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  • Writer's pictureEli Allison

A Year of Art, Week 26

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

So what's the mamma jammer deal with a year of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of art. I create five pieces a week, one of which I'll show you how to do. This week's 'How To...' is a watercolour flower pattern, that's as easy to knock up as Queen Victoria, (seriously the woman had machine gun ovaries). I also dive into pink, challenging myself with unknowns and explore negative space. Which is not a chat room filled with gammons giving themselves hernias screaming about PC snowflakes, but art created from what's missing.

I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie book.

Day 126

Task; Fill the page with pink things

Monday 13th of April So while I had no idea where the star fish was going I'd knew exactly what I was doing with the flamingo (and if that isn't an opening to me next short story then I quit). Pretty straight forward here, ink doodles with a watercolour fuchsia flyby. Lovely. One of these things reminds me of an ex, (it's not the one you think.)

Day 127

Task: Design a floral pattern

Tuesday 14th of April

A positively gorgeous and super simple 'How to' today and if your thinking, 'I can't do art Eli, are you out of your god dam mind?' Then brace yourself, because it's squares and doodles, that's it. It's as basic as the over use of the word basic... Which is my meta joke of the week folks.

Pencil Case Supplies

Watercolour Paper


A Brush

A Black Pen

A White Gel Pen

Stage One

Mix some tonal colours onto our trusted old plate, and then paint some mother-fucking squares. Let some bleed, keep some separate, don't worry about keeping them uniform. We're not on parade for the great leader. Yet.

Stage Two

Get your doodle on. A mix of smaller patterns with the odd big leaf or flower will create a better effect than just doodling similar things all in a row. Having some of the contents spilling from one box to the other is also kinda of sexy although I am aware that stuff slopping out isn't typically considered sexy. But today it is. #MakeItWeird

Stage Three

Once you've got over your hot flush from all our sexy (you can't stop me saying it) doodling, you can flick (Must. Resist. Fifthly. Joke.) some paint to create spots on the page. But this is an extra, like the orange juice in a screwdriver, nice but you don't need it.

Day 128

Task: Draw Something You've Never Drawn Before

Wednesday 15th of April

Dinosaur! I've never drawn a dino so say hello to Sylvia, the middle aged Tex-rex with some serious junk in her trunk. She never leaves the house without her 'face' on, but because of her sciatica can't wear heels anymore. She's now been immortalised in a greeting card that I sell on my little shop. Check it out if you like birthday cards with an edge.

Day 129

Task: Explore Colours

Thursday 16th of April

This oil pastel blend in was originally created on it's side, but I realised when you turn it around, (as below) it looks like a city sky line. That's why I love art, it never stops slapping you around the mental chops.

Day 130

Task: Negative Space

Friday 17th of April

A mix media love in today. I had so much fun yesterday with the old oil pastels and vigorous rubbing, (woof woof) I thought I'd give it a go with this task. I drew the hand and the background separately, scanned them and then overlaid the white hand in illustrator. I think the effect is rather good.

That's it folks

... Join me next Friday where tackle fruit, smiles and buildings. Head on over to Twitter and tag me any arty creations you've made, I love to see how other people see the brief. I'm also technically on Instagram but like most places filled with the beautiful people I come out in a rash, and so have to limit my time there.

If you can't wait until next week for more art, here is where it all began, *sigh* before social drinking became a crime against humanity. Week 1.

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