Tangle Pattern: Arrers #1

I’ve been playing, designing three new tangle patterns in the process based on the archetypal block arrow. The first tangle pattern is a simple cross pattern – the next two are a little more complex. As always, shading does make quite a difference to the finished design.

 Arrers #1 tangle pattern

Arrer (plural arrers) [ar-ur]
noun
Slang. Arrow, dart

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Bible Journaling: Isaiah 61 & 63

Whilst some things I am making, that I can’t tell you about yet (but it has something to do with upcoming TV appearances), are drying, I have started to dabble again with doing some art journaling in my NIV journaling bible. I turned to these passages in Isaiah and picked out a couple of verses to concentrate on. Today I had a little experimentation with things to seal the page to prevent bleed through.

Isaiah 61 & 63

For the left side, I used a wiped-on layer of matte multi-medium, heat dried. For the right, I didn’t prep the page at all. Add some pigment inks for background colour, and watch them slide right off the multi-medium… it just has no tooth at all. It did, however, seal the page very nicely and not too much bulk added. I got around it by applying some ink, drying with the heat tool and then reapplying the ink. I sealed the pigment in with a spray fixative before using a Posca pen to add the text.

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Fibre Art: Crocheted PomPom Blanket

For my fabric and yarn pieces, there is normally a reason for their creation – they take too much work to be just ‘playing’. So it was for this crocheted pompom blanket, finished just in time for a baby shower and the imminent arrival of ‘Pickle’. Following a pattern, I crocheted a ridiculous number of pompoms, joined them together one by one, row by row. Some might say mindnumbing, others meditative. I plump for labour of love 😉

crocheted pompom blanket

I used acrylic baby knit yarn to ensure the blanket is washable. That said, I think I would still be washing in a net bag or pillowcase to avoid stretching the joins.

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Art Journal Page: Frozen Fractals

Last Monday was my regular art journal session at The Studio. We took the theme ‘baby, it’s cold outside’. Coincidentally, it was one of the coldest evenings of the autumn too. The theme called for cool colours, shimmer and sparkle to evoke frost rime on windows and icy surfaces:

art journal frozen fractals

I started with layers of gesso, creating ridged fans/feathering by jittering the edge of a palette knife to make the texture. Sprinkle a little Ultramarine Color Burst. Add more layers of gesso and then iridescent medium. Stamp with archival inks before adding the quote. Smear some Stardust stickles over the page and set aside to dry. I think the quote source is fairly obvious and just fits the theme perfectly!

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3D Printing: ‘Will You Be Mine?’ Cuboidroid

I’ve had fun creating my cuboidroids, and as my confidence has grown so have my modelling skills. The third cuboidroid in my series is perhaps the most whimsical to date… ‘will you be mine?’

will you be mine cuboidroid

The arms took a fair number of prototypes to get right, as did the ‘hands’. I eventually settled on the hexagonal shape and added the internal thread. This will give me the opportunity to add props using bolts that screw in. I’ve also added extra elements to reinforce the droid bits:

 

Now I’ve done the prototypes, I need to perfect the smoothing of the various components, perfect the paint jobs and come up with more characterisations. Not much then…

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