Friday, 6 November 2015

Experimenting with Pattern on GIMP

I dowloaded GIMP as it was being mentioned that it was a reasonable free alternative to Photoshop. I haven't used it much as of yet, but I have been using to create repeating pattern.

In a previous post (here), I showed how I made a pattern tile that could be repeated.
I made this in the same way.

I did a bit more messing around in GIMP with a new tile and a watercolour background... making some watercolour show through (adapted from this post):


Can already notice an improvement from the one before

Orangie x

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Autumnal Repeating Pattern

I was inspired, while walking over carpets of fallen autumn leaves on my way home from school, to create a repeating pattern of autumn leaves. They looked beautiful, until they started to rot and made yucky, squelchy noises under my feet the day after.

I had also recently stumbled on this blog post on Pinterest on how to go about making a repeatable pattern tile.

To simplify the process, this is pretty much how you do it.
1. Start drawing your pattern in the middle of the paper, without going over the edges. 2. Cut the paper into quarters. 3. Swap the diagonal quarters and tape together 4. Fill up the middle of the tile with pattern, again, don't go off the edges. 5. Voila

I took it a step further and scanned my tile onto the computer and used GIMP to tile it.

It's not great, you can still see the edges of the paper and it doesn't perfectly line up, but I'm pretty happy with it for a first attempt.

I really enjoyed that, it was the first arty thing that I did purely for fun, and not for h/w, in a really long time. I felt so rebellious drawing from my head, and not from first hand observation, and not having to show any 'developement' and not do several different drawings just to prove that I have considered alternatives and all that jazz.

Orangie x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Taking a Break

I have decided to take a break from blogging while I revise for my GCSEs.
I've already not posted for a few weeks now and I am still two and a half months away from my exams.

I had to choose between sporadic posts that I would only half-heartedly write or proper posts, which would take time, but I would feel were worthwhile.

But, I've got lots of ideas that I'm really excited to share, so come back in June!

Orangie x

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Skeleton Leaves

I was just given my art GCSE paper and the theme I chose was leaves. I immediately thought of using skeleton leaves in my work, so I decided to have a go to see whether or not I could make them.

I used the baking powder and bicarb method from:
I know that I didn't manage to get rid of all of the green part of the leaf, but the other methods either included leaving leaves (leaving leaves ha ha) to rot for weeks or heating chemicals.

Anyway I was really happy with the results.

Orangie x

Monday, 12 January 2015

Old blog background + something fun

This was the old blog background.
I was sad to see it go, so we all have to look at it one last time.

On a slightly happier note.
I was messing around with my new iPad stylus and drew over the old background.
My challenge to you is to:


Orangie x

Friday, 9 January 2015

The advantages of pretty exam notes

I am a bit obsessive about making my revision notes aesthetically pleasing.
It usually involves fine-liners or biros in rainbow colours and black ink (not blue or weird bluey-black biro).
I recently found out that it wasn't all for nothing.

Over the holidays, I borrowed a book on mind-mapping from the library.
In this book, I read that 'pretty' notes actually increase memory.
The colour and neat handwriting not only make your notes easy to read, they also make you spend more time reading and processing the information as your brain likes to look at pretty things.
So overall you're absorbing more of the information!

So to sum it all up:

pretty notes = more useful

Orangie x

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Doodling in my sketchbook - pretty flower patterns

This is one of my favourite sketchbook pages.
I recently smudged a load of ink all over it,
So I thought I'd photograph and post it as soon as possible before it got ruined any more.

I apologise for the bad image quality.

Orangie x

Friday, 2 January 2015


Last Easter, I was lucky enough to be accepted on a three day art school at a university, here I was able to see what it was like to study creative subjects such as fine art, pottery, animation and photography.

Photography was one of the things I thought I would enjoy the least, but it turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the three days.

We made photograms. These are made by exposing certain amounts of light onto photographic paper with objects arranged on top of them. Here are some of my favourites.

For these photograms, I used my hands, stationary, old CDs, marbles, glass bottles, ring binders, lace, pieces of plastic, old packaging etc

It was so tense watching the photograms come out of the developing machine.
Sadly, there were a lot of blank sheets of paper.

But when they did work, it was really exciting. The process was actually really addictive.

Orangie x

Thursday, 1 January 2015

First Post - Take 2

Happy New Year Everybody!

I'm back!

You will probably notice that the look of the blog has changed and all of my old posts have gone.

After taking some time off, I have taken some time off and done a lot of thinking and a lot of writing lists.

Here's what I'm planning on doing:

I've got a months worth of fun posts lined up spanning similar posts to the ones that you have seen before ( arty, crafty stuff, school stuff and so on) as well as some other things I would like to try out.

I'm going to give everything a go and then decide on what I might carry on doing.

This is why I'd really appreciate it if you guys gave me lots of constructive criticism.

My new posting schedule is every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
So check back here again tomorrow

Orangie x