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, 18 June 2017

More art class results.

This week we were given a very colourful still life to explore with our watercolours, and a very large sheet of paper to work on. It was easier to stand for this one, something I don't usually do, (too lazy), but it was surprising how it really helped when working large.

I didn't get to finish it, so worked on it a bit more from home. I had taken the photos you see above as a reference. I decided to have another go on a much smaller scale, re-arranging just a few of the elements that I particularly liked. There was something about the large blue jug that attracted my eye, plus the contrasts in the fabrics colourful stripes, and the flowery scarf.

A couple of sketches where I was trying out the new composition.

A much smaller piece, and I've also changed the colours in the scarf.

Another sketch, this time using a paintbrush and paint, instead of a pen/pencil.

I've stopped here, I think I preferred it before painting the jug!

I have also been playing around with one of the experimental landscapes from my other (Wednesday) class, I won't be doing anymore to this one either, but I do feel that I'm learning more each time I put paint to paper.

Finally, the view from my spare room window where I do my artwork, and I think summer may have arrived at last. Gorgeous blue skies, and wall to wall sunshine, long may it last!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Fun with strange combinations!

During our art classes, we are continuing to have fun 'playing' with a combination of items that most folk wouldn't associate with watercolour painting. Above is the result I achieved by painting watercolour onto wet paper, and using granulation fluid and salt to encourage the paint to do strange things!

I could see trees in the finished result when dry, so pulled them out by using some inktense pencils, and a little extra paint in places.

I took some photos, and then printed one onto some cotton fabric, which enabled me to stitch into it. The colours were more subtle, but it was an interesting exercise.

I also printed the same photo onto a sheet of Tyvek, and then added heat by hovering an iron over the surface. The result is above, and reminds me of pebbles. I obviously 'hovered' for a second or two longer than I should on the right hand side, and as you can see, a few holes appeared! 

We have also been using clingfilm on the surface of the paper while the paint is still wet. It has to be left until the paint is dry, but gives some really fascinating patterns and textures as you can see in the above example. I could see foliage and flower shapes, so gave it a bit more help by adding a few details.

in the example above and below, I have cut up some of the papers when dry, and collaged them, giving an abstract image. 

Not sure what I will do with the example above, but as you can see, the clingfilm has given some very interesting results. We have been following some ideas from a book by Ann Blockley called Experimental Landscapes in watercolour. There are some wonderful images in her book, but I have a very long way to go to get anywhere near producing work like that, if ever!!

Finally, I took this photo of part of a wall on Pevensey Castle. There is something about the combination of shapes and colours that attracted my eye! Maybe inspiration for another piece of  stitched artwork!

Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Gathering Memories Project

A community project in aid of the Alzheimer's Society has been launched to help raise money for their charity. You can find the details here. 

One of my friends sent away for a few of the kits, and I was one of the lucky recipients. Both my own Mum, and Mum in law had forms of dementia, which eventually took their lives as a result of complications caused by this awful disease.

The idea is that you make up a piece of textile art from the kit provided, which includes a length of cream silk fabric, stitched through the centre with gold thread. These strips of silk originally formed a piece of  installation art, which has now been deconstructed. I used my length of silk to form the skirt of the dancer's tutu. 

The theme for the project  is to create a piece of art that reflects a memory personal to the maker. After completion, the piece can either be kept by the maker, or sent back to the organisers for sale in an auction to be held next year. I will probably send mine back.

My memory is threefold really, I always wanted to be a ballet dancer as a child, and can remember how bitterly disappointed I was when I wasn't chosen to be one of the fairy dancers in the school Christmas play. I also truly believed that fairies lived at the bottom of my garden, and then last year I actually went to my very first ballet performance at the Albert Hall, Wonderful!

Thanks for reading, and follow my link above if you think you may be interested in taking part too, 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Class Experiments, some results!

My Tuesday class results, the two above and below. We've been working on making concertina books, with the theme, 'our favourite walk'. My first attempt above is more abstract, and the one I favour. I was using imagery from a walk along the prom towards Holywell Bay. It is reversible, so you can see each side. However, the examples below are very kitsch/whimsical, and in fact the top one no longer exists! I didn't like it so painted over it and then produced the one below. I don't like that one either, so I'm in the process of trying another idea.

Below are examples of the watercolour experiments from my Wednesday class. We've been using different types of salt, sprinkled over the wet paint, and then waiting to see what marks are produced. You can actually see the salt on the surface in these photos, because I took them before the paint was dry, and the salt removed. That will have to wait until next week now, as I left them behind in the classroom.

The above photos are all close ups of different sections of the same piece, but below I have just taken the one photo of the whole image.

Lots of fun, and it's good to be trying out new ideas with different techniques. I'm sure there will be an overlap at some point with my textiles.
Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

No stitch or cloth, but plenty of colour!

April was a very busy month, no blogging, no stitching and no cloth! I had all my family here with me in Eastbourne, including my daughter and grandson from New Zealand.


One of my grandsons was celebrating his birthday, so a wonderful excuse for HUGE icecreams, and very scrummy they were too! Then my daughter decided to treat me to afternoon tea. Not on the same day I hasten to add, but that also went down very well!!! Just look at that huge smile on my greedy face.


Spring also arrived in all its glory, and we walked on Beachy Head one sunny evening when the sun was beginning to set over the sea.

Low tide at the beach revealed pebbles caught in the groynes, and some interesting sea worn groynes on the beach. Hopefully inspiration for some future mixed media artwork.

Unusual milky green coloured sea as the skies above became more and more stormy looking.

That same stormy sky looking east from the seafront towards Hastings.

Finally, a good blowy walk across the South Downs with my sister and some friends on May day. Everything has gone rather quiet again now, with family all returned to their respective homes from New Zealand to West Wales. The family time has been a wonderful and precious interlude, but I'm now ready to get back into making art, watch this space folks, and thanks for looking in this time too.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Still Experimenting!

I've not been to the Grand Canyon, but the above was an exercise in my Wednesday morning art class, where we used thick, mouldable medium to create some of the striped and weathered rocks found in Arizona. Obviously we had some photographic images to work from. I may try to create an abstracted image in fabric, using paint and stitch.

I am also experimenting with acrylic paint on mountboard, using layers of thin paint, and rollering, scratching into, and printing with foam stamps.

Some results from my Tuesday art class above and below. I used some card that I had painted, and rollered etc., and then continued to print with some of my hand made foam stamps before cutting up into regular strips. We were still using the art of Rosalie Gascoigne as inspiration. After re-arranging the strips, I used my mussel foam stamp again. The colours below are better than above, and represent more accurately the finished results, so I'm not sure why the image above is so blue!

Finally, my two latest photographs for my Kairos challenge. I have printed each one twice, and this time, I have painted over the top, to see what sort of results I could achieve. All very experimental stuff and I am really enjoying playing with these images in as many different ways that I can think of.

Lovely spring weather at the moment here in East Sussex, but I think it's all about to change. If you are in the Northern hemisphere, I hope that Spring is springing up for you too, and for those of you in the Southern half of our planet, I wish you a mild, calm and colourful Autumn.