Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015


I was having a bit of a sort out the other day and came across these which I made in 2012. They are coasters, an experiment. I collaged papers to a spare bit of vinyl flooring I had and topped with acrylic wax. I put them away because cups were sticking to them so when you picked a cup up the coaster came too. Well I've tried them again and they don't seem so bad after all this time.

I used an old map for this one, I used to live in Durham.
I coloured the edge with a stamp pad.
Some of the vinyl flooring had a pattern with squares of the right size. I didn't go right to the edge with the decoupage for these six coasters, I used the flooring pattern as edging.

Friday, 23 January 2015


This is for the Illustration Friday challenge - passion. It's been a while since I last entered. The background is one of the gelli prints I did last week. The heart is from a card I did, it's textured with gold stitching around the edge [which you cannot see now unless you look very closely]. The fish were drawn on my tablet.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hand Printed Fabric

I printed more fabric and this time I used my old roller stamps (tutorial for roller stamps) to make the marks.
It was on plain white cotton and coloured with liquitex inks mixed with fabric medium. I rinsed them out and the colours stayed in but the fabric is very stiff. 
On the yellow sample piece one end is motley, this is because I tried something else at that end for the background colour (Adirondack colour wash) [which I sprayed on last] but it came out really orangey which I didn't like so I tried rinsing it out.

I started embroidery stitching on the blue fabric, but I'm not sure how much I will do as it's so stiff and makes my fingers sore. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Badger WIP

This is something I started in December and I'd done quite a bit of the drawing in pencil on a canvas fabric. I recently finished the drawing and am filling in colour with inktense pencils. My intention was to add water to make a more ink like effect but I'm wondering if it will become a muddy mess and lose all the pencil marks. I quite like it in the pencil state but I don't have the right grey for the main part of the badgers body. I could make a grey ink if I combined colours together though. Decisions, decisions....

Monday, 19 January 2015

Texture Plate to Fabric Design

This is one of the texture plates that I used with the gelli plate written about on my last post. I wasn't overly keen on the fabric I produced but I do love the look of this texture plate.
And it did inspire me to create a repeating fabric..
and another..
this is the same as the first one with altered colours.
I think I prefer it in pink.