Kat Johnston Sketch - Elouise is a curious young maiden, who would probably have a better place in the 19th century than the 21st.

I’m almost considering issuing a retraction for the ‘I love you sweetheart’ comment of yesterday. Damn my occasional sappiness. I’m paying for it now with teasing in spades. The temptation to throw up a picture of my love with stink-lines is very, very tempting, but I know that if I open up the door to that… it won’t be too long until I have an entire flickr gallery dedicated -just- to dozens and dozens of pictures of James with stink-lines. I’d probably even do a sweep of the house and fetch up all the random scraps of paper that has his glorious visage on it and scan them all in. Not to mention taking photos of things like the whiteboard, which often hold a picture of the man with those wonderful wavy lines floating away from him…

Kat Johnston - stick figures illustrating the simple concept of 'stink lines'

For those who are unfamiliar with the term ‘stink lines’ or ‘stink-lines’, it is a very simple concept. Almost any drawing can work with the addition of wavy lines to denote unpleasant odour or ‘stink’, as it is also known. Often used around authority figures such as teachers and principals, but works on stinky husbands too. In fact, almost anything can be enhanced with stink lines – try it out next time you draw something. Do be careful though… many other lines can also be confused with stink lines – pleasant smells, such as would be rising off of a cookie, vibration lines, anger lines, wavy hair even, if you’re working on a stick figure. Drawing stink lines in green (a colour often associated with bad smells) or simply pointing an arrow at the lines and labeling them as ‘stink lines’ is a good way to remove all doubt.

Oh, the top sketch was my little contribution for today. Her name is Elouise and she has no stink lines at all… not like the other pictures on the same page all featuring my darling husband… *snickers*