These creatures came from sketches done in my morning pages. They started out as a random shape, that I move around until I find something I can work with in that shape, and then pull a creature out of it.
Wally the owl is obsessed with hearts and loves Valentine’s Day. He loves hearts decorated on everything, including his food. Wally is afraid to fly.
This is Corky the Cupid Kitty. Corky has a very important task to do for Valentine’s Day.
I have been working on a few Valentine’s Day projects. One of those projects was felt patterns I found by Alison Kaplan.
I used to love to cross stitch and I had made so many things with cross stitch when I was in my 20’s. I still hang my hand stitched ornaments on my Christmas tree but for some reason, a needle and thread were something I have tried to avoid for many, many years. I have tons of cross stitch books with patterns and I have three DMC floss containers that were stored away. I don’t remember why I put a project away and never went back to it.
Then I found instructions for making a felt mouse and fox. I was surprised that I had everything I needed to do these projects except for the felt. I definitely had the DMC floss! To make these projects my own, I made them Valentine themed.
I cut out the felt and started sewing. Before I knew it, these two guys were complete. I even tried some embroidery going as far as using You Tube to research stitches. I really surprised myself with this project.
But could I make my own pattern? Why not? So I made a kitty pattern and then made my mom a kitty and mailed it to her as a Valentine’s gift. (Update on mom, she’s had her Covid vaccinations.)
Then I thought, ooooooh, what if I made a kitty with different colored ears and a heart shaped patch around an eye? I finished this one and gave it to my daughter as a Valentine’s present and even made pockets on the dress to tuck things into, like chocolate.
I have many more ideas for these little guys that are also influencing my 2d work. I really enjoyed making my own patterns and have ideas for more creatures, including dogs. I found that doing these were very relaxing and Mindful.
I am not going to rehash 2020. It had some good points where we got to spend time with our daughter and Cleo. But it had bad points, too. Who knew we were going to lose Cleo so young. We lost some family, friends (not to the pandemic) and other fur babies. I am glad 2020 is over.
Here is how Cleo would have celebrated the new year.
This Angel is a new improved version of one I did back in 2018. I was going to start from scratch but I have sketchbooks full of stuff so I pulled this one out for an upgrade. The original version had glittery gold paint for the halo and a few other tricks that I can do with mixed media. It was a challenge to recreate that image using Procreate. I like both versions.
Having lost Cleo this year, this one has a bit of sentiment behind it.