Old Jos

Cleaning out come crap drawers meant facing 3 previous versions of myself… So I doodled them!

Let’s be real, my BF cleaned out drawers. And I had fun looking at my old ID cards from uni/ work and not really helping clean.

I was also planning this (frankly quite narcissistic) drawing:

drawing, self portraits of my old hairstyles from 2009-2015
I’m seriously wondering what my next hair fase will be…

Hair “styles”

I almost fell into the trap of “OH NOOO MY HAIR – I look weird!” But let’s talk nicely about our present and past selves in 2020, guys! So, here are some observations:

11 years ago, before starting uni, I basically didn’t have hair, or eyebrows! 20-year-old me in the start of 2009 also didn’t know I needed glasses yet. That one probably looks the least like me now. But I did love the short hair.

Luckily there weren’t any photos in this pile of my inevitable mullet fase I went through afterwards to grow my hair out… I luckily have that in my passport photo, so only a few people need to see that…

Sorry, I got a BIT negative there! The mullet was fine, just not… great πŸ˜€

The me from 2013 had bangs (that always swooped a bit) and studied abroad in York. Good times!

Selfie identity

The third picture from 2015 was taken at work on my first day at my first job after uni. Yay happy, sweaty me ❀

That last one is also the only one taken by a professional photographer. The other two are selfies. In 2009 they were still just called “more or less random photos you took of yourself”, I guess?

Old Jos

I made a thing #2 (sewing edition)

Here’s a doodle of some more Christmas presents I made for my family from thrifted fabrics.

Did you see my polar bears vs. turtles game?

Thrifted fabric things

The first thing is a gift bag. I made it out of a green piece of fabric from the thrift shop. It might have been a napkin or something.

Sewing is fun!

The bonus of using used fabric is that it’s already hemmed! And hemming is like the least exciting bit about sewing, I think. Strongly in competition with measuring and cutting.

Ok yes I only really like going really fast on the sewing machine! Which is a small part of the process, but anyway!

For the gift bag I just sewed it into a simple bag and tied it with a red ribbon – for optimal Christmas vibes.

It’s a scrunchie

Turns out I had a harder time drawing a scrunchie than I did actually sewing it…

The doodle is a bit off, but IRL it’s a black/dark blue shiny fabric with tiny gold stars. Originally a shirt from the thrift shop.

All I had to do was to cut and sew it into a cylinder. *Hot tip: use a longer piece of fabric than you might think so the scrunchie can stretch out when you add the elastic. I might have made this mistake for my first try. I probably could have looked up a sewing tutorial before starting but I didn’t have the patience.

I put a piece of elastic band in the proper lenght in the fabric tube, sewed the hole and it was ready for my nieces incredibly thick and beautiful hair!

From scarf to cozy

The third thing in the drawing is a burgundy scarf that I machine-washed which made it into a thick felt. Not really om purpose, but it turned out great.

I cut and sewed it into two tea glass cozies for my mum. I looked for some inspo on Pinterest but I couldn’t really find anything, so I ended up with my own design. They have coloured felt balls as “buttons” and a tiny strap. I made this so it’s possible to adjust the size og the cozy later if it gets floppy and doesn’t sit snugly on the glass.

Sorry for the terrible tutorials, and thanks for reading all the way through πŸ˜€

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I made a thing #2 (sewing edition)

I made a thing #1

For Christmas 2019, I made a lot of small homemade gifts for my fam. I had so much fun and only got a tiny bit stressed trying to finish all of them in time πŸ˜†

Since I’m still trying to relax and get over my cold, I thought I’d draw some of the gifts I made and tell you how I made them. The holidays are over, but they’re not specifically Christmassy things, so maybe they can inspire someone to DIY something πŸ™‚

Bears Vs Turtles

For my nephew I made a tic tac toe game, but it’s a bit unusual:

I got the idea to make a game when I found a pack of three extremely cute polar bear figurines in the craft store.

