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

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 Week 9

What does sewing, old suitcases and paper air planes have in common? Answer: nothing! Other than I doodled all three of these things last week. As you can see this week I definitely have not really kept to a theme but it’s all pretty fun so that’s okay. However it did actually snow today (I’m in the UK btw) and it is December and mornings are getting super frosty so I’m a bit inspired to do a snowy/winters theme for the next lot of Doodles ❄️☃️

Saying that, now I’m well over halfway it’s getting tricky to decide what to doodle! Any ideas?? Let me know! Also, I’d love to know which ones your favourites are this week 😀😀 (I think I know mine… 😆🍫)

57 – Sewing

58 – Old suitcases

59 – Paper air planes

60 – Cars

61 – Hair

62 – Play

63 – Chocolate

Picture Tutorial – Drawing a Flower

This is a 9 step picture tutorial on how to draw a simple tropical flower which is a tutorial inspired by my latest design. This was done in my Paintstorm app, you can get a ‘lite’ version for free on the App Store or pay £13 for the full version. For this drawing, the free one is just fine. Or you could do it using paper, pencil and/or a pen. Just make sure to let any ink dry properly before you erase the pencil lines. This flower is the same as some of the ones on the featured image for this post and the image at the bottom of this post (please check it out😄).

Step 1. In your first layer use the ellipse tool (at the top of the screen, see image below). Then choose whatever colour makes you happy and draw two circles, like the ones in the first image above. These are used as a guide for your petals.

Steps 2 – 5. Unselect the ellipse tool, you don’t need it any more. In a new layer draw the first petal. Then draw the petals like I have in the image above.

Step 6. In the image above I’ve squiggled over a bit that needs erasing. And draw the final petal.

Step 7. Add the extra petal at the top. Check that you’re happy with it before moving to…

Step 8. Clear the layer with the circles.

Step 9. Add the extra details.

I hope you found that picture tutorial helpful – please let me know if you have any questions in the comments 🙂

A couple of weeks ago I doodled a page of tropical plants. It was the first time I had drawn tropical flowers and it wasn’t great quality, but it did help inspire my most recent Spoonflower contest entry. The contest is to create a repeating design which can be used for the Lake Colouring App but it’s also important that it looks good on a piece of fabric.

You can see the page of doodles here in Week 2. I’m also fond of dreamcatchers and I wanted to have a quote in my design (as I’m all excited about my fairly new hobby – Hand Lettering) so I chose the quote ‘never stop dreaming’.

Here is the finished version:

Voting is open on Spoonflower from 2nd November to the 7th November. Please check it out and cast a few votes! You don’t have to join Spoonflower to vote and you can vote for as many or as few as you like 🙂

Baileys Hot Chocolate – Lettering and Typography

To those of who read my previous post, about Tea Towel Hand Lettering, I would like to offer an apology. If you know about typography, lettering or design it probably hurt your eyes and your soul. If you don’t know about typography, lettering or design, it still probably hurt your eyes and your soul.

Good news is, the one I’m going to show you today took so many hours that It was hard not to have improved my less than desirable skill. This design is for a tea towel recipe, inspired by the Spoonflower contest brief of tea towel recipe (open for voting from 5th November) but not with any hopes of entering as I thought I would just fail and want to hide my creation from sight…

Before I show you my creation, here are a few inspiring images of chalkboard art and where you can find them:

From top to bottom…

  1. http://cook.my/pumpkin-pie-recipe-fall-decor-thanksgiving-decor-chalkboard-art-fall/– I feel really bad about this but I didn’t check out Valerie McKeehans website until just now. It’s awesome and she does awesome things so I recommend you have a look at it.
  2. https://www.posterlounge.co.uk/pina-colada-recipe-pr604613.html -I love the coloured chalk on this
  3. https://www.etsy.com/listing/239629922/moscow-mule-print-chalk-art-recipe-print
  4. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/219955315/hot-cocoa-bar-hot-cocoa-recipe-hot-cocoa?ref=related-0

I stuck with the blackboard style but originally chose a beige colour for my ‘chalk’. I kept the same border as I used on my previous tea towel and temporarily left it white. I also did the same swirly writing. At this point, aside from googling chalkboard art recipe I still had not done research into Hand Lettering.

It wasn’t long before I abandoned the beige chalk in favour of white. Then I just needed to spend several evenings putting the recipe on. The biggest issue I had here was the layout. I put this image (below) on a design community Facebook group asking for help and someone helpfully suggested I research into a magical thing called composition. This means putting the words and pictures on to your design in a way that makes sense and looks great.

