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This was definitely one of those; let your brain wander kind of moments. I have seen this quote on rubber stamps and one of my fave things to doodle is flowers. This page was just waiting to happen. I think it would make a good card, what do you think?

Doodle your fave quote

Doodle your fave quote

Items used

All the usual suspects ;)

  • Faber Castell Pitt artist pen
  • Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
  • Daler Rowney Basic Sketch book

I’m getting to think a page listing my kit would be helpful and then I could point you all to it ;)

What inspires you to doodle, random thoughts, images you see, quotes that roll round your head for days!!!! I have the kind of brain that is very literal which means I don’t always ‘get’ what was originally meant by phrases. I blame my late Mother whose often used phrase of ‘Don’t come running to me when you break your leg falling off that’. My brain would think, well you couldn’t run with a broken leg so huh??

I often get doodle ideas from such misinterpretations. Wanting to draw the literal result of what people say. Makes me laugh, the same is true of what I read, being dyslexic it often takes me several read throughs to understand what is meant, if not in a hurry I can also laugh when I get the wrong word for things, it may start with the same letter, or sound the same as the word I’m going for but be completely wrong. Mmm Maybe I should write the ‘wrong word and doodle the image of the thing I was going for.’ Its annoying as hell when you are in a rush, but as long as it’s not important it can cause much hilarity and creates the game of ‘guess the word I really meant!’

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Faber-Castell; 4 Pitt artist Pens

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen
  • Item number: 167100
  • RRP at time of writing: £9.49

Contents

The four pen set contains: S, F, M, B which I later found out equates too;

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen. XS not in the set, purchased separately.

Reason For Buying

Originally I bought these some years ago for ink sketching, but I haven’t got round to using them much for that yet. Instead I’ve used them for doodling.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Comfortable in the hand
  • Lightweight
  • Very black ink
  • Good on cartridge paper
  • Excellent range of nib sizes
  • Pens are available individually to replace them as needed.

Cons

  • Some issues with a few sizes, see Build Quality

Build Quality

The caps fit well, the pen is comfortable in the hand but I have found the nibs are a bit scratchy in the XS and S size. The M tip has had a tendency to not cover on the first stroke, so I wasn’t pleased with that for doodling. That may not be an issue for sketching where I may want a softer line. Depends on what you are wanting to use these for.

Value for Money

Good, F/C products are well made and well worth the investment. I’m not going to write off these pens, as the niggles I have may reduce with use. The nibs may well wear in and work better. I am comparing them to very old pens of a similar kind.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes

Summing up

I’ve enjoyed using these pens but they haven’t performed as well as some of the others that I’ve had in the past. I also have their Artline drawing system pens which I found worked slightly better, that said as I mentioned earlier I am comparing them to very old pens and perhaps the old ones were like this when new.  A fantastic quality of ink, so well worth trying. No problems with the brush tip and the fact the ink is a true black black and doesn’t reactivate with water makes them very useful for sketching and doodling especially if you want to add paint or other ink over the top.

The more hit n miss effect on the thicker nibs might work better for sketching it was just I wanted a reliable thick line for the doodling style I was working on at the time of writing this review. I’ll add a note at the end of the review when I’ve tried them for sketching to report on how well they work for that.

Links

Here’s where you can find these pens online.

  • Set of 4 Faber-Castel pens on Amazon UK also available as a set of 6 which include the XS and a chisel tip
  • Artline Drawing System pens on Amazon UK This set contains 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 which are my perfect sizes for sketching and doodling.
  • Edding 1800 Profipen another favorite and worth comparing with these pens. Smaller choice of nibs at 0.1,0.3, 0.5 but these would be most used for sketching and doodling.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Folk Art Doodle

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Today I’d like to share a doodle inspired by the one by Flora Chang in Jenny Doh’s Craft a Doodle book.

Folk art doodle inspired by Flora Chang's design in Craft-a doodle book

Folk art doodle inspired by Flora Chang’s design in Craft-a doodle book

I saw the picture in the book and loved it so copied the main elements and then tweaked some a little. Then I read the details about the doodle in the book only to discover that the concept was that the left side should be a mirror of the right. Mine isn’t I started off copying and they got into it and just filled the page. Really like this style, I’ll be doing more like this.

Next there was the dilemma of to colour or not to colour? I loved the page as it was but I was also very tempted to colour it. I ignored the page for the rest of the day but by the evening I was still itching to add colour to it, so I got out the water colours and waterbrush and went for it. I wasn’t trying to keep to the lines too exactly as I’m starting to like the more random look of colour that goes outside the lines. As if the printing wasn’t lined up. Given the whimsical nature of the page, I thought it went with the theme.

Items used

Thought you might like a list of what I used. As much as I like looking at people’s art, I often wonder what they used to create it.

  • Pens: Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
  • Paint: Winsor and Newton watercolours.

Feels good to have art back in my life. I missed it so much last year. Must be patient and not over do it so I can keep the use of my hands this year.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for March 2014.

Free Download: calendar Page March 2014

Free Download: calendar Page March 2014

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing programme and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Valentines Doodle

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Inspired by Flora Chang’s doodle in Craft-a-doodle book I drew this for Valentines Day. Turns out I really like this folk arty style, who knew hehe. Just goes to show, it’s always worth exploring new areas with your art and creativity, you never know where it will lead you.

