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.

Looms

Janet Fox, owner of HandyWoman Shop on Etsy and maker of fabulous looms, has done a blog post about her latest clutch of looms.  Some of them even have my dragonflies on them!

https://handywomanshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/mini-box-tape-looms.html

 

Cool Calm – mixed media, Vida Collection

CoolCalm Angela Porter Small

I’ve spent the last couple of days completing this mixed media drawing/painting where I focus on colour and line.  I’ve called it Cool Calm.  It reminds me very much of stained glass.  I love the warm highlights I’ve added, as well as those sharp, bright green tones too.

What I do want to do, now it’s been scanned for things like Vida and printing, is to add metallic/iridescent elements/patterns to it and then, maybe, put it on Etsy as an original work of art.

I’ve also used it to add new items to my Vida collection, including this tee-shirt:

 

Digi Hallowe’en Pumpkin Stamp set

I have a set of 13 digi stamps with a whimsical Hallowe’en Pumpkin theme available in my Etsy shop, Artwyrd.

The set includes :

  • 3 pumkins without faces
  • 5 faces to add to the pumpkins or any other images you wish ( spooky eyes in the dark, on monsters, ghosts, aliens…your imagination is the only barrier!)
  • 5 leaves to use to create an autumn/fall scene with or without the pumpkins

Use them to create cards, or to fill a page with images for a custom colouring page, or any other craft you can think of.

 

News

Autumn1 Angela Porter 30 Sept 2017 coloured watermarked

Vida

I have been adding new items to my collection on Vida.  All feature my artwork, and the collection includes tops, scarves, wraps, bags, jewellery and tapestries.

There’s a 40% off deal until midnight PST 30th Sept; use the code BESTEVER to get the discount!  This isn’t available with any other offer.

Also, there’s offers on my collection until the 10th October 2017. The code WELCOME-25 will give you a discount of $25 off orders over $75, and the code WELCOME-75 will give you $75 off orders over $200.

Colorist

Autumn Mandalas, a collection of ten Autumn and Halloween themed designs, is now available in Colorist!

Colorist is an app for Windows that allows you to colour in the templates as if you were using pencils or gel pens!

Etsy

There’s now a total of eight digi stamps of whimsical, simple flower designs available in my Etsy Shopincluding the one to the left.

The large open spaces in the designs mean you can go to town on shading, or you can add doodles or patterns.

The beauty of digital stamps is that you can print them again and again on paper that is best suited to the media you’re using.  Also, you can re-size the image to suit the card, picture or other item that you’re making.  Not only that, these can be layered as the background is transparent, but the flowers and leaves are white.

Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans facebook group

A pair of lovely ladies who love my work have created a Facebook group for those who also love my colouring pages.  They’re Krystal and Brett.

Why not pop across there and join up!  They’re determined to make it a friendly, kind nook on the internet.  It’s in it’s early days, so will grow and develop as Krystal and Brett work on it and with the members.

One thing I can guarantee is that I’ll create unique colouring pages just for members of that group!  The first one will be live on the page very soon.

I also know they have a poll on the go to find out what you, the colorists, would like as theme for my next book!

Also, I’ll wander through there from time to time, though I don’t think I’ll have time to comment about everyone’s beautifully interpreted and coloured templates, I’m sure to leave a comment to let people know I’ve take and least a quick peek and answer any questions pointed in my direction.

Vector graphics and Adobe Illustrator

I finally got the dragonfly artwork finished as a vector graphic.  How frustrating was that?  Every line drawn as a series of points.  It took me days to re-draw a drawing that took just a day or so to draw.

Still, I’ve learned how to do it, I have a request for some other bits and bobs, as well as a suggestion that I should create vector graphics and sell them as there’s a market out there for that kind of thing.

Something else for me to wrangle with!

Embroidery Patterns

Someone has suggested that my designs would make lovely embroidery patterns.

I’m not an embroiderer, nor do I have a clue about what to do, but if there’s anyone out there or if any one knows someone who’d like to work with me to do this then please either contact me or suggest they contact me!

I already have a few cross-stitch designs available via Paine Free Crafts.

Juggling time

All this means I feel like I’m getting a little overwhelmed at the moment.  Learning time management seems to be something I have to do sooner rather than later.

I have, however, found time start to create this year’s knitted pumpkin patch; the one from a few days ago is no longer alone … I think I’m going to need to find homes for these…

Between working on things for Etsy, sorting out a collection at Vida, doing Vector graphics, completing the Autumn mandalas for Colorist, and everything else, I’ve not had time to play with the 3D forms or other ideas I have.