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...


Sunday, 7 August 2011

Gothic basements and childish ramblings...


Hello! 

I made a new typography piccy for a quote from the Georgia Nicolson books, by Louise Rennison. I highly recommend reading them, as they are hilarious with a capital H! You may not believe me when I say that, but trust me, I have the highest standards of humour (in my opinion), and they make me LOL.  I may make a series of these quote pics and maybe get them printed nicely. Who knows, maybe one day I could sell them. Or just have them on my own walls, if no-one wants them...

Recently I have found loads of my old school books and drawings from when I was much younger, and living in Edmonton, London. It is SO funny looking at childhood art and writings. So I thought I would blog some funny'uns for you. Well, I think they're funny!

Today's picks:


This is the front cover of my school "Rough Book" I think I was in year 3...as I have done some sort of campaigning poster inside that says "Save 3R!" and then "we were all in are class"

I have no recollection of 3R ever being under threat, so this puzzles me...


So, year 3...not sure how old that would make me. But I was young, lets leave it at that. Young enough to be forgiven for this terrible poem:


If you can't read my amazing handwriting, the poem went like this:

"I am a giant, a forgetfull giant (Ironic, seeing as I was very small and not even remotely like a giant)
With my tiny brain. (This is more realistic)
I forget things. (I seemed to like putting full stops in, even when they are not needed)
Over and over again. 

I am a giant, a verey dumb giant.
and I eat Jelly It rolls all over my belley. (Jelly seems to be a person...it has a capital letter)
and people say I am smelly.
but I don't care only when I chew my welly."

I do rather love how I tried to rub out the last line. I must have thought to myself "That's just silly. Lets stick to the sensible stuff." I have loads more poems I wrote from those days. I loved rhyming words together. 

Maths was a different story. I can pretty much guarantee that the sums you can see in the top left hand corner of that image were copied from someone sitting next to me. I was awful at maths. Times tables scared me. Telling the time scared me. I have haunting memories of my teacher lining us all up and firing multiplications at us for us to answer. A classmate once asked me what the time was and I had to pretend I hadn't heard the question to stall for time, and then when they repeated it I just had to look away and ignore them.

Luckily now I can just about cope when people ask me the time. Its all thanks to this watch, it taught me everything I know:

Ahhh, I love a good trip down memory lane.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Sunday Paper

I'm giving some signed prints of mine to a charity shop, Kadect, in St Albans soon. The money from any prints that sell will go to the charity, hoorah!

Anyway, I don't have oodles of time to make new pics, as I am working full time (in an un-arty but nice job!) but I thought I would make at least one new image for the occasion. I did this on Sunday 31st July, and I took photos of the making of the pic along the way...just because I can.

Hope you find this mildly interesting...


I start off with the eyes. As you do.


I plonk these eyes on some yellow/cream paper, and cut a face shape. I do this freehand because I think I am better at cutting than actually drawing! Also I start cutting strips of coloured paper for hair.


As you can see, I have chosen white hair with a bit of purple. Lord knows why.


To add tone, and a sense of highlights, I have used grey/silver paper where the darker areas of hair would naturally be. I'm not very good at this!


More layers of hair are built up, and I've cut her sillouette out.


Now I give her some arms (she looks stroppy!) and a cute little paper dress and she's pretty much done.


Then I just scan into Photoshop, adjust the contrast/lightness/curves, and try out patterned backgrounds etc. I like this dotty yellow one...I think the colours look quite nice : )

There you go!

The music I listened to whilst making this was the Hanna film soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers...its quite good! I've not seen the film though...