Saturday, 20 April 2013

Celtic Challenge 26


Hi all, due to the increasing demands on my time to care for my sick husband, I am finding it a challenge to post on time. If I do not get it done on Friday it may be Saturday or Sunday before it is posted. I hope you don't mind but I do not have any other options here.

I am changing the challenges also. I will be doing a series of Celtic Mandalas for a while. I love the round shapes and I think from what I see on other sites and facebook and a lot of your do.

When time permits I will post on how to convert an ordinary Mandala outline to a Celtic one.

This challenge is to decorate the outline below with doodles and colour. 

The picture below is of the way I decorated this design.
My patterns I used are:
                        Little Heart - variation
                        Flames - variation
                        Undergrowth - a variation
Please use Mr Linky below to show me samples of your work. I love to see what you come up with.

Your comments and samples of your work let me know that I should continue to do this. If it is something people are not interested in them I will stop. Your responses will give me an indication of whether I should continue with these challenges or not. Hope to here from you soon.


Friday, 19 April 2013

Late Challenge


Sorry I have not posted my challenge yet. I had a unexpectedly long day yesterday and did not walk in the door until 7.30 pm. I hope to get it up for you today.


Friday, 5 April 2013

Celtic Challenge 25

Celtic Challenge 25

The challenge I have for you this fortnight is to create an authentic Celtic design. It is called a Celtic Triskele and one of the earliest examples of this is in the late 6th century on the Meigle Stone from Scotland.

It is a very simple shape but very beautiful and appears in many variations in celtic work.  

Celtic Challenge 25 A

Copy the outline below and decorate it.

Celtic Challenge 25 B

Follow my distructions below to draw your own Triskele and then decorate it.

Draw the whole diagram in pencil first.

Draw three dots that represent the 3 points of the Triskele. They need to be equal distance apart as in the points of an equaliteral triangle.

Draw a curved line from one point to the next arching the curve at least half the distance from the bottom to the top dot.

Repeat this step twice more.

Draw a continuous parallel line on the outside of the line already drawn.

Mark out where you want the over and unders to be on the cross over sections.

Now that you have finished the drawing. Redraw over the pencil lines in pen and rub out any pencil left showing.

You are now ready to decorate your Celtic Triskele.

This is how I decorated mine.

My patterns I used are:


Spiral Bumps - a new pattern

Spiral Bumps Distructions


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Airbrushed Backgrounds

Airbrushed Backgrounds

I have been taking airbrushing classes as you may have seen in a previous post. I have been itching to do some backgrounds. 

I sat down with my new airbrush I got for my Birthday this week and started playing with an assortment of stencils.

My idea is to approach the airbrushing the same way I approach doodling. No set plan. Let us see what happens as I go. 

I have not got what I would say is a good assortment of colors for my brush as yet, but I played with what I had.

After completing the backgrounds I started doodling over the top and had a great time. Because the paint is water based and goes on in very thin layers, the micron pens work easily over the top.

Here are the results.

I would be interested in what you think of the idea of random coloring first and them doodling over the top. 

Please give me some feedback.