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.