A Sketch of Me Sketching

I wanted to do some more illustration type drawings and had an idea that I could illustrate my own life. I am hoping that I will do more of this type of drawing and here is the first one I had a go at, of myself sketching:

I didn’t use any sort of mirror or photograph to create this drawing. I felt that that might make it too realistic and I wanted it to have a more relaxed feel. I simply observed myself and my surroundings, then imagined what I must look like as I sketched.

I hope you like this. Comment below if you would like to see more of this style of drawing.

Eloise xxx

Prints Inspired by Tim Mara

I attended a workshop at Wolverhampton art gallery last week where we looked round the Tim Mara: Not Pop? exhibition and were encouraged to notice the themes and patterns he used in his art. The exhibition was titled Not Pop? because a lot of his art looked like pop art but instead of being influenced by popular culture, Mara was inspired my the great masters, so much of his artwork was more like that of a still life. He included a lot of people in his art, but rarely showed their faces in the aim to focus the viewer’s attention on the surroundings, not the portrait.

We were set the task of drawing one of the many patterns in his prints, and also attempted some quick drawing challenges.

After that we used the patterns we were inspired by to create prints by drawing into a polystyrene tile with a sharp pencil. We were encouraged to draw a hand because it was reminiscent of the way Mara created portraits without showing the face.

We used printing ink to produce our first prints, then created more smaller tiles to print in other colours on top. I am quite pleased with the way mine turned out, although I feel like a might have used a few too many patterns – making the hand a bit unclear to see.

Let me know what you think of them below. 😊

Eloise xxx

My Art College Taster Day

Last week I went to a taster day at Lichfield college where I am planning on going in September to do a UAL in art and design. After having previously been to an open evening and had an interview there, I thought it would be a good opportunity to really get the feel of how my time there will be.

The session started at 9:30am so I arrived a little earlier and was told to wait in the lecture theatre where a few others were already waiting. Slowly, a few more people arrived until there were about 19 of us. We were given a brief summary of the day by the teachers, and were then divided randomly into three groups – a, b and c. I was in group a.

The taster day was for people interested in photography, fashion and media, as well as art, so the day covered a variety of activities for each of these creative areas. During the first activity we used a dark room to develop our own photos using light and chemicals:

We also used a camera obscura to create mysterious looking photos of ourselves and made wool pom poms with the fashion teacher who was very lively and chatty.

After the lunch break we made pinch pots in ceramics:

and finally, we created an animation using drawings.

At 3pm I went home after a long day of creating!

I enjoyed this experience and am looking forward to going there in September and sharing with you all the artworks I produce.

Be sure to follow my site to make sure you don’t miss out on my art journey! It is much appreciated.

Thank you,

Eloise xxx

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and even if, like me, this day means little to you, why not make them for your friends and family? Love comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn’t have to be in the form of a girlfriend / boyfriend or husband / wife. In fact, love doesn’t have to only be for Valentine’s Day. These vanilla hearts are a simple, yet delicious recipe which can easily be made vegan with a couple of dairy free alternatives and are perfect for all year round.

Ingredients:

10 oz Flour

1/2 tbs baking powder

7 oz margarine, sliced into chunks (dairy free for vegan option)

3 oz sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Dark cooking chocolate (dairy free for vegan option)

Method:

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the margarine and rub it in with your fingers until it forms breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and vanilla extract, stir, then form into a dough with your hands.

Leave in the fridge to chill for at least half an hour, then roll out and use heart shaped cutters to cut out your cookies. Place onto a lined baking tray (you May need more than one) and bake Gas Mark 4 / 180c / 360F at for 15 – 20 mins or until firm and pale golden.

Once the cookies are cool, melt the dark chocolate on the hob, in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water. Decorate the cookies with the chocolate in whichever way you see fit.

Once they are cool, give to your loved one (and don’t forget to save some for yourself!)

I hope you enjoy this love – filled recipe and have a happy Valentine’s Day! 💗

If you try it out don’t forget to send me a photo by e mail (see contact) or on Instagram with the hashtag #eloisescreative bakes for a chance to be featured on my Creativity in the Kitchen and Food Design page.

Eloise xxx

Pen and Watercolour

I am working on a new composition on the theme ‘reflections’. This will contain two sorts of reflections – the type in water and the type of my past.

I want my composition to include a wet street and am going to use a photo, that I took in the summer, of the Shambles in York. I decided to do some sketches of this street to get myself familiar with it before embarking on my final piece.

I did one in pencil and one in pen with a watercolour wash. I hadn’t used this method before but it is definitely something that I will be working in again. 😁

Eloise xxx

Alpaca Drawing

This is another artwork that I did for a Christmas present. I did it for my Mum and Dad and they loved it!

