Tag: drawing

drawing with needles

My daughter stood still for a scribbled portrait some month ago. She was so excited that I could really do this, that she made me draw a portrait of her. Of course it is a very rough sketch. I know my little one. One second she is all sincere and tries to be patient, the next second she is gone playing more interesting stuff than sitting still for her Mama.

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In the weeks before my birthday I begin to think about my life – family – work and everything more deeply every year. Sometimes it’s just a recap of everything, sometimes it’s more deeply. After so many changes last year it’s not easy to do everyday what I have done repeatetly over the last years. I love my work, but I used to love it more and it kind of seems to be not enough. The feeling there should be a change comes up very often at the moment, but it’s hard to get my hands on the direction were it will lead me to.

So I’ve been thinking a lot, talking with the people I hold near my heart and who understand what I mean. I need something fresh and most of all – challenging. I have decided to bring myself out into the real world more. We have a vibrant art community here despite we are in a rural area and I want to be part of it. I want to make pieces of art, that inspire others to take up embroidery, too. Pieces, that make me a better embroiderer and push the edges of what I can do.

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So I began with the kind of motif I’m most challenged and fascinated by – PEOPLE.

Drawing people is THE thing I have always struggled with more than other sections of art and yet it’s so fascinating to capture a humans Persona. It’s similar with animal drawings. I feel like capturing the soul or spirit of a living being when I draw people and animals.

We’ll see were it gets me.

I wish you all a great week.

Joining in with Nicole and Ginny.

the lion

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Whenever I feel a little bit stuck with my work (the I-don’t-know-where-to-start-so-I-look-at-it-from-every-angle-everytime-of-the-day-and-wonder-what-to-do-first kind of stuck) I get back into the saddle easier by starting something new. Something that was lingering in my mind for months. I have to admit, that I was scared off by this geometric animal thing. I don’t know why, but some nasty voice in my heard always told me I wasn’t good enough at drawing to pull that kind of thing off. After reading a nice essay yesterday, I decided to take the (actually small) leap and give it a try. I absolutely love the look of animals looking straight in your eyes, so that was settled and the lion as a motif was sort of a courage thing, if you know what I mean 😉

DIY: stamping with acryl colors

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Materials

  • paper goods to stamp on (envelopes, notebooks, craft paper)
  • acryl paint
  • paint brush + something to mix your colors on (I use a small cutting board for this)
  • stamp carving rubber or a big rubber eraser
  • carving tools and a cutter
  • a glass of water
  • a pencil

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draw your motif on the rubber base and cut out the shape roughly with your cutter

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Carve out all lines carefully and cut out all parts, that should not be seen in the end (outside parts of the motif).

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Depending on your rubber you’ll notice a more or less amount of rubber crumbles. Gently wipe them away with a soft piece of cloth. Don’t rub it off, it will produce more crumbles again.

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Mix your acryl colors on the palette. For darker paper it’s best to mix in some white to make the colors pop out.

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Depending on your paper mix more or less water into your paint (you need a more paste like consistency with craft paper and smooth surfaces and a more fluid consistency with textured and fibrous paper). Test the stamp on a sheet of waste paper first. Don’t forget: apply the paint gently or the rubber could produce crumbles again.

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Here you can see my tests with consistency. The upper left one has too much paint. If paint gets into the lines, you should use less paint on the brush and apply it softly next time. You can clear these tunnels with the carving tool.
The middle one is better, but still too much paint at some places.
For the bottom one I used too much water. The color is too pale (for my taste) and paint got into the lines again.

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Do you see the difference between the 2 kinds of paper? The smooth white envelope is a delight to stamp on. I used a more paste-like consistency here.
The other paper has a lot of texture going on and eats the water like chocolate, so use more water to mix the paint for this one.