Instead of telling you everything I’ve learnt about composition I’m going to direct you to an awesome and instructive blog post by Sarah Dayan. One of her tips which I really went crazy with is to mix different font styles and sizes. I may have overdone it but I kinda like it. I also began to put some thought into which words I wanted to emphasise. As you can see, I wanted to emphasise HEAT and NOT in the instruction to ‘heat but do not boil’ and also ‘chocolate’, ‘milk’, ‘pour’, ‘favourite’ and ‘whipped cream’. However I hadn’t really thought about why I wanted to emphasise these words. It just sort of felt right.

I played around a bit but still struggling to find a way that worked for me, I asked my boyfriend for advice. He suggested putting just the top of the mug at the bottom of design and having the steam sort of turn into the word ‘Chocolate’. So I have that a go and also played around with the ‘mix together’ section to make it really fit in the space.

A few hours later…

The text has been altered and (I think) massively improved. It looks really busy but I’m ok with that. The swirls were also changed a bit to have a criss cross thing going on. I also realised that the word ‘Baileys’ needed emphasising some more, so I made it chunkier. The brush I used (on Paintstorm by the way) is called ‘after gradient’ because it tapers nicely at the ends and I just removed the gradient and coloured it white. Then to make the white look chalky I roughed it up a bit with a textured eraser. Finally I added shading to the mug.

This is the version I submitted to the Spoonflower contest which I decided to do at the last minute after someone on Instagram suggested it… it’s definitely not perfect but that’s ok, I’m only a newbie after all and I’ll still have it printed on a tea towel for my kitchen. Alsooooo…. I’ve just noticed that Sarah Dayan has an article on how to mix fonts and it may be too late for this design, but I’m going to read it now and see what I can learn for the next one.

Drawing mugs and whipped cream was fun to do so here’s a little ‘picture guide’ on drawing a mug with whipped cream if you want to have a go 🙂 I did it using the gradient brush and selected a colourful gradient just for fun. And I added a spoon sticking out.

This is currently in the Spoonflower contest and voting is open until October 10th EDT, I’m not suggesting that my amateur design deserves your vote but I am suggesting that you go on to the voting pages and vote for a few of your favourites (I voted for 5!). Speaking from experience it’s really exciting to receive votes and there are some awesome ones on there.

The next Spoonflower contest that I’m planning on entering is called Farm to Tea Towel so I’m going to design that and write a blog post about it 😃😃

Stay tuned people – it gets better every time!

A Cuppa Cactus: Drawing Tutorial (on an iPad)

Some days I feel like I don’t achieve anything. But then other days, like today, I draw cacti in cups…

This post is a tutorial on how to draw simple and cute cacti. Fair enough, you could just look at some images from google and figure it it out (like I did) but hopefully you’ll still find this useful, even if it’s just for a source of inspiration and a starting point.

I’m not really sure why I chose to draw a cactus this morning… but they’re pretty cute so I just sort of went with it. I had a look on Pinterest, searching for “cute cactus”, and these are a few things which came up that I found particularly inspiring…

These images above are from a website called Dcoracao – No idea what it says on this website but these photos of cacti are adorable (if you speak Spanish you should be ok).

This one came from Brit & Co – So many pretty images but I particularly loved this one 🙂

How have I not come across Sally Payne before?! I found her website only today and I LOVE it. Really. Cute and simple and very effective at just looking totally lovely. I expect that more inspiration images will be coming from Sally.

Pots with faces. These adorable pots are great and I saw them on Etsy. I think I’ll be drawing cute faces on some of my pots! 🙂 🙂

Let’s get to the tutorial. This is on Paintstorm, and I’m going to keep it to a maximum of three layers to keep it simple. I think the free version has a limit on the amount of layers you can use (if anyone can confirm this please do) so I’ll try to stick with that so it’s easier to follow.

Start by opening a new document, the size of mine is 400mm x 400mm and I am on a 150 resolution. This seems quite low but because I am doing it for fabric printing it’s great. I won’t be able to make the design any bigger than 400mm x 400mm though or it’ll lose quality.

Get yourself set up (setting up image below), so choose your brush (1). I use one which is simply called brush (2). Then set the size (3), for these kind of drawings I go for size 5-6 but whatever floats your boat that’s down to personal preference really. The image might be too small to see details but in the brush details there’s something called stabiliser. This helps to draw smoother lines. I set mine to around 50 for this. Then select the ruler (4). We’ll use this to draw straight lines which will help us keep the pots and cacti around the right sizes.

Image 1 (below). This is the guide layer. Get a nice bright red colour and draw two lines which will guide where the top of your pot will get to, and where the base of your pot will go to. This isn’t an exact science, just a rough guide. Then get another colour, like blue, and draw where the top of your cactus will go to. Again, it’s just a guide and not exact.

