Saturday, 26 November 2011

Cosy Christmas

 As it is practically December, I thought it appropriate to write an update of what I've been doing lately, as what I've been doing lately is making some Christmas cards! Woo!

I made three designs of animals wearing knitwear, one being a polar bear, one a robin, and one a reindeer. I feel these animals are pretty reminiscent of Christmas? My theme was "Cosy Christmas" (cheesy?)

Here they are:

Cosy Polar Bear

Cosy Reindeer

Cosy Robin
I think they look quite cute, it was nice to give myself a project to keep me in the paper-cutting mood :) I like having a reason to do it!

I decided to get 25 cards printed, featuring the 3 designs. I did this at  www.moo.com , which is a good website for printing. I also chose some recycled brown envelopes to go with them, which are pretty! I love recyled brown paper, it has a lovely imperfect quality.

Card stack and envelopes!




The message inside read "Have a cosy Christmas!"
Here they are perched on my mantelpiece...

So sadly, people that know me, you may be getting a tacky, self-designed card from me this year. Sorry about that!

And carrying on the Christmas theme, who wants a Christmassy computer desktop wallpaper hand-drawn by moi? No one?! How mean!

Well anyway, I have this as my laptop wallpaper:



And you could have it too! I have made it in four different colours, so take your pick! 
I'll explain how below!

Happy Xmas 1!
Happy Xmas 2!

Happy Xmas 3!

Happy Xmas 4!

All you need to do is:
  • Right click on the image you want, then "Save picture as..." and give it a filename. 
  • Then go to "Control Panel"
  • Then to "Appearance and Personalisation", "Change desktop background"
  • Then "Browse" for the file location for the image.
  • For the "Positioning" of the image, select Tile.
This works for my screen, with the resolution set to 1280 by 800 pixels :)



Anyway, made for you with love. Just sharing the Christmas joy!

Next on the agenda: 
"How to make decorations for the Christmas tree, due to being too poor to afford proper ones"

(Catchy title, no?)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Internet Woe

I have been having vair internet problemoes lately, and its vair annoying!

So here is a belated update of some pic-a-tures I made recently:


I was was feeling an 80's vibe recently...not sure why, but I had a sudden strong urge to cut "Totally Rad" out of paper. Odd.

Oh, and then I decided to make a tacky animated GIF, because the word "RAD" was meant to be neon yellow, but for some reason my scanner was being an arse and decided to make it white. Damn yooou scanner!

Anyway, look, tacky flashy!

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(That gives me a headache looking at it...)

Here's another pic I made, inspired by Dizzee Rascal. I think I may do a series of music-related prints at some point...


Lyrics: Dizzee Rascal "Fix Up, Look Sharp"

And another music-y one! Show it respect!



And finally, this one's also music related! Marina and the Diamonds, yay!

 I really relate to this song. I know its ok to have a average life and an average job, so long as you're happy. And I am happy! But I do get frustrated because I'm scared I will never achieve what I really want (which is to be an illustrator).  That's what would make me really really happy! So I am determined to try.
Lyrics: Marina and the Diamonds "Are You Satisfied?"

I tried to make this one look really organic and flowing to give a feeling of positivity/moving forward/growth. God, that sounds cheesy, sorry! 

I just didn't want the words to sound smug, like they are having a go at people who lead happy, normal lives. That's not the intention. The intention is for them to get people to think about what they really want in life and have the courage to do something about trying to achieve whatever it is they are after (if they don't already have it) If they are already perfectly content with everything they have, then good for them! I salute you, lucky people!




Monday, 19 September 2011

Letter to Santa...

So a while ago I found some old school books/things I made when I was a child and posted some pictures of the crazyness on this here blog.

Well, seeing as I haven't shown another slice of the brilliance recently, I thought, now's the time!

And with Christmas coming up (shush, it IS coming up!), I thought you might like to see a letter I wrote to Santa when I was a little girl...

It started off as the usual 'I want a doll's house' and quickly spiralled into a debate about sexism. I conclude by asking Santa's opinion.

...I never got a response :(

Here it is:

I understand it's hard to read, so I have translated the crazy for you:

"Dear Santa,

          I would like a doll or doll’s house or anything else.

