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, 26 April 2015

Inspired by a bargain!

I chopped up a failed piece of work that I'd made some time ago into postcard sized pieces ( 6" x 4"),  continued to embellish them further with black and gold gutta, and finally more stitch. Then, while out shopping on Friday, I popped into 'The Works', and discovered packs of four canvases, 5" x 7" reduced to £3 per pack!! A bargain too good to ignore, so I bought 2 packs, and decided to use up some of my gelli printed papers to cover them with. Having sealed them with acrylic wax, my postcards seemed to be the perfect finishing touch! They are abstract, so could be hung any which way, separately, or together as in the photos above. I'm considering putting them into my Etsy shop.

Finally finished my Lavender Field Triptych, and I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out. I have linked the three pieces with some stitch, as you can see in the close-ups below, but decided to keep it quite simple. A light scattering of red french knots, (poppies) finishes it off. 

Thanks for joining me, and I hope you've enjoyed this post.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

I can ALMOST smell the lavender!

Although I'm still struggling with my final decision for the Lavender Field piece, these brooches have given me some positive and rewarding respite. They will hopefully be accepted by Jackie at the Corner Gallery as 'Wearable Art' to compliment her exhibition in June/July

Each one is unique, with a small embroidered and coloured bee homing in on the lavender flowers. I have also managed to sign my abbreviated signature at the bottom, so I feel I can call them wearable art! 

Above is a photo of all my brooches to date, some of which are for sale at an extremely reasonable price in my Etsy shop here.

The paper cloth I was experimenting with has come in very useful for making some cards that you can see above. Again, lots of fun and no pressure here!!

There is a 'Sky' exhibition on at the Corner Gallery at the moment, and the image above is my contribution. Again, it has been constructed from paper cloth, painted and stitched.

More experimental work for the Lavender theme. I started it, but haven't continued with it so far, it still doesn't feel quite right to me, maybe I'm trying too hard!

Finally, my journal quilt for April, now finished. More experimental than anything else really, and it certainly isn't a work of art, but when you try a new technique that's not what it's all about really. I've given the birds a coat of metallic paint, more for fun than anything else, but by doing that it has given me an idea for next month!!

Make sure to watch this space to find out more, and thanks for reading.