Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter from us at Paper Saturdays

I would love to wish you all a very happy and creative Easter! What have you got in store for us this week?

Paper Saturdays is a place for all artist who love to work with paper don't be shy and come and join us. We also welcome drawings, painting and journal entries. Please scroll down to link your art

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

How to create your own drawing style in 5 steps

The other day someone asked me if my drawings were my own style. Without too much thinking I simply answered "yes of course they are ". When I walked away I started to think a bit deeper about what makes a style of drawing unique and how on earth do you get there. I personally feel that style is something that grows and like a lot of processes if you know what moves to make it all becomes a lot easier. One step in particular will make your drawings unique. So if you read on I think you may learn something new and may be pleasantly surprised about how easy it is to create your own drawing style.

Lottie is a style addict

So where do I start you may ask yourself ?

I think when you are new to drawing or creating a style it really doesn't matter where you start just start. The start is going to be your first step towards your own unique style. So find something you enjoy, something that excites you or makes you curious. Maybe you like to draw a cartoon figure or maybe a realistic human face or an animal. My advice is just start somewhere and if you really get stuck and don't know where to start you could always use the simple image bellow I created this little girl Lottie some years ago for a drawing tutorial and holy Mona I still see great variations of her face pass me by.

Get your muse going.
When you have some basic shapes on paper go shop around, study other artists. Pick out an element of what they have created, maybe the shape of the face, an eye or a mouth or try to copy something of that artist's style. Internet is a great source for lots of mouth watering images. Look bellow at the faces, two different ways of approaching the subject and yet keeping some of the same elements. Would you not say two different styles? Now it is your turn but please don't copy other artists' work exact. Don't forget plagiarism is an offence! It takes most artists a lot of work to get to that unique place where they have their own style.

 Using shapes

If you either new to drawing or you want to make your style of drawing interesting and unique it is very satisfying just using some simple shapes like triangles, circles or squares. Shapes will also help you understand and build the skeletal structure of the body in your drawing but more about that at a later stage. Bellow I have only used simple triangles to build the little bodies for the dolls so I could concentrate just on their little faces. I feel this takes a bit of the stress away when you first start drawing. Don't you think dressing them in colourful triangle outfits gives them their own unique and funky style?

  Practice, practice and practice.

Yes I know it sounds boring when I say "Practice makes perfect" but no matter your age we can all  learn new things. Yes get your paint or pencils out. Drawing or painting something over and over again helps to create a strong neural pathway in your brain. After repeat action you don't have to think about it anymore it becomes natural and once it is natural you will have more space to try something new again. Imagine learning to ride a bike, once you have mastered it you will never forget how to do it and once you know how to do it you can now learn to ride your bike with only one hand. Now you are well on your way riding that bike in your own unique style.

So you think you are unique?

The best and last tip I can give you for today is use yourself in your drawings, there is nothing more unique then you.  Let’s face it no one can ever accuse you of copying others if you just use you in your drawings. Also you will always be there for you and as we grow older there will always be a new you. Your style will evolve for years to come. I guess my little Lottie girl knows all about that. I hope you enjoyed my tips and I would love to hear from you about your process of finding style.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Why we all should love paper flowers, Paper Saturdays.

Welcome to another week of Paper Saturdays. I really appreciate how you wonderful readers keep joining in. Keep the gorgeous art coming, you really inspire me. Join us and link your art at the bottom of this post.

So yes give me one good reason why we should love paper flowers?

Could it because paper flowers don't wilt? I really have no idea. All I wanted to do was grab your attention. It sounded like one of those catching blog titles that brings in thousands of readers. Testing you out with a bit of fun and nonsense. I think a little bit of nonsense in our so serious life at times can go a long way to making us feel happy. 

What have you created this week? Would you care to share it with us?
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Paper Saturdays link up time

Good Morning are you ready for sharing your art work with us? Please scroll down and link up in the mr Linky at the bottom of this post. There is also still time to enter our great giveaway to celebrate our first birthday here. The winner will be drawn tomorrow, keep posted.
 Update the Winner of the giveaway is
Please email me your details.

I am curious to see what you have been up to this week. I didn't have a chance to come and visit you last week but I will catch up at some point with you all during week. Sometimes life can take over don't you think? Bellow are two of the things that kept me away from my computer. The work is still in its early stages. Although I am enjoying the process I am looking forward to it being finished.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Link up with Paper Saturdays to enter our grand Giveaway

Our weekly paper art challenge is one year old and we are celebrating with a great giveaway. To participate and win the above goodies plus other great surprises worth together at least $100 please share our button or like my FB page here. Then leave either a link or a comment to let us know you are playing.
The winner will be drawn Sunday 6/4 by the random number generator.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

#100happydays, what will you learn about yourself?

Are you one of those people like me who has a super busy life? Does your daily agenda allow you to be mindful of what makes you Happy every day? No? Well you may be interested in #100happydays.

It truly is a lovely project to get you back in touch with what makes you happy. Every day you take a photo and post it on your preferred social media site and after 100 days you will have your very own personal challenge document and a little book will be send to you. Are you interested, you can register here.

I am into my third week and I absolutely love it! I already have a massive grin on my face.I would love it if you come and follow me here.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

7 Reasons why not to miss Paper Saturdays

  • Paper Saturdays is a wonderful inspirational group of artists who create on or with paper..
  • We welcome all.
  • Inspiration is guaranteed.
  • Weekly link ups to meet other artists.
  • Our first Birthday Celebration is coming up next week 
  • You are invited to the party.
  • There will be a grand giveaway of paper goodies.
So don't miss it we would love to see you

Tell me what have you been busy with this week? I really want to hear and see so please link up with us. I myself have been busy creating papers for commercial and non commercial use and I thought it would be fun to use some for Lottie's clothes. Both paperdoll and paper come together as one and they are available as instant down loadable in my etsy shop.

