Wednesday, December 11, 2013

and the winner is....

This evening my I got my young neighbor to pick the winner of my giveaway.

...and the winner of my giveaway is Lisa Rowe. 
Lisa entered my giveaway via my Jill Butler Design Facebook page. Congratulations Lisa!

I will be sending Lisa this set of 8 Christmas cards as soon as I get her contact details.

regards, Jill x

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas card giveaway...

If writing Christmas cards are still on your to do list, here's a little giveaway that might help you out....

I'm giving away a set of 8 fabric covered Christmas Cards.

The designs are printed in gold ink and come with a gold envelope. All you need to do is let me know if you'd like to be in the draw.

I'll draw the winner on Wednesday the 11th of December at 7pm, and will post them to you the next day.

regards, Jill

p.s.If you would prefer to enter for this giveaway via facebook, simply go to the facebook button on the sidebar of my blog....

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It's been so long since I blogged, that I'm feeling a little shy...

The last few months have been wonderfully busy, with all my usual day jobs and many weekends and evenings spent making stock for stores in time for the Christmas sales. But somehow I just lacked that extra energy to blog. I've been reading other peoples blogs from time to time but just didn't manage to attend  to my own. I've written plenty of blogs in my head...but none have got past the 'in head' stage and out into the blogisphere. Do you do that? I'm sure we all do.

Today I've been finishing a  couple of orders, for delivery tomorrow. That means trimming and sticking on stickers. I have a few more cards to make, once I've finished this post, and then a couple of my students will arrive and I'll turn my mind to tutoring English and reading for a couple of hours.

And as I've been sitting at my work table I've been thinking about doing a giveaway in the next week or so. I'll let you know more about that soon. I haven't quite made up my mind what I'll give away :)

On the path leading to my studio a tiny Pine Tree is growing between the cracks in the concrete. I'm thinking another task to do today is to extract it and pot it up, so that I have a living Christmas tree. It is only about 6cm high, but I think it will be my tree this year. I live in a tiny one bedroom cottage so I don't want a huge tree. 6cm might be taking things to the opposite extreme, but I love the idea that my Christmas tree started life so casually it could have been thrown out like a weed, in my own backyard.

I'll let you know about my giveaway very soon...


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Poppy love...

'Tis poppy season! This week I've had a gorgeous bunch of poppies on my table...a gift from my mothers garden. So my doodles this week have been poppy inspired....


Jill xx

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Daisys and butterflies....

Below is a photo from perhaps my youngest customer so far.

My neighbour, Miss J... aged 12... bought 4 of my cards in her favourite colours, framed them and has them displayed in her room. Great idea! Love it!
Jill xx

Monday, September 9, 2013

Doodle #50...

I have to admit it! Last week I just couldn't doodle...
I wanted to, but there was just nothing there...

I completed doodle number 49...then...nothing...

I did get pen to paper a few times last week....A few tentative squiggles...but the brain/pen connection was simply missing.

Anyway...tonight I finally got back on track and did doodle number 50....

I was going to say above that I have had a doodle sabbatical. But I looked up sabbatical in the dictionary which defined it as taking a years leave. So...not a sabbatical...just a week where I was a bit too distracted by other things to settle down and draw.
Jill xx

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Playing around with paisley....

On Days 41 and 42 of the 100 days of doodling challenge I played around with a couple of paisley designs....

Last weekend I experimented a bit with painting my own screen printing screen.
 For some reason the pristine new screen that I bought for this purpose just seemed...well...too pristine and new!
I couldn't start painting on it with the resist, in case I made a mistake.
Ridiculous probably...
But...the old perfectionism was getting in the way...
So..I decided to use and old, almost worn out screen to do some experiments by way of warming up to the project.
I sort of doodled on the screen, applying the resist with various brushes and even a squeezy bottle...just to see what the effect of each one was.
I'm glad I did, because now I feel more ready to start painting on that pristine , new one!

I allowed myself to make a complete mess of the screen...trying out different ways of applying the resist.

And then I printed...

I guess sometimes you have to allow yourself to experiment and make mistakes in order to learn what can and can't be done.
I learned quite a bit about the process last  weekend and I am now feeling excited about all the possibilities....
 Jill xx

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Spring dreaming....

So far this week my doodles have been all flowery. Perhaps the influence of the coming spring? Everywhere you look at the moment things are budding or flowering, so it's hard not to be influenced by that. Not that I've seen hydrangeas flowering as yet. That's just pure fantasy....

