Bumble Hole Sketches

Here are the two sketches I did, in close up:

I’m pleased with them, as I’m still nervous about drawing, but it was nice to get out and do it.

I have also been through my gelatos and identified the duplicates I have from buying overlapping sets, and put them in the travel pencil case. I don’t want to miss out on any more rubbings, like the Bumble Hole sign, so I have made a mini kit of Neocolour 1s, in this handy paperclip tub:

Tip Ins on a Tuesday

I only got a bit of time to play in my sketchbook last night. I tipped in a little A6 card and its envelope; when I was printing and dyeing at the weekend, I made these pages and card to go together:

I also added some colour with Pablo colouring pencils, and dabbers:

This page was made with another tipped in card, featuring a thermofax screen of a feather, done in white screen printing ink and over dyed:

I also added some white colouring pencil over the feather on the right, to bring it up a bit:

This page was a hand print, because I absentmindedly squeezed the roller to see how much paint was left in it. Turns out there was quite a lot. It had a bit of colour added too:


Drawing at Bumble Hole

On Saturday morning, I went down to Bumble Hole nature reserve, my little local spot of sanctuary, took a few more photos and did some sketching.

We approached from a new side, and saw this beautiful metal sign, surrounded by wonderful wild flowers.  I had forgotten to put any crayons in my little art kit, so I couldn’t do a rubbing, something which needs to be rectified.


I love the beautiful curvy bridges:


So I drew them, mostly without taking the pen off the paper, after the Cas Holmes day school. It was surprisingly enjoyable!


There was a massive gaggle of goslings with their proud mum and dad paddling along:


This beautiful little path was new to us, like a wonderful green fairy path.


Leading us to a lovely wild meadow, with a dragonfly and some butterflies floating over.


And this lovely view of Cobb’s Engine House:


Which I had to sketch:


Another lovely view of the engine house:


And a beautiful view of the canal. For something which is stereotypically straight, there are lots of lovely curves!


I’ll post close up pictures of the sketches soon.

It’s amazing what five minutes can lead to…

This Sunday just gone I went on a dayschool with friends from Birmingham Embroiderers’ Guild, with Cas Holmes.

It was an interesting, and challenging day, which started with some drawing in the garden. We then swapped sketchbooks, and worked on other people’s drawings for a bit.

Our sketchbooks laid out for discussion

We also stained and coloured pages, which I enjoyed as I am confident doing it from my current sketchbooks practice. This time, I used my inktense bars, and was very pleased with the lovely colours I got. I also enjoyed rolling the wet bars over the pages, which led to these lovely broken grids:

I then took an isolated section of the morning’s drawing, and made a collage based on it:

And added back in the drawings from earlier, extending the page and adding both hand and machine stitch.

Overall it was a challenging but enjoyable day, which pushed me out of my comfort zone, but in a positive way. In the future, I want to do more sketching, and incorporate more stitch in sketchbooks.