Lemon in a box

The rules of the game are simple, but the fun isn’t!

Hanging out with a 10-month-old sometimes means making up “games” such as…

… to get a couple of minutes to clean up the house. Or have a sip of coffee 😁

Yesterday my little one was entertained for at least 5 minutes by a plastic container and a lemon.

It felt like such a ✨ parent win✨ that I had to dwell on it for a bit (after she went to bed) and draw this imaginary game box design.

It took me about an hour of drawing on my phone in ibisXPaint while watching the Olympics.

Lemon in a box

Meeting a mole (or a mouse?)

This tiny guy crossed the walking path on my evening walk.

At least I think it was a mole. It might have been a mouse. The lil guy looked confused about where it was going. It managed to cross the path (grassy fields on both sides) in kind of a zigzag and stop when hitting the grass.

I walked by carefully trying not to disturb and took this photo:

I made the drawing several days later trying to remember what the creature looked like.

I ended up googling some images of the front end of a mole and changing the placement of its paws a bit πŸ˜†

What do you think, was it a mouse or a mole? Does my drawing look like either, or both?

Meeting a mole (or a mouse?)

Baby knows best

Or at least she knows how to eat with a spoon in the most fun way…

The baby recently started accepting that food on a spoon is ok. It took about three months of trying mushy vegetables and porridge for her to realise that she in fact likes food.

Letting her practice eating on her own is obviously the next step. So it’s part of mealtime on especially patient days…

It’s very messy. But apparently this is the way to eat with a spoon.

And don’t try to teach a strong-willed 8.5 month-old something different!

Drawing process

I sketched this comic out on paper and then used that as the basis for a digital drawing on my phone. I’m still using ibisXPaint whenever I sit down to draw (not often enough!) and I still really like the app. I used a pencil type brush for the line work and some “watercolour” for the colouring.

I didn’t realise until I was invested in this comic that I had given myself a massive challenge with drawing hands 😳

It took a lot of alterations and looking at my hands and the baby’s hands before I liked the result of the drawing. Some very good drawing practice that I didn’t anticipate beforehand (hand, heheeeh) πŸ˜…

Baby knows best

Garden life 😳πŸ₯°πŸŒ±

I drew this flattering self portrait last week after a task that made me feel some type of way about gardens… and adulthood!

Just a grown-up dealing with life, nothing to see here.

Tbh I really love being a garden owner. We moved into an old house with an old (and kind of unkempt) garden a little over a year ago.

That means that this is our second summer in the house and we’ve gotten to enjoy all the different days of spring and early summer here.

There’s green everywhere, weeds and flowers and trees and all sorts. These are some of the plants that were already in the garden when we moved in:

  • Magnolia trees
  • Giant poppies
  • A lilac tree
  • Oak trees
  • Cherry trees
  • Hazel bushes
  • Berry bushes: gooseberry, black currants and red currants
  • A very tasty rhubarb
  • Oregano
  • Lavender
  • Loooots of flowers that I don’t know the names of
Just poppin’ up

I also planted some leeks last year that didn’t really turn out. So they’re still there. I think they might flower and produce seeds this year, maybe?!

I’m not a garden expert if you can’t tell.

But I’m a greenery lover! And so is our little 8-month-old. Being an Autumn baby this is her first time experiencing summer in a garden.

She’s simply loving it, constantly smiling, squealing and generally marveling at things outside.

It’s become a tradition for me to let her give the lilac flowers a loving, though not very gentle, squeeze when we pass them.

Our garden definitely doesn’t get enough attention, mainly because of said baby girl – not to mention the old house that also needs some care.

But it’s kind of magical to have all those plants that are there because a previous owner put them there.

That turned out to be quite a positive post about gardens.

I still hate untangling the friggin’ garden hose though!

Garden life 😳πŸ₯°πŸŒ±

I drew 3 Spring doodles (and rambled a bit about veggies) πŸŒ·πŸŒ€οΈ

… and then Winter returned πŸ˜³πŸ˜„ But here they are anyway.

Here are 3 Spring-themed doodles I made in the first week of March. Still doodling away on my phone in ibisPaint X whenever I have the chance.