But I do like boys toys too. I do not like seeing the girls always playing with a doll or girl’s things. I think that they should be called ‘everybody’s toys’

But I would like a puppy in my pocket hand held game please and some other things.

Boys might want to take care of babies one day. Why can’t boys play with dolls?

I think they should.

Girls are always pictured with dolls it’s not fair. I do not like seeing boys always pictured with cars or other things like in Pearson’s catalogue. I would like a doll or anything else if I was a boy.

What do you think?

Lots of  love
from
Michelle
xxx"



I worry about myself sometimes, I really do...

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Words o' Wise-nosity...

I don't know if you remember the song 'Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen)' but I really like it! It is full of good advice, one piece of which I decided to illustrate yesterday, in paper-cut-lettering styyyyle!
"Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly." -Baz Luhrmann 
I vair agree with this. It is the main reason I have stopped reading crappy mags like Cosmo and Glamour. They make me depressed! Plus the fact that they just regurgitate the same old things about sex and dieting and fashion and beauty tips. 

Which doesn't interest me much anymore. Or ever did.

I do, however, keep my old ones for cutting-up purposes, so they do have their uses.

I did recently discover a magazine called 'oh comely' which is really good! It is quirky and interesting, with a focus on being creative and thinking about the world, as well as being beautifully designed with gorgeous photography. I love! It cost me £4.00 from WHSmith (or 'wuh-smith' as I used to call it when I was a young'un)

(prettttyyy)
Anyway, back to 'Do not read beauty magazines...'

 Here are all the letters I cut out arranged on my (extremely messy) desk!

You can see on my laptop that I was watching a Laura Marling Youtube video...I really should turn my laptop off when I work, it makes me procrastinate!


Note: excess paper, laptop too far away to reach, broken mobile phone, water bottle (which I rarely drink from as I like to avoid trips to the bathroom), trusty pair o' scissors, plate o' crumbs.

And here is the final scanned-in, edited version:

Please let me know if you think it looks dirty or whatnot, as I seem to be having issues where things looks nice when I'm editing them on my laptop, but then when I've uploaded them and look at them on a different computer screen they can look HORRID!

Makes me a sad/mad panda...

Aaaaaand, I managed to do a second picture yesterday! This never happens! I actually did this one first but for some reason I am talking about them in the wrong order. Such is the logic of my brain.

I am a bit obsessed with inspiring/happy words atm! I think I'm trying to convince myself that one day I will be making money from cutting up random bits of paper... "o__o"




So yeeeah, Don't be afraid! Do what you love! Reach for the stars!

And calm.

P.S: If you'd like to re-live the brilliance of the song "Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen)" then watch it on: Youtube I actually hadn't seen the video before, its cute!

P.P.S: I have a Tumblr! I am using it for random funny images/videos/things that have happened to me. Feel free to visit: here!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Papery Goodness...

A friend told me about a poster design competition for Laurence King publishing's 20th anniversary, so this week I wanted to try and enter. Obviously being at work in the day means I didn't have an awful lot of time, I decided to whack it out in one evening on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning (I crawled into bed at 2:00)

Its not even that good so I needn't have bothered! 

Here it is:

(Obviously ignore the border...thats not really there!)

I'm glad I entered but I haven't got a hope of winning! There are lots of really strong images, some really professional and slick work (one thing I always get frustrated with about my own work is that it never looks quite up to a professional standard)

I was thinking about trying to incorporate all aspect of their publications so far...Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Architecture etc...but in the end I decided to keep it sweet and simple with a cheery happy message!

"Three Cheers for 20 years!"

I think the fact that the lettering is hand-cut kind of shows the original and creative nature of their publications, as well as a warm, genuine love for visual culture...at least, that's how I see it!

If you'd like to vote for it (don't feel you have to!) you can go here: http://www.dontpaniconline.com/designbrief/laurenceking20/entry/2133
and press the facebook 'like' button. Simples!

My sister entered it too, hers is way better than mine! She's so talented :)

You can look at her design here (and vote if you want!): http://www.dontpaniconline.com/designbrief/laurenceking20/entry/2137
(Sarah Allberrey)

Anyway, apart from that, not much interesting stuff has occurred with me, art-wise.

I did make a paper pencil. Here is me pretending to use it...


I also made some paper scissors, wheeee!