I drew this alpaca from a photo my Dad took of an alpaca at a holiday cottage we started at in Wales during the summer. It took quite a long time to capture all the detail and texture in the fur, and it was hard work. However, I always think that the more hard work you put in, the better the end result. I know many modern artists would not agree, but it is my personal opinion.

I just used pencil for this drawing, then put a nice wooden frame on it to finish it off. We don’t know the actual name of this alpaca, but my Mum has decided to call it Paul!

As always, I would love to read your comments about this drawing!

Eloise xxx

Robin Plaque Painting

Back in the summer I bought a plaster plaque of a robin from Blists Hill Victorian town. The robin is a very important part of my family – especially for my Nanny, so I decided to paint it for her as a Christmas present.

I enjoyed using fine brushes to create the fine feathers, and having chance to examine this bird very closely. I found photos of robins online to allow me to make it as realistic as possible. I also enjoyed adding in the background branches and ivy leaves. I used acrylics and varnished it with Modge Podge once it was dry.

I think handmade gifts are very special – they are cheap to make but expensive in love and care. 😊

I always see my grandparents on Boxing Day and when I gave it to them, they loved it and said that they would treasure it. I am very judgemental of my work so this was the most rewarding thing of all.

In my next post I will be showing you another artwork which I gave as a gift this Christmas, so please follow this site to make sure you see it!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas / Hanukkah / holidays!

Eloise xxx

Christmas Pudding Cookies

These Christmas pudding cookies are a fun, festive treat for all the family to enjoy! They combine rich, silky chocolate cookie with a snowball of pecan goodness; not to mention the sweet sugar icing and the delicate decorations which may be tricky, but are certainly worth the patience!

Ingredients:

165g margarine / butter

1tsp vanilla essence

45g icing sugar

Chocolate Outer

105g flour

1tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tbs cocoa powder

45g chocolate (50% cocoa solids or more)

Pecan Filling

90g flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

22g pecans

23g chocolate chips

Icing

Icing sugar

1tsp glycerine

Water

Green fondant

Cranberries

Method:

Mix the margarine / butter, vanilla essence and icing sugar together in a large bowl. Scoop out 1/3 of the mixture into a smaller bowl (for the filling), and add the 105g flour, 1tsp baking powder and 1 1/2 tbs cocoa powder to the large bowl, then mix. Grate the 45g chocolate (on the small side of the grater) and add to the large bowl as well.

In the smaller bowl, add the 90g flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, chopped pecans and chocolate chips. Now leave both of the doughs in the fridge for 30 – 60 mins.

Once the doughs have chilled, divide each one into 14 balls (14 larger chocolate balls and 14 smaller pecan and chocolate chip balls). Flatten the chocolate balls and wrap them around the pecan balls. Bake at 180c / Gas Mark 4 / 360F for 12 – 15 mins or until completely firm.

When the cookies are cool, mix together icing sugar, 1tsp glycerine, and water until it is thick but runny enough to drip slightly. Spread over the top of the cookies, then cut out little holly leaves and small pieces of cranberries, then place on top to look like a mini Christmas pudding.

When the icing is set it is time to taste! 😁😋

I hope you enjoy these tasty Christmas snacks and send me a photo of your finished bakes on Instagram with the hashtag #eloisescreativebakes or by email (see contact) for a chance to be featured on my Creativity in the kitchen and Food Design page!

Merry Christmas!

Eloise xxx 🎄

DIY Snowmen Lanterns

These snowmen lanterns are really fun, simple and effective! I enjoyed making them and they are a great way to pass the time before Christmas Day arrives! (I know you probably have no time spare, but even if you don’t, you will be able to rustle up one of these smiling, shining snowmen in no time!)

Crafting is also a brilliant way to calm down during the hustle and bustle of Christmas time, and allow us to focus on what it really important at this festive season.

To make one snowman lantern you will need:

– white tissue paper

– a small jar (empty and clean)

– black card

– orange card

– red ribbon

– water

– PVA glue

– glue gun

tea light / LED candle

Step 1:

Begin by tearing the white tissue paper into small pieces (about an inch square).

Step 2:

Make a runny glue by mixing 2/3 PVA with 1/3 water. Use this to glue the pieces of tissue paper onto the jar. (Make sure there is glue on top, as well as underneath, so it has a smooth finish.)

Step 3:

Once the jar has dried, cut out the eyes and dots for the mouth out of black card. Cut out a carrot nose from the orange card. Glue these in place.

Step 4:

Use a glue gun to stick on the red ribbon and bow around the rim of the jar. Now place your tea light into the jar and enjoy the glow! 😁☃️

Merry Christmas!

Eloise xxx

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