I love illustrating food, especially veggies πŸ’š

I didn’t really plan out this drawing but just added things bit by bit. I try to eat what’s in season (and not grown in heated greenhouses), because it’s a way for me to be more sustainable. That means I haven’t had a fresh tomato or cucumber in a long time.

But living in this country can get a bit boring foodwise, especially in Winter. We love potatoes, carrots and all sorts of kale and cabbage in this house, but do get fed up with it. So we allow ourselves to get imported veg, especially peppers and lots of oranges and lemons, I just can’t live without them. And on rare occasions an avocado, yum!

I think I’m going to be a bit more loose about my “local and in season” food goal, because our daughter will soon start to eat solid food. And I want her to taste everything. But I’m torn, because I also want to teach her about sustainable lifestyle and give her a good Earth to live on!

When you think about it, it’s quite ridiculous that we have become used to being able to buy fresh fruit this far North in the middle of Winter.

Umm, that was quite a blurb about food. Anyway! Here are the other two Spring doodles.

Weeeeee! *sniffle

Just a lil’ Spring flower who is maybe now reconsidering the choice to come up and say hi.

You can find speed videos of my drawing process for both of these last doodles on my Instagram.

It was great to have some days with nice weather, especially since all you can really do is go for walks at the moment. But then the cold came back to bite us all in the, well, cheeks! πŸ₯Ά So I think I’ll wait an extra couple months to remove my woolly layers πŸ˜„

I drew 3 Spring doodles (and rambled a bit about veggies) πŸŒ·πŸŒ€οΈ

Learning to draw in ibisPaint X

I’ve started using a new drawing app on my phone and having fun trying out different drawing styles. Here you can check out some of my first doodles.

After a period of doodling a lot in my sketchbook, I wanted to get back into digital drawing. Mainly for the practical reason that I don’t have to get out any drawing stuff, but can start drawing immediately when the baby takes a nap and I don’t want to get up πŸ˜†

My first 2 quick doodles in ibisPaint X. Not really meant to be shared but what the heck.

I’ve had ibisPaint X on my phone for months (thanks to my cool and creative niece who recommended it ❀️) but never really got started until now.

A very random and late Valentine’s Day doodle that I shared on Instagram…
Testing out a new drawing style with a doggo doodle! When I don’t know what to draw I go for cats and dogs, food things or people. And at the moment a lot of babies πŸ˜„

I had a cheap stylus which so far has been okay to use, but I’ve been drawing so much that it already needs replacing. I could just use my finger to draw but I find that very difficult 😬

What I think about ibisPaint X so far

I’m really liking the airbrush tools, and generally find the drawing tools in the app easy to use. Especially the handy switch between brush and eraser and the zoom and rotate functions. It’s also very neat to be able to make a process video of a drawing.

Orange airbrush vibes 🧑

I should mention I quickly decided to pay for the ad-free version of the app to also get access to more brush options. Which you obviously don’t have to do, but I don’t regret.

I’m having lots of fun playing around with textures and colours. Actually spending time drawing that I could be napping or doing other useful things!

If you draw, do you use drawing apps for your phone/tablet or prefer working on paper – or maybe on a computer with a larger screen? You’re welcome to share in the comments, thanks for following along! More drawings to come!

Learning to draw in ibisPaint X

Orange pepper

Gardening is new to me, and I get VERY excited when something new happens with my plants. Sometimes things change colour from one day to the next! So I had to make a drawing about it.

My sister gave me a pepper plant and a tomato plant as a housewarming gift in Spring, and they are both thriving in the greenhouse. There are soooo many fruits!

Colourful fruits

So far, all the peppers have been green, but a couple of days ago one of them turned orange! And it made me a very happy garden owner.

How do they know when to stop growing and start changing colour? It must be some kind of garden magic. Now the challenge is to leave it for a couple more days and see if it turns red. If I don’t eat it before it happens!

Drawing process

Here’s a look at my original hand-drawn sketch from my sketchbook:

I imported it into Gimp, coloured it in and added some layer effects to keep the hand-drawn vibe. I’m happy with the style, it turned out kind of children’s book-ish. Which I think fits the little story well. If you can even call it a story… To me, it’s headline news!

Also, I started work again last week after the summer vacation and today was the first very busy day. So colouring in this little doodle felt very calming and nice.

