Tuesday Tip

Angela Porter Mandala 17 April 2018 My #tuesdaytip is to experiment, and not be afraid to make a mess of things.

If things don’t turn out as you’d like, learn from them.

Question what you like and why you don’t like bits.

Ask yourself if there’s anything you can do to fix what you don’t like or work with what you don’t like.

Sometimes it helps to put what you’re not happy with to one side for a goodly while and come back to it with fresh eyes.  Often, what you think is a mess up is actually a nice part, even if it doesn’t fit in with the whole and could be useful in a different project.

Think of these areas as creative opportunities, experiences you can learn and grow from.

If you’re not going to use your creation as a finished piece, write notes on it about what you like and why you like it, what you don’t like and why you don’t like it in this piece but consider how you could use it more successfully to your tastes in the future.

Never throw anything out, there is a lot more to learn from your mess ups than from you successes!

BuJo May 2018 Cover Page

dav I know, I know – a second blog post of the day.  However, I thought you might like to see my cover page for my BuJo for May 2018.

I’m well ahead of the BuJo game here I think, but I needed a bit of sparkle and shine today, and the colourful background I created just cried out for golden stars.

I had fun doing this, but now I have to focus on the other pages for this month, which will have a starry theme, or perhaps just golden, who knows yet?

It’s Dangle Day!

Angela Porter April Bujo 2018

This is my Dangle Day dangle design – for the cover of my April 2018 section in my disc-bound BuJo (bullet journal).

Yes, that’s right, a disc-bound BuJo.

I love my Leuchtturm 1917 journal, however I wanted my collections all in one place, and wanted memories together, more like a traditional journal, and my planning pages and trackers all in another place.

I also realised that a lot of my collections are references for art projects and I didn’t want to have to either hunt through a pile of BuJos to find the collection I wanted, or to have to redraw them every time I started a new BuJo.

So, the light came on and I realised a disc-bound (or ring bound) journal may be the way for me to go, as it doesn’t just offer the flexibility of design/layout/space that comes with bullet journalling, but it also allows me the flexibility to organise things as I need them, as well as to archive the planners and memories and so on as I need to.

I also get to use the paper that I need to use for different purposes as well…

I had some of the Arc by M journals lurking around my home, so I re-purposed one of them for this, along with some bigger discs so I can get more pages in the BuJo.

I am notorious for flipping back and forth between ways of journaling.  This could be the solution to that.

As to the April design, I drew it with Copic Multiliner SP pens and coloured it with Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils, using a Derwent Blender pencil to smooth the transition between colours.

Don’t forget, you can pre-order my upcoming book, A Dangle A Day, which is all about drawing dangles, such as the ones dangling from the mandala.

Update…

23 January 2018 Angela Porter

I’ve been busy with work for a book, so my focus has been on that of late.

On the facebook group ‘Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans’ a new ‘free’ template will be available on Thursday 25 January, which is St Dwynwen’s Day in Wales.  St Dywnwen is the Welsh equivalent, kind of, to St Valentine, so the template with have that kind of theme to it.  If you fancy colouring it, head over to the group!  The template will be exclusive to group members.

The image above is something I wanted to try out, and I’m kind of pleased with it.  Drawn and coloured in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro using my Surface Pen on my Microsoft Surface Book.  Hand drawn though in a digital environment.

Mandala for 29 Dec 2019

Mandala 29 Dec 2017 by Angela Porter

I started this one late last night and finished it today.

A very different kind of colour scheme, reminds me a little of Steampunk.  Also, I used a watercolour brush to colour it in and I’ve left the texture in the colour mostly there, again something quite different for me.

Microsoft Surface Pen, Microsoft Surface Book and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro

#created on surface #autodesksketchbook

 

WIP Wednesday

WIP 27 Dec 2017 Angela Porter

It’s WIP Wednesday once again over at the Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans facebook group. This is my current work in progress. I think I’m in touch with my inner bohemian/hippy once again in my colour choices, or maybe I just need a break from all the Christmassy/Winter colour schemes.  Perhaps I just need some bright colour in my life at the moment.  I do know using bright, vibrant colours always makes me smile.

#createdonsurface  #autodesksketchbook