Witty quote

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." (Winston Churchill)....Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright)....Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet (Stephen Hawking)

Monday, 16 April 2018

Taking time to blog

I seem to lose track of this blog, but it has too much content to close, so I'll add some instead. I have done a lot of drawing since I last posted something, but these three are the latest. I'm trying to improve my designs and am not tempted very often by all-over drawing as DIN A3 is rather large for that, but I include one despite the drops of tea that got on it after I shook the table! I might go back to that drawing, or I might not. The title says it all. Paradox is a very popular pattern, but hard work over large areas. I don't think I would approach it as I did this time, but I enjoyed myself doing it. The others are monochrome and will probably stay as they are. They are unshaded. I quite like the clean lines of unshaded line drawing. 


looped border


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Where does the time go?

I can't really believe that I have not posted anything all winter. Part of the problem has been getting drawings duplicated. I've been thinking about getting an A3 scanner for ages, since my drawings are all that size at the moment and I get intensely irritated when I try to do little drawings or doodles. I have half a dozen folders full of A4 ink art and a small photo album displaying 100 zentangle-sized drawings, after which I switched permanently to bigger ones and now look yearningly at old A2 sheets of paper and would use them if I could make enough space to put them on.
I used to have a drawing board you could tip to flat. That was mainly to do large watercolours, but it was not very stable and eventually I consigned it to my loggia. I am thinking about setting it up again when the weather gets better!

Monday, 9 October 2017

More backgrounds (suminagashi)

Suminagashi is  a Japanese method of marbling paper (google the definition). I adapt it to make backgrounds using water and the wonder of coincidence!

The curious round marks are made by dropping 100% isopropyl alcohol (dropwise) onto very wet paint.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Vacation 2

I managed to finish (is anything really finished?) 5 new A3 coloured doodles, which I am adding here! The patterns were chosen at random, of course. Drawing patterns is easier than simply drawing lines, as in the drawing with only lines, which was exceedingly boring to do!

A3, as all the following drawings are. I was determined to finish it!


September flew by and now we are well into October. I'm posting some ink backgrounds (suminagashi), which can be downloaded and printed by anyone eager for a challenge!