Sunday, May 28, 2017

100 days of painting....

I'm doing the 100 days project again!


Already it's day 7 and I've finished a small painting. 
This year I have decided to paint daily, even if it's just for a few minutes. It's all about developing a habit. 

If you'd like to see what other people are up to (there are 900 doing it this year!) take a look at the 100 days website... https://100daysproject.co.nz/explore.


The link to my page if you'd like to see my day by day progress is here.

Jill xx

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Geometric print...


 Really pleased with my new screen...
I printed with it for the first time this afternoon on some cotton voile...
grey and white panels on black. 


 When the prints dry I'm going to make a scarf. 



 I hope you're having a lovely day!
Jill xx

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A new screen...


Enjoyable work...
Today I completed the hand painting of a new screen for screen printing. 
Tomorrow I'll print some fabric to test it out.



Jill xx

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Zinnias...


It's a rainy Sunday, perfect for putting black pen to paper and drawing....
Jill xx

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The last of this seasons zinnias....


I picked the last of the zinnias this afternoon.

 Just stunning with their ring of yellow.
Perhaps the inspiration for a future design....



Jill xx

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Canva....

It's getting late in the evening,,,,
and I've spent hours and hours today experimenting on a graphic design software called Canva.
So, a big thank you to my friend who introduced me to the site yesterday!!
We'll see where this leads :)

Here are some photos of some of the banners and business card designs I have mocked up and am considering.
I seem to have become fixated with this particular shade of green!




Jill xx

Friday, February 17, 2017

The week...


Last weekend I decided that I really needed to refocus my attention on the creative side of my life, and realized that what I need is a creative adventure...
 
 So, everyday this week I have shown up in this space, sometimes extremely hesitantly...

Big picture...I'm keen, excited, inspired to be in my studio...making...designing...

Smaller picture....I'm a bit lost...flitting from task to task, hoping my mojo will come back soon.

This sounds like a problem, but I know from past experience that eventually something will click, new ideas will come and energize me into action and I'll be away again.

I love that feeling when inspiration strikes and it's remembering the joy of that feeling that has kept me plodding along and doing the work this week.


Jill xx

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Doodling...


A bit tired tonight. 
Managed to give my coasters another coat of varnish and doodled a little in my sketchbook while I watched a TV programme about the castles of England. 

Good night :)

Jill xx

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some leeway please...!

I love making plans and setting goals,
but when things don't work to plan or I find...(surprise, surprise)...that I'm not a robot and can't work diligently to the programme I had previously set for myself, I become miserable.

I beat myself up.

I tell myself I'm a failure.

So, I'm going to try to strike the middle road between planning and going with the flow.

Wish me luck :)
This evening I am varnishing these calico covered coasters.
Jill xx

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ticking off...


Yesterday, I made a "to do" list,
and I've ...almost...ticked them all off.

Just a finishing touch, or two, to go and this cotton cosmetic bag will be finished.


Jill xx


Monday, February 13, 2017

Creative adventure day 2....

Day 2 of my new creative adventure and two lovely things happened today. 

First, the lovely people who run felt.co.nz, (that hosts my online shop), showcased one of my products on the homepage....

and second, a lovely friend of mine bought a set of coasters.


This afternoon I had to take my car to get a warrant of fitness and learned that I needed something small but expensive fixed. So, came home feeling a bit despondent...The enthusiasm I felt yesterday for pushing ahead with this little design business had waned under the looming car bill...

Then I turned on my computer and discovered that lovely things were happening in my day that I had been unaware of and felt encouraged. 

So, back on track, refocusing and blocking out silly things like car bills....what small tasks can I do today?

I'm going to wrap up the coasters ready to post tomorrow,...
Sand some more coasters ready to print...
Start making a new makeup bag...
And of course, publish this blog post.

Don't you just love "to do" lists?
Jill xx

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Time to get focused....


Lately life has been getting in the way of my ability to focus on this little business. I've been feeling keen...excited...but too time poor to spend much time in my studio. Elderly parents and my gardening  business have been taking priority.

But I know from past experience that if I don't have my design work plodding along beside all those other commitments my life just doesn't seem to work right...it starts to feel out of balance.

So this morning...I gave myself a bit of a talking to and decided that I need to turn my focus a little towards this creative venture. 
As I typed the word venture, I wanted to delete it and write adventure instead, because that's what I am craving...creative adventure.
So...let the creative adventures begin!!

Small steps...for the next few weeks I'm going to use this blog as a place to record the daily steps I take to get this part of my life back on track again.



Teapot stand now available in my online shop

Jill xx

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Summer flowers....


I spent some time this afternoon doing some quick pen drawings of flowers in my garden,







 Jill xx

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

First day back...

It's my first day back in my studio this year...

Too many tea breaks as I'm at a bit of a loss.
A bit nervous. 
A bit excited.
Not sure what I'm doing. 


Vague ideas about projects I want to do, but nothing fully formed.
Focus required.



I've pulled all my drawings and inspirational bits and pieces off my studio wall. 

They are tired.

So last year!


I want new.

A clean slate, a new page.


A couple of screens are stacked, ready to paint.

An empty wall wants decorating with new ideas.

Writing this....excitement is winning over nervousness.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jill xx