Come draw with us – November

November already…and time for another drawing prompt.

You may have noticed how quiet this blog is – I’ve had a lot going on coupled with my usual ongoing health issues. My brain is full of ideas but sadly all I’ve been able to do with them is occasionally manage to remember to make a note of them. Maybe one day I’ll be able to build this site into the resource that I’d love it to be. Until then, keep an eagle eye on the pinboards and the monthly drawing prompt.

November draw logo Drawing: Flowers

  1. First, do a google image search for flowers. Choose three different kinds of flowers and draw them. If you have three different kinds of flowers in your home or garden, feel free to draw from real life and not a photo.
  2. Choose an art movement or artist who has a distinctive style. (For example; Cubism, Picasso, Van Gogh…) and choose one of your flower drawings to draw in that style.

That’s it. Practice your observational drawing by drawing three types of flower, then remind yourself of the style of a favourite artist or art movement and copy their/that style. 

Feel free to only draw flowers, or only draw a flower in an artistic style rather than doing both parts. Also: Please try to enjoy the process rather than getting hung up on the end result. We all need to try to cultivate a more playful attitude to creativity, and life in general where possible.

Google image search examples;

 Let me know how you get on with this in the comments, I’d love to know. Also, if you dont want to share your results thats fine, if you do the either,

  • Post your drawing on your blog/Flickr etc and leave a link in the comments
  • Upload your work to our group Pinterest board. Heres the link, contact me if you want to be added. (This board is just for responses to the monthly drawing prompt.)

The eCourse site ‘Craftsy’ have a Facebook group for drawing imspiration and I spotted this recently,Craftsy facebook screenshot

How about creating an abstract piece using flower motifs? Here’s mine, drawn after lots of flower sketching.

Flower burst

I caught a bit of a program on television about how art students are trained in Japan (at least I think it was Japan, feel free to correct me.) They painstakingly copy the work of master painters until they are experts in the techniques and methods used. This way they find their way to their own artistic voice.


Come draw with us #2 – October

Hello October – guess what? It’s ‘Big Draw‘ month! Here’s what the site says today;

“The 2013 Big Draw runs from 1 October to 3 November in fifteen countries, with more than 200,000 people expected to take part. Hundreds of new and enjoyable drawing activities connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists – and each other. These events are for those who love to draw, and those who think they can’t.”

There are local events, an online community, Facebook weekly prompts…visit the main site for more information. I’ve just joined the Access Art community and will let you know what I think of it after I’ve spent some more time investigating it. Here are some of their ideas to help us to draw more.

The theme for 2013 is ‘Draw tomorrow’ and one of the prompts is to draw your future. What dreams do you have? What are your goals? You may be familiar with the idea of creating a dream or vision board to help you to focus on what things are really important to you right now. Do you want…

  • Your own art studio?
  • To start a blog?
  • To start an online shop?
  • To write a book?

Being pretty much welded to my iPad or iPhone I tend to start these kinds of projects by doing a Google image search and collecting images that appeal/speak to me. Then I create a rough montage. Of course the more able-bodied of you can do this with magazines and glue. There are lots of places online that can help you to narrow down your goals if you’re not sure where to begin. Try these;

To illustrate one dream or goal, we’ll use this prompt that I just stumbled upon at Access Art as a starting point. It is finger drawing with charcoal. You start out by;

“making charcoal palettes – we rubbed charcoal onto a spare sheet of paper until it was dense and black. This was our “palette”, and our tools were our hands (fingers, sides of hands, palms etc). Participants were asked to pair up, face each other, and to draw each other using only their hands. They “re-inked” their palette by rubbing more charcoal onto the paper. Participants were encouraged to really experiment both with their mark-making and tonal values.”

Come draw with us October

Here comes this month’s prompt…

  1. Choose three colours of pastel, the chalky kind and not oil pastels. Make a ‘palette’ using the method above.
  2. Use your created palette and your fingers/sides of hands to draw your goal/dream.
  3. Use a sharpie, (or other permanent marker), or an oil pastel to write your mantra/goal, over/under your drawing.

If you don’t have pastels handy, use charcoal. No charcoal either? Use paint…adapt whatever you have to be applied with your fingers and hands and not a brush.

The idea/goal behind these kinds of activities is to help to remove our fear of a drawing ‘not being good enough’. There are no mistakes in art, often the process of creating is far more important than any end result. Having a method that is far from precise loosens us up and helps us to be more intuitive.

I hope that something in this post inspires you to draw something with just your fingers as the mark making tools. If you dont want to share a dream board related image, that’s fine, draw something else with just fingers and pigment. Perhaps illustrate a quote that you love?

Please leave a link your art in the comments and/or share it on our group pinboard.

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Come draw with me…or rather – us.

Come draw with meThere’s a national initiative aimed at encouraging us all to draw more, it’s called The Big Draw. Apart from the annual festival in October, there’s also a year long program called ‘Come draw with me‘. In their words;

October comes just once a year, so we have introduced a year-round drawing programme for adults who prefer to exercise their creativity at home. You will find ideas and encouragement in our CDWM! Beginners Guide to help you turn your kitchen or lounge into a genuine ‘drawing room’ for groups of friends or family.


