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.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Distort again

I decided to have another go at the idea of distorting scrim, like 'drawn thread' work with the sewing machine.I worked using this sketch as a guide:

This time I worked on a piece of calico rather than silk.

I then distorted the scrim and painted it with acrylic inks.

You work on damp kitchen roll and the colours are much less strong as the scrim dries. I wondered if the edges of the calico together with the scrim would needlefelt onto the white felt backing, so I did a sample piece and it worked fine.

It looks quite flat in a photo but in fact the needlefelting makes the piece dimensional and quite interesting.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Somehow I had missed the fact that Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn produced another DVD last year, this one ‘In Motion’ is about ‘free machining’, and it strongly features using dissolvable fabrics which I used at one time but largely lost interest in. I can say that the types of fabrics have moved on since I initially used them and I could be tempted to have another go; but as you must know I am easily tempted. I was disappointed there is so little about machining on paper, I suppose I was looking for a few ideas I had not tried.

One technique which I used many years ago was distorting loose weave fabric such as scrim, like drawn thread work, but using the sewing machine. I have samples of this in my file, but this DVD inspired me to have another go.  I used the technique shown by Jean Littlejohn and then coloured the fabric in the way she shows, but I have to admit to having thrown out most of my fabric paints (they were in a bad way) so I got out the acrylic inks. As suggested the colours are much subdued when the work dries.

I then machined some lines inspired by my view onto silk organdie. I then layered the two pieces onto white felt and needle felted round the edges. The piece is not entirely successful but I will certainly try this effect again as I like the dimensional effect it gives.

 So why did I frame it and hang it up, which is something I hardly ever do, well just because I was in the mood! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

GiveAway 'winners'.

Here is the list of the four people to receive one of the pieces of stitch
from my birthday giveaway. You need to contact me with your name and

Penny  Australia

FlashinScissors UK


Özge Başağaç  Turkey

Here are a few pictures of some of the work I did at a couple of the taster days at City Lit recently and one from my local drawing class. I always resolve to draw more but seldom fulfill my resolution.

 We had two models for the whole day which was a treat. The last thing I did was try to correct his eye, as you see it did not work!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


 Here are some pictures of Stencilling in black and white after watching Jane Davies video: then taking the papers into ipad apps and collage.

 This is an interesting group project and I am doing it with my day centre group; be aware that the foam rollers use a lot of paint.

Still time to leave a comment on the Birthday Giveaway post to be 'in it to win it'.
 I had a lovely birthday this year , remembered by more people than usual, and the gift of some unusual jewellery made by MIRTH'S BUBBLE. It is particularly special to receive something handmade.

Monday, June 08, 2015

'New' tools.

I'm trying very hard to throw things away, expecially packaging, but this broken salad spinner was just sitting on the side before it found the right rubbish bag. Whilst waiting for my morning cuppa to brew  I decided to have a go at cutting it up. 

With the help of a stanley knife I managed to take it apart and the result was a few new tools to use for printing, especially using the gelli plate.

Don't forget this month's giveaway in the last post, the odds are good at the moment!
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