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Tipsy Scribbles: More Tipsy Knitting

More Tipsy Knitting

 

The ocean baby blanket and knit octopus from last week was a success. I also included mesh laundry bags to wash the blanket and toy in, but those are good for almost everything.  I printed my out my own care instructions using the symbols on the yarn label and tied it around the project using twine. Feel free to use this label for your own projects and handmade gifts or use it as a guide for making your own label.

Cotton yarn hand knit/crochet garment laundry instructions label - handmade gifts

 

This week I’m working on two more blankets using the ten stitch blanket pattern on Ravelry. The pattern is available for free, but the creator, Frankie Brown, insists that anyone who likes the pattern donate to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. I have already made my donation and will probably make more donations in the future for her other patterns. There is also a very helpful YouTube video on this pattern by VeryPink Knits.

The first blanket is being made with a beige acrylic yarn on size 5mm DPN (double pointed needles). I have no idea what brand or exact color this yarn is, or if it is a pure acrylic or an acrylic blend. This was yarn I had bought and stashed away, but it is softer than most acrylics, which is why I chose it for the baby blanket. Cotton or soft acrylic or acrylic blend yarns are best for baby blankets. They are durable, soft, and washable (the true winning feature).

Ten Stitch Blanket in beige
Ten Stitch Blanket in beige

 

The next blanket is being made with a mint green shimmer texture acrylic yarn with size 4mm DPN. I do believe this yarn was on sale when it was bought, so the chances of finding more are slim to none. It’s possible it is a baby yarn, the yarns that have “baby” printed somewhere on the label, but what brand I’m not sure. This yarn type is not the easiest for this pattern. It is difficult to find the place to attach the rows because the yarn is so textured, but it is also very difficult to see any mistakes in the pattern (I must have missed a stitch because there is a big hole in my corner).

Ten Stitch Blanket in mint green
Ten Stitch Blanket in mint green

 

I felt bad for not having any artwork in the past two weeks so I whipped up a little watercolor jellyfish called So Jelly. My friends Sara says “so jelly” all the time and “so jealous” is never my first thought. I’m not as cool and hip as her! I love you Sara!

So Jelly - watercolor on paper - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
So Jelly

 

“Knitters use knitting to value-add to the world.” –  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Tipsy Knitting

Tipsy Knitting

 

Last week I had mentioned the baby blankets I had begun to knit for my expectant cousins. As one baby shower nears, my anxiety grows. The first blanket was inspired by a crochet sea turtle blanket my friend Elizabeth had shown me. I cannot crochet. I have tried and tried and tried and maybe someday I will try again, but today is not that day. I found a ripple lace knit pattern alternative for the crochet blanket and tweaked it a tad. I added two extra rows between each “wave” and the “beach” is the stockinette without the wave patterns. I also mathed and found that each wave is composed of 18 stitches. If you account for the bordering stitch (6 stitches on each side, 12 stitches total) you can reduce or enlarge the pattern without cutting off a wave mid-pattern. I reduced my pattern to 102 stitches, using I Love This Cotton brand yarn and US size 9 bamboo circular needles. I did not measure my guage, but the blanket ended up being about 27 inches by 27 inches square. When you start this pattern, and if you want the ocean and beach effect, start with the dark ocean color. The colors I used are 95 Antique Cream for the sand, 6 White for the foam, 68 Aqua for the shallow water, and 98 Bright Teal for the deep water. If I ever redo this style, I think I want to add another color between the dark and light ocean color to help with the gradient effect.

Beach Waves Baby Security Blanket
Beach Waves Baby Security Blanket

 

The sea shell was fairly easy. The instructions were very straight forward. There were some things in the pattern I checked YouTube for a quick tutorial. I would say this would be for a skilled beginner, already knowing the basic stitches. I used a size 2mm bamboo needle (and it didn’t snap, but I was holding my breath!) and the I Love This Cotton brand yarn in 6 White.