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  • Have fun and visit others

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Unleashing the inner art through virtual connections and the social media

Over less than ten years the Internet has seen an explosion of opportunities for artists to meet other artist. A once what may have felt like a very secluded way of life has now been opened up by the social media. Working alone in the studio doesn't feel so lonely anymore. There is always a virtual friend at the other end of the line and I love it. Yes my studio life has changed has yours?

I guess that is not the only things that has changed for me. Having Numerous virtual fellow women artist friends from all over the world has unleashed an inner art within me that I thought was inconceivable but it is soaring right now and will keep soaring through the companionship I have found on line.

It is not so long ago since I became part of The Face in the World, which is a group of women artists who came from the 29Face Challenge . We enjoy bringing about art through collaboration. Above are some samples of the work I am proud to have been part of.

There is something very heart warming and emotional about creating art together. This togetherness of virtual artist friends has brought about an enormous inspirational buzz within me. I feel it  has influenced the way I draw and paint, which is a truly wonderful experience. 

In addition to creating together we also create individually for each other. Above are some examples of my individual work. Another thing that really speaks to me and helps to unleash my inner art is feeling unrestricted  so when I was invited to become a member of another group, No Holds Barred where there are no rules, founded by Lizzy Love in 2013 I just couldn't resist joining. I wonder where this will take me next?

If you are interested to see what some of the other team members of No Holds Barred get up to bellow are their links.

Audrey Breed, Tennessee USA
Tammy Gulat Art, Ohio, USA
Vicky Knowles, New Jersey, USA
Lizzy Love, Ontario, Canada
Joy Redington, Oregon, USA
Manon Visser, England, UK
Milo Wylde Chin, California, USA

Discover a cool way of hanging your washing out, Paper Saturdays

Welcome to our weekly Paper Saturday's get together, if you want to join please scroll down in order to link and share your art.

Every week a bunch of paper artists link up and show their creations. I hope you will join us. We love to see things that have been made on paper or with paper. Drawings and paintings are awesome too.
I don't know about your part of the world but the weather here in the UK has certainly picked up and drying freshly washed clothes outside has finally become possible again.

I have to confess I am a bit anal about hanging my washing out, knickers together socks together all in a straight line I call it my designer washing. It is very satisfying to see it all sorted out dancing in the wind.
Don't laugh because if you thought that was bad enough I came across something more than your ordinary day to day clothes peg and I nearly bought them but the price stopped me. Those pegs were so cool they were all covered in different gorgeous papers.

Well you see I have a lot of washing and hanging it all out would have cost me a bomb and a security guard but you know when a girl has to have it she has to have it and that is all there is to it. So it became a wonderful project for Paper Saturdays and it hardly cost me anything, just a little paper and elbow grease. If you want to find out how read more
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Please enter a blogpost which is linked to Paper Saturdays. If you don't know how to do it please email me and I will help you through the process. Another way to link to us is by using the button you can see above just grab the HTML code underneath it. All you need to do now is visit other participants to see what they have been doing. Enjoy.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Paper Saturday link up time and line drawings

Good morning, if you are ready for sharing your weekly paper art with us then please scroll down to the bottom of this post and add your link.

This week I am sharing some line drawings with you inspired by the lovely weather we have encoutered of the last few days. I am hoping to take them into Photo Shop later on so I can add some much needed colour.

Tell me what have you created this week? I would love to see what you have made on paper or with paper. Please feel free to share your blogpost of this week in the Mr. Linky bellow. It would be wonderful if you spread the word about Paper Saturdays and even nicer if you visit the other participants.

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Paper Saturdays and the art of paper cutting

Welcome to Paper Saturdays. This week I have tried to embrace the art of Paper Cutting a Scandinavian Paper Heart. It has been in the diary for a very long time but I was never brave enough to really try it out, you see I don't exactly have delicate little hands which I think are a must for this wonderful intricate work but then if you don't try you will never know will you so here you are.

What do you think? I bet you are smiling when you compare it to Clare Willcocks's gorgeous Paper cut out heart bellow. Yes it makes me smile too and I have learnt from my experience. I won't ever use thick card or a craft knife which was used for other projects than delicate art. I guess that just makes common sense just like good lighting and some damn good specs do when you just can't quite see as well as you did before but the best tip ever for me is to just try. Yes and there are some free patterns just bellow so no excuses. If you click on the images it will take you to the relevant sites. Let us know what you think.

Clare Willcocks

Free Paper Cutting Patterns

So now it is over to you if you are a paper artist and you would like to share the joy of what you have created on paper or with paper please link your relevant post in the linky bellow. You have all week to play and comment on the other artists' posts. Please be mindful and treat others like you would like to be treated yourself. Spread the word by using the button so others can find us too. Enjoy!
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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Paper Saturdays link up time, miniature paper boat.

It is great to see so many of you joining us each week. If you have never played here at Paper Saturdays you are very welcome to join us at any time, it is simple just link a post with your paper art work or creations in the linky bellow and link that post back to paper Saturdays. You can post all week before a fresh mr linky is up next Saturday. If you experience any problems you can always email me.

Last week at Paper Saturdays I shared with you lots of inspirational paper boats by different artist so I thought it would be fun to make a little boat for one of my miniature teddies. What do you think I bet you can guess what my pooch thought of it :)

Our Paper Saturday button for you.

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