16 Dec

Oh Deer! Die Rentiere sind los!

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Könnt ihr euch Weihnachten ohne Rentiere vorstellen? Überall sieht man zur Weihnachtszeit kleine Rudolphs…ob auf Weihnachtskarten oder zu Dekozwecken. Deshalb habe ich mich heute Nachmittag einmal diesen liebenswürdigen Geschöpfen gewidmet.

Can you imagine christmas without images of reindeers? – I can`t. That`s why I spent some time this afternoon doodling and crafting those loveable animals.

Zuerst sind mithilfe meines Daumenabdrucks diese kleinen Kerlchen entstanden:

First, I used my thumb to create these little friends:

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Dazu habe ich einfach meinen Daumen mit Wasserfarbe bepinselt, einen Abdruck gemacht und dann mit einem Fineliner Geweih und Gesicht gezeichnet. Auch eine prima Idee, um Weihnachtskarten eine persönliche Note zu verleihen.

Just added some watercolour to my thumb and made a print with it. Then drew the horns and gave the deer a face…also a great idea for making individual christmas cards.

Dann habe ich diesen kleinen Freund gebastelt:

Next, I created this little friend:

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Dafür habe ich mein Rentier auf Karton gezeichnet, ausgeschnitten und zusammengesteckt. Dieses niedliche Geschöpf verschönert nun meine Kommode.

First, I sketched this little reindeer on cardboard, cutted it and stuck it together.  I use it to decorate my sideboard.

Und dann habe ich auch noch gezeichnet. Entstanden ist – natürlich- ein Rentier-Portät:

And, last but not least, I doodled this portait of a friendly reindeer:

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Ich denke, ich werde es für einige Weihnachtskarten verwenden. Wünsche allen einen schönen und gemütlichen Abend!

I think I will use it for illustrating some christmas cards. Have a nice and warm evening!

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09 Dec

How to doodle your individual gift wrapping

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Christmas is just around the corner and the daunting search for the right gifts begins. Have you already bought all of the christmas gifts for your family and friends? Personally,  I am more of the last minute gift seeker. I just need some pressure to get out there and shop the right things.

But what I`ve already thought about  this year is how I will wrap my gifts. I want to give the packaging a personal touch and decided to design my own wrapping paper and matching gift tags with some of my doodles.

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Maybe you will feel inspired as well and start doodling your own gift wrapping…..

How I created my own gift packaging:

First, I doodled some typical christmas items. This is only one page of my christmas doodles:

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Then, I scanned them and coloured them with the help of the free image editing software GIMP.

Of course, you can also directly doodle on the paper you want to use as gift wrapping.

Next, I created some patterns with the doodle sketches in INKSCAPE and imported them into a WORD file.

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Tadaaaa….. my own individual gift wrapping paper is ready. And the best thing about it is that I just need to print it and never ever have to worry again about  getting wrapping paper in the last minute.

I used the same doodle sketches to create some matching gift tags.

If you are already running out of time I have a gift for you as well – here are some free printables of the wrapping paper and the gift tags:

Wrapping paper christmas trees black / pink No.1

Wrapping paper christmas trees black / pink No. 2

Wrapping paper christmas trees mint

Wrapping paper christmas trees rose

Gift tags

 

 

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07 Dec

About Doodling

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Have you ever wanted to draw something but didn`t because you did not know what to start with? Have you ever felt frustrated because your drawings look nothing like reality? Do you sometimes feel that if you cannot draw something perfectly then you shouldn`t draw at all?

I often felt that way.

As a young girl I spent most of my time just drawing or painting things. I didn’t pay attention to perspective or composition or anything like that. I just liked the process of drawing. The results weren’t important to me.

Things changed back in school, when I wanted to draw portraits of my favourite singers and actors but failed miserably to do so because my portraits never looked exactly the way the original looked like. I wanted my drawings to look like reality but they never really did. I got frustrated and didn’t draw anything for many years.

Then I went to university and realized that I learned best when linking the information I had to learn with images. So I started to add little scribbles to my notes and created tons of mind maps consisting of short text passages and scribbles.

After graduating from university I found myself still scribbling and doodling at any occasion. But now it was not because doodling helped me remembering things. Now it was of pure joy.

What is doodling?

The process of doodling is a very spontaneous one. It is not about drawing something as realistically as possible. It is about capturing the essential characteristic of the object or person you would like to draw. This can be a certain shape, a certain pattern or a certain colour. If you want to draw, for example, a flamingo, think about what characteristics make you recognize a flamingo as a flamingo and then just draw!

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There is no right or wrong. Doodling is about how you perceive the world around you and, foremost, it`s about having fun being creative.

Doodling does not require any special artistic skills or techniques. However, the more you doodle or draw the better you will get at capturing the essential characteristic of an object and putting it down to paper.

Of course, some basic knowledge about perspective and composition will be helpful as well, especially if you would like to doodle whole sceneries. But that`s all learning by doing.

What supplies do I need for doodling?

That`s the good thing about doodling. You just need any kind of pen and something you can doodle on. This can be a piece of paper but also a napkin or anything else you can draw on. Of course you can also doodle digitally. There are lots of apps out there, like for example Brushes or Paper by FiftyThree which make it easy to doodle on the go.

How to start?

Just grab a pen and a piece of paper and start doodling the things that come to your mind or that are right in front of you.

Always keep in mind: no need to be perfect! Just enjoy your creativity!

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15 Nov

Simple doodle girls (and rabbits)

spielfigur_rosaIch bin ja ein großer Fan von einfachen Formen. Detailliertes Nachzeichnen von Personen oder Tieren ist eher nicht so mein Fall. Ich mag es lieber simpel :-)

Als ich in den letzten Tagen einen Schrank aufräumte, fielen mir uralte Brettspiele in die Hand. Als ich mir dann die Mensch-ärgere-dich-nicht Figuren genauer ansah, kam mir gleich die Idee, diese Form für einige Personen- und Tierzeichnungen zu nutzen. Die Form besteht aus einer Kugel und einem Kegel… perfekt also für meine Doodle-Mädchen.

 

I´m a big fan of simple forms. Very detailed drawings of persons or animals are not really my cup of tea. I like to keep it simple :-)

When I cleaned up a cupboard the other day I found some very old board games. Having a closer look at the meeples of the “Mensch ärgere dich nicht” game, I decided to use this form for some doodles of girls and animals. The form consists of a ball and a cone…perfect for doodle-girl-shapes.

 

Hier die Ergebnisse:

Here are the results:

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09 Nov

Doodle-Workshop: Beanies

Einer meiner Lieblingsbeschäftigungen ist es ja,  Gesichter zu zeichnen. Als ich dann gestern zufällig Cara Bean`s Buch 20 ways to draw a mustache durchblätterte, sah ich immer wieder Doodle-Zeichnungen, in der sie eine bestimmte Form, wie zum Beispiel, die einer Bohne oder eines Muffins nahm und darin Gesichter zeichnete. ‘Das muss ich auch ausprobieren’ – dachte ich mir – und legte auch schon sofort los. Entstanden sind 16 lustige Beanie-Doodles.

I love to draw funny faces. And when I had a look at Cara Bean`s book 20 ways to draw a mustache yesterday, I saw that she used simple forms, like for a example those of a bean or a cupcake, to draw little characters into them. ‘I have to try this as well’ – I thought – and immediately started drawing these little beanie-doodles.

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Für alle diejenigen, die auch gerne ein paar Beanie-doodles zeichnen wollen, gibt es hier eine Blanko-Vorlage. Probiert es aus. Viel Spaß beim Doodeln!

For those of you who want to try it as well – here you will find some blank beans. Have fun!

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