Saturday, 30 January 2010


Well it's snowing again here so I thought I would post these photos from the last freeze. I confess they are not my photos, my friend Helen took them in her garden. I love the way the icicles are flowing down the vine branches.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Focused - Illustration Friday Challenge

She will have to stay focused to thread that needle - if she's at all like me anyway!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Cow Sketch

one from my sketchbook
& while I'm on the subject of cows this is my entry for Illustration Friday - 'Clumsy' done in a naive quick style of drawing. Which style do you prefer, realistic or naive?

she's very clumsy, but she's o so tired

Monday, 25 January 2010

White Threads Sample

Another C&G sample. Embroidery using all white threads, yarns etc in various thicknesses and textures. Image below is after 'messing' about with it & the one below that, the same picture made into a fancy brick wall.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

S is for

I started this some time ago, I think I was going to put lots of things beginning with S on it, but I've decided to keep it simple.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Background Paper

I used two rolling stamps to decorate this paper. One was made from spongy pipe insulation [the stuff to keep your pipes from freezing - don't take it off your pipes at this time of year tho!] It's really easy to cut with a craft knife and the other was made from lace wrapped round a bottle. The background was painted with a multi coloured wash of thin paint - if you want thicker paint do the background first.
Full details of my rolling stamps can be read in the Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Sketch Book Doodle

There are not many flowers in bloom at the moment so I thought I would post a sketch of one

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Tiger - Book Cover

Another older one from C&G days. It's an A3 sample file which has been covered in recycled velvet. The tiger, also velvet was bleached to get the markings [painted on with a nylon brush], then appliqued [& stuffed lightly] onto the backing. The grasses are a separate piece of fabric which has been machine embroidered

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Altered Flower Book

I started an 'altered' book last year, although I have not done much in it yet. It is a flower book & I thought I would alter it with more flower and garden related things. I have painted quite a few of the pages with dye solution  as in the picture above, which I like without doing anything else to it [although I probably will add other things]. To do  - Apply the dye, more at the edges, then cover with cling film, pull off when dry. The page below has an added butterfly, but I've added more to the page since I scanned it.

The original page looked similar to the picture below.

My Illustration Friday entry can be found at

Monday, 18 January 2010

Sample in Green

This an old piece done for one of my City & Guilds projects. Layers including hand made paper, both hand and machine stitching, burning, beading, cording etc..

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Layers Book [The End]

vintage photo print on silk, acrylic paint, watercolour paper frame, acrylics, ink stamp, chalk pastels, charcoal

gouche paint & stamp, ink stamp (egyptian bought stamps), aquerelle crayons, shimmer paints, acrylic brown ink wash [bubble wrap marks]

collograph [layered], shimmer paints, acrylics, stamp, hand stitching

The End

Friday, 15 January 2010

Layers [almost the end]

mini quilt - digitally printed fabric [one of my fabric designs in miniature], hand quilted

patchwork of papers, painted
acrylics, ink pad [edges], chalk pastels, stamped

recycled calendar & watercolour paper
acrylic paint, ink pad, chalk pastels

recycled calendar cut & patched
acrylic paint, gold ink pad, stamped

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Layers Book [pages 50-54]

back layer - paint & metallic crayon, top - stamp & inks,
painted braid [metallics], machine stitching

wallpaper fragments, painted
fragment of embroidery [which was also layered & stitched]
hand embroidery

layers of painted paper fish
[stamped, painted, stitched]

sky - bleached fabric
grass - scrap of fabric
house - layered fabrics, stitched & cut

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Layers Book [more and more]

painted background, hand made stamp

there were many layers on this because I kept going over it because I didn't like it
print, paint, machine embroidery, ink pads, hand stitching

painted fabric, glitter paint, plastic rectangle around fragment [does not show up on photo], fragment of recycled embroidery, hand stitching

background-flower wrapping, layers of nets, organzes etc - trapped between machine stitching

 patterned fabric, the gold fabric & dyed net have been distressed, hand stitching

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Layers Book [5 more pages]

the layers of a landscape - watercolour & acrylic paint, stitching

layers of leaves, layers of colours - handmade stamp

background - watercolour
ground layer - acrylics/dyes
trees - handmade stamp
the front tree is stamped on a print of layered leaves

textured background paper [tissue, fruit bag, stardust, metallic crayons]
lace [dyed]
? strawy stuff - always forget what it's called [dyed]

lazertran transfers [paper strips on fabric]

Monday, 11 January 2010

Layers Book & Snowman

corrugated card, metal heart, machine stitching

painted background paper, printed lutradur, handstitching

layers of sweet wrappers sandwiched between a clear plastic ATC and card, hand stitched ribbon thread

painted paper, print layer in centre, top layer is a clear photocopy [recycled from a screen printing design], brads [the photocopying has added extra colours ie yellow - I couldn't shut the lid as the book is soo fat]

not part of the book, a snowman my son made the other day. It is looking deformed today because it's melting.