Friday, 12 February 2016

Fabric Dyeing with Procion

I had an experimental fabric dyeing day with my friend . We used Procion dyes and the jam jar method.
You can find a good tutorial here

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Colour Me Positive- Week 6

Art Journal pages
On Colour Me Positive it is already week 6! The words for this week's theme of kindness are by the Dalai Lama. I started with an acrylic background, applying with a credit card for texture, and using 3 colours in layers. For the text, I experimented with fonts and printed off the results. Lace stamps provided the frames. The stencil bird on the left hand page was done with a few different pens in layers, and I stamped a little flower border to frame it. On the right hand page I collaged a bird, and added my favourite red cardinal stamp. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Visit to Village Fabrics

I had a very pleasant trip to Wallingford last Friday, which is market day. 
Of course, I spent a long time in Village Fabrics, browsing the
fabulous selection of material. Everything is so beautifully displayed,
it is easy to see, and also difficult to resist!

Sewing themed bundle

Sewing themed fabrics and clothes pegs

Boxes of fat quarters

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Colour Me Positive Week 5

Here is my art journalling page for Colour Me Positive.
 I took a long time to do the background as it has several layers. First I put tissue paper for texture, then a layer of gesso, then watercolour. I was going to put another layer of gesso and only leave a few patches showing, but decided to follow the prompt for bright colours. I used stencils for the letters. The hearts are stamped and coloured with markers, one is stitched in kantha stitch. The one in the top right hand corner was made with layers of fabric and paper collage, with top stitch.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Vintage papers

I thought you would like to see the contents of my
surprise birthday present package that came from
my sister-in-law last week. 
I think these papers and "ephemera" will be very useful
for mixed media work. Keep a look out for them in my
tags and art journalling pages!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Tag Tuesday-Windows

The theme for Tag Tuesday this week is Windows.

For my Windows tag I have made a New York
collage. I had the idea when a friend was
showing me a picture she was using for inspiration
of a cityscape. I remembered that I had fabric snippets
my husband brought me back from New York. (He is well
trained to pick up art and craft supplies when he is
travelling!) I don't think you can get more windows
than this!
I cut and trimmed the pieces of fabric and attached them
to pelmet vilene with Bonadweb. It was very fiddly to
do. The washi tape on the edge is to frame it, but it
didn't stick very well, I will have to redo it.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Tag Tuesday-Vegetables

Here is my tag for Tag Tuesday.
For this week's Vegetables tag I used an image from Graphics Fairy for the gardening frame . I printed a Gelli plate background and collaged some vegetables from a Riverford paper bag, which I coloured in with  Sharpies.