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.

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.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

This and That!

Last week I decided to have a play around with some printing on fabric. As I have done before, I used  those foam sheets that you can buy for kiddies to play around with, and cut out a dragonfly. I like to add some detail by drawing into the surface with a pointy tool, then I roll acrylic paint across the surface and print onto paper or cloth.

Extra colour can be added with paint or crayons, and then I like to add other details or outlines with machine or hand stitch.

I was so excited this week to receive the book below in the post. One of my small art quilts has been included in this beautiful edition in the series, Art Quilts International, Abstract & Geometric. It will be available to buy from the 28th December, but can be ordered in advance from here.

There are some really beautiful photographs of art quilts in this book, all very inspiring! I may only have one small quilt included in this edition, but I feel really thrilled and excited to have a piece of my art published.

I belong to a small art group, and we have set ourselves a challenge to take a photograph every week during 2017. The plan is to mount each photo into a concertina book. I have no idea yet for any specific theme or subject, or whether to just take snaps at random! There are so many ways this could be done, but for the time being, I am just going out and about in Eastbourne and the surrounding area, and just randomly snapping away. I think I am hoping that inspiration will strike!! Below are two attempts I made last week to capture the light in the sky, with the dark brooding surroundings! I'm certainly no photographer, but I intend to enjoy finding some time each week next year to stop, look around and try to be inspired. Who knows where it may lead!

That's all for now, but I hope to be back soon, and thanks for reading.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Slow progress!

I have finally managed to get my sewing/art space up and running after the move, although I still have a couple or three boxes left to unpack as you can see in the picture below!

It's a smaller room than I had before, so I need some more storage! The bookcase is going onto the landing, so that will free up room space.

Mrs. Frou Frou cocking a snoot at me!

It seems so long since I actually really got down to some serious stitching, so apart from the abstract piece I posted about last week, the above little Christmas wall hanging is one of my first attempts at getting back to being creative. If you subscribe to Linda and Laura kemshalls' DMTV, you will know where my inspiration for the Partridge in a Pear Tree, and the little sketchbook below has come from!

For those of you who don't subscribe, the sketchbook is made from a large sheet of good strong cartridge paper that is printed on both sides with acrylic paint, using stencils or printing blocks that you like to use. If you prefer to paint straight onto the paper then that is ok too, in fact you just cover the paper with paint in whatever way you want. The beauty of this technique is that you don't have to be necessarily good at painting or drawing, because the paper is going to be torn into much smaller sections, so that you are left with pages giving some interesting colours, textures and shapes that may inspire further working into.

The spine showing how the four signatures have been stitched together with the back and front cover. I used mountboard for the covers. I used some gelli printed papers that I found in my stash to cover them both.

This page seemed to form a sort of frame, with a space in the middle, just crying out for a small sketch or painting, so I decided to make a small painting of a Six Spotted Burnet Moth.

Some pages are quite densely  covered...

...others less so. I also included some tracing paper in a couple of places, although I'm not sure yet how I will use them.

I found this small ATC that I made a few years ago when I was unpacking. It had been inspired by a visit I made 6 years or so ago to the public toilets in Kawakawa New Zealand, designed by Hundertwasser. It perfectly picked out the colours on this page, with a space that it fitted into perfectly.
If you live in the UK, it looks as though we're in for a very cold snap this coming week, so keep snug and warm. For those of you who live elsewhere, have a good week too, and thanks for reading.