A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Still Experimenting!

I've not been to the Grand Canyon, but the above was an exercise in my Wednesday morning art class, where we used thick, mouldable medium to create some of the striped and weathered rocks found in Arizona. Obviously we had some photographic images to work from. I may try to create an abstracted image in fabric, using paint and stitch.

I am also experimenting with acrylic paint on mountboard, using layers of thin paint, and rollering, scratching into, and printing with foam stamps.

Some results from my Tuesday art class above and below. I used some card that I had painted, and rollered etc., and then continued to print with some of my hand made foam stamps before cutting up into regular strips. We were still using the art of Rosalie Gascoigne as inspiration. After re-arranging the strips, I used my mussel foam stamp again. The colours below are better than above, and represent more accurately the finished results, so I'm not sure why the image above is so blue!

Finally, my two latest photographs for my Kairos challenge. I have printed each one twice, and this time, I have painted over the top, to see what sort of results I could achieve. All very experimental stuff and I am really enjoying playing with these images in as many different ways that I can think of.

Lovely spring weather at the moment here in East Sussex, but I think it's all about to change. If you are in the Northern hemisphere, I hope that Spring is springing up for you too, and for those of you in the Southern half of our planet, I wish you a mild, calm and colourful Autumn.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Art Classes.

At the moment, I am enjoying two separate art classes, both with different tutors, and in different locations. One is about developing sketchbook ideas, and the other is a mixed media abstract landscape class. Strangely, they are both complementing each other, and so I am finding that I can use the techniques from each with the other! Above, you can see how I am developing some ideas based on the work of Rosalie Gascoigne. We started out with a mind map, which we then referred to for ideas which we have been developing in the sketchbook class. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of how I started with this, but it is now quite different from my original collaged page. There are so many layers involved, but it is these layers that give a depth and richness to the work so far.

The third photo above is showing one of the results from my mixed media abstract landscape class. Our starting point, or inspiration was rock formations. The paper I used was first painted in stripes with subtle variations in colour, and on paper of varying textures. This was then torn to give the shapes you can see, and pasted down onto a prepainted piece of mountboard. 

I am hoping that my next step will be to finally print one of my finished pieces onto cloth, which I can then enrich with stitch. All very exciting, and I am looking forward to seeing how these classes help me to develope further inspiration for my textiles.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Beach Inspired - Work in Progress

My own hand made paper cloth, painted with many layers, stamped with my hand made stamps, free machine stitched and further colour added. I will be adding some hand stitch, and further highlights, before making the above strip into a concertina book. Below is an image of the last part that is still in need of the extra colour, but hopefully I will finish that off this week. This has all been inspired by pebbles, seaweed, feathers and shells, I wonder why?

Continuing with the photograph a week challenge, above and below are my latest two contributions. The first is a section of the pier structure from underneath. I played around with the image in Photoshop, and then decided to add the stitch straight onto the photo. Below is last weeks image, I liked the bright blue of the fishing rope against the orangey brown and cream coloured pebbles. It reminded me of an exotic sea creature. Anyway, I also did a bit of manipulation in Photoshop, and after printing the image, I added some stitch to that one too.

So much inspiration from the beach environment, I hardly know where to start! Thanks for your company, and join me again soon.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Working into Sketchbook Pages

Above the cloth cover of yet another handmade sketchbook. I use a mixture of papers for these books, some plain, and others with painted/printed marks, ready to inspire further sketches or paintings.

This blackbird was painted onto a Gelli printed page, and using acrylic paint makes it easier to cover the page surface

Below shows the Gull I painted onto the Gelli printed page above. I think I may start to call this particular sketchbook my 'Bird' book!

If the weather is dry tomorrow, I will be off to the seafront again for another brisk walk, and hopefully some more photo opportunities.

Thanks for reading, and hopefully enjoying.

Monday, 30 January 2017


In my last post I think I said that the metal supports under the Pier looked a bit lace like from the angle I had photographed it. Well, I just had to do it didn't I!, so much fun playing around with this metamorphosis idea!  

