Getting inky.

If you’ve read my recent posts you’ll see that I’ve been embracing drawing ink and experimenting with it a little. Although I’ve had great fun and splendid results, I’ve been left feeling uninspired in the past couple of weeks. I think it’s because I want to embrace my dark side a little more at the moment. Today I finally had a little breakthrough after experimenting with white drawing ink. I’m really loving the ghostly effect. It took a white to get used to, because it doesn’t work in quite the same way as black ink does.

My nickname in school was “ghost” so maybe I’ll play on this idea a little more 😉

I’ve also experimented with introducing glitter to the images, I was unsure about how it would scan but it actually looks really pretty.

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Inky work

Hello,

In the past week I have felt so inspired with the new direction Twinkle & Gloom is moving in. The rules I’ve given myself to work with have opened up new ideas. In the past I have dismissed my sketchier and more naive little girls as sketches alone, but now I’ve decided that their sweet nature should be celebrated. Flitting from my scribbly girls, and my more traditional girls is keeping me excited. Some ideas I’ve struggled with bringing to life are working really well with my new method. Here are just a small selection of the illustrations I’ve created in the past few days.

I have more completed images to show you, but they haven’t been uploaded onto social media yet, so please do check my Facebook/ Instagram.

From work in progress to Final pieces

Here’s the next batch of Social Media round ups!

The theme of the last few days seems to have been Work in Progress to Final pieces, so here I’ll give you a little bit more insight on the pieces.

Lets begin with ‘Blydi bwrw eto ye’. This piece is based on the stereotypical view that it’s always raining in Wales. Ironically I finished this piece on a beautiful sunny day. This is the piece I decided to enter into the Storiel Open Exhibition this year, I’ll let you know if it’s accepted.

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There’s a project I started a long time ago titled ‘Too Much Tea’- if you’ve watched my S4C interview you’ll have seen me talk about it. This project was left to collect dust for a while but I’ve missed it ever so much. Recently I’ve been thinking about it a lot and decided it was time to re visit it. The project is inspired by the tales of horror such as if you swallow an apple pip a tree will grow inside you, I thought about it in terms of Tea and came to the conclusion that if you drink too much, you must turn into it! The series is a mix of whimsical and gruesome images. Here’s a little bit of work in progress with one of the final images, the second image is available to view on Facebook tomorrow evening.

Three social media days…

Hello. I thought I’d start blogging again with Three of my ‘interesting’ Social media posts. As you may have read a few days ago, I plan on making more of an effort with my social media posts as when I looked back on the pages they looked really cluttered. I will now aim to post one post a day (unless I need to promote something on the same day, then I’ll aim for two).  The posts will be either my Artwork, or on a quiet day, an interesting thing.

The following images are interesting things and work in progress. Lets begin with Tea.

Tea is very important in my life, it is my beverage of choice. I remember someone once saying to me that they could picture me at exhibition openings drinking Tea as apposed to Wine, and that would be very true. The idea of tea is just lovely, Tea comes in elegant cups. The word looks nice. You have a cup of tea when you are stressed, or even when you aren’t. Sometimes we are mean to Tea and we take it for granted, we don’t always finish the cup. I use old tea cups as rinsing water for my paint brushes.

Nain a Taid. I miss both of them very much but I do find it comforting to know they are together again. We only lost taid last year, just before Christmas. It’s been a very strange and sad time although we are all trying to carry on with life as normal as possible. I have fond memories of both, my taid was always supportive of my career choice, he’s always ask how it was going but I know he probably did wish I’d get a proper job. When I was a little girl my nain taught me to draw ‘busty’ ladies, it started with a heart shaped middle and you worked the rest of the lady around the heart.

Work in progress. Every now and again I do like to re create older pieces to improve on them. I’ve created a similar image to this girl before but my style has developed since then. She is going to be part of my ‘Real women have curves, the rest of us are fiction’ series. I’ve finished the base image but I need to paint on writing to her now. You can see the completed image soon.

Thanks for reading. I think perhaps adding my social media posts to the blog every three to four days will be the tidiest option.

Also in Twinkle & Gloom news:

  • You can find out about my new stockists over at www.twinkleandgloom.com
  • There is currently 10% off my Folksy items with the code EASTER10 link
  • I will be attending the Marchnad Mynydd at Mynydd Llandegai, Gwynedd on the 26th of March.

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Lovely new prints

This is just a quick post to let you know that there are new Twinkle and Gloom prints available on my Folksy shop.

The prints come in Two sizes, standard and tiny.

The tiny prints are a tiny £4.00 and the standard are £7.00, this year, after some advice, I’ve had to put up the prices of my new stock in order to make sure Im making a fair profit after commission fees of the new places I stock. I always aim to have fair prices for people with various budgets so I’ve made sure I have something for the ‘under £5 and under £10’ budgets. There are also mounts custom cut to fit my prints available.

Here are some of the prints, available here Folksy

 

 

Circular Girls.

At the moment I’m very much enjoying using Ink. Ink is such a lovely material to work with, it’s great for outlines, and colouring. I’m trying new things, these little girls are experiments, I’m a sucker for outlines, so here I tried to create some pieces without as many bold lines, I love them. It’s very easy to get stuck in your ways and recently I’ve fallen out of love with my work. Although I’ve created pieces I’m happy with, the way I’ve felt in myself has made me loose confidence in my work, however I feel these new little approaches are going to make the world of difference. Sometimes It’s good to sit back and observe what your doing. My style is always evolving, for the better I hope.

A little progress

Last night I did a bit more research regarding my superstitions surrounding death project. I found more bizarre thoughts and am looking forward to getting stuck into them, I’m still in the sketching stage at the moment. Here’s a little preview on one idea, in my sketchbook, and some top secret notes.

   
 

Death and Superstition

For a while now I’ve been thinking up ideas for how I could approach a new series of images, yesterday it finally started. Sometimes I get an idea for a new series but it never quite happens, I’m going to make this one happen.

The series will follow the theme of Superstitions surrounding death. They’re not going to be morbid, they’re meant to make you giggle. This is where it began:

My nain hated Robins (the birds)- she cringed every time someone send her a card with a Robin on it for Christmas. I never understood her dislike of Robins but recently learnt her reasons. There is a superstition that connects Robins to death, the birds themselves aren’t malicious, but if they fly into your home, they have come to tell you death is coming soon. Not long before my lovely Taid passed away, a Robin did in fact come into his house and my uncle had to chase it out. Peculiar, isn’t it?

From then I had been reading a little bit into other superstitions, and some are quite bizarre and worthy of creating Art of.

So, here’s number one in the series:

If you drop an Umbrella, there will be a Murder in your home.

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When creativity isn’t flowing like it should…

Sometimes the ideas in our mind are stubborn and won’t translate onto paper that particular day. Yesterday was one of those catsdays. My fresh sewing machine needle snapped, then the machine started the chew my fabric… none of my drawings looked right and my parcel of new supplies hadn’t arrived. To top it all off, it was raining.

On those kinds of days you can either leave it and take a break, or try and power through. My attempt at powering through is always making something primitive and impulsive. I got a scrap of board, a stumpy paintbrush and blobbed some splodges. When it dried I drew on top.

The image I came up with is on the right. Click to enlarge.