Crafty explorations

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I’ve spent the day creating these … and what I’m going to be doing with them, well … you’ll have to wait and see!

The pink, purple. blue and green ones are varnished and drying after having some iridescent paints added to them.  The others have yet to have some metallics added.

A nice, calming way to spend a day after a busy day, including an emotionally draining and puzzling counselling session too.

reMarkable tablet – my first impressions

cofFinally, today my reMarkable tablet has arrived, and I am so pleased with it!

I’ve had a few worrisome moments that I may have decided on something that wouldn’t be of much use to me, or wouldn’t work for me (as was the case with the Slate).

I need not have feared.

Although I’d like a bigger screen, one that is almost or a little bigger than A4 in size, the experience of writing or drawing on the reMarkable is as close to pen and paper as I think you can get.  The sound of the pen on the screen is even reminiscent of the sound of pen on paper.

The friction between the screen and the pen tip means it feels like writing on paper too.

A totally pleasurable sensory experience.

Setting up was easy enough, you’re walked through it by the device and the website.

Using it after that is easy too, it’s meant to be.

I love all the different templates for different paper types that are available; there’s even music manuscript paper, as well as an isometric grid!

I have looked at the simple sketch/doodle I’ve done on the screen on the Surface, and ok, it’s pixelly, which you’d expect from a 100dpi png image.  The page size is 8 x 10.5 inches (approx) which is perfect! It means I can export an image from the reMarkable to my puter and into Autodesk Sketchbook, adjust the resolution and then use the sketch as a basis for a finished drawing.

No scanning.

I detest scanning … but it’s now not necessary as long as I use the reMarkable.

Ok, there’ll still be times when I’ll need to scan work in, such as finished coloured works of art and so on, but as far as sketching out drawings and so on, well no more!

A  plus side of this is that there could be a lot less paper ‘floating’ around my home!  That would be great, there’s a big pile that is overdue for sorting and filing as it is.

Not only that, I can set up sketchbooks, yes books in the plural, on the reMarkable, so it should help me organise files on my ‘puter a bit better.

So yes, I’m happy.

Oh, did I mention that there’s different styles of pens and pencils, with different thicknesses?  No?  Well there is!  Ok, not as many as in Autodesk Sketchbook, but enough to keep me happy.

Did I mention that the pen and surface is pressure sensitive?  No?  Well it is.

Lots of playing around to be done by me with it, and a lot of work to be done with it.

Yes.  I’m happy.  Very happy with the reMarkable.

14th October 2017 Update

New Book and a Competition!

I’ve spent time working on a few more DoodleWorlds colouring templates for a book I’m going to self-publish, most probably in November 2017.

I’ve gone ‘old school’ on these – pen and paper – simply because drawing on the screen was starting to irritate me just a bit.  Also, a change is as good as a rest for sure!

The coloured artwork on the covers is going to be provided by the winners of a competition running on both the facebook group Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans and the Colorist app.

So, if you fancy having a go at colouring in the template to be found in either the facebook group on on the Colorist app, then head on over there – closing date is midnight on Hallowe’en.

Here’s a sneaky peek at one of the new templates for the book.  I used my Chameleon Pens to colour this one in.

Vida Collection

I’ve added some new items to my Vida Collection, typically ‘Angela’ style abstract art focusing on line and colour.  The collection includes scarves, tops, wraps, leggings, bags, jewellery, cushions/pillows and tapestries.

Later today I’ll be adding new leather products to the collection, including passport holders and baggage tags.

 

 

 

 

Time to Change Wales and World Mental Health Day 2017

Although I didn’t do anything in particular on Tuesday 10th October 2017 for World Mental Health Day (other than re-tweet and re-post relevant articles that is), I did do an anti-stigma talk on Thursday 12th October 2017.

I delivered my talk and story to a group of front-line police officers who were receiving training. It seemed to go well and be received well.  I’ve not read the feedback forms though, nor am I likely to, as even if 99% of them are positive, the 1% that may not be all the positive or says I made no change is the one that I’ll focus on and will end up worrying and fretting and being hard on myself…

What did surprise me was how anxious I was when I woke and on my way to, during and after my talk, far more than I’ve been before.

Gnawing stomach, shaky, hypervigilant, cold sweaty palms, unable to speak in order…

I’d almost forgotten what it’s like to be like that, or that was how I lived every day of my life for many, many years while I was still a teacher.

Well, not quite like that – it was worse back then, a lot worse!

Echoes of it reminds me of how far I’ve come, how much better I am now.

Of course, after the talk and driving and getting home, I had the post-anxiety ‘crash’ where I felt shaky, wobbly, my eyesight was still very acute, and a headachy tiredness grew.

A huge mug of tea, a couple of Jaffa Cakes, and an afternoon sleep with cat cuddles saw me a bit better in the evening, but I was still emotionally drained.  So, I too it easy, ordered a take-away, though I didn’t have much of an appetite.

Friday I was still a little wobbly, but today I feel more like myself again.

Art always helps me calm and ground, so that has been my therapy, and will continue to be so I’m sure.

Angela Porter’s Vida Collection now available

Ever wanted to have some of my art on a bag, pillow, wrap, tapestry or jewellery?

Well, now you can!

I’ve just started to build a collection on Vida, so why not check it out for unique items and special gifts.

Here’s just a couple of items from the collection:

Autumn Splendour

Sunshine and Berries

Artwyrd – My Etsy Shop

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I’ve been busy the last couple of days adding some digital stamps to my Etsy Shop.

So far, I’ve added eight whimsical flowers, an example of one is to the left.

They do have quite bold black lines, which I quite like as they give a stained glass ‘feel’ to them, possibly a lino cut one too.

The images are simple outlines, which leaves them free for purchaser to add patterns and colours as they wish to.  Also, being digital, you can print them on any kind of paper so it’s easy to work with different media.

All hand drawn in Autodesk Sketchbook pro on my Microsoft Surface Book.

HandyWoman Loom arrives!

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Over the past week, I’ve been wrangling with Adobe Illustrator for a very good reason – to convert my art into vector graphics so that the lovely Janet Fox at HandyWoman on Etsy can use them to laser etch the designs into the looms that she makes.

You can see some of my dragonfly art on this loom, which arrived today, and I can’t wait to make use of it.

It’s only a little loom, but that’s exactly what I want … and I already have ideas ticking around my brainbox.  It’s been a long time since I did any weaving – over 10 years I think.  Hopefully I haven’t forgotten the skills I developed then, and even if I have I’m sure I’ll find my way to achieving what I’d like to with it.

The loom itself is made of wood – I can’t remember what kind Janet said – but it is of excellent quality.  She makes all kinds of looms – simple ones like the one I have, tablet looms, heddle looms and others, again all of excellent quality.

When her Etsy shop is open once again (she’s closed it so she can focus on building stock up for the busy Christmas season), I’ll be sure to let you know.

Halloween Entangled Octahedron

Halloween Octahedron Montage _ Angela Porter _ 21 Sept 2017

Ok, not the best photo in the world, but the octahedron (bipyramidal) was fun to draw, and the colour certainly brought it to life (death?).

Quite apt I’ve done some autumnal themed work on the Autumnal Equinox.