White Knit Shell
White Knit Shell

 

I could not find I small baby sea turtle knit pattern that really impressed me. I will say this, there are so many adorable crochet patterns for them! Unfortunately I had to opt out for the cute sea turtles, and instead decided to make an octopus. One of my other favorite sea creatures! This was the only knit octopus pattern I could find that did not require double pointed needles. I did not like the tentacle design and went for the curly look instead. The original pattern for the curly I-cord called for 3 stitches but I bulked mine up to 5 stitches, keeping the slip stitch in the middle on stitch 3. I used 306 Dark Denim I Love This Cotton brand yarn and size 3mm bamboo needles. I used the same for the head pattern as well. When this is finished, I am going to give it stitched eyes, rather than plastic to be on the safe side.

Knit Octopus Navy Blue
Knit Octopus Navy Blue

 

This is all for now. I will add a photo of the finished product to one of my upcoming Tipsy Scribbles. Until then, keep knitting and cheers to creativity!

 

“A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.” – Frank A. Clark

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Prayer

Prayer

 

Sorry about last week’s lack of Tipsy. I have once again swamped myself with projects. Women know there is a certain point in our monthly cycle where we feel like we can do anything and everything. It may be called “nesting” but we’re not building nests. We’re building a tower of projects that will eventually crush us with the unbearable pressure of our own anxiety. Right this instant, I am juggling six projects: three baby blankets, two art commissions, and one art project for myself.

Early this month – or the end of last month, it’s all starting to run together – I found out three of my cousins were expecting! Two of which are expecting their second child. The third is actually my cousin’s wife, and this is her first child. Her blanket will be a knit version of the baby sea turtle blanket. I’ll elaborate on that project later, providing links to patterns and sharing any tweaking of my own. The other two blankets will be the ten stitch blanket. Again, I will share all the links to the blanket patterns later, possibly next week.

Before I had started all of this, I had decided to attempt my first person pastel. So far my subjects have been scenery or animals. It is not complete, I have had to put this on hold until I can manage to get everything else finished. This is my own project and it has no deadline. I will admit this: the most difficult challenge is replicating skin tones. It is a challenge that is frustrating and addictive, which means this will more than likely not be my last human pastel. I have censured this picture for all our viewers.

Prayer - censured version - 8x10 chalk pastel on paper - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Prayer (censured)

 

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.” — Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Coloring Pages

Coloring Pages

 

This week is Spring break for some schools, or at least it is for a local school here. Since the education system and the work force can’t seem to get on the same page, babysitters are required during times like these. Although my crafting plate is overflowing, which is mostly my fault, I had to bring my artwork with me to babysit. Obviously, I’m not going to bring paint and pastels, because they’re not kid friendly (sometimes they’re not friendly with me either, but oh well). I also wanted to include my niece in the process, so I asked her opinion on some coloring pages.

I used Draw So Cute’s video tutorials on YouTube and created these four coloring pages. Note: these images belong to Draw So Cute, all credit belongs to Wennie. For the less artistically inclined parents or guardians, Draw So Cute’s original, and printable, coloring pages can be found here:

http://www.drawsocute.com/draw_so_cute_coloring_pages/

 

Draw So Cute Beauty Queen - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Draw So Cute Beauty Queen
Draw So Cute Cheerleader - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Draw So Cute Cheerleader
Draw So Cute Gymnast - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Draw So Cute Gymnast
Draw So Cute Zombie Boy - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Draw So Cute Zombie Boy

 

“Kids. You gotta love them. I adore children. A little salt, a squeeze of lemon–perfect.”
Jim Butcher, Storm Front

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Sketches for Fun

Sketches for Fun

 

As some of you may know, if you read Sunday’s writing prompt post, Tuesday was our two year wedding anniversary. We did not do much as far as writing and arting goes. We mostly spent our time together reading, eating, and playing DiceMasters (a new game Justin decided we needed to throw money at). Our weekend was going great until Sunday warmed up and pollen attacked my defenseless husband. While he lay motionless in a Benadryl coma, I sharpened my sketching pencils.

Lately, I have been striving to improve on my animal and human images. I found a useful tutorial on a basic cat shape on YouTube by Art ala Carte. After several attempts of the basic shapes, I tested my skills with a photo of an Egyptian Mau on Wetcanvas. Yes, I used a red colored pencil, but it is a sketch. Plus, colored pencils do not smear as much as lead.

