Christmas

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Yesterday we put up our christmas decorations and brought the tree in from our back yard. I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t fit through the door… DSC_0110

Prim enjoyed the tree and the tree-decorating

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Every year we go to Gran’s house for Christmas.  Yesterday Billy and I made chocolates for her.  There are about half of them on that photograph, we made some in a chocolate mould too.DSC_0149

A few days ago I made marzipan for the cake (we don’t have icing, just lots of marzipan), I’ve put the marzipan on the cake but not really decorated it yet; so far I’ve just written Merry Christmas around the edge of it.DSC_0061s

With the leftovers Billy and I made balls of chocolate dipped marzipan, but we didn’t put enough chocolate on (!) so Dad added more chocolate to them and also made chocolate brazil nutsDSC_0144s

The only christmas crafting that I can show you are the crochet snowflakes that I’ve been making over the past month or so…DSC_0153

Three of them were made using the Attic24 snowflake pattern, the rest I made up myself.  I blocked them on cardboard using a mixture of water and pva glue (thank you Hannah!), they are pretty much dry now and they look really nice when they are stiff

There has been lots of kitten-loving since we got Prim, but don’t worry, Apple and Blossom are not being neglected :)

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Have a good Christmas and a Happy new year >:o)

Doing Art Again

Hello!  I haven’t been blogging for a while, but I’ve still been making stuff : )

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This is a drawing I did of Apple, partly inspired by this guinea pig portrait.  I used black and grey pastels, with pencil for detail.

I did it from a photograph, which I copied upside down.  I read somewhere that its easier to copy things when they are upside down, because you are more likely to draw what you see, rather than what you think the image should look like.

I used my laptop to draw grid lines onto the photo (which I’ll show you soon) and drew grid lines onto my paper.  then I copied it upside down and it really does work, I don’t think I could have copied it as accurately if I had had it the right way up.  After I had drawn the outline I turned it right way up and drew in the details.

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Having said that, I don’t think i’ve captured her expression quite right.  the eyes, the shape of the nose…  I think the piggy in my drawing looks a lot like Blossom (pictured in this post), it’s the nose and the eyes I think.  See, mother and daughter resemblance coming through there (Blossom is Apple’s mum), they even have similar markings.

I really enjoyed doing this drawing though, I hadn’t done anything like that for ages and I loved it!

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Mum’s birthday card.  I used watercolour, another thing I haven’t done for ages, it was inspired by the jasmine that is on the front of our house.

I’m proud of this because I didn’t try to make it 100% accurate.  I usually try to make paintings really detailed and true to the real thing, but when I see paintings on art galleries (and auction marts) I tend to like the pretty abstract ones.  Strange isn’t it?

Thank you for looking :-)