Monday, 23 April 2012

Woodland Critters

The Fox

Sweet Fox brooch by BeautySpot

The Robin

Little Red Robin Earrings by JodieAnna

The Squirrel


Get Together Squirrel and Nuts Sea Fabric by David walker on Pink Chalk Fabrics

The Honey Bee

Embroidered Honey Bee Felt Pincushion by Jenny at SeaPinks

The Badger 

Mr. badger - miniature felt pocket woodland badger by royalmint

The Rabbits 

Child's Scandinavian softie toy bunny rabbit plush by Janefoster

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Things they did not teach me in school - A Book Review

It always disappoints me that my Art Teacher in school didn't teach me how to really draw. 
I mean, yes, we were given poster paints and paper and were encouraged when our pencil drawings vaguely resembled the Junk-Shop-Oil Lamp-and-Dirty-Shoe Still Life. 

But negative space and perspective?! The delicacies of line quality? Blind drawing? Composition? 


So when people ask me to recommend a drawing book this is the one I suggest - 
'Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered' by Quentin Blake & John Cassidy.

This drawing book is for head and heart and for adults as well as kids. 
It deals with all aspects of drawing and delightfully encourages the imagination too. 

We love it - and often dig it out and spend an hour drawing and trying things out. 

Here's Ruby with her first Still Life... Hello Kitty of course... No dirty old shoes here!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

What to do at Easter when you're stuck inside

Russian Doll Art!

 Well, little stickers on slices of wood - no talent required here!

The effect is great and there was no mess to clear up. 

And the kids thought they did a craft!
Win win all round, I say!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Illustrators I love... Lauren Child

 I liked  Lauren child's work way before I had kids.

Now, having been exposed to every episode available, 
and even though i don't like one of Lola's voices, 

I still wallow in the clashy pretty patterns and lovely little details.

Her work makes me happy, and inspires me every time I see it. 
Which is a lot around here. 

And as fabric designs are in my head at the moment...
have you seen Lauren Child's fabric designs for Liberty of London?