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

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Leaf designs....

This is what I drew on day 7 of my 100 days of doodling challenge....
and day 8...another leaf...not much I know...but yesterday was a bit busy and one leaf was all I managed :)

When I began this doodling challenge I wondered when I would find the time to do it. Lack of time has been my excuse for not drawing...not designing...

Well, as it turns out...I am drawing at the breakfast table.

As it's winter...I make my current favourite...a bowl of porridge, and a cup of coffee and sit down with to eat and drink with a black pen and a sheet of paper. I'm right handed, but have become a left handed porridge eater!

I have to keep an eye on the clock though, as the time seems to accelerate and the coffee and porridge go cold, as I concentrate on what I am drawing. One day I left a little too late for work, so now I'm a bit more careful about keeping to my morning timetable!

But, now it's Saturday morning and timetables can be forgotten for a bit. I have some nice things planned; a brunch, a dinner at a friends...this morning I really need to mow my lawn...and of course, I will do some doodling!

A hint of blue sky at day break this morning.
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Jill xx


Thursday, July 18, 2013

New coaster design....

Last night I started to make a new design of coasters... with fabric I printed with my chrysanthemum design. The base cloth is unbleached cotton calico and I have glued the fabric to wooden coasters.

Next I'll varnish the sides to stop any possibility of fraying, spray with a couple of coats of scotchgard to make them waterproof...then back them with black felt.
I'm thinking of tying the bundles of coasters together with a velvet ribbon...

Jill xx 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Various projects underway....and a guest doodle!

Good morning!
Doodling while talking to my sister on the phone last night....

My friend Terri is also doing a doodle a day. She has posted her first doodle...below... on her blog last  Friday. Isn't it stunning?
Hopefully she'll post some more soon... (hint, hint Terri :))
And another person has joined the 100 day challenge. My Dad! He has decided to practice the piano every day for 100 days! Brilliant!

Last week I bought metres and metres of unbleached calico and on Sunday I began to print. Here are some of the prints hanging on my drying rack.
I am rather excited about this because it is the first printing that I have done, which will be made into products to sell on my as yet unopened...very much only in my mind at this store.

Off to work now...
Hope you all have a lovely day!
Jill xx

Monday, July 15, 2013

I challenge you... :)

So far so good...4 days and 4 doodles! Monday morning thought...
Is there anybody else out there who would like to join our game?
My friend Terri and I have said we are going to doodle daily for 100 days.
So....either publicly...or privately...
you may like to
....something you want to do but are not managing to get around to?
If something springs to mind....
...a project you have in mind that you've never got to...?
...and you'd like to do it daily for 100 days.
I'd love to hear from you...

Jill xx

Saturday, July 13, 2013

And the winner of my coaster giveaway is.....

Thank you all so much for entering my giveaway and leaving such lovely comments! And welcome to my new followers.

Overall there were 28 entries...from this blog and my Facebook page. So...this afternoon I drew 28 flowers and wrote everyone's name on the back.

I then invited my neighbour Petrouska to make the draw and she volunteered her children for the at 5 o'clock we all gathered. It felt like a party!

We put all the 'flowers' in my the lovely beanie my sister recently sent me...
And ...the winner is.....
Lynne Walker
 Congratulations Lynne!
Lynne entered via my Jill Butler Design Facebook page and chose the Pacific circle design. 
Thank you all once again for entering!
Jill xx

Thursday, July 11, 2013

100 days of doodling....

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine told me about a website where people commit to doing ...something....

...each day for 100 days.

Unfortunately, that particular 100 day project has closed and the people on it are up to day 34 already, so I've decided to do my own version.

What I want to do ...for 100 get out my black ink pen and draw...something...everyday for 100 days.

doodle #1

I'm often having a little whinge to myself that I don't do enough drawing and

here goes...

It feels exciting...and who knows what new fabric designs may come out of it? But I don't really want to have too many goals or set directions. I'll just see where it goes....

My friend Terri is joining me in this challenge!

How about you? interested??

Jill xx

P.S. Take a look the page I have created called 100 days of doodling to see all the doodles I have done so far.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Free coaster giveaway!!

Hi there!
If you take a look at the right hand side column of my blog, you will notice I now have a link to my Jill Butler Design Facebook page. I put the link there on Friday night, having started the Facebook page 2 months ago! The problem was that I just didn't know how to do it.

Well, to celebrate having made the link... finally....I have decided to offer you
the chance to win a set of my hand printed, wooden coasters!

Either go to my Facebook page and enter the competition there...or enter right here on this blog....

Below are the three designs I am offering....

Simply leave a comment, stating which design you would like to win...

If you are a follower/friend it will count as two chances...and if you are a casual commenter it will count as one chance.

The winner will be picked 'out of a hat' on Saturday the 13th of July, at 5pm.

I will send the winner the set of coasters they liked the most!
If you win I will contact you by email or on your blog if you have one...

If you are not contactable in this way ....please revisit the blog on Saturday evening, when I will have announced the winner. If you are the winner, you will need to e-mail me with your address.

All are welcome to enter!

Best of luck!
1.Pacific circle
2.Pacific diamond

 Jill xx

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

So far this morning....

What a productive morning I have had!
First I finished off two card orders and then experimented a little with what I can do with a piece of cork I printed last week. I'm not sure about the colour...but am excited about the possibility of making cork pot stands and coasters! Or perhaps a mat for the centre of the dinner table to put our hot, straight from the oven casserole dishes on....

The colours here are not quite true to the actual colour I printed. They are actually a bit more turquoise.
I like the thought of white printing on the that will be my next experiment.
I have to admit I am rather in love at the moment with the freshness of white. I can't help but be influenced by all those lovely white based interiors that are being featured on blogs and in magazines at the moment. So light, and optimistic....
Are you a bit the same at the moment?
Below is my view, standing at the door way to my studio. It is a cold, rainy day, so absolutely perfect for turning on the heater, sipping a hot coffee, and playing around with ideas for future products!
 Now it's time for some lunch!
Jill xx