This is a cheaty post, updating what i have already done! I started working on the draw everyday book at the end of last year. The idea is that you spend a month working on a given topic area in a given medium, and obviously get variety over the course of a year. The first month is a month of nature, using markers and black pen. These are my first 3 drawings. I’ve found it hard not necessarily being able to draw a general outline of something, but was really pleased with how my dragonflies turned out. I wasn’t impressed with the idea of drawing a whole field of sunflowers but i really enjoyed it once i started. I never felt very inspired by the redwood tree, and really don’t like the picture I’ve done as it feels very flat and childish. I guess if I’m not actually going to draw every day then i can pick and choose the ones i actually do…. But then the danger is that I’ll not like the sound of something (like the sunflowers) and then miss out on an enjoyable experience. What i like about the set topics is that i look for a picture on google, and then spend time looking at it in more detail. I appreciate the time to look at the smaller details of things and to notice different colours and patterns. That said, i find it hard that with the felt pens i only have a limited range of colours, and no way of blending them.
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Well, here goes….my first ever blog, at the suggestion of my husband! My name is Julia, and I turned 40 last year, and decided it would be a good time to try new things. I’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts, and this year I have decided that I would like to explore different ways of being creative. At the end of last year I did some wet felting, and I’ve done bits of crochet for a while. Then I’ve just bought a couple of needle felting kits, and paper cutting things. I’ve also bought a book called ‘draw every day, draw every way’, and think it would be good to have a way of sharing what I have done each time I do something on a creative project. So here is my record of this attempt at being more creative over the course of a year (but which hopefully may continue longer). I know already that it would be a crazy target to try to do something every day, so I’m not going to attempt that, despite the title of the book! I just want to take opportunities where I can to develop new skills, and relax, and hopefully develop my creativity along the way. I’m hoping that having a blog will motivate me to keep going, and be a nice record of the things I do, even if no-one ends up reading it!