Clock On, Clock Off

New Art Work

Strike 1

I have my artworks uploaded to  2 Print On Demand Sites -: Pixels/Fine Art America and Red Bubble.

Collectively, these sites offer a wide range of products that you are able to purchase my artworks on. Between the three different sites, there are some products in common along with other products that are exclusive to individual sites.

Red Bubble has recently added ‘Clocks’ to their list of available products. The two pieces, “Clock On Clock Off” and “Strike 1” have been uploaded to Red Bubble specifically with ‘Clocks’ in mind.

This is an image of a new art work designed specifically for a clock face.
Strike 1
Clock On Clock Off
Clock On Clock Off

The first piece I uploaded is ‘Clock On, Clock Off’ – I think we can all relate to that title 🙂

The second piece, ‘Strike 1’ has been uploaded today, 31st Dec 2016 – Wow, 2017 tomorrow – Already ….

‘Strike 1’ is the first in s series of 12, created specifically with ‘Clocks’ in mind. I will be continue working on this series over the coming months.

Each of these pieces began as a circle subdivided into 12 sections at 30 degrees each. The only additional items required to create these pieces is a good quality compass and a protractor. When I create these pieces, I look at dividing the circle into relevant sections to suit a clock face as well as dividing each section along the axis from the centre outward to create a variety of smaller sections to work in. Working within the ‘Circle’ format creates several other details that you need to be aware of. More on this in a later post…

Check back regularly to see progress on this project and to hear about some new ideas I am working on.

Tangled Line Art Runners

Taking The First Step

Have you ever wondered about what the first step would be to create a Tangled Line Art piece? Wonder no more, the following is a brief overview of my processes.

Lets review the images of the two quilt runners in my earlier post. You will notice that each runner has a narrow border. In the interests of keeping this post fairly straight forward, I will only be covering an overview of how I would approach creating a Tangled Line Art  work based on the centre panel.

Traditional quilt blocks fall into a number of broad categories based on the number of ‘patches’ within the ‘block’. The centre panel of this runner consists of 3 blocks based on a very basic ‘four patch’ block. The block consists of four ‘patches’ where each patch is subdivided diagonally. Each of the ‘patches’ can be rotated giving more variations of the same basic block.

Idea for Tangled Line Art Runners - Runner 6Idea for Tangled Line Art Runners - Runner 5Idea for Tangled Line Art Runners - Runner 2

Block Outlines
Block Outlines

This image on the left shows the original block with some of the possible variations.

Consider joining 3 of the same’blocks’ – What would happen if you changed the block in the middle? How would that change the overall design? Does the colouring of each patch in each block need to be the same? No, off course it doesn’t.

The images to the right and below show some of the possibilities of the variations of this basic block. I have left them as plain colours to make it easier to see the divisions of each ‘patch’.

Some Other Ideas to Think About

Idea for Tangled Line Art Runners - Runner 4 Idea for Tangled Line Art Runners - Runner 1

These samples only show 3 blocks in a row. What would happen if you added another three blocks either side? Yes, you would end up with a square. However, thinking a bit deeper than that, how would the blocks interact where they meet? Would this create different designs possibilities?

Now that we have some basic outlines to work with, we need to add parabolic curves to create our Tangled Line Art.

Follow this link to see how to draw a basic parabolic curve along with a few variations.


How To Draw a Parabolic Curve

Don’t limit yourself to work with my ideas only. I encourage you to try out your own ideas as well. Some will work, some may not. Just remember that it is our mistakes that we learn the most from.

Example of Parabolic Curves drawn in a basic quilt block.

The image to the left shows one example is but one idea reflecting how you could draw parabolic curves within one basic four patch block. The dashed lines are only there to illustrate where the design lines are and wold not be included in the final piece.

Whilst I have drawn all these parabolic curves in the same colour, there is no rule to say that this needs to be the case. Try drawing this exact block several times over, choosing two or more complimentary colours.

I am currently working on a couple of full size pieces based on this basic ‘four patch’ block and will post the completed designs in due course.

Why don’t you try your hand at creating a Tangled Line Art runner, go ahead and take your ‘first step’ you’ll be surprised  just how easy it is.


Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, comments or queries that you may have.

 Welcome To My Blog

Hi everyone and Welcome To My Blog 🙂

I will be discussing a variety of subjects within this blog. Knowing myself as well as I do, I will most likely get diverted in various directions from time to time, however, I will do my best to stay on track.

So as not to repeat myself as to how this journey began, I will redirect you back to the Homepage where I have posted an overview of this journey. You are also welcome to read a bit more about me here. I have arrived here in a very round-a-bout way but I am so very happy now that I am here.

The following images are two simple table runners, each runner is built on the same quilt block. The difference is in the fabrics used (obviously 🙂 and the placement and/or weight of the different colours in the fabrics and the rotation of the pieces. I could use this simple block as a basis for a Tangled Line Art piece. It would be interesting to see how obvious the quilt block would (or wouldn’t be?). If I did two Tangled Line Art pieces based on the same block, would they be the same or different?

Welcome To My Blog - Sample Runner 1
Runner 1
Welcome To My Blog - Sample Runner 2
Runner 2

How would I go about doing this?

Over the next few posts I will be creating two Tangled Line Art pieces. Each piece will use the same block I have used in these quilts as the base block for the Tangled Line Art piece. I will be posting progress pictures along with a brief overview of my thought process. I an hoping to create two completed pieces that look completely different, despite the fact that they are both based on the same block.

What would happen if I used that same block as a base again but left a narrow border between the blocks? What if I used that same block as a base for a ‘Zentangle’ piece?

Doh! getting sidetracked already… Let me go back to starting one piece with the same base block and completing that piece first.  🙂

I will be back  after the Christmas period to begin this project.

In the meantime, can you find the repeated blocks in the quilts?


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