Friday 3 July 2015

Show Your Face, Kitty!

Welcome to Magpieheaven and it's Friday, which means time to Show Your Face! Kim has been hosting this great challenge over at her blog for quite a few weeks now. The idea is to share any faces we have been creating over the week; any work in progress, or even from a face from long ago. If you take a look here, you will see Kim's inspiration for this week. You can find out a little more detail about the challenge; link up any faces you have created too and see some of the fantastic art shared by Kim's contributors. Having played around with male and female faces for a few weeks, I decided to turn my attention to animal features! I've not gone for realism here! This is really self-indulgent fantasy for a hot afternoon! I just wanted to create a little bit of decorative doodling.

I wanted to create a stylised face that could be adapted for use on a variety of projects - especially those which could be made into a gift for my daughter! Almost as soon as she could talk our daughter, Matilda was besotted with cats! All her favourite picture books featured them and she would often say that when she grew up she hoped to become a cat! The most important and well-loved things in her life featured either cats or flowers, so it's no surprise, I'm sure, that our beloved moggie - now fourteen years old - is named Daisy! This doodled portrait is inspired by her. I used a Micron pen and Inktense pencils.

I scanned the original drawing into the computer and then reduced it and copied it to create this 'wallpaper' effect. I might try using the Freezer paper technique I played with last week to transfer this design onto fabric and make a little cloth bag for cotton wool balls as a gift for Matilda, so 'watch this space' as they say! Yesterday was so very hot here in the UK that I didn't feel like creating very much at all, but I sat for a while in the early evening sketching on my patio, where I have a ceramic pot of geraniums.

I was seeing feline faces everywhere! I should rather like to print this design onto fabric too. In my imagination, I see it as curtains for a dolls' house!

I hope to be a bit more productive next week, when temperatures cool down a little. If you have a moment, please do stop by to see what I've up to and I will pay you a visit too, I hope. Meanwhile, stay cool and creative!


  1. Absolutely brilliant Julie Ann, you are really fab at drawing these faces, love this one and being obsessed with our feline masters is a good thing!
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  2. What sweet faces, Julie Ann! Love both and the idea of wallpaper is great.
    Hugs ♥♥

  3. Fantastic. What a great idea. xox

  4. How cute! Love! Kitties! I have a huge soft spot for kitties having two of them myself. I might have to have a go at some animal faces, I haven't dared to try it yet! Thanks for linking up to Show Your Face this week and for the lovely shout out too. Kx

  5. Oh your kitty faces are wonderful! I love how you have done the wallpaper effect!

    Lucy x

  6. I would say that is a display of incredible productivity and immense artistry.
    Such adorable drawings which are taken to a whole new inspirational level once you had created the wallpaper effect. Love the idea of the designs printed onto fabric. Eager to view the bag you intend to create for your daughter.

  7. Oh I love these little feline faces.....a modern take on Bill And Ben the flowerpot men !
    Julie x

  8. Oh they are such adoreable faces xoxox

  9. Love your little kitty geranium! xxx

  10. These little faces are so cute!

  11. A fabulous idea, these faces are amazing.

  12. Meow meow meow miss kitty!! You are so clever JulieAnn!! Love these kitties!! xo

  13. I love how you make your drawings into wallpaper or fabric. Looks great, both of these!

  14. Well, I'm loath to deprive you of an in-depth comment, but I'm just going to go with "tee hee" and leave it there!
    Alison xx

  15. Love your doodled kitty Julie Ann as well as the cute flower! What fun fabrics these are going to make!

    Lesley Xx

  16. Wow, your doodling is amazing, especially when you scan them and create the wallpaper effect. I'm sure that your daughter will be delighted. They are fabulous, I can't choose between them and can't stop looking at them :)

    Well I better move on!

    Love and hugs

  17. Oh my! Your cute cat face is splendid! !Chrisx


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