Cool, huh? No? :(

Oh, and also a dotty pattern with some nail varnish. I love doing this!


Mmmm, pretty! Smudged a bit when I put it in the scanner though...oops.



(Addicted to this)

The End.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Leaving present for Helen!

Recently (well, a few weeks ago now) a lovely lady I worked with called Helen decided to retire, so we all put money together to get her a proper present, some pretty garden lights that she wanted. But I also wanted to make her something...because she is cute and I thought she might like a silly picture made by me...

I do feel bad forcing things I've made onto people though, but I did tell her she could chuck it in the bin if she doesn't like it!

Here is what I made: (Click it to view it bigger!)

These birds are meant to represent the four of us who work in the Cytology lab! Helen is the blue bird, Carol is orangey, Pauline is reddish, and I am the pinkish one on the lower branch.

I had issues with only having four birds, because everyone knows that odd numbers of things look more harmonious in art...its hard to make a nice composition out of an even number of things. So yes, the composition kind of sucks, but it had to be four for it to make sense as being us! 

I suppose I could have invented a  new lab member...but that would be a lie!

Here it is on my wall (before I wrapped it up)


I think she liked it so that's good :)

I need to make something new, it has been a few weeks now where I haven't done anything due to being busy. I miss making things! 

I'd like to have a go at making pretend wedding invitations...and then if anyone I know gets married I can say "Look, I make invitations, let me make yours!"

So to anyone I know: Hurry up and get married!

Have a lovely sunday!


Monday, 22 August 2011

Spelling Mistakes


Another extraction from my old school exercise book.
I like the unnecessary addition of "My Mum has a doll in the attic"
I used to think alot about that doll.
It was scary.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Living Room Spruce-Up

So recently (in February) I moved into a cute little house with Jason, my other half. And since then, as I am allergic to wall colours that are not to my taste, we have decorated a few rooms. I thought you might like to see what madness I have unleashed on the living room...

The living room is my favourite place to be, as I am quite a hermit and I enjoy lounging around, so I wanted it to be cosy and modern with all of my loved books and nik-naks on display (not the crisps)

This is what it looked like before:


I loved the wooden floor and little wood burner! It was exactly the sort of thing I wanted but thought we could never get because we were/are too poor! 



I actually do quite like the way they had decorated it, it was very family country-style, quite cute. But obviously once their chairs and stuff was gone it looked a bit lonely:


Soooo, we painted it in a gorgeous deep blue colour and varnished the floor. I was a bit dubious at first about choosing blue because I usually think its too cold a colour, but Crown had this gorgeous shade and I knew it would look warm and pretty. I wanted to paint the radiator too, as well as the skirting boards and high picture rail. The parents were shocked by this! "Are you mad? It will be far too dark!" But it makes it look modern and gorgeous, and I chose to paint the sticky-out central wood burner wall in a white colour, so that brightens it up. I think?

Well, I love it anyway!



That's a 3d cardboard stag on the wall, isn't he cool?!



I like silly cushions! The lights around the mirror were from my friend Gemma :)


These are some of my piccies! I like having random-sized frames. I want MORE!


^These letter wall-art things are made of metal, and are from Urban Outfitters. I wanted "bonjour" but could only afford "HI" So sad...


^Jason bought me this for Christmas! It an original drawing by Lee May Foster-Wilson (Bonbi Forest) http://www.bonbiforest.com/


^This one's by me! :)




^So's this one!


^Gemma Correll is my favourite! http://www.gemmacorrell.com/


^This tiny frame was from a Christmas cracker last year! I love it!


^Jeffrey Fulvimari (Bobbypin) http://www.jeffreyfulvimari.com/eng/


^John William Waterhouse (Pre-Raphaelite) My taste is art is varied, you may notice...


These bookcases were left by the previous owners. They were in the upstairs office room, but me and Jason brought them down, as I thought they would look good in this corner. We nearly killed ourselves trying to get them down the stairs. But now we have a library! (Shush, its a library! A library that rival's Belle's library in the Beast's castle for sure!)




^This scares Jason.


^Some of my (and Jason's) Booky-wooks.

Finally, this is unrelated, but who doesn't want to see a picture of my calender for this year?! 

...that's what I thought!:


^I really WANT a pug!!!

God, that must have bored you. it bored me! Sorry peeps...