Once you get going, the possibilities are endless, as you can see below.

Yesterday, I walked in a westerly direction, and took yet more photos. I made a small sketch when I got home, Hmmmm! Now I'm wondering what my next idea could be. 

A clue maybe? These shelters along the promenade are dotted all along the way to Holywell Bay. 

Watch this space, and thanks for looking in.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Sketch book pages and some photography.

A combination of sketchbook images and photography. Suddenly there appears to be a roller coaster on the pier!

Playing around with collage, photography and monoprinting.

Working into some mono printed sketchbook pages.

Secondly, my fascination with Eastbourne Pier, and photographing it in different weather conditions and light, and from different directions.

Even high and low tide can make a difference to how much is visible from underneath.

Above and below, the metal supports look quite lace-like. I took these last two today, it was a very bright sunny afternoon, but with a slight haze, and because I took them looking into the sun, the pier was more of a silhouette rather than showing any detail.

I seem to be collecting ideas and inspiration at the moment, rather than making finished pieces. I am finding so much to inspire me since moving to the coast, and I think it all needs to be left to simmer on the back burner for a while, and hopefully at some point, I will see a clearer idea of the direction I want to go in when it comes to start some serious work.

Thanks for your patience and interest in my progress.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Sky changes!

I unpicked the stitching in the sky, and re-did it. I think it looks better. Some gold paint was also added to the domes on the towers. I didn't finish it until it was too dark to photograph in natural light, but as I'm impatient, I snapped it under artificial light.  That's why it looks a bit different to yesterdays post.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Developing an idea.

A few posts ago I showed how I had added stitch to a mixed media painting that I decided to print onto cloth. You can see the original painting below left, and the stitched print below right. My last post showed how I have been playing around with some photos I took of Eastbourne Pier, adding paint onto different backgrounds. Today I decided to print the pier onto some cloth, (although my printer didn't seem to enjoy the experience!!) and add it to the stitched piece below. You can see the result above. I'm quite pleased with the majority if it, but I may change the way I have tackled the sky.

I have also printed a cropped version of the image below onto some canvas, and have added stitch. I have enjoyed playing around with these combined photographic and painted background images, so am eager to continue experimenting further.

Thanks for your company.

Thursday, 5 January 2017


Our small art group have decided to set ourselves the challenge of taking a photo every week this year, then printing it out and sticking it into a concertina book. Hopefully by the end of 2017, we will all have a book containing 52 wonderful photographs!! Taking good, exciting pictures is not my forte, so I am hoping that playing around with my efforts to produce something a bit more unusual will be acceptable. Below you will see how my original photo of Eastbourne Pier, has developed into the image above. I have also included below some other ideas I have played around with, mainly combining my printed image with paint.

I am particularly attracted to the shapes of the towers, so have decided to concentrate on the top half of the structure.

I think that by cropping off the bottom half of the structure, and adding my own ideas has given the top half a more surreal feel.

Eventually, I am hoping to use one of the images for a mixed media piece which will include fabric and stitch. A positive and fun project for the New Year, and something I am looking forward to incorporating into my textile work.

Thanks for reading, and hopefully you will be happy to join me again next time.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Fun and smiles with paint and paper.

What to do on the shortest, cold, wet and very dull grey day? Well, get out the paints and paper ofcourse!

I rollered, stamped, scraped and brushed paint onto some heavy cartridge paper. No idea where it was going, but I just needed to make a start at least, so decided to have fun without any pressure.

While looking for something interesting to collage with, I came across a sheet of funny little bird sketches that I must have doodled when I was trying to come up with an idea for something, so I just tore them out, stuck them down and gave them a quick wash of paint. They made me smile, so at least a positive result in one way at least.

My dragonfly prints on cotton have now been given a background of stitch and paint, some glitter glue, and two will become postcards, the third one below an ATC.

Just a bit of stitch to be added on the last one.
Well, I will also take this opportunity to wish all of my fellow Bloggers, and visitors a very Happy Christmas, and a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year.
See you in 2017.