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, 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.