Sketching Out and About

I haven’t been able to do as much sketching out and about this year as I would normally due to the circumstances, but yesterday it was beautiful and sunny so I went to my local forest with my family and did this drawing. It’s only a quick sketch but I thought I would share it with you.

Eloise xxx

Please Save the Pangolins

I was inspired to do these two drawings after watching a documentary a couple of years ago about how pangolins are sold at wet markets for their scales and meat. The documentary was heartbreaking to see and I really felt I had to do something to help these beautiful animals, so I decided to do some art to raise awareness of this terrible situation.

Covid 19 was likely caused through selling animals such as Pangolins at wet markets so this really needs to stop! You may like to consider giving a donation to https://www.savepangolins.org/ to help them. Thank you so much! xx

Face masks made to order

As I said in my previous post, I have set up a Depop shop selling all my own arts and crafts which I hope will be the beginning of my future livelihood.

I have been sewing lots of creations during this Coronavirus period, including fabric face masks. As so many people want face masks at the moment I thought it was selfish to keep this to myself so I am now doing face masks made to order from a huge range of fabric! 😁🌸😷

Adult face masks £7

Child face masks £5

Free shipping to UK! (£3 shipping to rest of the world)

Face masks are made with two layers of fabric and a tie fastening so can be adjusted to the tightness you prefer! Choice of fabric is shown below. If you are interested please comment or message me by email (see contact page on menu).

All purchases are hugely appreciated!

Thank you

Eloisexxx

Crafts for Sale

I have recently set up a Depop shop selling all my own jewellery and accessories, and one of my recent creations for sale are these bookmarks with my own original illustrations for just £3 each.

My dream job is to be an artist / illustrator and designer, selling my own artworks and products with my own designs so I feel that this shop could be the start of my future livelihood.

If you are interested in purchasing these bookmarks or any of other items click here, or if you would just like to view my range of items visit my ‘Shop’ page on this site.

I hate to advertise but it would really boost my confidence if I had a few purchases. If you buy one item I will give you another item of your choice entirely FREE!

Thank you!

Eloise xxx

Reversed Roles

I titled this drawing “Reversed Roles” because the idea came to me at the begining of lockdown when I felt like my world had been trapped inside a box, like a caged zoo animal, while nature was becoming more brave and free while there weren’t so many people about. (Like sheep in McDonalds and goats in Llandudno!)

Please feel free to share your thoughts about my drawing.

Have you had any ideas for artworks during lockdown?

Eloise xxx

Old Books Still Life

This is a still life I drew a couple of weeks ago of some old books I found in my house. I used pastels for this drawing, which is a medium I find a little harder as you don’t have so much control and it’s harder to capture fine details.

The first half I drew from observation, and the second half I drew from a photo I had taken of the still life I set up before, because the cloth had moved since the first sitting.

I hope you like it. Please comment your thoughts.

Eloise xxx

Miniature Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the artists who inspires me most. I love his romantic, yet somber story which is so clearly portrayed in his paintings through the swirls and sweeping brush strokes.

After writing a biography of his life, I decided to do some art inspired by him. I had seen a lot of people coping his Starry Night painting so I thought I would have a go myself on a miniature canvas I had.

I enjoyed doing this and I’m quite pleased with the result. I have another idea for a painting inspired by him which I’m hoping to start soon.

The photo below shows my painting next to the image of his which I copied:

Eloise xxx

Watercolour blossom

I was inspired to do this watercolour painting by a beautiful hawthorn tree in my garden which is like a bridesmaid of nature during spring when it is covered from head to foot in a white – slightly tinted with pink – vale of delicate blossom.

I took some photos of the blossom while it was still out, and then did this painting from one of my photographs. As always, I feel that watercolours are the best medium to convey the pretty nature of flowers so this is what I chose.

I enjoyed doing this painting and I hope you like the result. The blossom in my garden has been taken by the harsh grip of wind now, but I still have this painting, and photograph, to remind myself of the beautiful flowers until it returns next spring. 🌸🎨

New Logo

Hello everyone, I hope you like my new blog logo. I thought it was time for a change. It is my own illustration and below are shown each stage of editing, starting with the initial drawing.

This drawing depicts myself in a meadow of wild flowers (where I would much rather be than in lockdown). I have been loving ink flowers lately so I decided that I definitely wanted them to be included in my logo. I have tried to make this logo a bit more ‘simple but effective’ than my previous logo designs, and I think the added editing gives it that extra special finish. 😊🌸🖊

Please comment your thoughts!

Eloise xxx

DIY Scrunchies

Lockdown has meant that I have had a lot more time to get crafty and do some sewing projects that I have wanted to do for a while. One item I have learnt how to sew during this period is scrunchies, which are really simple to make and fun to wear. Because I have really enjoyed making them, I thought I would share the pattern with you. So why not have a go if you have some extra time on your hands?

Or, visit my new Depop shop (https://depop.com/eloise_a_h) to purchase my handmade scrunchies and save the bother!

You will need:

– A strip of fabric of your choice (approx 40cm long and 7cm wide)

– A hair band

– A needle and thread

How to make:

Step 1: Begin by folding your fabric around the hair band with the inside on the outside, then stitch along the edge with running stitch. See picture below.

Step 2: Once you have stitched all the way along, turn the strip of fabric inside out on the hair band. This may be a bit tricky but just keep pulling and it will turn the right way eventually. Then fold both ends of the strip over and stitch together using mattress stitch.

Now your scrunchie is complete!

To add a bunny ear tie to your scrunchie, cut a template similar to the one shown below, and use it to cut out a piece of material the same shape. (Don’t worry if the shape isn’t perfect, chances are you won’t notice too much).

Now fold in half (inside out) and stitch the edges together. Leave a gap in the middle to turn the right way afterwards.

Turn the right way and stitch the gap together with mattress stitch.

Lastly, tie around your scrunchie!

I hope you enjoy this sewing tutorial. Now go and make a load more!

Eloise xxx

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