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Thursday, March 23

Planning for Scribble Picnic's Giveaway #2!


It's been a whole month since the very first Scribble Picnic giveaway that Serena won. So, as promised, it's time for another! This 52-week planner is beautifully designed and would make a great gift if you didn't want it for yourself. However, just think of all the creative inspirations you could come up with using such an inspiring book. :)

Anyway, I hope the lil' video preview inspired you. As noted, you get 1 entry per week signed up here. So, for many of you, that's 4 entries (one per week for Cabin, Umbrella, Lantern and Fairies) — pretty good odds when considering there was a total of 40 entries. (What? That's a whopping one-in-ten chance!) Keep in mind too that there will be a few other items tossed in for fun and probably one of my blank art cards too. It will be a fun picnic basket of goodies, let me assure you!

I'm not picking the winner today but have all your names written down the correct number of times and am ready to go. For this go around, I'm actually going have a slip of paper for each entry, throwing them into a bowl and having Alexandra blind pick out the winner, filming it too. That way, you can watch the video, build the suspense with us and find out who won! I'll post this Sunday, along with a photo of some other items included.

In the meantime, thanks for your involvement; for promoting this art cooperative and for visiting each other too. (I love reading some of your lovely comments to one another as much as the accompanying posts to your own creations.) 

OK, until then, Happy Scribble Picknicking! Our next picnic is on a BOAT, so to speak! And, if you haven't noticed, the new themes for the next several weeks are up on the sidebar already, in case you want to plan ahead. Thanks again.

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Wednesday, March 22

Scribble Picnic: Fairies


Fairies are upon us for this picnic! And here's my take. With lots of work lately,  I only jumped on this around 8pm Tuesday night and now that it's 10:15pm, this is where this piece will have to end. Got to get some sleep! Who knows, maybe I'll dream about some of these mystical flights of fancy? The reality is that while I do believe in angels, spirits, etc, I'm not terribly into fairy folk-lore per se, but they definitely did have their place within in English culture, particularly whilst growing up.

Speaking of which, I have actually, oddly enough, had an "experience" with "fairies," if you will, believe it or not. While most likely sparked by imagination and sleep, I still remember it distinctly all these decades later! When I was about 6 and my younger sister around 5, we had just moved to London where we shared a room and would talk to each other each night, full of excitement at the sounds of the city and the street lights below. One night I dreamt that before falling asleep, between our two beds in the middle of the room, sparkling lights started glowing just above the carpet — and there they were — tiny fairies joining hands and dancing in a circle, full of glee! Merrily, they went round and round, some fluttering up and down, others just running or skipping like little kids. Both my sister and I were utterly enthralled, our eyes and mouths literally wide open with wonder.

Waking up the next morning and thinking about what a vivid and unexpected dream I had that night, my sister then started telling me about her own dream. And guess what? It was the exact same as mine! Even at such a young age, I imagined that one of us must have kind of entered the others' dream or something...or was it real somehow? While fun to imagine the latter, my mind was more intrigued with the notion of dreams, even at that age. (I've always remembered my dreams, often a handful each night actually, and all of them very vivid to the smallest details — like noticing loose threads on clothing or what have you. Mind you, all pretty random and pointless too! Hahaha.)

And so here I am today, still enthralled with that sense of wonder. That is where the child-like heart comes alive, after all. As my dear mother often would say, "...there are far more things in this universe seen than unseen, Michael." Faith aside, I really do feel that love between people, music and art can help capture that sense of the intangible in its various forms. And so with that, I'm wondering, just how did you capture something like FAIRIES, of all things? I included this theme, knowing quite a few of you really love drawing them. Time then to sign up below and show us your very own fairy picnic! I'll be sure to pop by later, merrily even, leaving a comment for each of you but perhaps not dancing a jig or anything quite that exciting, sorry to say. :)

(Do be sure to pop back here tomorrow, Thursday, for a special sneak peek at the next giveaway.)

