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Weaving Doodles

"There are random moments - tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children's rooms - when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my true religion: arbitrary moments of of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead."
~ Elizabeth Berg

5x8" watercolor moleskine, pitt pen´╗┐, gellyrolls, microns, sharpie poster paints

This idea started swirling around. How to draw woven fabric? How to differentiate the layers? Is it just a grid? On New Years Day I started playing with lines, trying to trick my mind into thinking in 3D. This is kind of like me following driving directions which include the words North, East, South or West. It would have been easy to draw the lines with a ruler.

But I have my no-ruler-rule which forces me to practice drawing lines.

Willy Wonka... [mixing a huge batch of formula]:

"Invention, my dear friends,
is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation
and 2% butterscotch ripple."

Mrs. Teevee: "That's 105%!

If you weave by hand, the fabric or fiber or paper or whatever is not going to be perfectly straight. I drew the grid, not with vertical and horizontal crossed lines but by drawing individual squares. I thought that would look more realistic.

So I drew lines in some free moments for a week! I drew at Corner Bakery with the kids. I drew before bed. I drew at carpool. This was a LONG one. Then I let it simmer a few days while I decided whether to colorize it. And then a few more days of coloring, which is so different from drawing, but so fun to see the lines and shapes take form and come to life.

Check out the artist trading cards my daughter and I created by weaving paper.

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Reader Comments (6)

I love this doodle. It's so busy and vibrant. I laughed out loud when I read the part about following driving directions with the words North, South, East and West. I can't do that either.

01.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Tammy, this is GORGEOUS!! No.....AMAZING!!! No....BEAUTIFUL!!! No.....I just can't find the right word for this, I love it so much!! Neat to hear about your thinking and the time it took to complete as well. Off to flickr to see if you've uploaded it yet!!

01.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEden

I love it too! So much detail to look at, and I love all the colours. Worth the time it took :-)

01.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Very cool--I don't know if you intended it this way, but the "imperfect" lines make the drawing look much more like fabric, as though it's moving or rippled. What a neat effect! I also like hearing about the process and how you came up with the idea. . . that's so interesting.

01.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Stephanie, I thought I was the only one who was directionally impaired? I need landmarks and stuff like LEFT and RIGHT.

Eden, Glad you like it! I had a feeling you would! Although I leave a lot of my drawings in B&W, I knew from the very first thought that this one would be in vivid color.

Sam, Thank you for exploring!

Joy, Yes, I wanted it to look quirky, like real fabric, so I knew perfectly straight lines wouldn't look right. Plus I'm into imperfection in my lines, more funky.


01.18.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

I tried this and it was so much fun. I really would zone out while doing the patterns and then the coloring. Thank you so much for sharing the idea!

01.22.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

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