18 February 2019

You Can-Can

I visited the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition in Edinburgh at the time I was getting into doing art on my iPad, so I based this on one of the sketches that I drew at the exhibition.

17 February 2019

Chalet School quotes

Last year at this time I was getting towards the end of my re-read of the Chalet School books. As I read them, I noted down all the unusual turns of phrase used in the books, and when I was looking for ideas of things to try out lettering styles on, these quotes came to mind!

14 February 2019

Gelateria Slurp

I think this is my favourite piece of all the digital art I've been doing recently! It is based on a cafe board I saw in Monterosso al Mare, one of the Cinque Terre towns on the Italian coast. I really loved the illustration on the board, the lettering, and the illustrations, so I based it on these and played around with them a bit, adding a different coloured background.

11 February 2019

Digital art 2019

At the beginning of the year I decided to get more into doing lettering and art on my iPad. This is the first piece that I did. It's fun playing around with the different calligraphy brushes to get different effects, but it's so easy to undo a stroke that I find myself being too much of a perfectionist at times!

10 February 2019

In Colourful Company Secret Santa

I took part in the In Colourful Company secret Santa for the first time, and I was completely blown away by the generosity and thoughtfulness of Shonagh (@shoggypopsrocks). She had obviously read my likes well (I'd said I liked Japan, stationery, and science) but she'd also managed to pick up on some of my other loves such as llamas, colourful socks, pin badges, and chocolate!
I decided to open my present on Christmas Eve, while lazing about after having been for a jog. It was so much fun opening all the little individually-wrapped gifts, and the best one came last - a Chemistry-themed pin that I'd been looking at!

07 February 2019

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity

I really enjoyed this exhibition that was held in Edinburgh recently. It featured the work of not just Toulouse-Lautrec, but also other artists who were working in a similar style at the same time to create posters.
When I reached the gallery and was getting ready to draw in my sketchbook, I discovered that the lead had broken off my pencil so I had to draw in pen with no outline! This was a real challenge to me, and explains why some of my drawings are a bit off (especially the cat!).
I loved that the gift shop had lenticular postcards of a couple of the designs - these are the postcards that flicker as you move them to suggest movement or depth. I don't come across these often and only had one in my collection already!

04 February 2019

70 card

I made this birthday card for my former teacher, former colleague, and friend. He may be 70 but he isn't over the hill yet!
This is such an easy card to make, and is great for birthdays of all ages!
1. Cut a hill shape from green paper and glue it to the card.
2. Cut circles from red and white card and either write the numbers or cut them out and glue them on.
3. Add a straight piece of card, and glue it all in place.

03 February 2019

Books read 2018

I'm a bit late with my list of what I read last year, because I took a month's blogging break. I joined Goodreads at the beginning of 2018, so it was much easier to keep track of what I was reading. Finishing off my Chalet School reread added a lot of books to my total!
I think the majority of what I read this year was physical books, with only a few Kindle reads. I like the ease of reading on the Kindle, but paper books seem to be cheaper, they're more photogenic, and I can pass them on to others to read.

1. The Power - Naomi Alderman
2. The New Mistress at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
3. Beneath the Bleeding - Val McDermid
4. Excitements at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
5. A Very Distant Shore - Jenny Colgan
6. Dot Journaling - Rachel Willerson Miller
7. The Coming of Age of the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
8. The Chalet School and Richenda - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
9. Trials for the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
10. The Endless Beach - Jenny Colgan
11. La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (audio)
12. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
13. Pirates! - Celia Rees
14. Theodora and the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
15. Joey and Co in Tirol - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
16. Ruey Richardson at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
17. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar - Chris Packham
18. Josephine Tey: a Life - Jennifer Morag Henderson
19. A Leader in the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
20. The Chalet School Wins the Trick - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
21. A Future Chalet School Girl - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
22. The Feud in the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
23. The Chalet School Triplets - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
24. Ikigai - Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
25. The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder
26. The Chalet School Reunion - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
27. Jane of the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
28. Redheads at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
29. Adrienne and the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
30. Summer Term at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
31. Challenge for the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
32. Live Lagom - Anna Brones
33. The Keeper of Lost Things - Ruth Hogan
34. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
35. Two Sams at the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
36. The City & The City - China MiƩville
37. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
38. Althea Joins the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
39. Prefects of the Chalet School - Elinor M Brent-Dyer
40. How to Love Brutalism - John Grindrod
41. Little Greycoat - Ellinor Davenport Adams
42. If We Were Villains - M L Rio
43. With the Light #1 - Keiko Tobe
44. Cloud Busting - Malorie Blackman
45. Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide - J P McEvoy
46. With the Light #2 - Keiko Tobe
47. Dungeon Fun - Colin Bell and Neil Slorance
48. Chocky - John Wyndham
49. The Crack-a-Joke Book
50. With the Light #3 - Keiko Tobe
51. With the Light #4 - Keiko Tobe
52. With the Light #5 - Keiko Tobe
53. With the Light #6 - Keiko Tobe
54. With the Light #7 - Keiko Tobe
55. With the Light #8 - Keiko Tobe
56. Poverty Safari - Darren McGarvey
57. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
58. Blindsight - Peter Watts
59. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes - Ruth Hogan
60. The Book of Rubbish Ideas - Tracey Smith
61. The Silent Companions - Laura Purcell
62. Lud-in-the-Mist - Hope Mirrlees
63. How to Survive the End of the World - Aaron Gillies
64. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
65. Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
66. Outskirts - John Grindrod
67. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan
68. The Story of Holly and Ivy - Rumer Godden

01 February 2019

2019 goals

I'm back after a month's blogging break! I've recorded my goals for this year in my bullet journal like I did last year. I've decided this is the year of orange - I have synaesthesia, and 9 and 19 are orange numbers to me - so this page and a few other recent ones in my bullet journal are very orange! I'm keeping up with some of the goals from last year, in terms of healthy eating and exercise, but developing them a bit further, so as well as walking a lot I'm planning to do more running (I finished Couch to 5k at the start of this year).
The last time I did Veganuary, a couple of years ago, I kept eating mostly vegan for about 8 months, then my nails started getting really weak and I was due to be having an operation, so I gave it up until such time as I could better plan things to make sure I get all the right nutrients. I'm giving it another try this year, but I will probably allow myself the occasional non-vegan treat (like a really good cheese). I'm keeping a daily dozen chart in my bullet journal to make sure I'm getting all the right sorts of foods each day.
In terms of plastic waste, I'm trying out a shampoo bar at the moment and loving it, so I'll definitely be keeping that going, and I've got myself some metal straws as well as some paper ones.
Have you set any goals for this year, and how did you get on with last year's?

01 January 2019

Blog break

I'm going to take a blog break for the month of January. Actually, I've really already taken the break, because December was so busy that I wasn't able to spend as much time as usual getting posts ready for January! So I'll be spending the month doing a few creative things and getting some posts written ready for the blog's return in February!
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