16 January 2017

ink + paper

So the winter blues have finally set in good and proper. The list of things I have to do, far out weights the list of things I want to do. Over the many years I have to deal with these feelings I have learnt that when I begin to feel this way, it's a good time to start getting absorbed into something new, and then I realise...of course I do have time to do the things I want to do, I just need to get motivated.
So with a set of new brushes for my xmas present I bought some paper and began painting some letters. I have been doing this before, for my A level Art (about 20 years ago 😱) at school and during my Art Foundation year at college. I've always been fascinated with lettering. I have, however, never been fascinated with rules and perfection, so you will see in my blog posts!

My mister and I rarely get a day off from both work and childcare, so I use my time very wisely (hence my frustration when I get ill on my day off, like today😂). I did as much as I could in a short space of time.

Even had a go at some Kanji, which is a bit tricky as you can imagine. I gave up after these.


I have been outdoors a bit too, it's been super cold but a bit dreary here most days, so we try to catch a nice sunset here and there when we can,



We found an old folding table in a junk shop and I cleared some space in our 'nowhere' room, more of a corridor really, (home to the buggy and bags and shoes and random items). The room has a little fire place which we hardly ever use, so I had a nice warm glow and a candle too...I felt proper Dickensian, and actually quite nice and cosy.

I've been practising with Japanese black ink and some standard blue writing ink, alphabets and circles etc...




(felt tip brush pen ↑)


and also some watercolour paints.







Some A2 sized pictures, I might put one up in the tot's room.



Anyways, so that's what I have been up to of late. I'm meant to be in London today, getting wedding ring orders made and working on my moon collection, but our daughter has brought us another cold bug home, lovely! So I will go later in the week and I will be a bit rushed I think!
I'm tanked up on Lemsip and it seems to be doing the trick.

Happy Winter folks! (January is almost over...almost!)

18 comments:

  1. Your work is beautiful. Such a cozy space.

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  2. Oh Artemis - I loooove them ALL! Especially the planets! You should sell them as prints. Truly.
    I hope that January flies by for you. Even though it's sunny here in Perth it still feels like a month of trying to get ones motivation levels up.
    A weird mix of hopes and aspirations mixed with laziness and procrastination:-) Feel better soon. Xx

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  3. The calligraphy is lovely, especially liking the alphabets which are lovely for children's rooms and the seasons. I think you'd be able to sell these in your shop.

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  4. Lovely work, I can see you got into the flow of it. Nice with all the planets and different colours!

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  5. I love hand-lettering and have also done some simple seasonal designs. I used a calligraphy pen but it's a bit scratchy and rubbish so maybe I'll use my watercolour brushes instead!
    Wish we had a 'nowhere' room and lovely long table to work on... *sigh*

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  6. Your lettering is beautiful and I adore the four seasons circles. They are inspired

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  7. Beautiful! Thank you I love your posts. Yes, you must always make a little time for yourself, golden moments all of your own. So I will take a lesson too and go and do something creative now and housework later!

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  8. Love your blog...so soothing and pretty...

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  9. that was a lovely and kind of unexpected post. All your posts are so heartfelt and sincere, i enjoy reading them from new jerey, usa

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  10. Absolutely love these! Would the set of the seasons with the surrounding wreath-style borders potentially be for sale...? Glad you had an enjoyable kid-day off. Olivia x

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  11. One of the best.
    Alenka

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  12. Wow these are so beautiful! Such a lovely way to while away an evening x

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  13. Why is it that no matter how 'blue' and coldey you are feeling you produce such beauty. I have been following your blog for many years now and you are such an inspiration. I particularly love the "spring summer autumn and winter". I've had a go at calligraphy so I know it's not easy. Hope you feel better soon, I'm just getting rid of my cold. (and I don't have a child to blame for bringing it home!)

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  14. These are lovely. Makes me want to try it out, but not my field of art at all!

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  15. I think these are really beautiful, especially the four seasons and your planet-inspired pieces. Also loving the gold ink. You have a great eye!

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  16. I've always been fascinated by lettering too, and always had a hard time with it. At art school we would spend entire lessons just filling 70x40 papers with the letter 'a', then another one with the letter 'b'...it was too much for me. And never got around to have a nice calligraphy!

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  17. Beautiful, I especially love your seasonal circles x

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  18. Those are beautiful! I love the seasons with vines around.

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