Image 2. Make a new layer. This is the pots layer. Change your brush colour to black (or whatever) and start drawing some pots so they roughly fit within the red lines. Decorate them however you see fit, have a look at mine for some ideas 🙂

Image 3. Make your third and final layer. This is the cactus layer. Make sure you’re in a new layer now. That way if you need to erase any things it’s easy to do so without accidentally erasing any of your pots. Draw some cactus outlines, if you’re stuck for shapes just have a look at mine. When I got a bit stuck I just looked at the photos of cacti above. Also, as you can see, I threw a couple of succulents in there. Try doing a mix of shapes, long skinny one, short fat ones, succulents that twist around everywhere (and it hasn’t escaped me that the pot with the face looks like it ha crazy hair).

Image 4. Now you can get rid of your guide layer. Just delete it. You are almost ready to add some detail to the cacti. But first I recommend making the brush size smaller. I have changed mine to just under 3. It’s not an exact science, as I scrolled it landed on 2.83 and I figured that it would do nicely. Also, I still have some stabiliser on mine. It helps lines be less ‘wobbly’ so I’ll keep it for now but when I add the spikes I’ll put this number right down.

Image 5. In this image you can see that I have used my thin brush to just draw some detail on the cacti (and succulents). Some simple lines turn these from super basic outlines to something that has a bit more shape.

Image 6. I have massively reduced my stabiliser for this (for short sharp details, like spikes, the stabiliser adds to much drag and slows the brush down for it to be any use). So just draw little lines and V shapes for the cactus spikes.

Image 7. Now, merge the two layers together (on the Layer menu at the top, it is called ‘merge layer down’. Then use the paint tin to fill in your cacti, and succulents if you done those too, in all sorts of lovely colours. The paint tin on my screen is in a menu box on the top right corner (third one down on the left). You can see this on the setting up image above.

Now you are done! Wahoo! Here are a few more of mine… I can’t decide if I prefer them to be coloured in or left as outlines. What do you think?

Creating Seamless Patterns (on an iPad app)

For those of you who saw my tutorial on how to make a dreamcatcher, I thought you might like to see a totally finished design using a dreamcatcher. It’s not the exact same dreamcatcher as the one in the tutorial but it was made the same way and is pretty similar!

The design on the featured image was designed for a competition on Spoonflower and voting begins today. I have just seen that there are 479 entries – blimey!

This is a guide on the seamless mode which is a feature in Paintstorm (the app I use to design) and it was a really important feature when creating this design (Paintstorm is my favourite app as it enables me to create awesome designs on my iPad while I am backpacking South East Asia). It’s not a step by step guide on how I made this specific design (that took more hours than I care to admit to and a tutorial would be way too looooooong). But when you understand how to use seamless mode you could start creating awesome seamless designs (please let me know if you do have a go).

What is Seamless Mode

My design needed to be a repeat pattern, and I wanted it to be uncertain where the edges of the design were. That is where Seamless Mode comes in. See below there is just a small square in my screen where my design fits (this is called the canvas), and then look at the second image below, after I have selected seamless mode, you can see that my design is repeating (across nine tiles). You can still see the outline of my canvas though.

So now take a look at the feathers on the bottom of my canvas, see how they leave the canvas, and and the bit that left is actually at the top of my canvas. This stops the edge of your canvas looking like an edge and makes your design sort of edgeless (well, seamless). I appreciate that may not have made too much sense – it’s easier to explain in pictures so take a look below.

These images show a step by step guide to drawing something, and moving it around to create a seamless pattern. Yes, there are only 4 images. Yes that’s all it takes.

Step by Step guide

  1. Draw a thing – maybe try a dreamcatcher like I have done.
  2. Make sure you are in seamless mode for this bit (this is in the Edit menu at the top of your screen). Select your drawing using the select function. Copy it. Don’t paste it yet.
  3. Move your object around your canvas and watch how it overlaps other edges of your canvas.
  4. On edit, select paste. Now you have another object to move around as you see fit.

Tip1– copy your object before you move it around. You won’t be able to select the the bits of the object that are outside of the canvas.

Tip 2 – save your work regularly. I haven’t had a problem with Paintstorm crashing but I’ve heard it can happen.

