Owl Illustrations

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

So I finally got around to illustrating some of the owls that I saw at the Scottish Owl Centre for my bird illustration challenge. First up is the Eurasian Eagle Owl.

I'm still trying to get comfortable with my style, I think it's evolving, I'm never sure where it's going to take me next! I used a mix of acrylic paints, white pigment pen and black ink pen. Here's the Snowy Owl, like the one Harry Potter had! : )

And finally my favourite owl, the Barn Owl (the european one, I only recently found out there are different types of Barn Owl around the world!).

I've lots more owl photos that I took at the Scottish Owl Centre to work from, so I'm sure you'll be seeing a few more owls popping in from time to time! : )

That's all for now, I hope you like my owls! Have a creative week! : )

A Few spooky projects...

Monday, October 5, 2015

I'm not ready to start Christmas projects yet but here's a few fun Halloween projects I had published in the October issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine. These fun Ghosty treat bags are SO easy to make, they're simply glassine bags (these ones are from SRM Press) that I rounded at the top (I drew around a roll of tape, stacked a few together and cut around). Stick on some googly eyes, cut out a fun and expressive mouth shape from black paper and punch a hole in the top and add some twine. They're really quick to make and would be great filled with marshmallows or popcorn! Kids would have lots of fun making these too!

I also made this fun Halloween garland using simple shapes, circles, stars and bats cut from coloured card. Once I cut out all the shapes I stitched them altogether on the sewing machine. Templates for these are in the back of the magazine.

I love lots of lanterns at Halloween, this one I made from just black card and vellum. I love how effective some simple paper-cutting and piercing is. Obviously you'd use a battery operated tealight with these but they do cast some pretty cool spooky shadows! The template for the pumpkin face is also at the back of this issue.

I love making pop-up cards, I drew a haunted house for this card but I also used stamps and dies from Clearly Besotted Stamps (Halloween Spirit and Fright Night).

I used my Silhouette machine to make this really cool fake book treat box (3D Book Box and Spells Book Cover files from Silhouette Store.) It did take quite a while to make so I don't think I'd make many multiples of these but they are really cool.

Here's the inside, I lined the inside cover and outer edges of the box with some lettered patterned paper.

I really liked how the gold mirror card worked so well with the purple card, I hardly ever think of using this type of card but it really adds something special to this project!

I had 10 projects for this feature, you can check out the rest of them in the October issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine (issue 148). That's all for now! Have a great day! : )

Covered Sketchbook

Friday, October 2, 2015

So I used my hand-painted patterned paper to cover a sketchbook! The sketchbook I've been doing my daily sketches in (if you follow me on Instagram). I picked out one of the rich berry colours and painted a sheet of paper to line the inside of the sketchbook too.

The sketchbook was a kraft covered one with staple binding but when I was covering the sketchbook one of the staples came away from the cover so I was given the opportunity to try out my bookbinding skills!

I used some of the holes that were already there from the staples so it was pretty straightforward and I already had some linen thread in my sewing box. It's really strong stuff and I love the natural colour.

It actually added a nice extra handmade feel to the outside of the sketchbook too! I think it's a good idea to make something you're going to use every day that little bit extra special. To entice you to use it more! : )

I love how it turned out and it feels great to touch too! I thought I'd give you a peek at a few pages from my sketchbook too.

It's just a place to experiment and get the creative juices flowing. Anything goes really, paint, pen, pencil, collage... I usually set a limit of 30 minutes so as not to overwork things, as I have a tendency to do!

I usually sketch things out in pencil but I went straight in there with a black pen for this, very liberating actually! With surprising results.

This one is a mix of black pen with acrylic paints! I've been sticking to my favourite subjects at the moment, nature but I'm hoping to get braver and try new subject matter. Oh I've also been dabbling in hand embroidery, it's a slower process but I'm really loving it! I'll share some of my results soon!

That's all for now, hope you have a lovely weekend! We've had some unexpected sunshine all this week but I think the rain is about to return! It was nice while it lasted though! : )