Monday, May 25, 2015

Stamp update

Replaced the 'failure' stamps with two new ones.  One still needs to dry before testing.  The one below is made from scrap foam from cutting out cogs using the big shot and I think it looks OK over a 'failure' print too!

Sketchbook - Clematis - day 3

OK so yesterday's pages lacked background leaves. So I made a stamp from a leave taken from the garden and a) over stamped some of the pages - will need to add the flowers again and b) stamped on some freshly painted pages:..

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sketchbook - Clematis update

So I gave up waiting and started printing with both white paint and gesso for texture on one sketchbook and also on some loose pages.  Also on the first page I showed you yesterday (middle right) I lightly brushed the white flowers with some Neocolor II water soluble crayons in pale pink and then wet it slightly, before adding more gesso white flowers.  I have yet to colour the other sheets, fill in some of the backing and making the flower centres.  Not sure how these will be done yet.

How do I learn patience ?

I am sorry I have not written for so long but I have not been well and when I got better and went back to work I have been so tired each evening that I have not wanted to do any art work.
I have wanted, as many of you know, to work in my sketchbooks more but I have absolutely no patience - how do I learn patience?  For example the Clematis (Montana) in my garden has been stunning for a while now - I have taken loads of photos and decided that I wanted to do something artistic in my sketchbooks - I painted some pages green (in two books) and today I made a stamp by drawing around a print of one of my photos.  However  !!!!!  when I printed the stamp I realised that the page is not a dark enough green - so I have repainted the pages - NOW I have to wait -  Don't tell me to dry the pages with a hair dryer because I am using plastic wrap to create texture on the page. So I will have to wait until either later or tomorrow - will I still want to do the idea then?? (I know my Montana is pale pink  and I used white paint - I will try again with pinkish paint when the darker green is dry).

So whilst waiting for paint to dry :-)  I have tried out some 'texture' stamps I made a few weeks ago - you see I have been reading about people using texture stamps and stencils in their sketchbooks and at present I can't a) afford and b) find, nice texture stamps so I made some of my own.   Here are the test pages -
Some worked really well.

this one worked very well and was interesting as thick texture and fine texture (love it) .....
 Two did not work - I may scrap them.

 Whilst still waiting for paint to dry I may look for other stuff to make more texture stamps - these are fun!!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Still sick but up and stuff to show you

Been signed off work for yet another week - having no immune system means that this viral chest infection is going to be here for a long while.  I hope to be well enough to go back to work on 11th May.

I am out of bed now and although coughing loads every time I move or speak I am able to sit very still in the workroom :-) - I did also step into the garden - find fresh air does help. So here are photos.

I have done three journal pages - they are a bit similar - same colour and same techniques but I hope to get a bit more adventurous.
Not sure why the photos sideways on when they are saved the right way up !
Left is my old A4 recycled diary sketchbook, right here is my new A5 landscape sketchbook

here is my other A4 sketchbook 

The garden looks lovely and spring/summer like. The Iris are looking good - fallen over so I have staked them.  

Most are very dark but in the corner there is a pale one !
 Then the Clematis Montana has gone absolutely mad on the fence and the one on the wall opposite is a double one.

And finally my pot apple tree - I hope that each of these blossoms will become an apple - here's hoping

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Steampunk Jacket update

I first mentioned a new project here on Sunday 12 April.  That's when I started making my own background fabric - 2 metres x 150 cm wide.  My usual madness!!  I have completed the first pass of stitching and the fabric as been rolled as I have stitched as I have very little work surface space in my workroom.

Now I am ready for the second pass to stitch the black figures of 8 over the surface, working from the back - so I will be rolling it back the other way.  I know that this will be even harder especially when I get half way!! But, hey that's how madly I work :-).

 Here is the first row from the front.  It has only taken 3 weeks for pass 1 so another 3 weeks or so for pass 2 :-) Then I will show you the next step for the background fabric.  Still a while before I cut out the actual jacket !

Sick - oh so sick

Day 13 of severe chest infection - almost the end of the second week off work!  Tired of being in bed, sick and tired of being sick and tired.
The only thing I have managed to do in the last day or so is to browse the internet.  Today I decided that I need to tidy up the Blogs I read - I use Bloglovin and have been 'following' over 800 blogs (not necessarily reading them all :-) ) - so I have started to prune the list - my  textile likes vary from time to time and I feel its time to stop following some blogs and to start to follow some new ones!

Update - I started at 8.30 am and have just finished - at 15.38 !!  I have reduced the 800 to 135 - not bad going.  To be fair many were old - not updated for years so they were eliminated quickly.  I guess like me many people do not have the time to keep up writing their blogs.  Some had moved addresses and the new sites were no longer in my 'interest' field.

I think I now have a nice neat selection which I know will grow as I blog hop over the next few years.

I did get a little side tracked and found the most amazing artist site - Leslie Marsh - she is a book maker - you must go and see her site here or her blog here.

I definitely want to make books again !

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hooray - a New project at last

I have spent a lovely weekend with my friends of the Machine Embroidery Group (MEG) . On Wednesday you see I had an idea - another Steam punk jacket for me. So whilst away - I set up - 2 metres x 150 cm purple fabric I had already dyed. Covered with two layers of turquoise net and a layer of Black twinkle nylon.  Then I started stitching figures of eight in matching purple thread.  I got about half way through, so excellent progress - when I have done this I will stitch again in black and then burn back before making the jacket. Pictures of work in progress so far..

This is a sample of the idea....
 Watch this space

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Amazing Website to share

I have just come across the most amazing website -Kirsty Mitchell - click here - Kirsty is an amazing photographer and costume maker.- her Wonderland series has kept me enthralled for the last few hours.

You must check it out !

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Some mono prints

As promised here are some of my new mono prints - this is just a selection from the 100+ that I made.  Sorry this post is photo heavy :-) I just love them all.  My next sketchbook (yes the next one!!) which is going to be a landscape A5 size (not tried landscape before) may include some of these colour mono prints extended.

More mono print fun - and a full sketchbook !!!

I have developed another 'illness' recently - I know it's probably caused by taking immune suppressants - I have Nodular Episccleritis. My eye is beginning to feel a little less itchy today.
I have had a lovely weekend with my Textile 21  friends at Kingcombe, although I was ill on Sunday night.  I made more mono prints which I will show to you in the next post - I need to scan some - most were black and white but I also tried some in colour.  I had taken some of the recent mono prints - I showed you here.  I had photocopied some, enlarged some, then cut them up, stuck some pieces into my book and then had fun extending them - I have completely filled an A6 sketchbook - that's a first for me !!!! :-) here are a few examples... on some pages it is not easy to see where the cut pieces are!

I tried to copy a couple of them in stitch (you can see my practice tonal column first):
There may be more paper and/or stitch pieces as the mood takes me, I do like this black and white work.