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Part 4: Lockdown hobbies – crayon digital drawings

Hey there friends,

Things haven’t changed much the last few weeks, still in lock down and I am grateful to have this time to explore art and drawing.

I spent some time in the sun in my parent’s garden on Saturday. The sun was so lovely on my back. Under the shade of the plants hanging in the garden, I sat with my Ipad and stylus to draw the things I see in front of me. I spent about 1 hour lost in nature and the warmth of the sun just doodling. This is what I drew.

I used the Tayasui Sketches, it’s an app you can download on the Imac and the Ipad. I paid for the extra features and am actually really happy that I did. It’s really easy to use and love the textures and effects you can create on the app. So I looked up the meaning of Tayasui and it actually means easy and simple!!!

What I learnt through doing this:

  • I really enjoy using digital apps to draw textured drawings – it is really forgiving if you make mistakes.
  • The difficulty about using these apps is that you need practise to remember where the controls are. It took me a few months to get into the rhythm of drawing, knowing where the buttons were to increase and decrease brush sizes, picking the right tool for the right stroke, intensity and colour.
  • What helps is having a limited pallet and working with one tool at a time so you get a handle on how it lays on the digital surface … just like mediums in real life.
  • Doing swatches, why do they not talk about this more often!!! It has really been the best thing in my art making practice is to test the tools I have before creating something with it. Make Swatches. They look really pretty as well.
  • Drawing from life is so so so great for your soul. It adds so much life into your art naturally. The colours and movement really pop too!

Take care during this time,

Teresa x

Part 3: Lockdown hobbies – painting with oil paints

Hello again,

…..the lockdown continues in Sydney, NSW. I attempt oil painting on a small canvas. My favourite part of this painting is the texture and strokes.

Scanned on an Epson Scanner

This is my first attempt at using oil in this impressionist way. This was really fun and intuitive, I found the medium much more forgiving then watercolours because you can layer over and over again to achieve the colour you are looking for so mistakes are rectifiable. I only used a bit of paint of each colour, mostly white, red and yellow to achieve these peachy colours.

My process:

  • prep surface by painting one layer of gesso on canvas (10 x 7 cm),
  • once dry, tape the corners of the tiny canvas to a piece of board to stabilise it,
  • set up on an easel,
  • work off a photo on my phone,
  • use two paint brushes, one for warm colours and one for cool colours,
  • work from light to dark colours,
  • block out shapes large to small.

Some things I learnt about using oil paints as a beginner:

  • Adding white gesso helps the paint dry faster and gives your painting texture,
  • Have a rough idea of how much paint you need before you squeeze paint onto your canvas – you don’t need the same amount of each colour,
  • After a while all the colours start looking the same so be intentional with the values you are trying to achieve before you start painting,
  • As tempting as it is …. don’t touch the painting for 24 hours at least.

Hang in there, when this is all over we can embrace the freedom together!

Hoping you are safe and sound!

Teresa xx

Part 2: Lockdown hobbies – sewing

I made a top inspired by these photos.

It is a tailored-blocky-semi-cropped-black top. I really enjoy wearing high waisted pants and thought it would be perfect with a top like this.

This took me 3 days to make –

Day 1 – Traced beloved old cotton top, cut pattern blocks and cut out fabric. Wednesday 21/7/2021

Day 2 – Attached interfacing to front and back panels as well as two back panels, hem the bottom edge. Thursday, 22/7/ 2021went to bed at 2am.

Day 3 – Attached the sides and top stitched the arm holes and neck holes and hand sewed on the button. Saturday 24/7/2021.

My favourite parts of this top:

  • The button loop detail!!
  • The cut of the top is flattering and goes with most my clothes.
Black thread in the sewing machine ready for sewing.

Some things I learnt from making this top:

  • I can create patterns using tops I find flattering on me – I found a cotton top that I have worn to death and found I could pair with everything.
  • French seams are worth the time invested – A work around for those who do not have a serger.
  • Pin all around the neck line and arm holes to ensure when top stitching to ensure the final result is nice and neat.
  • Measure yourself as you go:
    1. ensure the widest part of your chest is equal to the widest part of the bodice.
    2. ensure the opening around your neck hole is larger or equal to the circumference of your head.
  • My scissors tweezer were so helpful to fold in raw edges into the french seam, leaving a big lip makes it easier to tuck in the raw edges.
Black fabric.

Things that I would do differently:

  • I would extend the facing block, I made it too short and it hit me in a very awkward spot.
  • I would top stitch the neck hole before attaching the two back panels.
  • I would use this same pattern, in a summer fabric and crop up the top and add straps.

Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely day.

Teresa x

Part 1: Lockdown hobbies – photography

Here are a few photos I took the other day.

WFH Winter 2021
Barito in the making
On the window sill waiting for the sun.
Shy

I feel a stillness, coziness and a closeness when I look at them. It’s an ideal state when in winter.

They were shot with a Nikon D90 camera body and 50 mm NIKKOR (5201461) lens with a focal range of .45 to 5 metres. The aperture is 1:1.4 meaning it is great for low light. This lens is great for indoor low light conditions and shooting plans in a shady garden or a dark room. The images feel intimate because you need to be up close and personal. As it is a prime lens (ie. fixed lens) I am forced to move about around the subject. The lens is made in Japan.

I purchased the 50mm manual focus lens second-hand for around $100 at Sydney Camera Market hosted by Ultimo Community Centre. The lens slso came with a nice Cokin 0-52mm UV filer too. The markets are currently on hold due to covid, hopefully one day we can visit them again.