Valentine's Doodle

Valentine’s Doodle

This was created using

  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
  • Faber-Castell PolyChromos pencils.
  • Daler Rowney Basic sketchbook

Some interesting points came up during these doodle experiments, apart from try what you have in your stash before buying new stuff. I had in my stash some Polychromos pencils that a dear friend gave me some years back when they were all the rage for using with a solvent for coloring in. Nice as they were, at the time I didn’t enjoy the overly waxy finish and glossy result they gave when you layered colours. However, I tried them again with the Daler Rowney sketchbook, which has a little more tooth than cartridge paper and this time enjoyed their almost crayon like result.

Using Polychromos pencils almost feels like colouring with Galaxy chocolate. They are super smooth and silky but they do have a high wax content so unless you have them super sharp they can look like wax crayon. Although I find this difficult for sketch work, for doodling and more folk arty projects they are great. Amazon had a set of 36 in their sales at Christmas so now I’d fallen in love with them I treated myself to a set to increase my colour options. If you haven’t tried them before, I’d highly recommend you get a two or three of the individual pencils and try them on your favorite drawing surfaces and see if you enjoy them before purchasing bigger sets. It took me a while but now I appreciate their texture. Just depends on you style and skill level I guess. They do need more work to blend than other pencils, which I struggled with, thanks to poor dexterity so for me they don’t win over my Inktense for sketching and more realistic style of art.

Moral of the tale, if you have art materials that you don’t think you like, try them for a different style of art or on different surfaces. Some things just have a learning curve and it’s getting to know how to charm your materials to get the best from them. Check out Pintrest and the like to see how others use them and then look for tutorials. It could be down to learning the right techniques.

Have fun experimenting, and your sketch book is a great place to try out new materials and new ideas.

Links

To find the supplies used in this doodle, check out my Art Supplies page.

Review of Inktense Pencils

There will be a review of the Polychromos pencils coming soon to this blog :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you Doodle? Or wish you did? In today’s post I will be reviewing; Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh. If the winter blues are getting you down, or your life stresses you out, you need this book.

Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh

Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh

  • Title: Craft-a-Doodle
  • Author: Jenny Doh
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • ISBN: 978-1-4547-0422-5
  • RRP: £12.99 at time of writting

My Reason for Buying

Growing up I used to doodle quite a lot, but gave it up for no particular reason. Lately Doodling has become the latest craze and since I used to love it so much, I wanted to see what other artists doodle.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

This book brings together a number of artists and has tutorials/doodle prompts for each of them. The artists included in the book are;

  • Cori Dantini
  • Gemma Correll
  • Carla Sonheim
  • Flora Chang
  • Corinne Dean
  • Dawn Devries Sokol
  • Jessie Oleson Moore
  • Dinara Mirtalipova
  • Julie ArmbrusterStephanie Kubo
  • Cynthia Shaffer
  • Aimee Ray
  • Teressa McFayden
  • Hanna Anderson
  • Mafalda Laezza
  • Pamela Keravuori
  • Jennifer Taylor
  • Teesa Moore

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Good clear font used throughout the book
  • Most of the text is NOT on patterned or textured background, some is in red ink but not too much and some is on coloured panels but the background isn’t mottled so that helps.
  • Lots of different style brought together in one publication
  • At the back of the book is a paragraph about each artist included in the main book
  • Links to artists websites/blogs are in the back of the book
  • Details of materials used by each artist are included with the tutorials

Cons

Haven’t got any

Value for Money

Excellent, covers a lot of different styles in one book

Would I buy it Again?

Totally

Summing up

You know when you were a kid and saw someone drawing something cool, if you were lucky they would teach you how to do it, then you went off and made it your own.. This book is like that. I like that there are different styles in the book, I didn’t love them all but found lots that I did. I like that there are lists of websites in the book so if you fall in love with a style you can visit the artists site and find out more.

You don’t need much to doodle, if you have a sheet of printer paper and a biro you can doodle. Just bring an open mind and your favorite brew and this book will inspire you to get back to doodling and all the fun and relaxation that it brings. You can get pretty with it with coloured pens and pencils or paints of your choice if you like, but whatever you do, its a lot of fun and will bring a smile to your face. Who doesn’t need that from time to time?

Go get this book, its excellent, you need it. ;)

Links

Craft-a-Doodle on Amazon

Jenny Doh; Blog

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Well we got through the dark days of January and here we are in February. Time for a new stash dive. This month I’m going for some colour to brighten up a gloomy time of year. Lets have some drawing fun and have a go with doodles. Dig out some coloured pens and pencils and chill out with some creative scribbling.

Art and doodling great stash dive for Feb 2014

Art and doodling great stash dive for Feb 2014

How about you, do you doodle? Its very relaxing, as a lot of the time you aren’t too focused on where the design is going, just scribble away till you get some thing you like. I used to doodle a lot in my teens but gradually gave it up. When I saw Jenny Doh’s book it inspired me to have another go.

Will you be joining me for some arty fun this month?  Do you doodle? I’d love to hear what you like to draw the most. Don’t let the gloomy weather get you down, why not choose your own colour for your day and wear something bright that makes you happy or create a project with a happy colour.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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