I use my rotary cutter frequently when working with fabrics. Today I couldn’t find it! It was then that I realised how much I needed it.
When I found it (in the place it should have been and where I looked first) I looked at it with new eyes and decided to draw it. Deceptively simple, but it’s circular blade and smooth lines were hard to draw without wobbling. But then cutting smooth lines without wobbles is just what the cutter is so good at. I appreciate it all the more now.,
In a sunny moment between the rain showers I headed outside to gather some winter leaves to eat with our meal tonight. The Swiss chard provides a bright splash of colour on a grey day, and I thought I might draw the leaves before cooking them.
But then I discovered (thanks to a Facebook reminder!) that I drew Swiss chard exactly one year ago on this blog!!
I can’t do the same again, I thought to myself. But I did. Well I used the red Swiss chard leaf as inspiration, but this time I drew with my sewing machine on fabric. The same but not the same.
Perhaps the hardest time of any kind of January art/creative blog challenge is about now. This is when I begin to think “what can I do today?” and feel I am having to search for inspiration. This is the time energy wanes and I run out of steam. To renergise I wondered what I could do today that was a bit different.,
Just outside my window the winter jasmine is flowering with courageous little yellow trumpets undeterred by gloom and rain. I have drawn it before, but today I decided to brush up my free machining skills, and trying drawing it with thread instead of pencil. And I know that watercolours can dry very pale and insipid on fabric, so I thought I would try some new inktense colours I had been given as a present.
Result? Well my free machining needs some practise, the inktense colours are certainly bright, but they lack subtlety and weren’t the best for blending. But at least I tried something different!
“Art is serious play” said Grayson Perry.
Well I’m not sure about the art or the serious part, but today I have certainly been playing around with some of the “stuff” I have uncovered while tidying my room.
I found an unfinished collage of paper serviettes, wrapping paper, old lace and another scraps, half trimmed with offcuts from my ribbon box. I have added more discovered bits, with no accuracy in the cutting, sewing or gluing. Just experimenting and having fun. It needs some finishing, probably stitching into a little book, but the colours brighten up what has been a very grey day.
Don’t forget to play!😊