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Wednesday, March 15

Scribble Picnic: Lantern

Lantern Love

This little hedgie's in the spirit! Is he sending out love or celebrating Chinese New Year or perhaps both? It's amazing what a lil' bit of craft work can do. :)

For some time I've loved that romantic notion of setting lanterns afloat up, up in the air, carrying with them our hopes and aspirations. Something so romantic about that, don't you think?

Well, how did you interpret the LANTERN theme for this week? Time to show and tell...

(Oh, and btw, I did end up finishing the previous "Umbrella" piece, if you're interested in seeing it.) 

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Tuesday, March 14

Thanks to a Colourful Umbrella

Popping Out for Lunch

I have Twitter's Colour Collective challenge to thank for motivating me to find the time to actually colour in this sketch! The colour for the week (amaranth) was what I decided to use for wormie's umbrella and then worked out from there. Ha, some camo! :)

No montage this week but, if you haven't already, do be sure to visit the others from the Umbrella sign up. Lots of different, interesting takes there and even one more late entry here.

Needless to say, I have yet started the Lantern Scribble Picnic challenge for this Wednesday but am sure something will pop into mind when having a chance to contemplate it. And, of course, our Picnic's Pinterest can always help get the creative juices going. :)
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Wednesday, March 8

Scribble Picnic: Umbrella

Popping Our for Lunch

For this Scribble Picnic, I decided to just leave it as a sketch...from my sketchbook. :) Can you see the umbrella? That sneaky lil' worm. Clever thing.

Well, OK, I had to rush this Tuesday night, after a long day of work, as time was ticking down and the sign up (below) needs to go up as well. Time now to see what each of you did for this theme. Can't wait!

Oh, and I might colour this illo' in later, we'll see. Ideas are certainly afoot. :)

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Friday, March 3

Cabin Fever

All rights reserved and all artwork copyrighted by each artist. Examples (from left to right, column by column):

How was the cabin picnic for you? Did you meet anyone new, like Tammie from Creative Tuesdays' days or my long time British ex-pat blog friend, Mary, who you can always trust to bring a breath of fresh air? In case you wanted to see all the entries from everywhere, here they are. Again, those with the "@" symbol are ones who did not sign up here but posted to Instagram or Twitter instead.

Well, I don't know about you, but I had a grand time popping by, seeing your various offerings. (Some cabin fevers are better than others, you know.) Thank you! Incidentally, I brightened up a few pieces in Photoshop (using "curves" for approximating the picture to look closer to your actual art). If any of you want that image, let me know and I'll send you a link.

As mentioned last week, since I'm doing a giveaway every month, each of you gained an entry for this week's contribution. Three more weeks and opportunities to go! Just this morning, Alexandra and I were discussing ideas for the next basket of goodies. I so love shopping for those; it truly brings me joy. More on that later so stay tuned.

Next Wednesday, we'll picnic again but this time under an UMBRELLA. It's going to be varied, I'm sure, from scribbles to fun ideas, from clever to adorable and everything in-between! Just watch out for those "soggy bottoms," as Mary Berry might quip!
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Wednesday, March 1

Scribble Picnic: Cabin & Sign Up

 "Lunar Laundry"

The Man on the Moon? For this go around, I decided to show an astronaut left behind in his little shack on this barren lunar landscape, the Earth looming large. Of course, one might wonder, Where did the wood come from and how would s/he even have any water to wash the space suit? :) All questions begging for a story! Perhaps, s/he was dropped off there, supplies on board, with a mission to live alone, a la Robinson Crusoe, sending smoke signals back to earth? Maybe s/he found raw supplies down some deep crater afar? I don't quite know, but loved the twist to the theme! As you can see below, I actually inked this one in and then watercolour painted it, adding acrylic paint for some touch ups at the very end. (An earlier stage can be seen here.)

OK, your turn now! If you're on a web platform, please simply sign up below. If on Instagram or Twitter, please be sure use #scribblepicnic and tag me @dotty_hill, so those of us there can find you. Thank you for playing along. I sooo can't wait to see what everyone did! So, where will you host our cabin picnic? :) (I suggest spacesuits to the ready for here, at least!)

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