Hot cross buns out of the oven. It’s the recipe I found on Twitter and I made them last night.
We had coffee and hot cross buns together at midday, and discussed what Christianity meant to each of us. It was tranquil and harmonious.
I do a live instagram demo, because I have wanted to demonstrate how to get the best out of your fude pen for ages, and I wanted to reach out to people missing out on the Easter vibe. I use a Sailor pen, and while the company doesn’t sponsor me (despite mush begging on my part) they recently sent me a big box of pens in return for bandying about their name a bit (or to shut me up for a bit, more like). I am very happy to do so, as I love these pens. Here’s a good exercise: draw three boxes.
You can see the different lines in the three different boxes, and in the lines I drew underneath. So how does that relate to use when you’re sketching? For me, it’s twofold: you can use the skinny side to sketch out your subject, then use a broader line when you like what you’ve done – and, crucially, you can give lines different importance within your sketch. For example, your subject might have the most subtle of lines on its face, but strong lines along the body. A fude pen gives you the flexibility to do both with the one nib. Brilliant!
After a wonderful Easter dinner of roast lamb with rosemary and garlic, my husband Marcel insists we watch a film on Netflix called Jusqu’au Déclin. It’s about a group of catastrophists who go to a training camp in the snowy mountains of Canada. Stuff happens and I become tense to the point that I can’t look at the telly. “This may not be the movie for me at this time,” I say, but I am overruled. In the end I really enjoy it.
Wishing you a very happy Easter, wherever you are.