One day in December, in that time which seems to be becoming named “Twixmas” (yuck!), between ChristmasDay and New Year, I was feeling rather down so I thought that a bit of concentration on some artwork would help take me out of myself.
As later in the week I was going to see a friend whose name begins with “J” I thought I would create a Celtic knotwork J for him as a gift. I used a book called “Celtic Alphabets” as a guide, and copied the Lion’s Head design – but as J loves cats, I altered it slightly to a cat’s head. It took me a fair amount of time to get right, but in the end I was quite pleased with it.
And, yes, by the time I’d finished I had been taken out of myself! I should remember this for future times…
I haven’t made many cards for a while, but here’s two I have made.
The first is for a family of friends who lost their father/father-in-law/grandfather not long ago:
I didn’t want to make it too sombre, so I chose a cream/grey/yellow colour combination on a darker grey card. I hope it didn’t look too “feminine”. It’s always rather hard to know quite what colours to use in a Condolence card – I usually use purples and greys, but I was led by the background paper here.
The second is a cheerier card, made for a friend who is currently going in a clinic, for depression and alcohol related problems. She recently took an overdose – whether on purpose or not, I don’t know – and this led to her going to the clinic. Her OH has told us that she is responding well, and we hope she’ll be home in a couple of weeks. I hope this will remind her that we are all rooting for her to conquer her demons.
I often look at people’s blogs where they show their workspace – I envy those crafters who can work neatly and in an organised manner…when I’m making a card, my desk looks as though a bomb has hit it. I put things down, and can’t find them again, my glasses (which I take off for close work) get buried under drifts of paper, I have boxes of this and that balanced on top of boxes of other thises and thats…It all becomes a bit of a nightmare. And it’s a real chore to tidy up again afterwards!
I’m sure other people must be so much more organised than me!
A friend of mine is marrying his boyfriend in September, so I wanted to make a card for D and his partner (who I don’t know).
Here’s a picture of D taken next to the statue of Red Rum in Southport:
Usually the wedding cards that I make are a bit more feminine in feel, and possibly more suitable for a heterosexual couple (though why I should think that I don’t know!!) Anyway, using a card I found on t’internet as inspiration, I’ve come up with this (Please note the inner piece of card with the quotation on it is mounted using a brad, so that it moves. That’s why it doesn’t look straight!):
As always, click on the image to biggify it.
What do you think? Is it too sombre for a wedding card? Should I have gone with something more flamboyant? D isn’t a very “camp” guy, so I didn’t want to go all rainbows and gay-rights-ish, but maybe this is a bit dour…Or is it simple and sophisticated?
I wondered about something like this one that I made earlier in the year.
I suppose I could do a rainbow gradation like this (although not with the Bible verse on it):
Or make something completely different…
I think this one’s a bit girly though…
What do you think?
None for ages and then two come along together!
This one is also for the cat charity, although I think it looks slightly more vulpine than feline. (I had to look up the word “vulpine” – it means fox-like) I like this one as it gives a bit of a sense of fluffiness. In case you’re interested, it took me about 4 hours to do this one – an ideal way to spend a warm Sunday afternoon. Although I probably need to have a bit of a stretch now!
Drawn for a cat charity to raffle or whatever:
I used the same outline as I used for Chou’s cat, a few months ago, as I liked it.
There’s no way I can tell you which zentangle patterns I used – there’s so many of them! Also, a few of the patterns aren’t “official” named ones…more like doodling than zentangling!
…they’re all my own work!
Here’s the fourth cross. I think this one is my favourite, if I’m honest.
You can biggify by clicking on the picture, should you wish to. This one uses the zentangle patterns Celtic (centre of the cross bars), a version of Chainlink (around the outside of the cross, Half Onions (in the circle) and an ad-hoc design in the centre (loosely based on “Holly”)
As I said, I think this one is my favourite. What about you? Which one do you prefer?