Alas I’m not well enough to organise this in the real world so I asked some online friends if they fancied having a virtual version each month. The plan is that I will provide a prompt of some kind at the start of each month and anyone who wants to join in has the whole of that month to complete the activity, take a photo of it and share it on our group pinboard on Pinterest. During the month it would also be rather wonderful and kind if folks could pop along to the board and leave some positive comments/feedback on the images pinned.

If you want to be involved, leave a link in the comments to your pinterest name and I’ll add you as a group contributor. You need to follow me in Pinterest to do that (I think…?)

I’m the last person in the world to expect anybody to manage to do this with consistent regularity – life’s just not like that. I also don’t want anybody to think that the drawing has to be a saleable work of art. The intention is for this to be a relaxed and fun activity that you do in your sketchbook. A way to try to get into the drawing habit.

So here’s a rundown of how the CDWM online monthly drawing fun will go;

  1. 1st of the month check here , the Nourish Creativity Facebook group, or the pinboard for that month’s prompt.
  2. During the month use the prompt to do a drawing or drawings in your sketchbook.
  3. Photograph your drawing and upload it to the group Pinterest pinboard.
  4. Leave feedback on some of the other drawings on the board.

There’s been some discussion about having a folder for photos in the Facebook group too, my only hesitation about that is that if there are two places to ‘join in’ it will dilute the community aspect. We just need to see how it goes and learn as we go…

Now, without further ado…

September prompt

Drawing by @Calithilwen_art

Here’s this month’s prompt.

Carla Sonheim has a monthly prompt called ‘Sidewalk Cracks.’ The idea being to use a photograph that Carla has taken of cracks in the sidewalk/pavement as a basis for a piece of art. She provides a PDF for you to print and draw and colour etc on. The aim of the exercise is to look at the lines from various directions and try to find/see ‘something’ – an image, an animal (real or imaginary) within the maze of lines.

One of the activities that I often used when teaching, and that was successful with a wide variety of age groups and nationalities, and that I’ve seen variations of in numerous places online is – taking a line for a walk.

Put on some music – I always found that something classical was best, but the choice is yours. Choose something to draw with and something to draw on, (not too small.) put your pen on the paper, and create a line that wanders all over the paper whilst listening to the music. If you find yourself controlling the line rather than going with the flow, close your eyes…and keep them closed.

  • Do not take your pen off the paper until it’s filled with one wandering line that covers and crosses over itself until it fills most of the white space.

Now, just like with Carla’s photographed crack, turn your page around slowly, look at it from each of the four directions. Place it on the table and step back a little…keep looking at the line you created until you see…something.

When you’ve found a place to start either use a variety of grades of pencils to shade and add detail to the something that you’ve seen, or use coloured pens, pencils, paint…whatever art medium takes your fancy. If you prefer to take the doodle/’zentangle‘ route, take it. Fill the spaces you’ve created with patterns and designs and shapes. It’s your drawing – try to follow where your intuition guides you.

Most of all – I hope you have fun, or at least find it relaxing. Those that know me know that I use art as therapy and I find finger drawing like this on my iPad or whatever very relaxing.

I also hope that the links have whetted your creative appetite and given you some ideas of other things to try.

  • If you don’t have or want a Pinterest account but do want to get involved – leave a link to your September CDWM creation in the comments below.

May your muse be with you 🙂

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Making a book with one sheet of paper

I originally posted this to my blog, but figure it probably fits here better…

I have two activities to do that require list making/writing as part of the ecourse I’m currently doing. I remember the last time that I did a similar exercise I made a small book to write everything down in. Over the years I’ve made HUNDREDS of these things – small children love to create books. But I still wondered if I’d remember how to do it – between hands that shake and hurt and the fact that it’s probably over 7 years since I last made one. Well, my hands managed to make one and I recorded it.

I also finally finished my Wish Box. (Another ecourse activity)

A newsletter from SARK last year suggested making a ‘Joy box’ to keep happy thoughts in, that together with this recent activity set me to thinking about dream boards and goal setting and I had a surf around to see what’s out there. I created a Pinterest board and a treasury on Etsy about wish boxes.

screen shot etsy treasury

Make a wish…


Ways of seeing

A doodle…

Abstract doodle

What do you see? I asked this question online right after I drew the doodle. Some see – an hour glass figure with a fascinator, a corset, a venus fly trap… Are our interpretations influenced by colour or size or which way is up?

Does what we see change, if I do this;

Abstract doodle

How about this?

Abstract doodle

Or this…

Abstract doodle

Doodle to go

Doodle to go #1

If I isolate one part of the doodle, can you see anything else? Click on the drawing to the left to download a PDF version to print and then add your own doodle to it. Create something new. You decide what way the paper should go and what to draw next…and whether you’d like to share your creation here.

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