Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Stuffed puppy

He's a bit annoying as he doesn't sit flat on the ground. If I made him again, I would sculpt his little tummy so his feet are more grounded. Otherwise...cute.

I found both the stuffed toys in a book called "Sew Cute to Cuddle." By Mariska Vos-Bolman.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Rag doll

I have half made another rag doll for Olivia who is not quite 2 yet, but stopped when I realised that the doll's hair will only cause her mother headaches. So this little doll with its fabric hair is much more chewable.
Before face embroidery

Monday, 28 November 2016

Relationship Series.

"Not until your room is tidy."
"If you don't tell mum, I will."

"Was that you?"
"Our children will be so cute."

"But Davis Jones had a sale!"
"I feel a spree coming on."
"But, it wasn't me Dad."

"Leader of the pack."

"How can seven years younger not be an accident?"

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Air dry clay

Air dry clay.

These little vessels need to dry first, then I plan to rub ink into them and wipe back to emphasis the layers.

I've rolled the clay then pressed it into my lino cuts. The bowl shape comes from pressing them into bowls from the kitchen.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Personalised Labels

I've wanted to stitch little labels into my home made gifts for some time but it all seemed a bit laborious and time consuming. Well, I found the time and with a bit of help from Mrs Google, I have made a variety of personalised labels.
Choosing what to say took a while. I didn't want them to sound too cheesy or inappropriate. So I came up with 'one of a kind' as no two gifts come out the same. 

 I used 'Pages' on my Mac. I put the text and image into a table. I reversed the text and images and printed onto Avery T-shirt transfer paper, cut each label out and ironed them onto cotton tape. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Frank's cardy

This is actually a lovely smokey blue colour. It's not photographed well.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

For baby Liam

I'm an aunty for the second time. Congratulations Emily and Brad. Liam gets my latest creation.
And for his big sister Olivia, to make her feel included.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Tea cosy

I have two friends who have bought retro bach's in the past year. To carry on with the theme, they get a hand knitted tea cosy each. I found a book in the library full of weird tea cosies. I knitted two that were fairly normal looking, as far as tea cosies go.

cosmetic bag

I used this site to help me make my daughter a cosmetic bag. It worked well.
My daughter was quite specific as to what she'd like. It was to be water proof, tick, be able to hold small bottles. tick and not be too cumbersome, tick.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

One for Jonny

This has taken a while for a few reasons. We were away from home, we went to Europe for nearly a month. Dogs aren't that easy to paint especially when the owner knows every inch of him. It was a daunting challenge as it isn't small, 600x400mm.
OSR = Old School Rides.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

For Baby Frank

I made a painting like this for my friends twins, when they were born. They are ten now. I have made another this week for baby Frank. It is about 40 x 40 cm.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Leather clutch

I finally plucked up the courage to sew the leather. I don't know what my apprehension was about because it sewed up quite easily. I used a few Googled directions that steared me in the right direction. I've added little rings on the sides so I can add a strap.

Just the right size to carry my iPhone and keys.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Art refresher

I have experienced a few new ideas for the art room.  They were delivered efficiently and quickly by Anna Dixon who works for Office Max. We completed all these pieces between 930am and 2.30pm today. This is visual art, with a focus on literacy.
Chosen text, water colour pencil and water
collage onomatopoeia
Skeleton word

Felt tip pens, sprayed with water
Finger painting using primary colours
White pencil sketch with "creative paint"

Torn page with text

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Wasp printing

My fabric printing inks arrived. I have bought a litre of opaque base and 4, 100ml bottles of colour concentrate...black, red,yellow and blue.

I used the little wasp lino cut I made on the fibre art course, then a solid screen printing wasp.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Penny's present.

I have been interested in sewing leather. I have used a small piece of soft (lambs?) leather to make the base of this little clutch.

I used an old grey woollen blanket as the body of the clutch and some beautiful silk as a liner. My intention is for Penny to use it to carry her phone and keys. It will also be able to accomodate a few other bits and bobs. 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Fibre Arts...Over for another year.

Lino printing
Foam printing

 We have explored polystyrene printing, layered cardboard printing, rubber printing, lino printing, foam printing and screen printing.

Screen printing
Screen over lino printing

Screen with cutout ready to print.

Close up of the masking tape 
We made our own small screens for screen printing. So easy, it would work with kids I think. We cut a rectangle in the middle of a piece of foam board. We wrapped it completely with duct tape. We surrounded the hole with double sided tape, which we stuck net curtain to. Stretching it as much as it could take. We secured it with more duct tape. We put a line of masking tape around the net, overlapping the hole. We used bank cards as squeegees. Done.

A few dollops of this in a jar
And a few drops of this.

A few results
Example of screen printing over leaves and ghost prints.