Posts Tagged ‘ink’

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Tree house doodle

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Doodle a tree of houses

This is literally a tree house doodle, here I’ve drawn a series of my row houses up the trunk of a tree.

One of the nice things about houses that are stacked on top of each other is that you get to draw fun accents like stairs and ladders – because the designs are fanciful they don’t actually have to be serious so you can drape your stairs in loops and waves and your houses don’t have to be engineered to actually sit where they are – just sketch your houses and wrap the tree around them. In my drawing you’ll see a set of windows inside the tree making this a tree house as well.


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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.



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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.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Drawing Houses on Stilts

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Learn to draw cute houses on stilts

Once you’ve mastered drawing simple houses why not draw houses on stilts. Draw your regular houses and then, below them draw the trunks of trees. You’ll want a couple of trunks per house so they don’t topple over. Of course, when you’ve drawn the trees you will have plenty of room to draw other elements. I’ve added a washing line, a ladder, a cat, water, a  jetty and a boat. Then, just so we realize that this is all about fantasy, I’ve added some flying fish.

As always, I’ll sketch the basics using a 2B pencil then ink over it with a Sakura Micron pen. Finish off, when the ink is nice and dry with a white eraser to remove any remaining visible pencil lines.



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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Cute Caravan Drawings

Simple and cute drawings of caravans

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I have a love affair with retro caravans. Not that I have one or want to live in one but I love their shapes and the colors of them. I’ve been drawing them for years and I even make them into Photoshop brushes. So, on my other blog at you can also find and download free retro caravan brushes for Photoshop. These are free for personal use and commercial licences are also available.

Today, however, they are just here for your enjoyment:

trailers 1 Cute Caravan Drawings

The images are all sketched in 2B pencil. I use a mechanical pencil which I buy and then empty out the leads – they’re generally HB so they are too hard for me. I buy 0.7mm 2B leads and refill the pencil with them – it’s a bit tricky to do this as you have to shove the lead back down the tube but in 5 minutes I have a custom pencil that works great. I’ve also been able this way to continue to use the same mechanical pencils for around 15 years, which is great since I bought some great BIC ones in Australia years ago – they are crimson and purple and emerald and purple and I love them.

Used lightly these marks rub off easily using a white eraser – I use a Staedtler Mars Plastic – which is my preference for everyday use.

Once I’ve sketched the caravans and I’m happy with them, I ink them with a Sakura Pigma 005 or 01 black pen. I love the very fine Sakura pens because, with deliberate heavy use, they tend to bend and flex so they end up being a soft sort of 05 or 08 diameter pen. I get the wider line I like but with a flexible (albeit damaged) tip!

The other thing to like about the Pigma pens is they dry really quickly so you don’t get a lot of ink on your hands and it doesn’t smudge on your work.

I still leave the images to dry overnight usually before carefully erasing the pencil marks.



trailers 2 Cute Caravan Drawings

Helen Bradley

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Drawing row houses in an industrial setting

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My love affair with drawing row houses

I love to draw row houses – I think it harks back to my love of Australian terrace houses and those that you find in the UK too.

Here I’ve combined row houses with electricity pylons. We used to drive by really big pylons when we were kids and en route to our holiday destination and I really love their size and majesty. I shot a lot of them too in the UK on a canal boat trip – they started to appear as we got closer into London.

So here is yet another image in my row house series. Houses and pylon – rendered in ink using Sakura Pigma markers.

 Helen Bradley

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

How to draw cute beach houses – step by step

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Only occasionally do I use a ruler when drawing but sometimes the job calls for it. Here we’re drawing a set of beach houses – they are tall and very narrow. Any line which is not parallel to the others will show up clearly and not in a good way. To avoid things looking really out of square I start out by drawing a very simple grid – just enough lines ruled and spaced out to give me a guide as to where to place things. I mark out the edges and then the midpoint for the roofs. I also mark a horizontal line for the roofs, I might not be sure what part of the roof will line up to this but having a horizontal line there will ensure that I can line everything up nicely.

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Having done that I draw the basic shapes in pencil. Here we are doing three identical bathing boxes, tall and narrow. Pencil in the general shapes of all three then add the details. You will generally find it easiest to do it this way so you focus on doing the same thing three times – such as the roof lines and then the next thing and so on. At this point I seldom erase problems I just draw in the correct line over the incorrect one and make a mental note about the adjustment for later on.

Once the entire thing is penciled in I check it to make sure it looks OK. I make a mental note of any special adjustments that I need to make at ink stage. Then it’s over to the ink – just draw over the top with a fine black permanent marker – if desired you can use colors but I always use permanent ink – I find a .01 or .005 is a good choice although your mileage may differ. The plus about having a penciled grid is that it ensures the long lines and the roof angles are all the same. If you draw over the lines in ink without using the ruler you’ll get a pleasing and unstructured hand drawn look – it won’t look like there was a ruler used but believe me if I had drawn it all by hand it would have looked horribly ‘out’.

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Once you’re done inking, leave it alone to dry! If you can do so, leave it for up to a day. If not, leave it for as long as you can – you want the ink to dry really really well. Then take a white or kneadable eraser and gently erase the lines. Go slow and hold the paper firmly and erase with a light hand so you don’t bend the paper.

If you want two versions of the design, one ink and one in color you can now trace the image and redraw it a second way.

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Friday, August 3rd, 2012

New Stickles and Studio Products from Ranger

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Ranger, home of Tim Holtz and Claudine Hellmuth always has cool new stuff at CHA and great make and takes with these two artists. This Summer the big news was Stickles Glitter and Studio minis.

The stickles glitter is a range of fine dry glitter in colors to suit any project.

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Also new is Claudine Hellmuth’s range of open stock Studio Mini Acrylic Paints and Mini Art Mediums Now you can grab your favorite colors and mediums without needing to buy an entire set of five.  These come in handy .5 oz bottles ideal for sampling colors, they are travel size and you can easily take them to classes and crops.  The bottles include a needle-nose applicator tip that makes dots, squiggles and lines, or you can use a paintbrush for wider coverage.

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Monday, January 11th, 2010

Yum! I love Ranger Glossy Accents

 Yum! I love Ranger Glossy Accents Ranger makes this wonderful product called Glossy Accents. It is clear and it is not only a dimensional adhesive but it can also be used as a dimensional glaze to give your projects a great shine. It really is all you need to hold the heaviest embellishment to your project.

This is a collage card I made using Glossy Accents to give everything on the card a great glossy coverage.

The card has an angled front panel and I used some cool Australian stamps to feature in the collage. The card was a project in Get Creative magazine in Australia. You can find detailed instructions for making it here

 Yum! I love Ranger Glossy Accents

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Printing with Gocco

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1. Create your image(s), originally uploaded by mariss+drew.

If you are like me you have a cool Gocco printer tucked away in a cupboard that you’ve never used. Ok, you use the cupboard but not the printer if we’re going to delve into semantics here.

So, this Flickr user has created a cool step-by-step Gocco tutorial that will take you all the way through the process. Armed with the concepts you now have no excuse for not digging out the printer, fire off a bulb or two and get printing.

Come to think of it, Christmas is just around the corner (and about a mile up the road), so why not dig it out, dust it off (find something else to fill the cupboard space – I’m thinking the new paper range from Sassafras Lass) and get printing. I think I will.

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