Egyptian Mau Cat Sketch - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Egyptian Mau Cat Sketch

 

I became bored of drawing cats and wanted to draw something more cartoon-ish and cute. And what is cuter than a pudgy hedgehog? Not much! I followed Draw So Cute’s tutorial. This was really fun, although I would not consider it good sketching practice. It would be better to help get the creative juices flowing, or just to mess around in your down time. Keep in mind, this hedgehog design belongs to Draw So Cute, to my knowledge. If you copy anyone’s tutorial or step-by-step drawings, please remember to give them credit.

Blushing Hedgehog with Dandelion - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Blushing Hedgehog with Dandelion

 

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss

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Tipsy Scribbles: Cats and Dogs

Tipsy Scribbles

Cats and Dogs

 

I would like to give a shout out to Discount Printing in Hanceville for supplying my larger scans. I steered away from trying to do large chalk works due to our smaller at-home scanner. After trying Office Max, thinking it was our only option, and their scanner was down, my husband reminded me of some family ties in the printing world. Now I can go big, scan local, and then go home.

This first chalk was my first attempt at a wolf for a commission, and I was not happy with the results. I made a mistake while measuring the border and instead of an 8 inch by 10 inch, I ended up with a 10 inch by 13 inch. I was not thrilled with myself. So I promised I would make a new artwork, with correct dimensions, at no charge. That would be the second picture. I opted out for a background, focusing on the wolf and giving more detail to the face rather than the body and surroundings. I am still not completely thrilled, but I believe it is a step in the right direction.

The next picture is a reference photo I used from Wet Canvas, and yes, it is one chubby kitty! I just want to play with its little belly rolls! Sorry, let’s get back on track. One thing I found while doing this picture is that after a while, you need to step away. Sometimes I get so immersed in a larger picture I forget to look at the entire image, not focus on small spaces within the image. Another thing I found helpful is taking a photo and looking at the image through “another’s eyes.” This will make me sound horrible, but the only other eyes I trust to be truly honest are the ones found in the lens of a cold metal camera, then back through my own eyes. I have trust issues and that is not relevant to this article.

A Howling Winter 8x10 inch chlk pastels on paper- Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
A Howling Winter
Lone Wolf in Autumn 8x10 inch chalk pastels on paper- Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Lone Wolf in Autumn
Window Watching 8x10 inch chalk pastels on paper- Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Window Watching

 

“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”
LeBron James, Shooting Stars

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: The Body

Tipsy Scribbles

The Body

 

If you have noticed from any of my other chalk work or other drawings, it is not usually a person. My preference leans toward landscapes or animals. Most artists will tell you they have practiced and put in hard work to reach their level of skill, but they will also admit there are subjects that come more natural for them. Drawing or even capturing a mental image of the human body does not come natural for me. I do not retain mental images of people, their facial features, or natural body movement and structure. This may be because I have a type B personality, I’m not a people person, or because I look beyond a person for their character, their personality. This could be a negative trait, I would like to say I am empathetic, maybe I am just judgmental. Anyway, back to art.

The people I have drawn are not great (in my opinion) and need improvement (again, my opinion). I scavenged YouTube for a helpful video for sketching the human body and found Leonardo Pereznieto’s video. Ok, I only watched about 3 minutes before I started sketching, but I was ready to draw. I also found an amazing site for art models, please note models are nude in most poses. Do not use this for perverse reasons.

What to Wear pencil sketch - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
What to Wear

 

“As an illustrator you need to understand the human body – but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you’ve seen and what you imagine.” –Quentin Blake

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Tipsy Scribbles: My Heroes

Tipsy Scribbles

My Heroes

 

This past week has been a bit of a mess. My niece and nephew both came down with the flu and had to stay out of school with their Sissy (their nickname for me). Any spare time I managed was dedicated to the commission work I mentioned last week. I did get some material down for another writing project of mine. That makes three books in the making, which is a lot for an artist. But, like a said, a large imagination tends to spill over. I personally think anything people create, if they put their heart and soul into it, is art. The main goal I have set for myself, and my art, is that it touches the hearts of others. If this is achieved through my illustrations, my writing, or my crafts, I will consider it an accomplishment.

Unfortunately, I have no artwork of my own to show you today. I would like to share with you the artists I consider my heroes, and heroines. They have inspired me through their art and words of wisdom.

Bob Ross

Of course Bob Ross is on this list. I have mentioned him many times before. I have watched his shows in my younger years with my father, who also has artistic talent. Now I watch them as an artist.

