Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Back in the creative Saddle

I've been feeling so lousy recently and my creativy was in a real slump but it has returned in full force!
I haven't been this creative in ages. I'm so happy it finally came back. I think its due to routines. Since I'm heading back to work next week after a long holiday and because there is no one else around in the day time at the moment my routine has been restored.

I've been making lots of appliques, I now have a few rainbow ones ready to sew onto my tank tops. As well as a new daisy brooch and a tiny bunny plush.

Last night I sat down and designed some new shrwhich I finished today by baking and sealing. I'm now wearing a cute bunny necklace and rainbow dangly earrings which have been long in the works. I always have so many ideas but never enough time or zing to get them made.inky dinks,

I've also just been hit by a new craze. The craze that is Inchies! An inchie is a 1 x 1 inch piece of artwork. You can make them in any media, the only thing that needs to stay the same is the size. I made 35 of them this morning. I started with some Gauche and did a wash on waterpaper card and then once it had dried I cut out each Inchie. After that it was a case of adding in all the details with my favourite brush pen. For great justice!

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these ones yet. Perhaps I'll frame them. I have so many ideas for other Inchies. I've added them to my little Pink book of ideas, which is getting very full I might add, since it has everything from badge designs to short stories inside it.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Customised canvas shoes

I decided to jump on the "I make custom canvas shoes" bandwagon.

I've been moaning to myself recently as I haven't be able to find a decent pair of bright colourful shoes. So I decided to make my own! I picked up a pair from a local shoe store for £4.99 and then went crazy.

They are coloured with the same markers I do the majority of my art with and my favourite inking pen. The ink is pretty much water proof, I tested the pens on canvas bag and then left it soaking in a jug for an hour and it only spread a tiny amount.

Just waiting for my sealant to dry then its all systems go!

Monday, 17 August 2009

Jazzing up clothes Applique style!

The other day I accidentally tore a hole in brand new shirt of mine. Since it was brand new I was pretty upset until it occurred to me that I could fix it and make it prettier at the same time by making an Applique patch.

The upper heart is the repair patch, and the lower one was added for extra cuteness!
Now I'm obsessed with making Applique patches and other things!

The kitty is a hair clip while the rest are all applique's ready to be sewn on to things to jazz them up. I finished sewing the Cupcake and wings on to a tank top of mine this evening and I adore how it turned out!

Inspiration Monday

I've decided to start adding different themes to some days of the week to blog about. I already enjoy participating in Illustration Friday, although technically I post them on other days as they need to be submitted before Friday.

So today I have renamed to Inspiration Monday! Each week I will post about one thing that inspires me. Whether it be art, a book, movie or music.

Without further ado, my Inspiration for this week is : The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle.

I've always loved Unicorns, ever since I can remember. I don't know if I liked The Last Unicorn because I love Unicorns, or if I love Unicorn's because of the Last Unicorn.

I won't include spoilers. If you've seen the movie or read the book I imagine you'll understand what I mean, if not then I suggest you should go and enjoy it. It isn't for everyone, but there are many people who the story stays with for your entire life. It is a cult classic.

I encountered the Film long before the Book, and it brought so much more to the table then many of the other fantasy films I had watched as a child. Its rare to find an animated fantasy adventure which hasn't had parts of the plot edited for parts that may be unsuitable for children.
There are many bits which can be seen as quite scary to some children, as well as an ending where the characters don't all "live happily ever after"
I think I learnt a valuable lesson from the film as child, which is that somethings change and can't go back the the way they were before, and that life isn't always fair.

Many people dislike the animation style that The Last Unicorn was presented in, I however have always loved it. I doesn't have Disney like ascetics where all the women are slim and pretty and all the men look heroic and dashing. In fact I daresay the only beautiful things in the film are the Unicorn's themselves, which in my opinion adds a fantastic contrast. I like the grittiness and awkwardness of the designs of many of the characters. The story is set in a medieval time, with knights and bandits, so more often than not the humans look dirty and gangly. Which if you think about it is perfect considering that there wasn't much time to bathe in the days of yore.

The book is equally incredible, and the movie remains very faithful to it. In fact some of the quotes from the books are repeated word for word in the animation. Because of this it is a wonderful treat to read the book. There are many extra details and scenes which make the story feel more whole.

There aren't many things in this world that have reached the same sort of status as The Last Unicorn for me. It truly is one of the defining stories of my life and will always continue to be.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


Originally uploaded by Marinrin Chianne
This weeks entry for Illustration Friday, the topic being "impatience"

Cats. Cats have got to be one of the most impatience creatures on the planet. Always wanting breakfast or lunch, in or out. They wait and mew and mew and mew until their bidding is done. I think cats can tell the time better than humans can, they always know when dinner is and when its late.

Mixed Media, Brushpen, coloured pencils and digital.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Little Puff's Garden adventures

Well I'm back from my weekend away at my boyfriend's house and I've returned with some wonderful photos! The sun actually came out *shock horror* I wouldn't usually be so cynical, but it really has been a gloomy summer here in Cornwall thus far. Not that I'm complaining really, as I find the summer heat to be very hard and I have a tendency to whine under melting circumstances.

Anyway since I got so many photo's I thought I'd break it down into different posts over the next few days. I'd like to introduce Little Puff, she is a Doll Factory Pet doll Ari Nara and she one of my six Asian Ball Joint Dolls.

Free hugs!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

The suns out

I haven't really been up to as many arts and crafts as I should have been this week, however I have been busy with other things.

I've been playing Wii fit a lot and I've toned up considerably. I haven't really lost that much weight, maybe a pound or 2 but I am generally feeling better because of it. I need to drop a couple of yoga techniques and replace them with some jogging instead. I try to do 30 mins a day. Except weekends, where I don't have access to a wii. This time last year I really shifted in weight. I lost around 8 pounds. Which for me, was a lot of difference.

Anyway, my boyfriend has invited me to take my Ball Joint Dolls around this weekend so I can take photos of them in his wonderful garden. I'm so excited. Its been ages since I've had time and a decent place for a proper dolly photoshoot.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009


Originally uploaded by Marinrin Chianne
This weeks entry for Illustration Friday. The topic being "Modify"

In this day and age is easy to modify your appearance based on how your feeling. I have to dress down for work days, but on my days off I'm all about Puppies and Rainbows.

Brush Pen and Prisma Colour pencils.

Monday, 3 August 2009

In a creative Funk - Blah

I'm sorta struggling at the moment. Everytime I sit down to make and create I'm left feeling rather blank.

I've got creative block and its not fun in slightest. To fill the void I've been throwing myself into other things for the last few days.

Namely Wii fit. Its been about a year since I've played it, I lost 8 pounds when I first started. A year on and I've put 7 out of the 8 back on. So I'm working hard again to lose them all over again.
I'm trying to do 30 mins a day, I've been doing great so far. Of course you have to watch what you eat too. Today I had a half melon for breakfast, ham sandwiches for lunch and a tasty omelet for tea. If I get peckish I'll have some fruit. Hopefully I'll see some results in a few days if I stick with it.

I've also been trying out things with my hair. I have quite long hair, its pretty much bra strap length at the moment. I'm growing it out as long as I possibly can. I've been finding different updos to do and practicing them. I've also found the joy that is hair extensions. Since I can't dye my hair all the fun bright colours I love, I've turned to brightly coloured hair extensions. I'm still practicing on how to get them to sit in my hair properly.