Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Drawings

I found this in my tidyings of archives the other day.

When I was a girl we had a white cat called Dido. I was in my mid-teens when I did some scraperboard* sketches of her, and many years later, when my daughters were very small, they found these in a drawer and added their cat pictures in the spaces between mine.

I don't think they're particularly proud of their pictures now,... but they make me smile.

(* Scraperboard, Thimbleanna, is card covered with white chalky stuff with a black layer on top. You scrape off black bits with a sharp point to make a picture. This is not a particularly distinguished example of the art!)

14 comments:

Molly said...

Nice to still have some art work you did way-back-then! Sweet of you to be concerned about the silence...several worries keeping me awake at night. Will be back when the dust settles.

Thimbleanna said...

What a sweet little treasure Isabelle! Is that the kind of art where you put black paint or tempura on the paper and then scrape it off? I'm not familiar with the term scraperboard sketches.

fifi said...

Those are brilliant drawings, yours and theirs.
I'd be printing them as cards! I love them.


Hope you've gotten your new pants. I'm on day 6, burning away...

;-D

Rachel said...

Oh I used to do scraperboard with my dad when I was little. That's made me all nostalgic :)

peppermintpatcher said...

Such helpful and artistic souls you raised...

Loth said...

That's really cool! I have absolutely nothing that I produced in my teens. Which is probably for the best.

Gina E. said...

I haven't heard of scraperboard, but it produces a neat picture! Your cat drawings are very good. I can draw people, but am no good at drawing animals or birds.

Laura said...

Mum, I've just noticed that not only is my cat an extremely poor copy of the one you'd drawn below, but my middle initial is back to front. It also looks like a small j not a capital. At least when K defaced your artwork she was original and correctly spelt. Oh the shame...

Alice said...

A lovely keepsake. It's always a thrill to come across something that's a reminder of the children's early years.

Isabelle said...

No, dear daughter, she wasn't original either. She was copying the top left-hand drawing.

You were both only little!

Ragged Roses said...

I think they're lovely. i haven't seen or done scraperboard for years. brought back lots of memories. xxx

the mof said...

Scraperboard was a wonderful medium. Is it still available I wonder? Somewhere I have a sketch of a rose on scraperboard. Brought back nostalgic memories.

Meggie said...

The children's efforts made me smile too.

Warty Mammal said...

I am charmed. You have some great talent there.