Saturday 31 December 2011

Goodbye 2011

Wherever you are I would like to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thank you for all your visits to my blog and for all your lovely comments.

Wednesday 28 December 2011

Leaf Prints

I did these earlier on in the year, but didn't post them. If you are thinking that you have seen them before I did post some others I did at the same time but were done in a different sketch book. They started as leaf prints with emulsion paints and then I painted over the first two pages with watercolour paints and brush pens on the bottom page.  

Tuesday 27 December 2011

Needle Felting and Doodles

 I hope you all had a happy week/Christmas/holiday. Above is my first attempt at needle felting. I've fancied a go at this for some time as I've seen lots of animals and brooches made with it which are really nice. [and I had some wool which needed using, (but had to buy the needles)]
Below are doodles from book 11

Friday 23 December 2011

Audrey, Molly and Messenger [IF]

Christmas Greetings from myself, Audrey the cat and Molly the dog.

The Illustration Friday challenge is 'messenger'.
The background cityscape - pen drawing, the doodle house - pens, brush pens, envelope - vintage image, owl - digital drawing 

Thursday 22 December 2011

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

A variety of Christmas trees. 
Below is an altered version of the original pen drawing above, I've also included an image of children from The Graphics Fairy

and a Christmas cactus

more trees

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Angel {TM}

Three Muses challenge - Angel
The angel girl was from the Graphics Fairy, the statue angel is a photo I took in Rome, the song is Abba's, the stamp has been altered with an image of little angels from my stash.

Sepia [TAW], Christmas Cactus Lights

Take a Word challenge - Sepia

The vintage photo is of a great aunt, the background is altered handmade paper, the other parts ?. I did [most] of the digital collage some time ago but altered it for this challenge.

Christmas cactus - there were buds on the plant when I took the photo a few days ago, which are now flowers. I love the lights which are like little flowers, they are just battery operated from a £1 shop. 

Monday 19 December 2011

Handmade Buttons and Book

Continuing from yesterday - handmade gifts. I made buttons for two friends and a sketchbook for the other. I made three different kinds of buttons. The clear ones were hand drawn on shrink plastic, a great idea I first saw on this blog . I bought the wrong plastic and the wrong size punch so they are quite small buttons. Also some were not exactly round - but it adds to their uniqueness, or so I tell myself. 

These are made up of French Knots sewn on a non fray fabric [fliselina/vilene] then glued to 'Dress it up' 'make-a-button' button shanks.

These I made with the 'prym easy cover button shells', lace on silk.

These are also on the easy cover shells, French knots and two kinds of fabrics inspired by Karen Ruane's lovely work

For the button cards I started with labels from The Graphics Fairy which I altered, printed and distressed. They looked like this to start with.

For the book I made, I used unused printed patterns {passap knitting patterns} and the insides of used envelopes - have you ever looked at these, there are lots of different kinds of patterns, great for collage and backgrounds.

All the pages shown below, click on the images for a better look.

Sunday 18 December 2011

Handmade Christmas Presents

I went out with some of my 'creative' friends last night and we exchanged gifts - handmade gifts of course. These are the goodies I got.

A knitted mug warmer with mug and decoration including hand made heart and embroidered button.  Also a chick and tag and cookie.

A handmade book with pockets for keeping bits and bobs.

A felted, layered Christmas tree

and a cute bone china brooch with a reindeer stamped on it

Lucky girl eh?
I'll show you what I gave tomorrow.

Friday 16 December 2011

Sink [IF] and Rolling Stamps 76,77

I have two offerings for the Illustration Friday challenge - sink.
Above - I think cup boats would sink
Below - Be careful, he may sink those teeth into you

Two more rolling stamps, both of them are textured wallpaper