Mandalas

Thanks to all who have been purchasing from my shop. Every sale brings a smile to my face. πŸ™‚

I’ve listed all of my washi tape in my shop, until the next batch comes in. The cute strawberry tape that I mentioned in a previous post has already been sold out, but there are plenty of other cute styles still available.

Currently I’m focusing on uploading more vintage fabric. I absolutely love this cat fabric. I’m guessing it might be from the early 80s.

I took a small break from my granny square blanket to pick out all of my yarn scraps and finally make some mandalas.

They are super easy to make. I used Lucy’s pattern for these ones, and I plan on trying out the other patterns she listed as well.

Just wanted to end this post with something I’ve been excited about. I pre-ordered this phone case from Jlist.com back in late December/early January. It wasn’t released until April, and just a few days ago I finally received it after it had traveled all the way from Japan. I just love the design and the color combos. It matches my pink iPhone 5c quite well, too! πŸ™‚

 

Warmth

I can’t believe we’re already two weeks into May… and almost halfway through the year!

There’s been a heat wave all of this week which makes it difficult to want to do a thing. I live in an area where air conditioning is not the norm in homes, soΒ  all the fans are on. I miss cold weather!

It’s been too hot to work on my blanket during the day so I wait until evening when the sun has set and I can open the living room window to let a breeze in while we watch a show or two. I finally bought some more colors to replenish the ones that are starting to turn into little yarn blobs. I’m hoping it will be enough…

 

I haven’t taken any pictures of my art yet to make into prints (we need to acquire better lighting and perhaps borrow a nicer camera from a friend), but I’ve still been working on some drawings. A while ago I bought a whole bunch of crayons after watching some Youtube videos of some very talented artists using them. I don’t think I’ve touched a crayon since I was a kid, but watching Youtubers using them for their art seemed like a lot of fun (and colorful!).

This is the picture I’m most proud of, Sailor V. I’m still learning how to blend colors without getting the picture too waxy from the crayons, and every picture I do I seem to improve.

I love the colorful aftermath of using them. I had to snap a picture of it before I cleaned up. πŸ™‚

I’ve also been doing more digital art, which doesn’t come easily to me. I am not the most technologically advanced person, and sitting down and figuring out what all of the buttons do is a true test of my patience… but now that I understand the basics of what I’m doing I am loving the result. I’ll post the drawings at a later date once I’ve done the finishing touches on them. πŸ™‚

Is anyone doing Attic24’s Mandala Challenge? I want to make a few to send over to the UK for Yarndale. I am definitely inspired to decorate my own walls with colorful mandalas. x

Art

 

I’ve been working steadily on my granny square blanket while watching Arrow and Game of Thrones. I already need to restock on some colors and will have to make a purchase soon through Deramores. I love how fast their shipping is — it only takes about a week for my order to get here from the UK, which is quicker than certain other websites I order from that are based in the US.

I’ve been working a lot on my art lately with the idea of selling prints and more stickers in my shop. Sailor Moon has been inspiring my drawings lately, and I have been practicing my coloring while eagerly awaiting the new series.

 

 

I used Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens (I need to get the entire set — I love using them) and Copic Markers to color the pictures, and Micron pens to ink them.

Hope you all have a lovely Monday. x