Friday, 14 December 2012

Celtic Challenge 18

Celtic Challenge 18


This is a 4 week challenge. As this time of year is very busy for us all, but as some of us have holiday time I am going to offer a challenge that spans 4 weeks. The next challenge will not be issued until January 11th, 2013.

Here are my quick steps for drawing an easy celtic weave design.


 Choose a stencil to draw your design. This is the stencil I used. As you can see it is all squares of different sizes.

When using a stencil draw in pencil the smaller shape outline first. 

Position the larger shape over the smaller drawing, ensuring the smaller shape is in the centre, and then draw the outline of the larger shape.

Now draw other squares to overlap the first one until you are happy with your design. Make sure only two line overlap at any one point.

Rub out the sections where the lines overlap.

Redraw the intersecting lines so that you now have a Celtic Weave.
You could do the same technique using a template of a shape in small and large. If you use a template then draw the larger shape first and put the smaller shape inside, centre it and draw the smaller shape.

I have drawn outlines using 4 different shapes.

Your challenge is to either decorate the outlines I have here, or come up with your own celtic weave designs.

As there are all sorts of shapes and 4 outlines above I hope that I will see more than one attempt posted from each person.
My aim is for you to enjoy the process. If you like decorating and not drawing then do that. If you like the challenge of drawing it your self first, then go ahead. 

However I love to see the results. Please show me some intersting designs and decorations and some colour if you wish.

As you have 4 outlines above and instructions to draw your own Super Easy Celtic Weave, I am having a bit of a holiday until the new year. I will however be looking at the site to see what you have come up with, and commenting on each design posted, as usual. I may even post a couple of new letters and patterns.

This cold has really knocked me about and I need to take it easy for a while. Hope you all have a great Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.


Friday, 7 December 2012

Celtic Challenge 17

Celtic Challenge 17

I have been a bit under the weather this week. Got a dose of the flu and have not stopped coughing all week. I managed to find my creativity this afternoon thank goodness. So your challenge is ready.

Last week we used one continuous line to create a celtic knot pattern. This week I challenge you to use two or more continuous lines that over lap and then weave a couple more lines throught the shapes you created. It can be a bit tricky to get the celtic weave so go carefully.

Below is my finished design. I can't help but use Christmas again as the theme.

First draw two or more shapes overlapping each other.

 Then add two or more lines weaving through the shapes.

Next create your celtic weave. You can refer to my 'How to Design Celtic Knots' page for distructions for this step.

Your design in now ready for doodle patterns and colour if you wish.

I added some words to my design also. I think if would be a nice design for the front of a card.

The distructions for the patterns I used to decorate Celtic Challenge 17 are below:






Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Inspirational Blog Award

Alma at Casa del Alma was so very kind to have nominated me for the Inspiring Blog Award. 

Honored and happily I shall now follow the following rules:

1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the award and link to their blogs.
5. Notify them that they have been nominated and link to the post.

7 Things about me.

I studied art in high school and majored in art at teachers college.
I have worked in the craft and art industry for over 20 year. I was a craft rep, visiting craft shops every day. That was hard. I have managed an Embroidery Warehouse and Jewellery Supply Warehouse. I have worked in craft shops and also taught craft.

My mother and grandmother were good sewers and so I made my own cloths from the age of 13. They only helped if I got stuck. I bought my first dress when I was 23.

I have 3 sisters and 1 brother.

I have lived in Brisbane all my life, except for a two year break when my husband and I went to Pt Kembla, NSW.

I am at present doing a 2 year coarse on airbrushing. At the end of the coarse I will have a certificate 2 qualifications.
There are very few crafts I cannot do, because being in the industry, if you know it you can sell it. I am also addicted to anything new in craft, but once I have mastered it to my satisfaction, I am on to the next thing. Doodling seems to be one I am sticking with even when trying new thing. I love to combine crafts, and experiment with doing different things than what the product was originally meant for.

The Blogs I Nominate in no particular order are:

I Am the Diva

Tangles and Stuff

Jane Monk Studio

The Creator's Leaf

Dion Dior & More


g.a.s. art

Enthusiastic Artist

Sue's Tangle Trips

Whimspirations by Joanne Sharpe

A Little Lime by Helen Williams

Tangle Brasil

Open Seed Arts

Alphabee Tangles

Sunni Brown


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Friday, 30 November 2012

Celtic Challenge 16

Celtic Challenge 16

This week I updated my Easy Celtic Knots page. I now call it 'How to Design Celtic Knot Patterns'. I still have the link to the youtube video about Freestyle Celtic Knots, because it is such a good video and that is where I got my inspiration, and I want to give credit to the person who got me started down this track.

I have added my own step by step distructions to this page, for those who do not want to stop and start a video on each step in order to try a Celtic Knot Design.

Your challenge this week is to design and decorate your own Easy Celtic Knot Pattern using only one continuous line. Use the instructions on my 'How to Design Celtic Knot Patterns' page to help you.

I have done one myself to give you the idea.

STEP 1 - draw one interesting continuous line.

STEP 2 - convert it to a celtic knot pattern

STEP 3 - decorate your pattern

I will post the distructions for the two new patterns I have used here tomorrow.

I will be making each challenge a bit more interesting and intricate each week until Christmas, so that by then you should be able to design amazing Celtic Knot Patterns and give me some more ideas. 

Although I have to say that many of you who take up my Challenges are already doing that. Your work and the ideas are wonderful. Thank you.



Friday, 23 November 2012

Celtic Challenge 15

Celtic Challenge 15

I could not resist a Celtic Christmas Pattern to frame for my wall this year. I stayed with the traditional Red and Green and added Gold and Silver gel pen to give it some sparkle.

Your challenge this week is to make the Celtic Pattern look like Christmas. You can use my Celtic Pattern or use one of your own. I am also encouraging those who have only worked on tiles to try something bigger. The picture above is 5" x 5"/12.7cmx12.7cm.

I used two more new patterns this time "Crest" & "Leaf Links". The distructions for them are below.




Thursday, 22 November 2012

Aztec Alphabet

Aztec Alphabet

Another very easy alphabet to draw.

Draw or trace the outline of your letter in pencil.

Add the contour lines that follow the shape of one side of your letter in pen.

Add the scrolls in pen. Filling in the areas between the contour shapes and the pencil outline.

In pen fill in  the gaps left by the scrolls with shapes that follow the contour of the gap.

After rubbing out any pencil lines that are left, your letter is now ready for you to add, doodle patterns, shading, colouring or whatever other decoration you like.

I added shading, my doodle pattern "Flaming Zig-zag" and some solid fill to the letter above to finish my decorating.

 "Flaming Zig-Zag"

If you would like to use the whole alphabet in a project I have the complete outline in my book "Creative Doodling with Judy A 2 Z". There are a number of other Alphabets with their corresponding numbers form 0-9 as well as borders, words and frames to match. There a  many new doodle patterns included to use in decorating these Alphabet Outlines.
You can purchase my book: HERE


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Celtic Challenge 14 Pattern Distructions

Celtic Challenge 14
Pattern Distructions

Here are the patterns I used in my celtic challenge yesterday. I hope they are useful to you.
The outer edges I used were:
Looped Edge
 Zig Zag
Outward Scallop

Inward Scallop
Under and Over

The new border patterns were:
Variation to Heartly

Hearts and Contours

Little Hearts Border
  Variations to Little Hearts Border

The other items I drew were:

Spider Web
Daisies in the Grass