minutes and it really makes the piece look much more professional.

So, there you have it – a simple holiday felt embroidery project.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

How to Draw a Deck Chair in 6 Steps

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Learn to draw a deck chair in 6 easy steps

In this latest installment of my step by step how to draw series you will learn how to draw a deck chair – in 6 easy steps. This was one of the hardest step by steps I have designed as there is just so much going on behind the seat of the chair!

Like all my step by steps, I design them so they don’t have any lines in them which get erased – so you can draw them with ink on paper direct and you don’t have to sketch them first.

When you are drawing this, I suggest you do the first few in pencil and ink them after – it’s a bit tricky to get the lines right so they look correct and that chair seat isn’t easy to make nice and loopy and still leave room for the chair hardware to appear behind it. I hope you enjoy this drawing design!


Friday, December 5th, 2014

Drawing – Hill Houses

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Doodling hill houses

Just one tiny, fanciful step beyond drawing row houses is stacking the houses up a hill. Drawing hill houses gives your doodles more dimension and opens up wonderful opportunities to add ladders and steps and antennae and lights. Stick to your basic house shape and add a few similar designs – keeping the overall style homogenous.

I love to add lights and ladders – it doesn’t matter that there are no doors to join them to – this is doodling at its most fun.



Sunday, November 30th, 2014

How to Draw Brogues in 6 Steps

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Learn to draw awesome men’s shoes with this step by step drawing project

I think men’s brogues with their tiny holes and stitched leather uppers are such classy shoes. Here is how to draw a pair of brogues, step by step and in only 6 simple steps.

I hope you enjoy this post and please share and pin it to your hearts content!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

How to Draw a Sail Boat in 6 Steps

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Learn to draw a Sailing boat step by step

Here is another of my simple step by step instructions for drawing a super cute sail boat. The step by steps can be drawn in ink direct on the paper as there is no need to do any erasing when drawing this sailing boat.


Thursday, November 20th, 2014

How to Draw a Scroll Style Banner Step-by-Step

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Learn to draw a word filled banner, step by step

A simple scroll banner like this is a fun drawing project. It is also one that you will return to and use time and time again. You might draw it in chalk on a chalkboard or on a page of a flip chart as a topic heading at work.

I also like to draw these using white gel ink (Tip: I love my Ranger Inkessential white opaque pen as it has good color and it doesn’t clog like many other pens do). I draw these on colored card to create a personal greeting card with a message of my choice.

I’m sure that once you familiar with drawing these that you will use them time and time again.


Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

How to Draw a Kawaii Doughnut

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Learn to draw a Kawaii style donut step by step

I don’t want to buy into the donut vs doughnut argument here – I am Australian so, to me, it is a doughnut cause it is made from dough. But here in the US it is typically called a donut! Either way, it’s a great topic for Kawaii style drawing because it is round and cute.

Here is how to draw a Kawaii style donut step by step. You can adapt this by changing the eyes – I’ve used large eyes with highlights but, if you’re drawing a smaller donut you can skip the cheeks and do solid eyes. It will also look so cute if you add color to the icing!

You’ll see I have added some extra thickness to the outside border of the donut – this gives it more shape and it’s an effect I like – so think regular thickness lines on the inside and then go over the outside lines once or twice to make them a little thicker. For the outside shading I use Prismacolor markers – they aren’t cheap – but I bought a few and the 40% Warm Grey and 40% Cool Grey are great choices for adding shadows to your drawings – they go on nice and semi-transparent and they build up as you draw so you get a nice organic shading really easily.

I hope you enjoy this drawing. If you do, look out for my other Kawaii drawing step by steps: Draw a Kawaii Cloud step by step, and Draw a Kawaii Ice cream cone step by step.

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Learn to draw – Border Doodles

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Learn to draw cute border doodles

Today’s drawing is a cute set of border doodles. You can draw these easily yourself. I suggest you start by drawing, in pencil, some corner guide lines (I use a square of cardboard to get the angle right). Then you can doodle the lines. Some are the same design repeated over and over again and the outside one is a looped line with small elements drawn where the line forms peaks. Make the corner element a one off and then repeat the side ones at the top to balance the design.

I like to use designs like this for photo frames which I package up and sell on my blog.

Border doodles are fun to draw and a great way to practice creating neat corner elements too.

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

How to Draw a Kawaii Ice Cream in 6 steps

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Step by step learn to draw a Kawaii ice cream cone

One of my most popular posts from this blog is my post on drawing a Kawaii cloud. In the spirit of creating more wonderful Kawaii style drawings here is how to draw an icecream cone, step by step.

If you want to take all this one step further beyond ink and paper then I have a great video tutorial on my Youtube channel on drawing the same ice cream cone in Adobe Illustrator.


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