It took me a while (and some creative inspo from Pinterest) before I decided to make a small unique version of tic tac toe.

I then found the three small clay turtles in my local Fair Trade shop.

The last step was to paint the simple gold pattern with a porcelain pen on a blue tile.

Weird gift from Auntie done!

I made a thing #1

Snotty happy new year

I started out the new year with a cold 😦

New Year – same old snotty me

But it’s ok, because I was well during Christmas and had lots of really good family time, many naps, LOTS of sweets and a bunch of sun, actually. So I can’t complain (even though I just did).

Hope you all are well and had a good Holiday season / New Year celebration / first couple of days of January.

I didn’t draw much this past month (LOL, I’m posting this from my phone and it wanted to autocorrect to “this pasta month” – I guess my phone knows me well).

Anyway, I plan to doodle some more when I feel better.

Snotty happy new year

’tis the season to be…

… extra nice to shop elves!

While Christmas shopping I’ve seen lots of other nice and patient customers. But also some very… impatient* ones!

I met one shop assistant with a massive cold who needed to be at home in bed, but she powered through and was very nice (and sniffly).

So I’ve decided to be EXTRA nice to shop assistents this year. I hope I’m always friendly, but this week I went all out with smiles, “no worries, I’ll wrap it myself”s, “I don’t need a bag, thanks”s and “Merry Christmas!”s.

I’ve had student jobs in shops, but mainly cafΓ©s/food places and never in retail around Christmas. So I don’t know the struggle, but I still know that those friendly faces in the busy crowd means a lot!

Thrift your gifts

(OMG did I just make that rhyme for the first time ever? Probably not, But I love it)

Since I’m already telling you what to do in this post (don’t know why that’s my thing, apparently I get preachy around the holidays), here’s another thing:

Remember that secondhand or homemade things make great gifts! I talked about shopping a lot in this post, but in reality most of the places I’ve been Christmas shopping were thrift shops and the craft store. Trying to buy less new things has been a fun challenge to me.

Now I just have some (a lot) of DIY’ing to do. Actually writing this post in the middle of a giant, cute, creative mess of paper, fabric and other stuff πŸ˜€

Wrap your crap (yourself)

(yup, I rhymed again)

As a bonus for reading alllll the way through my babbling, here’s a video recommendation :

TheSorryGirls: Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas you should be using this year

Definitely check it out, TheSorryGirls make really great DIY videos.

And I got really inspired to try some more sustainable gift wrap solutions that also look cute.

*rude. They were rude.

’tis the season to be…

Thrifted #1

I went thrift shopping for a bit today. Not for clothes though, but I often buy my clothes second-hand. And when I got home, I remembered that I recently started drawing a new “series” to use some more pages in my Inktober 2019 sketchbook:

Imagined people wearing colourful second-hand clothes

Preloved things ❀

I love finding quality products like wool sweaters or shirts from an unknown brand that I wouldn’t find in a store.

As I get older (31 who?), it means more and more to me to try to only buy sustainably. Which is very hard, and I fail again and again.

However, with clothes I find that it’s a win-win, really, since I love the hunt for something fun and unique in the thrift store and it’s a LOT better for the environment. Older clothes (which have made it to the store) are also often of a better quality than a lot of new stuff, I feel like.

Okay, you get it, I can’t recommend thrifting enough πŸ˜€ Especially for clothes, but I basically buy everything, kitchenware, pictureframes, furniture, you name it.

Stay tuned for more thrifty doodles.

Thrifted #1

mlem moo

After a very busy and exciting work week, I got home yesterday afternoon, slept from 5 to 7 p.m. on the couch, woke up and drew this:

Which, I guess, represents how I was feeling. You know, kind of mlem, but also moo.

