100 days of doodles 85 -91

Only 8 doodles left until I’ve reach the big 100!!! I’ve actually already done them, except the number 100. I feel like I need to do an extra large doodle page for the 100th one and I can’t decide what the theme should be…anyway. Here are the doodles for 85-91

85. Celebrate

86. Bunting

87. Fairy

88. Horse racing

89. Nature

90. Gardening

91. Amsterdam

Summer Cookout Doodles into a Repeat Pattern

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This has been a work in progress for a while but I’m glad to say it’s now complete! I think. I have a bad habit of finding little things to tweak or adjust slightly every time I look at it…

Here’s how it began:

You may recognise this from my 100 Days of Doodles days 78 – 84 🙂

It was a doodle inspired by the Spoonflower contest – theme ‘Summer Cookout’. To me it means barbecue and burgers – veggie or meaty, the choice is yours.

Then it progressed:

And then it progressed further:

I had now moved on from the paper and into my app of choice for creating repeat patterns – Paintstorm. I use the ‘edit, seamless repeat’ function to draw across tiles and turn the pattern into a technical repeat pattern. I imported photos of my doodles into the app and, in a new layer, traced over them making little tweaks as needed. The barbecue was drawn using the ellipse tool to draw a perfect circle and then I cut it in half and angled the top half so it looks like a basic open barbecue. Everything else was either traced or drawn straight in the app (I definitely need my stylus for this – not an expensive one, just a cheap one from amazon).

The intention for this design was to do a chalkboard style and, if you hadn’t guessed from the drawings, my plan was to create a chalkboard ‘menu’ design. I might still do that but I decided it wouldn’t work here in a repeating pattern.

As much as I like the simple black and white chalkboard style I wanted a splash of colour to make some of the items really pop out.

I’m quite happy with it however I can’t decide which if I prefer a black or white background… I tried it on a few mock ups but that just made it harder to decide…what do you think?😀

100 Days of Doodles Days 78 – 84

The doodle ideas this week came from a whole bunch of places. I’ve been doing a lot of furniture and general ‘stuff’ up cycling lately (making an under bed storage tray out of an old pallet), ‘what’s in my bag’ actually came from Instagram and I was going to link into the Instagram account I got it from but I’ve totally forgotten who it was (doh!) if you happen to know – please tell me (!). Although it’s snowing so heavily here 300 schools have been closed, ‘Summer cookout’ is in here too. That’s actually a Spoonflower contest coming up so I was just getting a feel for it. The burger with all the components drawn separately is my favourite bit. Unfortunately the bugs doodle is inspired by my life right now – lots of ladybugs are determined to come in live around my southerly facing bedroom window… they aren’t the scariest of bugs but still it’s a bit awkward 😆🐞🐞🐞🐞🐞🙄

78. Up-cycling Furniture

79. Comic speech bubbles

80. What’s in my bag?

81. Summer cookout

82. Craft

83. Farm

84. Bugs

100 days of doodles

These doodles were partly inspired by the Spoonflower contests. Not all of them, but I figured it was a good idea to get me thinking about how I’d design a Pattern for one of the contests. I haven’t actually entered any but I’m feeling pretty good feelings about Art Deco so I might go wild with that one 😁

The other inspiration has come from something I love – housey things! In fact I’ve discovered a new hobby. Furniture up-cycling and restoration – exciting times! 😆😃

71. Music

72. Art Deco

73. Significant Otters

74. Frames and borders

75. Trunks and chests

76. Bedroom

77. Office

100 Days of Doodles- is back on!

I’m so excited to share these doodles with you! After moving house last month I’ve been so distracted with all things housey that I haven’t dedicated any time to drawing. But then I remembered that I’m actually a ‘grown up’ now and if I want to draw instead of doing housework, box sorting and and furniture painting after work then I can 😆

There’s a Spoonflower contest approaching, and as I haven’t designed in a while I thought the upcoming ‘Origami’ theme is a perfect project to get back into it. It reminds me of a month I spent in Japan last year…

So after a mahoosive doodle break here are this weeks doodles:

64. Scandinavian Design Elements

65. Dreaming of Paisley

66. Flourish

67. Origami Flowers

68. Paper Cranes

69. Japan

70. Japanese Food

Let me know which one you like best 😃

Hygge Design Inspiration (and drawing tips!)

It seems like everyone is talking about hygge at the moment (pronounced hoo-gah and its fun if you say it in a good slow deep voice 🙂 ). I actually love it! This post will give you some tips on how to draw it (and maybe live it) by showing you stunning hygge photos which I’m sure will inspire you to draw more hygge, doodle more hygge, use more hygge in your pattern design (if that’s what you do), or live more hygge.

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The two photos above are by Alisa Anton on Unsplash which I have just discovered – free images donated by generous photographers!

