Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 4 5 x 5min sketches

Today's challenge involved using a timer to only spend 5 minutes on each sketch.

We were to continue using our fingers and a card.

I began with an eye, I really need to get a couple of pictures  trying to draw from memory is hard.  I am in no way a sketch artist.

No 2  A body, i did google body sketches and saw this one, although it looked simple, it was actually quite tricky and all too soon my 5 min were up.  But you can see where it was headed.

No 3 A flower, trying to do a little sketch of a variety of things, these lily's are my Sister in laws favourite, and I would love to create something special for her in the near future!  I am not happy with the "background" but ran out time.... (there is a  theme here)

No 4  Puppy Love, who doesn't love a puppy??  

No 5 Owl,  one of my very good friends just loves owls, i was trying to create feathers, but kept bumping the ones I had already done, but you can tell what it is and of course the time ran out.....

Owl be looking at you   - I did go on to finish the owl.   It looks ok...   need lots more practice I reckon maybe tomorrow!!  

Day 3 Landscape -card and fingers

Day 3 - landscape using card and fingers

 I am a little behind on my challenge but will catch up I am sure.  It has been very hot here in Adelaide Australia since the New Year we have only had 1 day below 35C (98F)  and one day was 44C  (111F)  

I don't know about you but my brain stops working even with the aircon on....

this was my first attempt, a jetty jutting out.  I wasn't happy with the water, but quite liked my clouds..... and the jetty is woeful lol

I played a bit with the clouds more cumulus like, a horizon line and then water, I liked this water better (not perfect but better)  

I added a boat to define the water, would fire this piece but only have a  small amount of dark powder to play with.

Next time I am thinking of beginning with the boat then adding the clouds/water, would like to get the boat details "finer"

this exercise was fun.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Day 2 - a tree, using fingers and a business card.

Day 2-  2/1/15

Day 2 challenge a tree using fingers and a business card.

I saw a video uploaded

so rather than sifting powder over the glass surface I placed small piles and moved it around with card and fingers

the first tree,   although there are faults I quite like it, and will practice more soon.

This is my second tree, inspired by poplar trees that grow near where i live.

Pine tree

and finally Palm trees,  I used to doodle palm trees on an island all the time, escapism I reckon.
There would be 2 palms with a hammock suspended between them.

I really like working with the card it allowed sharper smoother lines.
Looking forward to Day 3!

Day 1 - using only fingers

Day 1 1/1/15

 I had a very busy day so did my day 1 challenge on day2
But thought I would still post as day1

the challenge was to move the powder around with only my finger...

I  began with a tree, but not happy with it i reverted to my usual doodling of flowers, I found fine detail a challenge as my fingers are quite chunky.    I also used the technique of sprinkling the surface with powder then moving it around.

 Flower and leaves

tried adding some finer fiddly bits but fat fingers made it messy lol

Overall I am happy with my work.  Although not going to fire it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

picture uploads and links

Kelly has requested we upload a picture to our blog and then link it to her blog so all the participants can see and access it..

So here goes....

I love Giraffes and have a large collection of figurines and other items, I have the user name    chocolategiraffe or chocgiraffe at various places ;-)

I still haven't made one from glass yet !!  lol

Have a fab day

Saturday, December 6, 2014


So far There are participants from  Australia (me),  the USA, Canada, South Africa and Europe.

How do I know we have a map find it here....

As more people join and add their locations we will see how the internet can connect people with a similar passion.

Friday, December 5, 2014

What's this blog all about?

I have started this blog to record and share my journey in a 30 in 30days challenge.

Kelly from Modern Ancient Glass is setting the challenges and teaching us new things. She also has a facebook page modern ancient glass

Another direct link to Kelly Crosser Alge webpage here

I am looking forward to this challenge

here is the blurb/rules/challenge ina nutshell....

Thanks for participating, it's going to be fun!
I'll be adding to this list over the next week or two, (please be patient with me, we have A LOT of folks participating and loads of questions!)  I'll do my best to keep you posted, forgive my inability to make the list line up nicely on the document.  grrrr....
Here is a list of some FAQ's about the Challenge:

Q:  What is the 30 in 30 Challenge all about?
A:  It's about building skills, developing new artistic habits, sharing ideas, and encouraging each other 
     while having a good time with fellow glass artists.  Hopefully it will get you out of your comfort zone    
     and off to new things!

Q:  When does the Challenge start?
A:   January 1, 2015.

Q:  Is this a contest?
A:   No, it's a personal challenge to complete 30 Glass Powder Sgraffito Sketches in the month of January.   
      You are only competing with yourself, and you are the only one who will know if you've completed all  
      30 sketches.

Q:  Is this a class?
A:  No.  Again, it is a personal challenge to improve skills through practice and camaraderie.  I will help  
     guide and encourage you through the challenge and share your work and comments through blog    
Q:  What if I can't do a glass sgraffito drawing every day? Will I be kicked out of the challenge?
A:   No, you won't be kicked out!  lol.   Ideally, it's good to get in the practice of doing a sketch every day,    
      but everyone has crazy schedules and it's not always possible.  You can do as many or as few as you 
      like, on your own timeline.  If you want to skip a few days you can do several on another day that's  
      fine!  Participate as you are able and have fun with it.  

Q:   What materials do I need to participate?
A:   See the file under "Group Docs" for the list.

Q:   Do I need to have a kiln?  Do I have to fire all of my sketches?
A:   No, you don't need a kiln, and you don't have to fire anything unless you want to.

Q:   Are you going to tell us what to make?
A:   Nope.  I will give you some ideas and help guide you through the challenge, but you will decide what  
      you make and how you'll complete your sketches.

Q:  How do I post my daily sketches?
A:  Each day I will post a blog with a link to add a photo of your work to my blog.  This way you'll be able   
     to post your work and view other participants' work in one place.  You'll be able to post one photo per  

Q: Can I post my work directly on the group page instead of to your blog?
A:  No.  We have so many participants that posting individual photos would clog the group page in an  
     instant. Please do not post your photos directly to the group page.  I'll provide directions for you to  
     post your photos before we begin the challenge.