Okay so the title is pretty poor – I’ll give you that, but I found a new style of doodling that I really love. There’s lots of pictures on pinterest, blogs etc that have words which make a shape – like a heart made out of the word love in lots of languages, which are cute. But I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to try and make words out of shapes, and I am really pleased with the result.
You will need: colourful biro pens, paper, pencil and a rubber.
First of all draw out your word outline in pencil, you could write a name, a quote, whatever, just make sure it’s in bubble writing. This one is a lyric from a song we had at our wedding. Then start to draw little squiggles in one colour, varying in size, almost like zebra print. Use your other colours and do the same – I wouldn’t use more than 5 colours. Keep adding squiggles to the picture, filling the gaps between each line with more lines. Make the squiggles around the letters more dense than the outside. When you think you have done enough, hold the picture at a distance and see whether the words are readable, if they are rub out the pencil lines and that’s it.
Here’s a close up…This is a cute way to make pictures, and a lot better than spending a couple of quid on some tacky inspirational poster. Here are a couple more I have done.
I love buttons, the lovely bright colours and the fun shapes. I also hate boring clothes so a couple of years ago I sewed some fab new buttons to a plain back cardigan, and then another purple one with crayon buttons. I think they are really fun and quirky and I thought I’d show you how to make one yourself.
You will need: a plain cardigan, buttons, black thread, scissors and a needle.
First you need to carefully cut the original buttons off the cardigan. Choose the correct amount of buttons and use some creativity to decide which ones you are going to use in what order. Bright colours work best on black cardigans, if you have a coloured cardigan use colours that complement the colour, so if you are using red, try using purple, orange or pink buttons, if you are using a blue cardigan, use green, turquoise or purple buttons. Thread your needle and tie the end into a sturdy knot. Do a couple of stitches where you want to put the button to secure the thread.Thread on the button and sew through a couple of times. Tie a couple of knots to secure the button and then do the same for the other buttons.
That’s it! I chose to use some fun kids buttons, in a rainbow of colours. Here is the other cardigan, a purple one with a set of crayon shaped buttons. Another thing to check is that the buttons go through the holes.
So there we go, a cute cardigan with bright buttons!