Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Adding to the pile of monoprints

Today I decided to go down the Prussian Blue and orange route. I shall be whizzing over to the DMTV forum to see if anyone out there wants a chat about monoprinting.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

I forgot to eat anything.

Do you know, I had to check the dishwasher for a dirty plate, because I completely forgot whether or not I'd eaten anything. I'm always hungry so that's no guide really. That's what happens when you're having a day off and a couple of hours playing around with some paint.

I wanted a break from the latest life quilt, and I recently saw a huge clump of bullrushes and they inspired me to make some monoprints. Nothing resolved, just mucking about.

On paper

and on fabric. If you watch DMTV you'll probably guess what I'm going to do with these! If not, I'm going to do a spot of collage and stitch into them somehow.

 I like these which happened by chance - looks like mountains in a watery landscape. Fortuitous accident.

I then decided to do a spot of multi coloured monoprint using two pieces of paper one at a time, one to take the a positive and the other a negative. They look quite different.

Needless to say I much prefer the "negative" one. It's not really negative but I'm not sure how else to describe it. It's the print taken after the first one has had it's stencils lifted off.

 Love the vibrant red in this one.

And fabric again below. They might need chopping into to save the best bits!

Next, will be stamping. I decided I couldn't have had lunch after all as there isn't a dirty plate, so I'm off to trough some cake.

Monday, 14 March 2016


Poor Graham. You take some chains, and wrap him in them just so you can draw them realistically. Some squaring up do but it's the way they fall that makes them look real.

Thursday, 10 March 2016


Apologies if you've been trying to use the shop in the last couple of days - it's had a wobbly, but should be fine now. :)  Book and some tea towels are available - please leave me a comment if you get stuck!!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Body outline stitched.

I'm finding it hard to manage the large size of this quilt. I didn't want a join in the middle of the life drawing so have decided to do this section as one piece and not quilt-as-you-go like the top bit. Phew.

I now have to go away and do more research and also buy some props so I can draw the chains, and other goodies I have planned.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Beginning the Life Drawing

Lots of pencil marks but putting in a pen outline to make stitching easier. (I've started to use Faber Castell Pitt Sanguine, which gives a flesh colour, a very fine line, and permanence)

I'm trying to decide on a hair style for the model, who's own hair was tied up out of the way - long/short/straight/wavy/hidden away/flowing?