How to: drawing the God and Goddess

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Oh my, my first tutorial! I’ve been drawing these little Gods and Goddesses for a while now, and my circle sisters kept asking me how I do it. So, yesterday I gave them a little class on how to draw the simple God and Goddess shapes, after which we painted some beautiful stones and wooden disks. Then I thought: I should make a tutorial out of this. So here you go! A small photo tutorial on how I draw the God and Goddess!

The Goddess:

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Step 1: draw a small circle, this will be the head of the Goddess.

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Step 2: draw (or visualise) two guiding lines going straight down from the side of Her head, starting where Her ears would be.

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Step 3: draw a curved line, staying within the guide lines. This will be Her boobies, waist and hips. Leave space between the head and Her torso for Her neck and shoulders, about two neck heights.

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Step 4: repeat on other side.

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Step 5: start at the top of the curved lines, Her armpits as it were, and follow the curve of the head up. You can let Her hands touch if you like, but Her arms will look way too long.

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Step 6: curve back down and form the shoulders and neck. Try to keep the arms the same width by following the outer lines back down again. {practice, practice!}

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Step 7: clean Her up a bit! And (optional) add some curves to Her boobies and a little doodle to Her belly. Tada! You’ve drawn a cute little Goddess!

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Step 8: experiment! Give Her a bigger belly by going outside of the guiding lines, make Her arms bend at the elbows a bit more, etc. etc.

The God:

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Step 1: draw a circle again, this will be the head.

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Step 2: draw the body. Almost a kite-shape, starting from the neck and slanting down. Round the edges a bit and flatten the base.

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Step 3: add antlers. And that’s it actually, the God is a lot easier to draw!

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Step 3.2: how I draw the antlers. First a short line curving up from the head. The second line is a longer one making a slow curve. Thirdly a short little twist from the last quarter of the second line. Simple, yet effective

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And that’s it! Now you know! Fill them with symbols to make them a specific God or Goddess, like the Goddess Baduhenna:

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Or make them really tiny and paint them on some beautiful stones to make elemental markers:

GoddessGodDoodle them, zentangle them, use them in you mandalas, oh the possibilities! I hope you enjoyed this first ever tutorial and if it inspired you to make some art of your own, I would love to see it!

Hama beads; Mini vs. Midi

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One of my biggest hobbies is to make fuse bead sprites. It was something that I loved doing when I was little and I love it still! The pixel-y feel of it makes it perfect for some awesome geeky crafts, and the end results are just the cutest. Now, I live in the Netherlands, where we unfortunately can’t buy the ever popular Perler beads. But we do have the awesome Danish company Hama, whose fuse beads come in three sizes; mini, midi and maxi. The maxi is for the really tiny children, so I’ll leave that one out of this comparison, but I did want to show the difference between the mini and the midi beads, and why the mini beads kick ass!

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Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first; size. The midi beads are 5 mm (about 0,197 inches) while the mini beads are 2,6 mm (about 0,085 inches). So yeah, tiny! Which of course has an effect on your sprites. The hulk one shown above are both made with the same pattern. The one made with mini beads is about 4 cm (1,57 inches) while the midi hulk is about 7,7 cm (3,03 inches). But wait! There’s more! The melting temperature of both is different too; while the midi needs a fairly high setting of your iron, the mini will melt really quickly. Which means the minis are more difficult to get even.

As seen on the colourchart on the right Colourchart-HAMA(click for full size), the mini beads also have more limited colours than the midi beads. It’s not that big of a deal however since the only colours you’re missing are the metallics and the glow-in-the-darks. Of course I’m greedy and I want a glow in the dark blue so I can make Iron Man’s Arc Reactor in mini beads. I haven’t asked Hama this, but I think it has to do with the stability of the beads when metallics or glows are added. A few new colours were added which made me very happy indeed! Two new greys make it so much easier to make cybermen and cylons.

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Another difference is the amount of baseplates you have for both types. In mini beads you have square, heart, hexagon and the awesome new addition; round. The midi beads have significantly more choice. In addition to the ones the mini has, midi boards also come in star shape and all of them in three sizes. Besides those there are about 42 figure shaped boards ranging from seahorses to pigs to unicorns. Of course you don’t need those to make awesome sprites, so the basics of the minis are perfect.

Fuse beads are made by making plastic into thin tubes, which are then cut to size. We can all imagine that bigger beads are easier to cut, and therefor easier to get all of them even in size. The midi beads are all just about even, where the mini beads sometimes have weirdly short- or freakishly tall ones, which can be a hazard when you iron them. Of course  0,1 mm on 5 mm is next to nothing while on 2,6 mm it makes a hell of a difference. So with the minis there are some beads you just have to toss, which is a shame. Then again the minis come in a bag of 2000 pcs against the 500 of the midis.

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All in all midi will give you more possibilities and are a tiny bit easier to work with. For kids, I would totally recommend the midis. However, if your looking to make jewellery, home decor or just anything that needs more detail; the minis are the choice for you. But beware! It’s one hell of an addiction and once you go mini, you never go back!

Monster Cakesmash Cake!

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Last month my sister, who is an awesome photographer, called me that she needed a cake for an adorable one-year-old’s cakesmash photo shoot. So, after browsing pinterest and throwing some ideas back and forth we settled on a monster cake! We found this tutorial, which we didn’t end up using, but was a great inspiration.

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Jacqueline (my sister) had the cool idea to bake the cake itself in large ceramic bowls to already give them their round shape. After they’d cooled we cut them in half and filled them with cream and strawberry jelly. Yum!

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Decoration time! We gave it a base layer of bright green buttercream before adding the ‘hair’. This was done with the Wilton grass tip 234. Starting at the bottom, set the grass tip to your cake and squeeze a little bit of buttercream through the tip, creating the hairs of your desired length. Go all around the cake, then do the same a little bit higher, slowly working your way up. Jacqueline made the horns out of bright blue fondant. After we added the horns to the cake I went back with my grass tip and added a few more hairs around the horns, making them sit more naturally on the monster. We added the eye and the mouth, and our adorable monster cake was done!

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And little Nathan loved it! Look at him being all destructive!