Saturday, 15 August 2015

Nail Art and Drawing Hair

  Hello everyone,

I've been doing lots of art this week, and discovering some new techniques. I thought I'd share some of the things I've learnt... :)

The first thing I've done has been nail art. I've never been that good at nails art, because my nails have always been quite short, and I've never really got the hang of nail art pens. That's why I was so pleased to find an easier method... sharpie pens!

You can use the Sharpies as nail art pens. So long as you apply one or two coats of polish onto your nails first, the Sharpies won't stain. You can use them to draw patterns and pictures on your nails. Make sure your nails are completely dry before using the sharpies, and I'd recommend that you use a top coat at the end, to stop the pen from rubbing away. Have fun, and get creative!

The other thing I've been doing has been drawing. I've been trying to learn how to draw and colour hair, to look realistic. I watched a few tutorials, and had a go...

From the tutorials, I learnt that you should create areas where the lights shining. You can do this by doing quick strokes downwards, and meeting a gap of white from quick strokes upwards. For the tutorial that I found most useful for this, click here.

I'm definitely going to try to learn more about drawing hair, because I really want to try and improve. I'm going to keep practicing, and I'll let you know how I get on, and if I learn anymore new techniques. 

Do you have any tips for drawing hair? Do you have any nail art ideas? Please let me know in the comments :)

Thank you for reading,

From Beth :) x

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Interview with Cathy Cassidy


I've got something really exciting to show you today... an interview with Cathy Cassidy! 

Cathy Cassidy is one of my favourite authors! She writes books aimed towards children and teens - such as Dizzy, Angel Cake, Looking Glass Girl, The Chocolate Box series and many more. There's lots more about Cathy Cassidy and all her books on her website, :)
 1.) When did you first think that you'd like to be an author?

I've wanted to be an author for forever, just about... and my first novel was published eleven years ago.

2.) Which of your books is your favourite?

It's usually the latest - but there are three new books this year, so I am torn! Maybe Fortune Cookie, the last in the Chocolate Box series, as it was so emotional to step away for the world of Tanglewood? Or Looking Glass Girl as it was a challenge to write a thriller with such a twisty, turny plot... and one inspired by one of my fave childhood books, too! Or maybe Chocolate Box Secrets, the crafty, creative, fashiony, foody book that accompanies the series, as I had so much fun testing out all of the cool project... ooh, I can't choose!

3.) Which book did you most enjoy writing?

The book I most enjoyed writing was Dizzy, the first… there was no deadline, no pressure, no editor chasing me… just the buzz of knowing I had FINALLY got past chapter three in a story!

4.) Are any of your characters based on yourself?

The character who is most based on myself is Daisy Star from my younger series. She's always looking for her star quality in life, but everything she tries goes wrong. There is also a little streak of me in each of the personalities of the Chocolate Box sisters!

5.) Do you ever get stuck for ideas?

I get stuck for time, energy, all kind of things… but ideas are never in short supply. I'm very glad about that! xxx

Thank you so much for answering my questions, Cathy!

Please comment below to share your favourite Cathy Cassidy books. My favourites are definitely Angel Cake, or Dizzy

Thank you for reading :)

From Beth :)  x


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