Day 259

I got a pack of gelatos today, Faber Castell oil pastels in tubes with lids. I had a quick play with them, just applied dry to paper:

  
They go on very smoothly, and are indeed creamy. The colours are nice.

I then had a go at blending them dry with my finger:

  
The colours blend quite well, though I did find that the thicker layer ‘pilled’ slightly, rubbing off little rolled pieces of pastel.

I’m looking forward to using them further and trying them combined with other materials.

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Day 258

A bit more knitting. I’m working on a panta, a wooly headband from a Finnish pattern. I own a few already (but none in purple) and wear them all autumn, winter and into spring.

  

Day 257

I’ve been feeling a bit waylaid with the daily creativity since the move. While I’ve done something every day, it has not necessarily been very purposeful. I think the house is now at the point where I can begin to get back into some more focused work.

I’ve enjoyed mark making with different substances recently, and trying to hold implements in different ways to see what marks I could get. Today, I did these simple line drawings of Gormley’s LAND, trying to get the shape and perspective right.

   
   
I’m happy with these. I want to do more, in a larger format, and with different mediums.

I also drew this quick flower, I love the simple shapes of the head:

  

All the knitting!

I’ve started work on Christmas presents, and this is the first one finished. It’s a Kate from Knitty, for a friend’s child. I’m not going to say who as they may be reading!

  
 
 
When I was sewing the arms on, I got the second arm on at the wrong angle, with hilarious results until I unpicked and re-did it: