Sunday 31 October 2010


 My son carved the large pumpkin and his girlfriend did the other one.

Happy Halloween

Saturday 30 October 2010

The Sketchbook Project [22,23] & Illustration Friday

Another spread for my Sketchbook Project - Below the Surface
Pen, brush pens, watercolours
And for the Illustration Friday challege - Spent [the bird spent a great deal of time fishing before he got lucky]
This is made up from some old sketches and some new digital bits and then put together digitally with various alterations.

Thursday 28 October 2010

TAST - week 35

 Take a Stitch Tuesday - the stitch for this week is Spiked Knotted Cable Chain  which I have done using the rusty coloured thread [Anchor Pearl 5] on linen.

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Screen Prints

 Some older work again today - screen prints, some on fabric some on paper, some with stitching some without.

Monday 25 October 2010

Mixed Bag - Embroidery, manipulated fabric, scraper board

Today I'm posting a collection of oldies.
The above is a cover on a book, it is fabric which has been hand painted then hand embroidered. Below is a sample I did for C&G embroidery - an experimental piece manipulating fabric. { I don't think the photo does it any favours}

 The bird picture was done on a scraper board [scratch art] using a metal tool.

Saturday 23 October 2010


This is an edited version of an older picture. The background was inspired by a Chinese Chequers boardgame.
I couldn't load pictures again using Windows Internet Explorer but when I tried a different browser [Firefox] it worked as you can see.

Friday 22 October 2010

Illustration Friday

Blogger is not working properly again, the facility to add images is just an empty box.
click here for my Illustration Friday image  [links are working ok]

Thursday 21 October 2010

Take a Stitch Tuesday - week 34

Take a Stitch Tuesday - this weeks stitch is called Buttonholed Double Chain. I had a spot of bother to start with and I'm still not sure if I got it right in the end. Anyway this is my version of it. I may have another attempt later in the week.

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Let's Party Postcard

A digital collage arrangement. The 'horse' was originally a 3d object made up using a domino, chess knight, wooden beads for the legs and a string tail. I painted a picture of it & the picture was altered digitally for the postcard above.

Tuesday 19 October 2010

How to make an easy Skeleton Stamp

I bought a packet of 'Nasty Bugs' from the PoundShop which included skeletons - above left.  To make the stamp I drew around it on fun foam {funky foam} & then cut it out with little scissors. I also cut out a few holes for ribs. I stuck it to some flat polystyrene with double sided sticky tape [I think I used carpet tape {it was to hand} & was very sticky] I didn't cut round the tape too - I just shook a little talcum powder over the sticky bits after attaching the foam to the poystyrene. I painted the stamp with acrylic paints & when dry painted the background with inks.

If you don't have a plastic skeleton, trace/copy a picture from a book, just the basic outline & not too many details.

Monday 18 October 2010

The Sketchbook Project [26/27]

Below the Surface - Bunnies, rabbit warren. This one I painted directly into the book, but I gesso'd the page first. Pen, watercolours, brusho inks, the rabbits have been left the colour of the page/gesso. I didn't like the colour of the earth on the first attempt so I painted it again & added more water which seeped onto another next page, so the skeleton page now has extra colouring than when I posted that picture.

Sunday 17 October 2010

The Sketchbook Project [16/17]

I used some textured paper for these [I will stick them into the book].
I made some stamps with fun foam for the seaweed & urchins on the background, & stamped them on the paper with acrylics then painted over with brusho paints. I used some hand decorated papers for the seaweed in the forground and the fish and stitched them into place. I also stitched one of the urchins.

Saturday 16 October 2010

Tassels and Illustration Friday

We had an enjoyable day at Chatsworth House during the week. These are photos of some of the curtain tassels we saw there, so intricate, they must have taken ages to make. I did attempt making tassels when I was doing the City & Guilds course - I wasn't very good at it, too fiddly for me.

Illustration Friday challenge this week is 'Spooky'. I digitally altered one of my old felted pieces based on 'The Scream' by E. Munch. The top left square is the original, as is the full picture at the bottom. I like the two on the top right and the one on the bottom right the most.

Friday 15 October 2010

Take a Stitch Tuesday - weeks 32 & 33

The stitch for week 32 was Shell Chain Stitch. I've tried to follow the lace as it curves so it is probably not the neatest sample you will see.
Click on the link to take part & to see other samples - Take a Stitch Tuesday

Both samples have been put in my altered book

Week 33's stitch is Lock Stitch - this is also not too neat as the bars are not evenly spaced. I think both stitches are easily worked.

Thursday 14 October 2010

The Sketchbook Project [28/29], Giant Squirrel

Below the surface - miner [gesso base, felt tips/brush pens]

I saw this giant squirrel in London at the weekend

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Wedding Photo Album Covers

I've been away for a few days, first to London to see my daughter and new hubby and to give them the wedding photo albums I have done for them. The original plan was to make a book from scratch but I decided against the idea as I'm fairly new to making books so I purchased a couple of albums and covered them. The large one, above, I covered up to the spine area and the smaller album goes all around the album. The large one has an embroidered print [printed on fabric thru the inkjet printer], a padded embroidered heart and three strips of lace down one side. I've embroidered french knots along this. It came with a box to keep it clean.

The smaller album was a transfer print onto fabric. The picture was made up of the original invitations, the place tags, lace, a book, and stamped images. I also made a plastic cover for this one.

Friday 8 October 2010

There seems to be a problem with blogger tonight, I cannot load any pictures. I have put my Illustration Friday picture on my other blog

Monday 4 October 2010

Rolled Paper Picture

When I was photographing something in my studio last week I noticed this picture on my studio wall which I did a while ago, but I feel it is missing something...beads perhaps? I think if you hang things on a wall that you are not sure about and look at it from time to time an idea usually comes along to improve it. I have tried various paint effects but I still wasn't sure.
It was made from 2 recycled canvas pictures, the canvases were cheap and not very nice [although the pictures on them were not too bad]. I cut one of the canvases from the frame to the centre and then stuck both canvases together to make a deep well in the centre. I covered the whole lot with paper, creased to add texture. For the centre I  rolled strips of newspaper, lots of them as you can see and then glued them in place. The whole lot was painted several times with a final coat of metallic gold. [It looks more goldy than the picture shows] But it still needs something else....

Sunday 3 October 2010

Tast 31

Take a Stitch Tuesday - week 31 - is Raised Close Herringbone Stitch

 I did the sample below by stitching on top of the lace. The top one on the lace is more spaced out and looks spidery.