Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Have a go?

This is a project you may want to have a go at; I got the basic idea from a product review on the Great Art Blog about the use of Catalyst Wedges. I liked the idea of colouring in the mono print which results.

I used A2 water colour paper. The mono print was made using black and white acrylic paint with the addition of Open Medium, this meant that I had more time to work the print and also that I had the opportunity to make a number of smaller prints from the same marks onto A4 copy paper. I worked on a large sheet of acrylic. I fancied working bigger than my gelli plate.
I made two large mono print one in grey and the other black. It struck me that we have no need to buy the expensive adult colouring books which are now so popular when it is so easy to make one’s own version; this definitely absorbed me for some hours, colouring in the marks made with the wedges, of course you can make the marks with anything that comes to hand, for instance a comb or shape cut from a piece of card.

Then I started to colour in areas using mostly gouache but with some watercolour paint as I ran out of yellow gouache.

I then decided to cut up the A2 sheet into four A4 pieces and took them to the sewing machine to add some interest.
The smaller mono print were slipped inside the ‘covers’ with about five pieces of plain copy paper.

 I then sewed the little booklets together, but you could make four small books and sew with pamphlet stitch, or even on the sewing machine.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Block Print - Distort Part Two

 The next stage was to try out the block on fabric, which usually means cutting away more areas which are not as you want them and are showing up more clearly on fabric. There was not too much to cut away but I made a few adjustments.

Printing on fabric.

Machine quilting one of the printed pieces.

Trying out the scrim distorted but not yet coloured.

The scrim painted.

I was concerned that the scrim would obliterate the image too much, I wanted the effect of the grasses blowing across the image. When it was all in place and the edges needle-felted onto white felt I was pleased with the result.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Block Print Distort Part One

I had the idea to try block printing with the distorted scrim technique. So first of all I had some fun making the block, I used Moo carving medium which is easier to use than the thin material which can be bought. My carving is pretty basic and I have no idea how people manage to get such intricate patterns, I am sure that like everything else it is probably down to practise.

I decided to leave the lines in the background of the block which I felt looked like the grasses in the field, and which I could later echo when I machined the scrim.

 I tried it out on paper first.

Then I took photos and made some ' app prints ' on the ipad.

To be continued......................................................

Saturday, August 29, 2015


I have always been fascinated by walking along the shore line and collecting bits and pieces of shells, wood and other salvage. We now have a house by the sea and hopefully will be spending more time there in the future, ‘Crabstones’, and this should give me time to collect more and more ……

I ordered some hemp and nettle thread which is interesting in itself and tried to remember how to crochet, mine is more like amateur knotting but fun.

I am in part inspired by Gooseflesh’s collections on Flickr and certainly by the way she weaves and crochet around her finds. 

You don’t necessarily need the seaside as a number of people have been weaving over flat stones and branches. I tried using a piece of Hampshire flint.
If you have a go let me know.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

'The Blanket Book'

Elizabeth Caush who lives in Hampshire UK has just published her first book about the healing power of creativity and craft, specifically that of knitting. She recently came to give a talk to my group at the day services where I work. Elizabeth brought along her books, her story and her wonderful samples for the book. I thought her use of colour to be stunning, bold and vibrant, and the simplicity of the patterns which turn into modern throws, cushions and bed runners is amazing. So as you are aware I do get tempted by all sorts of new projects, but no way with knitting, since I grew up knitting my own school jumpers and my last attempt was being talked into making a shawl for my grandson, BUT yet again the ideas in the book are so simple yet the results so satisfying that I could get tempted.

Elizabeth is promoting her book at the moment, so if you have a group that you think would be interested in the Hampshire or specifically the Portsmouth area do contact her.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Distort Threee

This time I found a monoprint of the field,  which I had coloured, in one of my sketchbooks and decided to use that as the background.
 I transferred this to calico using TAP (Artists' Transfer Paper).

This was, of course, much less hassle than free machining a background, but also interesting as I wanted to try a different method/effect. I liked the quite dramatic red line down the centre and after all the green and brown decided to go for red with a touch of iridescent tinting  medium; the effect was rather more pink shiney than red and I pondered over whether or not to darken this area, in the end I have left it.
  I added the whole to white felt and needlefelted the three layers around the edge. This time I also machined around the inner edge of the picture as I liked the effect of the white felt being more dimensional. These pieces are difficult to photograph, if you click on the top picture it gives a better idea of the dimensional quality (I have just realised that if you click twice the image comes up really large).

Thursday, July 23, 2015

'Buried Treasure'

Over on 'The Altered Page' Seth Apter is featuring his buried treasure idea and will publish a list of participating blogs, the authors choosing their own favourite post to re post. Should be interesting.

So here is a link to a short tutorial which I wrote, on request, about using bleach on paper and I think this eventually lead to my participation in the popular Sketchbook Challenge, then to be a contributor to the book and many happy contributions to the themes for the Challenge.

So many little time. With so many wonderful art blogs to follow, it is difficult to always find the time to keep up with every new post -- let alone have the time to visit the posts that were put up before you discovered each blog.

So...six years ago I started an annual treasure hunt. Buried Treasure is about digging deep to uncover some hidden gems. The premise is simple. This Thursday, July 23rd all participating bloggers will re-post one (or more) of their favorite posts that ever appeared on their blog. As you might already know, I don't like too many rules when it comes to art. So anything goes.
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