Saturday 28 January 2012

Fish, Birds and Porthole

View from a porthole [cut out]
below is the full view

simple bird sketch
painted fabric and stitching
orange fish shapes cut from found picture of another sea creature

Friday 27 January 2012

Forward [IF] and more Boat Pages

Illustration Friday challenge - Forward
I was in quilt mode when I did the above, just the painting though, I didn't get around to doing a quilt.  I did a series of polar bears and other wild animals.


Watercolours and collage

Pen, watercolours, collage

Pen background. The boats are made from painted papers and stitched

Wednesday 25 January 2012


Three Muses challenge - OO LA LA
The background is Paris of course, a photo I took when I was there, the lovers are from a book of archive images. I thought you might also like to see this photo of a very large sculpture which I also saw in Paris.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Cretan Stitch [TAST]

Take a Stitch Tuesday - this week's stitch is cretan stitch. I used this stitch a lot when I was doing my City & Guilds embroidery course. But I still had to look how to do it! [poor brain]
It is to be part of a fabric journal, which includes paper. I scanned this page first but the top left leafy paper came out all blurred, so then I photographed it but it is a bit dark.
Anyone in the UK see the Northern Lights yesterday? I didn't and I don't suppose I will today as it is very cloudy.

Monday 23 January 2012

Two Art

Today I have two very different kinds of art. First I have digital art,  I used a photograph for the background [one I took on a trip to Scotland] and the bird is a lovely image from the Graphics Fairy
The other art is a very textured painting on canvas. Can you guess what I used under the paint to create the texture? [It's not texture paint or anything like that]

Sunday 22 January 2012

Moo [TAW] and Twirl [IF]

Take a word challenge - Moo. I've not done a 'moo' before, I thought it was something to do with a cow but evidently not. It is a little card which measures 1.10 x 2.80 inches. The skirt, legs and blouse are from a vintage sewing book I have, the arm[s] was from, the head and the background were from Karen Whimsy
Illustration Friday challenge - Twirl 

The original shown below was a brush pen doodle which I altered in for the twirl challenge.

Saturday 21 January 2012

Tiger Book [C&G]

This is an old sketchbook in the shape of a tiger's head I did for a City & Guild's embroidery project. I painted the fabric, embroidered it, cut out some thick card in the shape of the head,  then covered the card with padding as well as the painted fabric. I made a cord to keep the book and pages together. Inside I kept research for the project about tigers and markings. The research was for a fitted [?!] cover for a sofa bed.

This was another sketchbook with samples of painted fabrics for the same project. I made the finished sofa bed cover out of a pair of recycled velvet curtains.

Wednesday 18 January 2012

TAST and 3M

The stitch for Take a Stitch Tuesday is Feather Stitch. I've used a patchwork of vintage fabrics and transfer printed lace [not sure the green works]. This will be a page in a fabric journal eventually.

The Three Muses challenge is Animal Kingdom. This is a painting from one of my sketchbooks, I had quilting in mind when I did the background. I call him Snooty Bear.

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Quilted Batik

I did this batik last year and have been hand quilting it on and off since. The circular marks were made by dipping a kitchen whisk into the wax, and I also used a stick and paint brush. Then I painted it with fabric and silk paints. I'm thinking it could become a book cover.

Monday 16 January 2012

Butterflies[IA] (Skele-shoes)

Inspiration Avenue challenge - Butterflies
All images from the Graphics Fairy except the shoes which I drew.

(the bird is saying "I do like your new hat and shoes")