I think it also means my brain is now on Christmas mode! I’m now questioning what a deer has to do with Christmas. Or did I draw a reindeer? Definitely not a moose, they’re snouts are more horse-like. Yes, I had this discussion with my BF πŸ˜€

Snow = Christmas brain

Yesterday morning, I walked to the bus early in the morning, and it was snowing (halp!) very windy and pitch black. Later in the day, the sun came out and it was the most beautiful, sunny and chilly November day. A crazy change!

I think starting the day with a bit of snow and a bent umbrella (haaalp!) definitely activated those Christmas sensors in my brain. I woke up today thinking about gingerbread cookies and candles and gift ideas.

I’m guessing more festive doodles are coming.

mlem moo

Floor doodles

A cozy November evening a couple of weeks ago, I had an urge to sit on the floor and draw some doodles. So I did. The result was a lot of drawings – and I finally got around to editing this video with three of them:

I like doodling without sketching out what I’m drawing first. It means I don’t really know what I’m making until it’s finished.

For instance, I didn’t really know what activities I was going to have the three November people do until in the middle of drawing them.

Doodle body positivity

Sometimes the result isn’t fantastic and the proportions of some of the bodies and faces I draw turn out weird. But that’s part of the fun, I think. At least that’s what I tell myself while I edit these videos and rewatch the stuff I don’t like over and over πŸ˜€

The speed of the video is at 400 %. So it was a lot more calming to draw in normal speed than what it looks like. I had lots of thinking breaks. But those would probably be a bit boring to watch. However, I did make this video a bit longer than the other recent ones I’ve uploaded. Let me know if this format is fun to watch, or if you fell asleep half-way through.

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Floor doodles

November faces

It’s getting colder and darker in Denmark at the moment. The perfect season for doodling some colourful Winter people:

Winter time is doodle time!

I don’t mind the cold and the grey landscapeΒ so much, but the dark is starting to get to my brain a bit. Everytime I take a nap or go to bed at night, it goes “Oh well, time to hibernate for 6 months”.

So doodling helps me stay awake for a bit after dinner so I don’t go to bed at 8 p.m. πŸ˜€ And adding colour feels great.

I haven’t actually seen any of these Winter people IRL; they are drawn from imagination like most of my doodle people.

Except for the yellow wellies! I recently got similar ones myself, and they contribute to adding some colour to these grey days. I’ve even worn them out to eat because I like them so much.

Maybe I should get a crazy, blue fuzzy hat too!

November faces

New doodle products…

… in time for the Holidays (maybe, I hope?!!) πŸ™‚

I uploaded 3 new designs to my Redbubble shop last week – and forgot to tell anyone about it… So here they are:

Check them out here:

I chose to put the designs on different products that I think fit the drawings best. I never make one design available on all of Redbubble’s products, but I take time to really think about what products make sense with each design.

The cat design is also available on different coloured backgrounds – like this red one:

I also thought the cats would look really cool on a water bottle or phone cover, so I also made those products available – check them out on Redbubble.

At first glance this message might look a bit shallow:

But when you look closer, it’s not so bad at all:

Sometimes people get mad at other people for using phones too much – and that might sometimes be true. But to me, the best thing about my phone is that it connects me with my family and friends daily – and with people I’ve never met IRL – like you guys.

Doodles and words and things

Adding text to my drawings is new to me. But I generally like art with a combination of words and doodles (is anyone surprised??).

I think adding a bit of text can make some doodles work better as product designs and give it an extra dimension, if you will. Like the one with the phone.

Let me know if you agree, or you’d prefer the drawings to stand alone in the future πŸ™‚

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I love buying prints and products from other illustrators that I follow online or from smaller local shops. If you decide to buy any of my products to give to someone – or yourself – please tag me #wordsanddoodles – I’d love to see where my designs get a home!

Will I get my stuff before Christmas?

According to the Redbubble website, printing usually takes 1-3 business days. But the cool thing is that they only make the products after you order them. It means less waste, and I’m really happy about that aspect.

Read more about shipping and manufacturing on the Redbubble website. Where you can also check out many other very cool artists!

New doodle products…