Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Too many ideas.
Can’t keep to one.
A good thing or bad.
Excitement, inspiration, crazy must does.
Why? Purpose none. Just to keep going day after day.
Where do you put it all? Where indeed.
Don’t let me ask that. Don’t let me ask.
As I trip over paper, fabric and thread.
Camera and tripod. Wacom and all.
Pencils and paint. All the new stuff.
Creativity. Madness. Misunderstood.
Don’t let me stop.
Let me keep going and not loose the thread.

Have fun with your own words at Wordle here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lemon Skin

Continuing with a theme for once, at least for a short time, I have worked on the close up of the lemon skin. I machined into the Indian rag paper, and tried some hand stitching. Eventually I added some lace and wax, and then some French Knots on top.

I also tried waxing over dress pattern tissue. It’s quite hard to get the effect over in a photo which is largely tactile due to the layers of wax.
I also did another collage using a photo of a banana plant leaf; the photo being much better than my artwork.
At the weekend we went to Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens. Some of the work was amazing, especially that of an embroiderer called Rosalind Wyatt who was showing how she uses stitched letters on antique textiles. Also inspiring was the felt work of Heather Belcher who uses a heat press (don’t ask me, I never heard of one before) to incorporate her drawings onto felt. My head was buzzing with new ideas, and of course I wanted to try them all - and all at once!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

I was quite productive last week and using some close up photos of a lemon and a houseplant leaf I started to develop some designs. I don’t know if I will ever take them further but it is an attempt to work on my sketchbook, so that I don’t feel my course was wasted.

I used part of the photo and printed onto it with Acrylic Gesso and then added some watercolour paint.
On the one of the leaf I used watercolour and drew into it with ink.

Monday, July 07, 2008


Trying to make time to update my Etsy store after many months. I have added these two small quilted wall hangings or throws.
' Raspberry Ripple'
I am also trying to ‘destash’ as it is called. I have quite a lot of dyed fabric which I was really into when I made a number of printed and embroidered book covers, so I had the idea of adding pieces of the brushed cotton fabric to the supplies section on Etsy. It was really difficult to photograph.
'Fairy Glade'

'Green Glade'

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Guess What Number 2

The best guess for the last one was an Owl, could be, but can you work
out what this one is - by the way there is a clue in the last post.
I have been pondering as to whether to buy a macro lens for my Canon Powershot A710is, but I found some amazing close up photographs on Flickr using manual focus, so for the moment I am experimenting with settings before spending money, which I don't like to do.

Had a nice surprise today as I have been included in another Etsy Treasury :
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