Saturday, 4 February 2012

Pencils, Paper, Scissors Collective | Circus Colouring Book.


Get your crayons at the ready! It's been a long time coming, but Pencils, Paper, Scissors Collective's circus-themed colouring book has finally arrived! From lions and tigers to acrobats and clowns, the book features 24 pages full of fun and exciting circus images for you or your little ones to attack with their crayons because, let's face it, you're never too old for a little bit of colouring in!

The colouring book is now available to buy in my shop, or if you're feeling lucky, why not head over to Pencils, Paper, Scissors Collective's blog before February 17th for your chance to win a copy!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Ohh Deer | Stuck on Repeat.

So I had completely decided that I wasn't going to enter Ohh Deer's Stuck on Repeat competition. I couldn't think an idea to perfectly fit the brief, and I didn't want to design a repeat pattern just for the sake of it. Then, yesterday afternoon, I was struggling with repetitive eating-disorder related thoughts - my head wouldn't stay still for a second, and it was hard to focus on anything. I had, earlier that day, re-found my lovely rainbow coloured pens, so I took them out and tried to distract myself by drawing an intricately detailed pattern. It took patience and concentration, and worked for a time to keep me distracted from the unhelpful thoughts. 

When I'd finished, I didn't think much about the pattern, except that it looked quite pretty, but then I was reminded of the competition, and I realised the relevance - repetitive thoughts, repetitive patterns. When I drew this pattern, my thoughts were stuck in repeat. Drawing a repetitive pattern was both calming and distracting. So at the last minute, I decided to enter my pretty little pattern into the competition. It's really quite different to the work I usually create, but it seemed to fit the brief well, so I thought it was worth a try. The other entries are exceptionally good, so I don't hold out much hope, but if you do happen to like my design, please pop over and click the like button. :]