Happy April and my latest 100 day challenge

I hope you all had a great start to the new year. quite a few things have taken place since my last post which I will post about in other posts.

I am taking part in another #the100dayproject as a 100 day project is a great way to choose a project and focus on that for 100 days and it’s more fun doing so with others.For my project, I am also joining @victoriajohnsondesign and focusing on illustrating #birdsbutterfliesandblooms with my own angle, #playingwithtechniques. There are some approaches to mark making that I would like to experiment with and this project is ideal for that type of experimentation.

You can follow along on my business account https://www.facebook.com/DanielaGlassop/ or my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/danielaglassop/

It’s not too late to join in with your own project and hashtag.

My CB Inktober

I took part in a different challenge in October alongside my regular work.

During the month of October, many artists participate in Inktober, a personal project that had been set up by Mr Jake Parker which has grown with each year since it’s inception in 2009. The basic premise for it is to do an ink drawing each day for an entire month. You can read more about it here: https://inktober.com/

This will be my third year and instead of doing self-directed drawings I decided to follow along with the prompts and suggestions presented by Lisa Congdon in her “Inktober Daily Challenge: 31 Days of Drawing and Painting with Ink”, which you can still follow if you are keen on brushing up your skills with ink. You can do that here: http://bit.ly/2BiQbHj where you can try them out for free for the first 7 days and then there is a low monthly fee if you would like to continue. I was usually limiting myself to black and white ink lately but Lisa’s lessons included using coloured inks; to overlay them and mix them. I had so much fun with it and loved the results so I will be using ink more than I already am. Below are some of the works I produced for #CBInktober.

It is by taking part in these daily practices and challenges that we can extend ourselves and out art practise.

My September challenge

If you have been following my social media, you will have noticed that I have been creating some miniature black and white drawings based on the theme of vintage toys. The #drawingadaychallenge has been inspired by the work of John Vernon Lord and promoted by the House of Illustration (http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk). One of their current exhibitions , John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce, is open until 4 Nov 2018.

A drawing must be made every day during September and they must measure a one inch square are the limitations of the challenge. As I have been late to the challenge and doing two drawings each day and sticking with black and white as during 2016, John Vernon Lord did a drawing for every day of the year and used pen and ink on paper. I have been a fan of small square illustrations as they also remind me of spot illustrations that were often engraved during the early days of printing. It is also a good lead up for Inktober, another drawing challenge for the month of October. My work has been included in the House of Illustration blog along with other work created for the challenge. My work is included here:. https://houseofillustration.org.uk/news/latest-news/the-house-of-illustration-drawing-a-day-challenge-a-e

The grid of vintage toy illustrations is now available on clothing, notebooks and bag in my Redbubble store; https://www.redbubble.com/people/danielaglassop/shop?asc=u

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The entire collection.

The entire collection.

My Spoonflower calendar tea towel design for 2019

Every year I like to produce at least one tea towel design with a calendar. I love beautiful textiles in my home and the calendar option seems to be a very popular for gifts around Christmas time. I will also offer a version without the calendar and I am thinking of offering the painted illustration as an art quality (giclee) print.

The illustration is based on the Chinoiserie style and includes Australian native birds and some native Australian flora as well and was hand painted with a watercolour wash and then gouache was used over the top of the wash.  I have placed the calendar at the top of the design so that the illustration shows when you hang your tea towel.

The birds on the calendar are from bottom left; Spotted Parladote, Purple Crowned Fairy Wren (on the blue bird house),  White Plumed Honeyeater above, centre and the bird on the green bird house is a Chestnut Rumped Heath Wren. The native flowers that have been included are Black Wattle, Flannel Flowers, Pincushion Hakea and the pink flowers have been inspired by some simple roses at the Botanical Gardens, Mount Tambourine, Queensland, Australia.

The tea towel will be available from my Spoonflower shop as fabric, which you can cut and sew yourself.  Linen cotton canvas is good for tea towels, and you'll need one fat quarter for one tea towel. If you would like to be notified when the design or stitched tea towels are available, please sign up for the newsletter so I can keep you informed.