Sunday 31 July 2011

Day Out at Seahouses

Just checking my photos from a day at the coast. I like the flags on the photo above. We went to Seahouses, Northumberland and from there we went on a boat tour around some of the Farne Islands to see grey seals and birds.

If you look closely on the photo below, there are some seals, but they blend in with the rocks. [click the image for a larger view] And every time I tried to take a picture of a seal in the water it went under.  I'm afraid I don't make a very good wildlife photographer!

Friday 29 July 2011

Bottle, Glass, Dog and 5 Rolling Stamps

Pen drawings [above]

RS13 -fun foam around card tube 

RS14 - fun foam cut using crinkly scissors [pinking shears], around a tape ring

RS15 - wine cork scored with knife

RS16 - foam pipe insulation, pattern cut with craft knife [very easy to cut]

RS18 - lace was stuck to an empty aerosol

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Sketchbook No 8, p23,25,27,28,30 and Spark!

Above is my entry for Spark! -
fabric, applique, hand stitching

and below - five more pages from sketchbook 8

Sunday 24 July 2011

Bruges visit and IF

I've been to Bruges in Belgium for a few days, land of chocolate.
I went on a boat trip [above] and climbed up the 366 steps of Belfort Tower [below]

I went around the chocolate museum [below - death by chocolate?]

and I saw this unusual hand rail in a street

we came via Brussels, this was an usual path grate I saw

I submitted a flower drawing for Illustration Friday as the theme is 'perennial'

Monday 18 July 2011

Another Tortoise & Rolling Stamps 9-12

I've done a few watercolour & pen paintings of tortoises/turtles
Below - more rolling stamps

above - fun foam wrapped around a plastic cork

fun foam [leaf shapes] wrapped around 2 corks stuck together

scored polystyrene

fun foam with holes to make a lace like pattern wrapped around a plastic/rubbery cork. I used a hole punch, the type you would use to make a hole in a belt.

Saturday 16 July 2011

Element, Gesture and Audrey

Audrey the cat - digital alteration
below - The sketchbook Challenge - Element

Illustration Friday challenge - Gesture

Thursday 14 July 2011

Embroidered Mono Prints

These little canvas's [5x7 inches] have been mono-printed with
acrylic paints quite thickly for texture. I then hand embroidered them with cretan stitch and fern stitch. The beads and sequins were put on last.

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Tortoise with Flower and Stamps 5 -8

I've shown this tortoise before, but not this watercolour.

The picture started as a pen drawing below which I developed into the embroidery shown below .

Four more rolling stamp ideas
This one was made from an old [painty] textured dishcloth wrapped around an empty paint bottle

Shapes cut from fun foam were stuck to another bottle

A similar repeating shape was stuck around a paint roller.

a fabric doyley was stuck around an empty salt box

Monday 11 July 2011

Rolling Stamps 1-4

I thought I would share some ideas for rolling stamps with you which you could use for painted backgrounds, journals, fabric, paper etc, above is part of the collection I have.

The one below is cut from fun foam and stuck round an empty carton.

This is another fun foam stamp, a small one this time, stuck around the middle of a cotton reel

below - This one is lace stuck around an empty paint bottle

below - Another one cut from fun foam in the shape of a leaf also stuck around a paint bottle