The Bob Ross Channel

 

Jeff Miracola

My husband and I decided to finally take the plunge into Magic: The Gathering for his cousin Tyler, who was very interested in the game. We were hooked from the first game, and I was obsessed with the artwork. There were two artists that stood out for me, one being Jeff Miracola. This man is not only a great artist, but an amazing person. I can only hope that I make an impact on people’s lives in the way he has with his artwork. His wife is a writer, and I am currently reading her second book in her series. This couple has inspired Justin and I to follow our dreams as a writer and an artist to impact the lives of others through our talents.

Jeff Miracola Channel

Silvia Acevedo’s Book 1 and 2

 

Jim Pavelec

This is the second artist of Magic: The Gathering who caught my attention. His artwork outside of the massive card game is nothing short of amazing. The delicate balance between realistic and abstract images combined with vibrant splashes of color is the creations of dreams.

The Artwork of Jim Pavelec

 

Wayne Tully

When my husband needed me to draw monsters for his story, this man gave me the inspiration I needed. His style reminds me of the vintage horror illustrations of books, comics, and movie posters my husband loves. I immediately knew this would be my guidance for my horror illustrations.

Wayne Tully Channel

 

Chloe Rose

Here is my heroine I found when I needed a pick-me-up. Female artists are not common, for me at least, and it was so refreshing to find someone as quirky as myself. Not only is she an amazing artist, she is also very entertaining.

Chloe Rose Art Channel

 

I hope to have more to show you next week. In the meantime, cheers to creativity!

 

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”  — Vincent Van Gogh

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Projects

Tipsy Scribbles

Projects

 

This week I am giving everyone a peek into some art commissions I am working on for my husband’s coworkers. The first is inspired by my 3×4 inches Afternoon Coffee chalk pastel. This picture is 8×10 inches, which allows for more detail.

The second set of drawings are for a client that was already a fan of my other works and asked if I would like to draw a wolf howling. So far, I have not been very confident in my ability to draw dogs. With a little practice and patience, I have completed an ink sketch and a continuous line picture. Because my client was very open with his request, I have decided to give some options. I am also working on a chalk pastel version of this wolf as well.

I am fairly new to commission work. I have done some art on request several years ago, when I first got back into artwork. I was not very confident in my work and I hope to revisit those pieces of art when my skills have improved. Until then, I will continue to practice, practice, practice. I would also like to apologize to anyone I have turned down for commission work. I personally cannot allow myself to sell something I am not 100% pleased with. I may not be a legendary artist with pieces worth an unimaginable amount of money, but I care about how my work makes people feel. Art should reach your heart on a very intimate level.

Afternoon Coffee 8x10 chalk pastel on paper - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Afternoon Coffee
Howling Wolf Continuous Line - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Howling Wolf
Howling Wolf Ink Sketch - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Howling Wolf Ink Sketch

 

“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” — Paul Klee

 

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Tipsy Scribbles: Fluffy Clouds

Tipsy Scribbles

Fluffy Clouds

 

The artist is back in bizz! I think I’ve finally kicked the sickness to the curb (knock on wood) and it’s time to get back to it. I have so much I want to do at once but I’m going to have to pace myself. Have you ever been unable to work due to sickness or other business and you’re finally able to pick a project to start back up? How do you pick? Well first, I have Tipsy Scribbles. I love my little mini chalks and I hope you do, too. There’s something about large landscapes forced into a small space that makes me happy. There’s very little detail, but if you look close enough your mind begins to create things that aren’t there: leaves, ripples in the water, grass, bushes, twigs. The imagination is a beautiful and wondrous thing.

Fluffy Clouds Chalk Pastel on Paper 3x4 inches - Tipsy Scribbles - A picture says a thousand words when wine loosens the tongue.
Fluffy Clouds

 

My next project will have to be a commission work I’ve received, then back to my Magic: The Gathering alter project. I also have a writing project I’ve been working on. The artist is writing? I know, I should stick with what I know. But when you have an extremely active imagination, it seems to leak out. And maybe someday I’ll finish knitting the 5 different projects I’ve started and haven’t finished. Whew! I better get back to it. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this mini mountain view.

“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”  –Voltaire

 

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