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 😀
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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:
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 😀 Especially for clothes, but I basically buy everything, kitchenware, pictureframes, furniture, you name it.
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 😀
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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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 🙂
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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!
Yesterday I asked on my Instagram, which doodle I should redraw next. And the people has spoken – well, the very few, but amazing peeps who follow me and give me lots of positive vibes over there – have decided that I should redraw this little guy. The original doodle is from 2010!
If you haven’t seen my last two videos they are here on the blog further below – or you can find them on my tiny, cute Youtube channel 😀
I’m very into these redrawings, but I’ve also made other drawing videos this weekend. I’ll post them when I get to editing – which is a new skill I’m learning, so it takes me a while.
Aaaaaand I also have other jobs, that I get payed to do – day jobs you know – so I can’t be spending all day making drawing videos for you guys 😀 Which is probably good, because it means that I have to leave the house sometimes!