To understand what the above numbers mean I found this article to be helpful.

Stay safe and take care,

Teresa x

How to create your personalised CARDS

Hello there,

Today I want to show you how to make a simple print out card that you can do in seconds. I am a do-it-at-the-last-minute-but-make-it-pretty kind of person. I often write up cards and make them the night of orrrr the day of so that I can add a personalised touch to the gifts I give.

Microsoft word has helpful ready made card templates that you can use, alternatively you can also use a blank page and section the page in half.

1. Place the image or drawing upside down on the top left hand corner

2. The message on the bottom write hand.

See example below:

I sometimes like to sketch so luckily I have a bank of drawings I can snip and paste onto a word document.

Mac shortcut keys combo is command + control + shift + 4 & use the screen print button on Windows

Have a lovely day.

Teresa x

How to draw buildings – Snap, sketch and colour.

Literally looked out the window of my car and thought I can draw that so I took a photo!

I’ve always wanted to draw buildings but they have always intimidated me because of the proportions – I’ve practised my lines so am seeing better results.

It gave me an idea… I could map these building all around Sydney to see the what buildings look like in certain areas. Lets see how many I can draw!

This picture was taken in Merrylands in Western Sydney.

Drew it on in my sketch book!

Drew this on my Ipad – I love the Bamboo Paper App!

Coloured it in.

The end.

Let me know which version you like better, B/W or coloured?

I hope you have a lovely day. Teresa x

DIY Coloured pencil draw to scan e-stickers

Make e-stickers out of scanned drawings… grab a pencil and draw a picture of ANYTHING.

Steps

  1. Draw
  2. Scan
  3. Crop

In photoshop

  • Use polygonal lasso to trace around your drawing.
  • Right click > Layer via Cut
  • Delete original layer
  • Create a new layer > Drag and place it under the original layer
  • Trace around the image again using the polygonal lasso leaving a boarder
  • Finally, Paint Bucket Tool what ever colour your heart desires. I like the pretty pastel colours!

To make it look more like a sticker make sure the surrounding colour is pure white. This way it looks like you’ve just peeled off a fresh sticker and stuck it on your website.

You can use them to decorate your blog and other online social media accounts.

Good luck. Teresa x

Trip to Bilpin – Apple Mountain

It was the long weekend. A spontaneous trip was in order! I grabbed my SLR camera and my puffy jacket to head off on an adventure to Apple Mountain to find me some apples. After all it was the Queen’s birthday.

A 2 hour drive out of Sydney, a pit stop at Red Rooster and next thing you know it we’re in the mountains breathing in that fresh air! The sun was shining and the sky was blue. A sip of the best apple juice I’ve ever had – Bilpin Apple juice made from locally grown apples! A bag of Pink Lady apples for $3.

Exploring was fun, here is snap shot of my journey through the bushes!

We hit some traffic on the way back but it was well worth it.

Some drawings from the mountains… I’ve got many ideas about what to do with this illustration. Curious, what do you think I should do with it?

Teresa x

DIY – coloured pencil doodles as wrapping paper design

It’s actually really easy to make on your own. All you need is….

  1. some of your favourite coloured pencils
  2. the ability to draw some dots and lines…
  3. printer paper/ or any paper really

I used this piece to wrap up a small jar of honey for a friend’s birthday present.

Hope you enjoy. Teresa x

artists that inspire

Do you love discovering art or people who make you do a virtual double take? I often find people like this online scrolling through youtube or instagram. What follows for me is a binge watching of videos about artists, actors and famous people in history.

Here are some of my favourite contemporary artists I’ve been hoarding away. I really believe in their beautiful work that bring positivity to the world. I love what they stand for as artists. They are so much more than just people who can draw and paint they are creatives; people who are able to see things that others turn a blind eye to in the day to day, they are story tellers they are change makers they are visionaries.

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These gems bring me joy and delight:

Michael Leunig – Michael has the most witty comics all about the everyday. He cleverly and subtly plants a seed of social change through his work. I always have a good chuckle when I see his work. He is funny and makes simplicity look beautiful.

Hayao Miyazaki – I love the environmental and spiritual themes in his work. He also captures children just perfectly. I often feel a deep sense of reflection and serenity when I am in his world.

Meredith Gaston – A very loved wellness guru. When I came across her brightly painted flowers and read her book I felt like I met a kindred spirit. I turned to the back of her book to find that we shared the same influences both studied gender and cultural studies at the University of Sydney. I celebrate artists like Meredith because she is so genuine and loving. I am so glad she is sharing her health and wellbeing tips and tricks and it has really reaffirmed my values and dreams.

Lisa Congdon – Lisa is all about empowerment, she is practical and a wonderful teacher sharing her journey to success generously. I love listening to Lisa’s talks about her work with such humility and candour, she makes me feel like pursuing art as a career is achievable.

Wendy Macnaughton – Wendy is a recent find… Wendy tells stories about people whom stories would otherwise be untold. She draws from life and on location which is super brave. She is an artist that uses process to fuel her creativity; putting pieces of the art work and story together as she goes.

Nina Cosford – All about the every day experience of being a girl. She is one of the original “girl power” illustrators of this online world. Nina’s creative process is quite spectacular, watching her draw and colour is like watching someone put together a very pretty and colourful jigsaw puzzle.

Whose art currently makes you want to create? Who motivates you to pick up a paintbrush, pencil, pen? Please share with me I am always looking for new inspiration.

Thank you for reading.

Teresa x

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