I’ve been doodling and drawing digitally a lot this summer, and I really want to keep it up as much as possible – even though I use up some of my creative energy at work. Drawing is so good for my mental health, so I need to try to stay in the habit.

Orange pepper

Catnap experiment

This cat drawing is another result of my recent Gimp adventures:

Naps are the best.

The drop shadow turned out a bit weird – don’t know what happened there. I’m still learning about drawing light and shadows after I’ve started to use more colours in my drawings.

I guess I could try to fix it, but I’m more motivated to leave it as is and try again with another drawing.

I haven’t had a lot of time to doodle these past couple of vacation weeks because of house visits and house work (and let’s be real – lots of preggo naps). When I’ve had 5 or 10 minutes to draw, I’ve mainly been doodling in my sketchbook, so will share some of those old fashioned paper drawings soon πŸ™‚

Catnap experiment

The year of the belly

I sat down today and sketched a couple of new comics. And then I realised I haven’t made any this year so far! As usual, this one is based on real life – in this case, a fresh conversation from yesterday morning πŸ˜€

comic about shoes and bellies by wordsanddoodlesblog image 1
comic about shoes and bellies by wordsanddoodlesblog image 2
comic about shoes and bellies by wordsanddoodlesblog image 3
comic about shoes and bellies by wordsanddoodlesblog image 4 - final

It’s probably important to note here that I’m pregnant and soon in my third trimester. Which means my feet are beginning to be quite foreign to me and difficult to reach. We both joke a lot about my very round belly, but I also get all the love. I hope the last bit of the comic shows that πŸ™‚

I have to admit, the perspective in the last panel is very strange. Maybe my BF is supposed to be sitting on a chair and leaning dramatically to the side or backwards? Anyway, it was fun to draw.

Mixing traditional and digital drawing techniques

After drawing and colouring this comic in by hand with markers and coloured pencils, I spent a couple of hours (maybe 4… Yay vacation time!) redrawing the line art and adding layers of colour in Gimp. My style has evolved quite a bit – Check out my collection of comics here.

I’m happy with the result, but I’m definitely still very slow when working in Gimp and need to practice loooots more. Luckily there are many little silly moments like the one above to use as material. And there will probably be even more when there’s a baby living with us!!

Fun fact about hands

I actually had my BF model his hand for the third panel. I find that hands are still one of the most difficult things to draw!

I was surprised at how well this one turned out. And let’s leave it at that small success and never talk about the squiggly doodle supposed to be my own two hands in the last panel…

The year of the belly

My happy sourdough

Here’s a drawing of someone who’s been a bit neglected for the past couple of months…

Look how happy my sourdough starter is when it gets fed with some new yummy flour and water πŸ˜€

I haven’t been baking very much sourdough bread in 2020. But now that I’m on my summer vacation at home, I have more time and energy for baking – and drawing! Look at me posting on here three days in a row, woohoo!

I that noticed online that a lot of people kind of discovered sourdough during quarantine/self isolation. And it was very fun to follow and made me remember my own starter journey πŸ˜€

Sourdough starting

I started my starter in June or July of 2018. That summer was incredibly hot here in Denmark (and Europe in general), and I think that made the process get a bit out of hand. For about a week our apartment smelled quite… sour… To say the least!

Now that my starter is older, however, it’s a lot easier to bake with and maintain and it lives happily in our fridge, as long as I feed it once every 2 or 3 weeks.

For the baking nerds still reading

I don’t always manage to plan a couple of days ahead when I want to bake, though (dough, lol). Which means we also get a lot of non-sourdough bread and obviously store-bought bread, which is nice too. But I really love the final result, when I do bake my own. I’m also not a sourdough purist – I mostly add some yeast to my dough.

Drawing process

Today’s drawing was drawn digitally in Gimp with my Wacom tablet and without a hand drawn sketch as the basis (which I often use). I tried to keep the style a bit more simple than my two previous drawings while I’m still learning to use the programme, so I don’t burn out πŸ™‚

I think this bread doodle from my Inktober 2018 was a bit of an inspiration for today’s drawing. If you’re a proper doodle/sourdough nerd, you can check out all my sourdough-related posts under this tag: sourdough.

Thanks for reading all the way through, please share your sourdough stories (good or bad) in the comments, if you feel like it.

My happy sourdough