Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Developing new Christmas designs . . .

I've just finalised the four designs mini gift wrap designs I have created for Moobaacluck. The next step will be to work out how best to offer it to people! Clearly it would be easier for me to print sets and have them ready to send out; but there is every possibility that someone would want 4 of only one design..

A glimpse of all four.

What do you think?

I deliberately used only one colour for each gift wrap design because as well as being ideal for wrapping small gifts, I think they would make great scrap booking or crafting papers. Very meticulous children or adults might enjoy colouring elements in!

These will be available shortly on moobaacluck.com and notonthehighstreet.com/moobaacluck  - as soon as I've worked out the best scenario! I will sleep on it.

Joy - if you are reading this I will send you your set - I haven't forgotten!!

Monday, 10 September 2012

#ippweeklycreate Monday 10th Sept

[caption id="attachment_1164" align="aligncenter" width="812"]Update - This project is on hold. I'd under estimated how busy things become in September as the Christmas preparations for an increase in orders from my Moobaacluck range necessarily have to take priority over simply exploring and enjoying myself!!  I hope I will find time to  come back to this before the end of the year. If not I will certainly do so in Spring 2013. © Gabriella Buckingham Aug 9th 2012[/caption]

This is the sketch I will be developing this week into a surface pattern; the end use of which I don't know yet! I was very encouraged and inspired by the comments on this one in the Flickr group #ippdailydraw.

This is a busy week for me as I only have 4 days to work as its my grandfather's funeral on Friday and there are Moobaacluck commissions to do of course; and my husband is away today and tomorrow so I won't have him around to take over the school run etc! I like a challenge but I won't be hard on myself if I only manage something simple.

Have a good week x

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Work in progress #ippweeklycreate

Today's Photoshop background collage of the single sketch made in #ippdailydraw - this is a 45cm repeat but just the first stage. I used Illustrator to Live Trace and imported the sketch to Photoshop.

So far I see this as a potential fabric design, it looks quite Chintzy!!

I carried on... and this is what I ended up with last night.

[caption id="attachment_1359" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham 2012[/caption]

I can see mistakes in lining up in this close up and the whole thing looks rather confusing but believe it or not I feel I've learned something and considering this whole design is made up of just one sketch I don't think it's a bad result. For a professional job I'd do it very differently!

[caption id="attachment_1360" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham - this shows the 45cm repeat[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1361" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham - this shows how it might look as a fabric design but the actual print would be quite large not as ditsy ..[/caption]

So there you have it. I might now go right back to the beginning and do something with a coloured background. Then again I may find I have to leave this experiment here.

What do you think so far?

This was the original sketch for those that didn't see it:

[caption id="attachment_1215" align="aligncenter" width="640"] © Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A healthy balance - this post has nothing to do with art or illustration and it's a bit long!

[caption id="attachment_1350" align="aligncenter" width="642"] my house at the end of my walk at 8.15 this morning[/caption]

We were all up at 4.30am this morning as my daughter had to be somewhere to catch a coach to the Paralympics today!

I went back to  bed for a sleep but instead found my mind whirring away with thoughts of  gift tags and whether or not I had I put them on moobaacluck.com and updated the images elsewhere. I knew I wouldn't sleep.

A couple of hours later I had listed gift tags on my site and corrected some SEO; eaten breakfast, written some emails and printed out the days orders. All before 7.45am.

The sun was struggling to emerge but I decided to go for a walk and found I needed to wear a fleece. Autumn is really here!

I am on a health drive at the moment. In early October I am having an operation and want to be as healthy as I can to give myself the best chance of healing. I've learned that for optimum health your ph needs to be at 6.5 'dipping' into 7 at least once a day.  To achieve that I've had to cut out wine, all pork and derivatives, cakes,no white potatoes,crisps, no salmon or seafood ( waah!), chocolate, biscuits, white flour, cut back on wheat generally, no tea or coffee. This isn't self proscribed - I have instructions. I also need to try to eat my main meal in the middle of the day - only eating meat then - if at all, but making sure I eat a small salad first. And drink a lemon juice solution which helps alkalise your system - but I now know, you can easily go too far the other way, I feel a bit spacey at 8 ( although I may be imagining this)?! So I am keeping tabs on myself and learning how my body reacts to certain food.

Fortunately  I love vegetables and salad, rice and grains which is what I am left with mostly! Sweet potatoes are encouraged. I roasted lamb at the weekend and did a huge tray full of parsnips, sweet pots, carrots and white potatoes with garlic and balsamic vinegar. It was easy not to serve myself with potatoes - honest.

I went up to London at the weekend to meet two friends for lunch and see the Shakespeare exhibition at the British Museum. I wasn't an angel - it was a special occasion and a limited three course menu with a free glass of wine. Was I about to pass this up?! The first alcohol I've had in 3 weeks was a small glass of absolutley delicious Merlot. I wonder if my taste buds might have become more acute in such a short time. It tasted wonderful!

Wine I had cut out a while ago just because I notice that I feel low the day after drinking any really. Thinking about this as I write it.. my mood on Sunday was not the best. One small glass! I wonder?

Physically I am losing weight which is a great side effect - it's subtle and early days. I love indulging myself with avocado or fruit salad for breakfast and loads of veg; once the children are back at school I will try harder to stick to the rules. I know that in November it will be a challenge to eat a big meal in the day time without forward planning. About time I started to use the slow cooker my mother bought me last Christmas!!

As a designer maker I am coming up to my busiest time of year and still have so much to sort out and prepare. I am so determined this year to get as much as I can painted beforehand. When there is a gap in orders at this time of year I must not sit back! And yet I must - absolutely must get out of the house everyday.

How much better I feel having had a 30 minute walk before work. If I leave it thinking I will walk later in the day, I won't.

It's so important when you are a sedentry artist with a time consuming way of working  to make sure you move everyday.. somehow I think my to-ing and fro-ing to the summerhouse isn't quite enough!

What do you do to stay healthy? One of my Twitter friends is doing a burst of intense skipping alternately with a run the next day which I think is a fabulous idea. It's all about aquiring new habits isn't it. Rather than beating yourself up if one or two days slip by with you acting like a vegetable and in my case - eating them too!

Monday, 3 September 2012

#ippweeklycreate Which sketch did I chose?

I've chosen this sketch to develop into something by Friday as part of the #ippweeklycreate .

[caption id="attachment_1215" align="aligncenter" width="640"] copyright Gabriella Buckingham[/caption]

My aim is to show some of the working progress between now and then too. I intend to turn this into a repeat pattern probably sketching other elements and introducing colour in Photoshop. I have yet to learn Adobe Illustrator and think I need to get a book on it! I will be digging out  Rachael Taylor's surface pattern course for the notes. I do find illustrator quite illogical but I suppose that's like many technical things that are totally new to someone - er. Well some of you will be with me! If you have any good recommendations on books or courses that you found invaluable to learn Illustrator with please let me know in the comments!

So who is definitely joining me this week? #ippweeklycreate is making a new piece of work in any media you like or form you like from a sketch you’ve done before – whether from the daily drawing project or  a different drawing. Chose a drawing at the beginning of the week and post your result on Friday that week. You can read details of optional postings and some ideas on the 'current project' page of my blog

leave a comment if you can :)