Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Colour Palettes.

Now that the weather is warming up and I have moved into my own (shared) place, I have been going out for more walks around my neighbourhood. There are so many cute houses and streets, and so many colours with Spring on its way. So the other day I took my camera out with me!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Dyed Sheets.

When I moved into our new flat a few weeks ago I had to buy my first ever mattress! So I also needed new sheets, and since I had been researching and being inspired by a lot of fabric dyeing I decided to dye my own sheets. A whole 8 metre length of cotton to sew into duvet covers, plus 6 pillowcases! I used Procion MX dyes and experimented with a range of dyeing techniques - painting, spraying, dip-dyeing and space dyeing. And now I have the most colourful bed ever, it's great!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

It's Spring! In October, it feels so weird, but it means Summer is on its way, which I am pretty excited about! So I have been filling my sketchbook with ice-creams lately, and created a screen print design which I printed onto some pillowcases and a couple of tees!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

I haven't posted here lately, but I have still been filling up my sketchbook. Lots of patterns and playing around with mark-making. Have you done any drawing lately? I'd love to see!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Mount Maunganui.

A few weeks ago I had a day trip to Mount Maunganui. There was a bus deal which meant the 8hour return trip from Auckland only cost 48cents! So I packed some bus entertainment had a Sunday coach day trip like an old lady! The weather was pretty crazy as you can see from the moody skies, but luckily the rain mostly held off all day. It was just windy and cold, which was actually pretty good, the beach was empty and wild! I can't wait to go back in Summer though, it was such a gorgeous beach. And of course I had to have fish and chips, and an ice cream in a waffle cone which was amazing!

I haven't had that many trips out of Auckland lately, I have been busy working and exploring the city (still loving it here), but I have got a big trip down to the South Island planned in November, can't wait to see more of New Zealand.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

I am going to join in with everybody else's shock of "how is it nearly the end of July 2014 already??" Yes, I cannot believe it either. Though in my defence I have the added confusion of opposite seasons. It's July and I have actually had to wear gloves and a scarf while I wait for the bus, and have been able to see my breath. There was even a little bit of frost the other morning! It is noway near as cold as winters back in the UK though.

I have nearly reached the end of my sketchbook now, and am pretty glad, I'm ready to start fresh! I've been playing around with a few pattern ideas lately.

^I am obsessed with this house, it is a few streets along from me, and everytime I walk past it I have to stop and peer. It was up for sale when I first found it, and empty, so I had a sneaky peek through the windows, but now I think someone has moved in, so I have to keep my distance! It is such a cute style, really popular over here, in Auckland at least. Villa style with wrap-around porches, but finding one that hasn't become competely modernised is tricky. So I have a new hobby - scouring real estate websites for dream homes! A long story for such a quick drawing huh?! 

^A pattern inspired  by trip to the Alhambra last year!

^ Pine cone doodles! I got a bargain set of sparkly watercolours the other week, so I've been having fun experimenting with them.

What have you been drawing lately?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

I've got a few watercolour doodles from when I was on Waiheke a few months ago, and a more recent drawing I worked on from a photo I took at the Botanic Gardens in Wellington last month. I am not sure how it has been nearly 4 months that I have been in New Zealand now, so can we just pretend its only been a month please! I really feel like my drawings and doodles have got a "personal style" now, which is pretty cool, even if that style is messy with continuous lines and weird angles! What have you been drawing lately? I'd love to see!