Take a moment to look at 100-days-of-doodling to see all the other doodles I have done so far on the 100 days of doodling challenge.

The other challenge I am working hard at is to get an online store up and running, and attached to this blog by the end of August.
I have written a list of what I need to do to make this happen and am slowly ticking off some of the items.
Still lots to do... :)

Have you got projects on the go? I hope they're going well!
Jill xx

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Trees n' things........

Some of the drawing I did this week as part of my 100 days of doodling challenge....


Sunday, August 11, 2013

The week that was...

Some weeks are a bit of a hard slog aren't they? Last week was like that for me. Perhaps I was fighting some bug or other...lots of flu going about at the moment. But anyway... I didn't succumb, if that's what it was and the exhaustion I felt at the beginning of the week gradually wore off, and now at the end of the weekend I am feeling fine and more or less ready for another week. Well, I could do with another day off....but that's just because I love being at home, and would love another day like today when I went for a walk with the neighbours ...chatted to friends on the phone...and to my sister in Australia...cooked a yummy dinner....and did my daily drawing.
Why wouldn't I want another day like that? :)

Here are some of the drawings I did this week....

I hope you've had a lovely weekend and are revitalised and ready for a great week ahead!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Contemplating a blank screen....

It's been a pretty full week. There have been my usual jobs...I garden, and tutor children after school in maths and English,... and I've completed a coaster order, started another, worked on a card order and doodled daily!
And in the back of my mind I've been thinking....

For many years now I have had my screens produced photographically. However, lately I keep thinking about hand painting some screens I did when I first learned to screen print. 
So, I have bought a blank screen and some filler (the easy part) and am now wondering what I am going to paint onto it.

And the terror of the blank page is bubbling up again....!
I need to remind myself that if I make a mess...I can delete it with turps...and start again! So if I don't show you a new hand painted design in the near future, you'll know what I'm doing...
...painting on....washing off...painting on...washing off....  :)
Here are some of the doodles I did this week as part of my commitment to doing a doodle a day for 100 days....

.....and some coasters.
These coasters are hand screen printed poplin, on a wooden base. The edges have been varnished, black felt glued to the underside and they have been sprayed with scotchgard to make them water and stain resistant.

I hope your week has been happy and productive.
Jill xx

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Overcoming the terror of the blank page....

Talking with a friend yesterday on the phone...and we both agreed that it is too easy not to try new things when we draw or paint.
Sometimes you get to a point in a picture when you could do this...or that...and it is too easy...or less frightening to do the safe thing. We carry on drawing or painting making decisions based on what we know worked in the past, so that in the end we produce a picture that is often very similar in style to those we have done before. We shy away from experimentation in case we muck the whole thing up. We get all precious about the final picture and tend to make the safe decisions.
Or we hesitate about even starting because we are not completely sure about what we are doing.

What I am finding very freeing about the 100 day challenge I'm doing, is that all my doodles so far have been done on used photocopying paper. Sometimes when I photograph the drawing you can faintly see the print showing through from the other side!
This is making me feel much more courageous. If I start a drawing and it all goes horribly wrong...I can just toss it aside and grab another sheet...and I have done this a lot! in the knowledge that I am not wasting precious, expensive art supplies.
Some paper is so expensive that making a mistake or wasting it makes you feel so guilty! 
So the pile of rejected drawings is growing. Some just go straight to the recycling bin and others are put aside as possible ideas to revisit later.
Do you face a similar fears...with your creative projects?
Jill xx

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I took a walk one morning....

Over the weekend I went for a couple of walks on the land where I live and became fascinated with all the dried seed heads along side the path I took.

I picked some to take home and they have been the raw material and inspiration of a lot of my drawing this week.


Drawing by candle light during the power outage we had last night.

I have created another page on this blog called 100 days of doodling where I have been uploading a photo of the drawing I do each day.
I am now up to day 14 of the 100 day challenge. The reason I took on the challenge was that I have not done very much drawing in the past few years and was starting to fear that I was never going to. As a result, my confidence in my ability to draw and design was dropping.
At first I wondered what on earth to draw and was afraid that I would run out of inspiration pretty quickly and likewise my enthusiasm for the project.
I am relieved to say that after 2 weeks, the opposite is happening. If anything my enthusiasm is growing, and I have a expanding list of things I would like to draw and possibly develop into designs at a later date. 
I feel like I am in the process of participating in some sort of art therapy! So far...a tentative recovery is taking place..... :)
regards Jill xx