I really hope you found this useful/interesting and if there’s anything I could’ve done or explained better let me know in a comment – I’m still a newbie at writing tutorials like this 🙂

If you liked it and can’t think of how I could explain it better – let me know that in a comment too!! I’ll genuinely get really excited about it 🙂 🙂

I mentioned above that I did this design for a competition, which is now open for votes! Ahhh! If you like my design and can spare a few minutes to go to the voting pages and vote for my design… then that would be awesome. They don’t ask for you to have an account to submit a vote so it’s easy. I’ll give you a heads up though, there are a lot of designs (479). When I was scrolling through looking for mine I had to do a ‘find on page’ for thepeachtree (my Spoonflower user name) because I was too impatient to look through all of the others just to check what my thumbnail looked like. This means there’s a lot to look through and if you do find mine and vote for it I’ll appreciate it so much as I know it can take a few minutes to load the designs (or maybe that’s just the wifi at my Indonesian guesthouse – I am on a teeny tiny island after all).

Tutorial: Drawing a Dreamcatcher on an iPad

This is a tutorial on how to draw a dreamcatcher, similar to the one on my latest (and favourite) pattern design at the bottom of this post.

Here is some inspiration to get started…

Left column, top to bottom: 1. Joann.com, 2. Instagram 3. Louise Gale
Middle column, top to bottom: 1. Google – found on Pinterest and the link takes you to google, 2. Again, found on Pinterest and the link takes you to Google
Right column, top to bottom: 1. Deviant Art 2. Timeless Rituals

I love using Pinterest to gather inspiration, so these are all saved on my boards. These images all have different things which I love, like the simple feathers on the bottom right image to the purple and turquoise colour on the top right which I’d love to incorporate into my designs.

So now to the tutorial 🙂

This is all done using my iPad, on my favourite app called Paintstorm. There is a free version as well as a paid for version so if you don’t want to splash out £13 for the app it’s no problem, the free version is excellent. So before you start you will need to open a new document and choose the size and resolution you want. I wanted to have the option to be able to print this in a large size (note- I am doing this for fabric printing which handles a lower resolution than paper printing) so I chose 20cm x 20cm and a 300 resolution. That means this design can comfortably print on any size up to a 40cm square (that would bring the resolution down to 150 which is lowest option for fabric printing). Then choose your brush, for this one I’m using a basic ‘brush’ at size 7.

Image 1. You are ready to start drawing! The ‘right angle’ icon at the top of the screen is the ‘ruler’ which also means ellipse.

Image 2. Draw two ‘rings’ – so one big circle with an even bigger circle close by around it, and for the other ring, draw two smaller circles on the inside.

Image 3. Two icons to the left of the ruer icon is the ‘mirror’ icon. Select it and centre it right in the middle of the circles. It’s a good idea to leave the ellipse in place until you have centred the mirrors so you can use it as a guide.

Image 4. Draw lines in the inner circle to make a pattern. I chose to have 5 mirrors in this design but you can have more or less so it’s worth trying a few out 🙂

Image 5. Do the same for the outer circle. This is quite a simple design, but the mirroring function is awesome and you can create loads of different designs.

Image 6. Add extra detail to your dreamcatcher, by drawing slightly curved lines along the rings to look like it’s wrapped in ribbon or string. Then draw some small circles which are going to be the beads which the feathers will attach to.

Image 7. In a new layer, draw a couple of feather outlines.

Images 8 and 9. Fill in the feathers and use the eraser to draw a pattern on each of them (do the line thicker than I did here! I didn’t do it thick enough and had to trace over it again 😔). Then use the copy and paste and resizing function to arrange your feathers. By copying and pasting feathers you’ll now have a bunch of layers, merge the feather layers into one. You should now have two layers.

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mage 10. (Ok technically it’s 4 images but it’s easier to follow along with all the pictures). In the non-feather layer, use the square select tool and draw a big square right around the rings and beads, then a single click inside this selected area will ensure you have just selected the drawing. Whilst your drawing is selected, select the gradient tool and choose your gradient, there are loads of presets or you can make your own. Then click and drag in any direction over your drawing and it will change the colour of your drawing.< img src=”https://thepeacheytree.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/img_1962-1.png”>&lt;

mage 12. Repeat the process for your other layer – the feathers! The reason we filled them in instead of leaving them as an outline was so the whole feather would be filled with colour. You don’t need to select all feathers at the same time, next to the square select tool is a freestyle select tool. You can use this to roughly draw around the feathers and colour them separately (like I did).< img src=”https://thepeacheytree.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/img_1963-1.jpg”>&lt;

mage 13. Select the eraser tool and set it to ‘grunge eraser’ (a pre-made eraser setting on Paintstorm). Use this to lightly ‘rough up’ the colouring a bit – it sort of adds a bit of a texture.

omplete!!! Now all you have to do is marvel at your masterpiece 😃😃😃
8/8/17 – Here is one of the designs (my favourite one) which I made using a similar dreamcatcher design 🙂