Backgrounds, Doodles, Spoonflower, and More Doodles

I haven’t forgotten that I said I would change the background on my blog.  And I did work on it.  I drew what I wanted with graphitint pencils.  Swirls with mice hidden throughout.  Then, I scanned it.  It just doesn’t work like I wanted it to.  See here.

Actually, it doesn’t look that bad when it’s this small.  It just didn’t work at all as a background.  Too busy.  The lines and colors need to clearer.  I’ve decided a very simple background coupled with a banner is a better way to go.  But I have two problems.

1. I can’t decide on a background.

2. I can’t decide on a banner design.

So what did I do?  I worked on something else.  Something else being sewing because that’s the only thing I can really get done with souricette 2 at home.  And of course, sewing means fabric.  And somehow, someday, I ended up on Spoonflower.  I dream of designing my own prints.  In fact, my original idea had been to use my background doodle as a print too…

So here I was, looking through my favorite part of Spoonflower: the weekly contests.  And I fell in love with the winning design in the hand drawn contest.  Go look at those pretty birds.  (I wanted to post the image and link it to its Spoonflower page but it won’t let me.)  I love all the doodled details in there.  And I thought, “I could do this! I love doodling!”  So I set to work on one of my hand drawn mice.

I used a fine point Sharpie.  It was fun but I was short on ideas.  A lot.  I grabbed some inspiration in the birds but I still had a hard time filling in my mouse.  And that’s when I got it.  I love drawing and painting but I never do any of it.  I just can’t seem to find the time what with the sewing, spinning, knitting, and the girls. I see I’ve given the fiber arts priority.  It isn’t wrong but I can’t expect to be able to just draw or paint something satisfying if I never practice.

So I made some time and practiced.

I filled a whole page with Sharpie doodles.  Making sure to try new things.

And then I tried to fill in another mouse.  Much better.

So I did practice.  For a weekend or two.  And other stuff (sewing, of course) came to the forefront again.  I guess the fiber arts are really more my thing.  But I’ll keep trying to get the drawing done.  And eventually the painting.  We’re on vacation and I can’t sew.  Perfect time for some sketching and doodling, don’t you think?

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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2 comments on “Backgrounds, Doodles, Spoonflower, and More Doodles
  1. Wow I love your doodles! I love the mouse. I really like looking at spoonflower for inspiration – are you going to entre the contest? If so good luck!


    • I’m sorry I’m so late replying! I haven’t had decent access to a computer…

      Thank you for the compliment! I would love to enter the Spoonflower contests some day but I still need to work at it. I can doodle and I can sort of draw (I’m unbelievably out of practice) but I have next to no experience with software like Photoshop and Illustrator.


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