The Danish word hygge isn’t necessarily straightforward to define – it is a particular feeling that you get from certain experiences. That feeling you get when its cold outside and you’re wrapped up in a blanket with a hot chocolate watching the world outside. That cosiness you get from big fluffy socks. The warm glow of a candle – or fairy lights. Snuggling up with a good book… It is how the Danish increase their sense of well-being by enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

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Photo by PICSELI on Unsplash

So how do you draw hygge? First, you need to feel hygge. Try getting a bit of the outdoors in your life – go for a walk, bring some foliage/flowers back with you, get your favourite hot drink, cosy up and spend some time appreciating the moment. Its very hygge to enjoy these moments with friends. If you feel inspired by this concept I recommend getting The Little Book of Hygge which is an adorable book full of ways to fill your life of hygge. Another good one is Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness.

Second, lets think about what are the elements that made you feel hygge? Cosy candles, hot drinks, knitwear, snuggly blankets, socks, plants outdoors, leaves that have fallen from the trees?

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Photo by loli Clement on Unsplash

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Finally, lets not forget that hygge is a Danish concept, and that right there instantly gives you a unique and recognisable style to base your drawings on – I recommend searching for ‘Danish folk art’ on Pinterest and using that style at as a starting point. Here are a few from Pinterest to get you going:

Remember, your hygge drawing can be in any style you like – not just the Danish way. I can also recommend checking out Spoonflower – they recently had a hygge theme contest and there is  a good variety of styles:

My design came in at number 24…

The contest design theme really inspired me – I had heard of Hygge before but didn’t know much about it. It has inspired me to learn more about Hygge and live more Hygge. I’m currently working on a few Danish Hygge inspired drawings, using these images (and many more…) as inspiration.

Using the images here, and in books, the great outdoors, other pages on the internet (and so on…) what are you going to draw? Socks, blankets and cushions? Hot drinks and kettles? Danish style botanical drawings? Log fires and candles? All of them together…

I encourage you to look back over some times in your life where you have had a Hygge moment, and may not have realised it at the time. What moments were they? Did the past ‘you’ capture any of these moments in photos that the present and future ‘you’ could use to inspire Hygge moments and drawings? Let me know – I’d love to hear about them 🙂

These are a few of my hygge moments:

These last images are my own.

(If you have an Instagram or a blog with a lovely Hygge image let me know what it is and if I can use one of your images – I’d love to have a new featured image for this post which supports one of my followers – obviously I’ll give you credit and a link to your page❤️)

100 Days of Doodles: Week 8

Things are starting to get more wintery as the days get colder and we approach December! These were all drawn in November (last week) but I love that festive feeling so I couldn’t resist a few adorable festive penguins tangled up in fairy lights (string lights) and wearing cute bobble hats 🙂

Hygge – pronounce ‘hoo-gah’ (fyi its fun to say it in a caveman voice – try it out, you wont regret it) was drawn as a mini start point for my Hygge spoonflower contest entry (voting is open for that contest now, if you want to see mine it is under the shop name of The Peach Tree 🙂 ). Anyway I’m mega super inspired by Hygge so I’m looking into that a bit more. If you know of any Hygge sources of inspiration or information please please tell me! Instas, Pinterests, websites, blogs…? Share the knowledge please 🙂 🙂

Day 50  – Have you seen my glasses?

Day 51 – Birds

Day 52 – Hygge

Day 53 – Birdhouses

Day 54 – Oh deer

Day 55 – Festive penguins

Day 56 – Succulents in Pots

100 days of Doodles: Week 7

Wowwww I can’t believe I’m now over halfway through my 100 days of doodles already! Where has that time gone?! I’m really proud of this week though (do I say that every week?this time I really really mean it). I had a couple of little attempts at bounce lettering although I am just learning that (thanks to a short online course I took this week – a review of that is to follow 😁). Also, I’ve very delicately experimented with a touch of colour (!). Only a tiny bit though – there’s yellow in the ‘You are my Sunshine’ day. As always I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear your thoughts, what’s your favourite? What do you think of the yellow? Do you have any doodle ideas? Or if you don’t really know, then just say ‘hello’ 😆

Enough about that, here they are! Days 43 – 49

43 – Houses

44 – Wreaths

45 – You are my Sunshine

46 – Foxy

47 – Owls

48 – Pattern

49 – What is the time?

100 Days of Doodles: Week 6

Days 36 – 42

This week of Doodles started off with an awesome Movember doodle. For those who do not know what Movember is I’ll try and explain… Movember is when, during the month of November, a large number of guys embrace their facial hair and ‘grow a mo’ for the entire month (mo = moustache).

36. Movember

37. A shortcut to what? The mushrooms

38. Hello Autumn

39. Cozy Socks

40. Winter Warmers

41. Hiking

42. Botanical Lines

Also, some of you may also recognise the subtle Lord of the Rings quote on day 2 this week (but do you which LOTR film exactly?). I’m thinking that the cozy socks might be my favourite but it’s a tough one to decide! What do you think?

Hope you have enjoyed these doodles this week – I have just ordered a set of colourful brush pens from Amazon so next week I may be brave enough to introduce a little bit of colour! 🙂 🙂