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, 5 August 2018

More Moths and Winged Things.

After mark making and printing with paint on both sides of a large sheet of heavy weight cartridge paper, I decided to tear it into smaller sheets and  stitch it into a book. This has given me some interesting surfaces to draw, paint and collage  more moths, butterflies and other winged things onto.

I quite like the fact that with some of the watercolour paints, the marks from the pages can be seen shining through, giving extra visual interest.

I cut around the wings of the moth above, to give a 3D effect when the page is open, rather like some of the children's books do.

There are some rather lovely printable vintage images of moths and butterflies online which I have collaged onto a few of the pages.

This project seems to be evolving as I go along, I haven't really planned it in any way, but really, it's been a case of finding something creative to do during all this heat! (I'm also fascinated by insects, especially moths!)

More pages to work into still, so I will be adding those in a later post.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Architectural Inspiration.

I sometimes attend a Blue Monkey Network here in Eastbourne, which is an organisation run by artists, for artists, in partnership with the Towner.

We were invited during the last meeting to participate in producing a piece of artwork, inspired by a set of models, belonging to Paul Bartholomew, which were used as drawing aids in the teaching of technical drawing. 

There were plenty of these sculptural pieces to choose from, all different, and this was the one that appealed to my eye.

Very different from what I would normally choose to inspire me, I can't say that I have found this challenge easy. However, we were informed that we could interpret our chosen block in whatever way felt right to us, so of course, I decided to use fabric and stitch!

In both theses examples. I have used a combination of inktense blocks, acrylic paint, machine and hand stitch, and you can also see above that I made some printing blocks from foam and card. I did print with these, but also used them to make some rubbings with the inktense blocks.

If I feel inclined, and if I have the time, I may have another go at this challenge. I'm not particularly happy with these two examples, and feel that i could still improve on an outcome, I just need  that all important enthusiasm for something that is normally alien to me!

Sunday, 8 July 2018


Another four page concertina, this time featuring Moths. I am fascinated by the patterns and colours on moth wings.

I have photographed the pages while flat, but the first three images also show where the folds of the pages are.

Some close ups

I have sketched the moths in pen first before adding the watercolour.

Another little project to keep me sane during this continuing heatwave.

Monday, 2 July 2018

My garden flowers

So very hot here in the UK at the moment, and too hot for me to do much except to sit quietly with my paints. However, the garden has been a real delight, as long as I keep it watered, which may become difficult in coming days if this heatwave continues!

Having taken some good photos, I have been able to sit indoors in the cool, capturing the array of colours and textures.

One long strip of paper, which I have then divided into four sections, and folded to create a concertina book.

This way of  displaying artwork I find easy and quite successful. It is also a good way of recording gardens, landscapes etc., and can easily be tucked into a sketchbook when it has fulfilled it's role as a display piece.

Phew, we don't seem to be as prepared as some parts of the world for higher temperatures, so if you're reading this from the UK, I hope you are able to keep cool while our land bakes under this midsummer's sun, and thanks for joining me!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Shell Covered Miniature Books.

After the experimental shell covered books that I made in Cornwall, I couldn't wait to visit our beaches here in Eastbourne to find shells for some further trials

There are plenty of these very sea worn shells mixed in with the pebbly beaches here,, so it was just a case of trying to find pairs that were a similar size and shape.

I don't have a suitable drill for making holes in the shells, so I have made a sort of fabric hinge to join the two halves together, and then I was able to stitch the paper pages into the hinge.

There are only about six pages in each tiny book, and apart from one, I have used watercolour paper, which I'm hoping to paint/draw into at some point. The 3rd image down shows pages cut from some painted/decorated papers that I already had.

The back of each book shows the hinge, and where the thread holding the pages in place has been stitched through to the outside, I have used some tiny wooden beads to decorate. Not sure where this idea is going yet, but it is always fun to come up with a new idea, and to play around with it, just to see where it might lead!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Brison's Veor, final post.

This last post is showing a mixture of random photos, including the sea and landscapes of Cape Cornwall, and the area around Priest's Cove. Also some sketchbook pages, and images from Tate St. Ives.

We visited the Kurt Jackson Foundation Gallery in st. Just, where we saw his exhibition 'Sea Crows'., and another by artist Denzil Forrester. Kurt Jackson lives in St. Just, and most of the work in this current exhibition has been inspired by the Shags and Cormorants that inhabit Cape Cornwall. His work is full of energy, and seems to capture the light and moods of the area, I absolutely loved it all.

A steep climb up to the coastguard, and an even higher climb to the chimney from one of the tin mines to be found here.

The setting sun reflecting a pink glow on the white cottages, and opportunist gulls following a fishing boat

We did see a pod of dolphins one evening, but unfortunately I didn't have my camera handy at the time! However, I did just about manage to capture a shot of a sea lion, with a mouthful of his fishy supper, and two surfers paddling out to catch a wave.

Wonderful patterns and colours in the local granite and rocks.

We saw an exhibition by Patrick Heron in Tate St. Ives, and I particularly liked the piece below by Barbara Hepworth.

Just over the hill from where we were staying was this small ruin of the St. Helen's Oratory.

Random pages from my sketchbook.

Yet another from my collection of sunsets.

And finally, a 'selfie', from a reflection in the studio mirror. I hope these last 3 posts have given just a small flavour of our incredible week in this beautiful corner of Cornwall here in England.