Friday, 15 March 2019


I've sent this postcard to the TAE19 call for artists to help raise funds for art in healthcare.
[Funds raised by TAE19 will enable Art in Healthcare to develop and extend their workshop programme to benefit more people within the healthcare system. All Art In Healthcare’s workshops bring the power of creativity to people in times of need whether in a hospital, care home, community health centre, hospice or any other health care setting.] Submission deadlines are not until the 29th April so you could send a postcard too if you liked.

I chose to draw a pangolin because they are the most traffiked mammals in the world. I'd recently seen a TV program about them which I found fascinating.

My first attempt to draw one was on the computer, which I then digitally painted.

 I wanted something a little different so did an ink drawing of it and painted it with bright watercolours. I liked this version but I thought the painting was very messy. I'd used bristol board which is good for drawing on but not so good for painting. So I drew another one and made patterns in ink as shown at the top of the page.

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Monday, 11 March 2019


More drawing practice. I've used some of the sharks for the digital collage above. The background is a photo of fabric which had been heat transfer printed. I'd used waste paper and a fringe as a resist.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Mandala Patterns

I used to do a lot of mandala patterns on my tablet o use with my cutting machine. Here I've used the patterns to make a digital collage. I used a page from a vintage sewing book I have. It's the same pattern but one has thicker lines.
Recently I have tried using HTV or heat transfer vinyl to cut on the machine. For my first experiment I used various mandala patterns and ironed them on fabric which I then made into a bag. I chose the  colour I liked the least from the pack as it was an experiment. In hindsight I think my pressing area was to soft as it didn't adhere as it should have. Cover your eyes the [awful] colour is so bright.

I also tried the adhesive backed vinyl. I did some lettering for my storage boxes. I found it a nightmare to weed [that is to get rid of the bits of vinyl not required after cutting]
I thought I would try cutting a piece to use as a stencil on fabric. This weeded better and worked well for one use only as a stencil [yellow fabric paint]. I cleaned the paint off the red vinyl but it tore, but I stuck the remainder onto a box in my study anyway.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Friday, 1 March 2019


I received a set of sketching pencils as a gift so I thought I would try them out by drawing this fine beast.
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Crochet Bunny

 I finished the little bunny, it's not the neatest crochet you will have seen but I am pleased because I managed to follow a pattern. Well almost. I put the head on the wrong way round. The instructions for full completion were not all together so I missed something. I had read it previously but then forgotten it at a crucial time. Still I don't suppose the baby will notice. I got the pattern from the book Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord.

Monday, 25 February 2019

L is for Lion

More drawing practice, then I altered this photo of a dog sculpture seen in Madrid with one of the drawn lion heads.