Friday, 17 August 2012

In eye contact with a Watussi

I have some wonderful news to share today! I’m on The Craft Gardens design team!!! I guess that some of you don’t know of The Craft Garden as I haven’t seen you playing along. But let me tell you why I applied. This is a challenge site where you can interpret the challenge using any form of craft that you want! It can be layouts, cards or something you alter – but it can also be something you knit, croquet, jewelry or whatever you want to create! So inspiring! So now I just hope that I will have time to do something more than layouts for the challenges!
I will also share a layout that I did for The Craft Gardens August challenge today. I just happened to finish it yesterday – the same day that I got the message that I was on the team! I recently found out about zen doodling and I wanted to try to do some kind of a colorful version of it. Zen doodling is its own kind of craft but I thought it would be fun to use the technique on a layout. Here’s the result:

The challenge picture shows some Indian elephants decorated with paint. (The challenge picture is totally AWESOME and you can have a look at it here.) I didn’t have any picture of elephants to use but I wanted to use this cool picture of DD in eye contact with an African Watussi. As a result of that I wanted to include both Indian and African patterns in the zen doodling. I also wanted you to be able to see both a Watussi with its horns and tail, an elephant’s trunk and plants… Can you? I show you some close ups:

If you’re interested in knowing how I did it I just draw the contours by hand with a pencil. When using a pencil you are free to try some different ideas before you start drawing with a pen. After filling the contours with a pen it’s time to start filling the “boxes” with different patterns. This is the relaxing part – and the reason it’s called zen doodling, I guess. Finally I colored it all with Neocolor II.

Thanks for looking!!! I hope you want to pop over and have a look at The Craft Garden if you’re not familiar with it! Have a nice weekend!


  1. Oh, my God! My God!
    Helene dear this is terribly artistic and beautiful!
    Look at me trying to speak in English to better convey what I felt when I saw it.
    Sorry if the language fails :)
    Thanks for sharing the draft, have a great weekend.

  2. Who needs an elephant when you can have a watussi? just love the picture :)
    What a fab doodleing, fantastic creative and colourful, a master piece!
    Ha en fin helg x
    (I'll head over to check out the blog )

  3. Helene this looks like fun. I havn't tried zen doodling yet but I can imagine that it becomes very relaxing and spontaneous. Love the colour combinations you have played with.

  4. Amazing job Helene. Love it. Cheers Di xo

  5. You are so clever Helene! I have dabbled in mixed media but never thought about using my own doodlings as the basis of a layout. I must try this technique, it sounds very like I can be completely spontaneous and just play - thanks for leaving me a lovely comment too xx

  6. So artistic! Love this - wonderful drawing!!!

  7. oh this is totally awesome Helene!!!
    that must have taken ages to do all that drawing, go You!
    Congrats on you DT position too! :)

  8. Wow; beautiful creation! Love the bright colours. Thanks for joining us at The Craft Garden, hugs, Kelly xxx

  9. Vilken häftig layout! Din doodling är så vacker! Doodlingen, så som du gjort den, passar så bra ihop med temat och bilden! Snyggt med de där två "pilarna" in på kortet oxå.


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