Saturday, 31 October 2015

Monoprinting in coloured layers

My thanks to Laura for this intriguing technique, which I shall be adding to the repetoire! What larks. For most of these I've simply copied Laura's landscape idea to get the hang of how it works, and then I continued to use it to see how different products and papers compare. Monoprinting with acrylic paint means you have to work very quickly and I didn't feel up to adding any original designs at this stage!!

Acrylic paint, acrylic paper

Acrylic ink mixed with glazing medium, damp watercolour paper

Acrylic paint, damp watercolour paper (you can just see the paper texture)

Acrylic paint and cartridge paper

Acrylic paint and sketchbook page.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

A lovely little video - look for the Boys' Bedspread and think Christmas Tablecloth!


Fabric Painting and Printing... 60 years ago! :)
Posted by Art & Printmaking on Thursday, 22 October 2015

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Drawing of a small pumpkin

I drew this little pumpkin because I liked it's shape.  I bought several gourds yesterday and am thinking of doing a painting of them all in a long line.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

19th October - making the Christmas puddings

I sat in front of the TV last night and did a pen and ink sketch for my diary/sketchbook. We made our Christmas puds a bit early (stir up Sunday isn't until the end of November) but I've always found puddings are better the longer they're kept. They should be perfect by next year! I like to mix my puds with stout, hence the bottle of Guinness.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Working on a page - In Remembrance

I'm working on a page in the diary/sketchbook about remembrance.

I've just discovered an uncle who was on a ship off the coast of Bermuda carrying petroleum in March 1942, when it was torpedoed, caught fire and sank with all hands. He was a gunner, and was just one of the 42 souls lost.

Until a couple of days ago, I didn't know about him, so have spent some time finding out, and am making a page in the diary as a memoriam.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Friday, 9 October 2015

Sketchbook/Diary pages - starting October

 In the last couple of days we've been to Hidecote Manor in the Cotswolds and Upton House - which holds the national collection of asters. They looked lovely and provide a beautiful splash of colour.  I hadn't realized how many varieties they were!

My sketchpad doesn't have the right sort of paper for watercolours which needs to be thick and have a slight tooth to the surface in order to add interest and allow you to pile the water on.  Cartridge paper isn't the same - but it's still a nice record of my visits.

I'll carry on working on it once it's dried.

I put wax on this bit of paper before putting the paint on, scraped the wax off and re-applied the paint. I just love the colour - a mix of Alizarin Crimson, and Windsor Blue.

We have a new shop opened in the town called Tiger. I'm fairly sure it's a chain of shops but I haven't come across it before. It sells really cheap art stuff - a cross between Ikea, Muji, and a Pound Shop!!  Do check it out if you have one as there are huge sketchbooks for £10 and wooden alphabet stamp sets for £4. I didn't buy the sketchbooks as I'm getting fussy in my old age, but the paper seems fine for mucking about in.

The box on the right was £9. I simply put some fabric in the back instead of the paper insert provided, and popped some bits and bobs in.  It hangs over the mantlepiece.  If I ever find a better quality box, I'll replace it, but as I change decor quite often it will do for now.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Sketchbook pages - finishing off September

The total lunar eclipse has to be in the sketch book even though I didn't stay up to see the moon turn orange. I did watch until late at night and it was so bright and so large, that of course it's earned a place in the book.

It took place on 27/28th September.

The gesso I put on this page has allowed the water paint to flow into shapes I couldn't have planned, which is lovely.

The original plan was to add red as well so that I had a home for this little bit of discharged and stitched fabric, but I think I prefer the page as it is - with a little something in the middle, just not sure what!!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Life Story tea towels are back in stock - £12 plus a little p&p

The Life Story tea towels are back in stock here!! and can be bought on line. They cost £12 plus a bit towards p&p. There are 6 different designs.  Aprons are also available to order - please just ask.

Printed in beautiful full colour on high quality half panama fabric from the original quilt
Each tea towel measures 65cms x 46cms. (Cotton Half Panama has a single warp thread and a double weft thread. This heavy fabric is mostly used for interior designs, but is great for a tea towel!)