29 February, 2012

Two New Art Exhibitions


These are two art exhibitions I'm currently involved in:

"Artists Inspired By Films"
Swindon Film Festival in partnership with Artsite
1st-10th March
The Post Modern Gallery
Threatre Square

"Swindon Open Studios 2012 Art Exhibition"
1st-29th March
The Former Merlin Gallery
Theatre Square

If you are in the Swindon area please come and see the shows.

Bye for now.

Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day to you all.
Have you done anything special on this extra day in February?
I've completed my tasks-29 pieces of artwork in 29 days, experimented with stamping in my artwork and even made a quilt cover!
Documenting my artwork and updating both my website and Flickr account are ongoing projects.

29. Delilah's Dream
mixed media collage

Bye for now.

28 February, 2012

Tea or Coffee?


After making the previous prints using tea stained paper, I thought I would give coffee a try. 
I started by painting the watercolour paper with a thin wash of coffee.
 I then dipped a few circular shapes in the coffee to make circle stamps.
Some close ups.
I then thought I would speed up the drying process of the prints so I could work on them. I turned on the hair dryer, but that didn't work-the coffee stains moved around too much on the paper. So I set them down by the space heater on the floor. I'll see what they're like tomorrow.

Here is another experiment using circular stamps using the same coffee stained paper:
I brushed bronze acrylic paint on a toilet roll and then stamped a random pattern. I then dipped the other end of the toilet roll onto yellow paint for more circles.

I'll see that they're like tomorrow. 
Bye for now.



28. Anais
Magazine collage.
Bye for now.

26 February, 2012

Handmade Rubber Stamps Part Two


I've been doing some more prints using the stamps I made the other day. I went back and made some changes to one I made before. The original is on the left, the new version on the right. I added pastels to the background and then added the heart shaped stamps. I also used two shades of greens for the leaves.
I like the way it turned out. The new name- I Love Leaves.

 22. Blue Harlequin                  23. Blue Harlequin 2

  24. Fly Butterfly    
25.  Fly Butterfly 2

  26. They Love To Dance

27. Shall We Dance?

The backgrounds are all done by staining watercolour paper with tea. I also used markers for the line work and the coloured bunting. Stay tuned for more prints and stamping.
Bye for now.

23 February, 2012

"Assembly Line"


I thought I would make a cup of tea tonight and do some artwork at the same time. I decided to cut some shapes out of magazine clipping using craft punches, here's my "assembly line":
I'll be using these in future artwork.
Bye for now.

22 February, 2012

Handmade Rubber Stamps


As I mentioned in a previous post this month; I said I would try using stamps in my artwork and also experiment with making my own. These are some stamps I carved out of rubber erasers today, using an exacto knife.

 close-up of two stamps
 18. Untitled 1
 19. Untitled 2
20. Untitled 3
21. Untitled 4

These are all printed on white drawing paper using stamping inks. I will let them dry and then go back and add colour to the backgrounds. I like the look of the faded stamps where I didn't re-apply ink to the stamp. I like the variation of values of the same colour as I stamp along the paper. I will post any changes I make to the prints as they happen. So stay tuned...
Bye for now.

20 February, 2012

Quilt Cover and Pillows


This week I've been very busy making our quilt cover for our bed. I ordered the fabric from a London based fabric store, Ray-Stitch. The store carries lots of great items for the sewing enthusiasts. The printed fabrics I used were from Anna Maria Horner's line and Joel Dewberry's line. Both are American designers, so I was glad I was able to order them from a store in the UK. I got the quilt pattern from Anna Maria's website- The Log Mansion Quilt.  I also made pillow cases for the accent pillows. It was the biggest sewing project I've ever done and I'm quite happy with how it's all turned out.

 Now I can sleep soundly knowing it's all done.
Bye for now.

19 February, 2012

16 February, 2012

15 February, 2012

My Heart Takes Flight Again


15. My Heart Takes Flight Again
water coloured pencils on drawing paper

Bye for now.

14 February, 2012

My Heart Takes Flight

14. My Heart Takes Flight
watercolour pencils on drawing paper

Happy Valentine's Day

13 February, 2012

A quick post before I call it a night...


I decided to take the day off yesterday from blogging and just relax with my family.
Here's a photo of me at the Swindon Arts Centre Craft Fair with my lovely artwork.

On either side of me were two very lovely and talented jewellery designers.

Quilt Cover Update: 
The fabric arrived a couple of days ago; I was very excited. I started sewing the pieces together today. I'll take some photos tomorrow and post them to let you know how I'm doing.

13. Teresa
Collage on paper

Bye for now.

11 February, 2012

Swindon Arts Centre Craft Fair Today

"Swindon Arts Centre Craft Fair"
Saturday, 11th February
Swindon Arts Centre
Devizes Road
Old Town

10 February, 2012

Falling Leaves 5 & 6


 11. Falling Leaves 5
handmade paper background, skeleton leaf, heart, flowers and leaves from magazines.

12. Falling leaves 6
handmade paper background, skeleton leaf, heart, flowers and leaves from magazines.

Bye for now.

09 February, 2012

Falling Leaves 4

10. Falling Leaves 4
handmade paper background, skeleton leaf and craft punched shapes from magazines

Bye for now.

08 February, 2012

Falling Leaves 3


9. Falling Leaves 3

handmade paper for background, skeleton leaf,craft punched shapes from magazines

Bye for now.

07 February, 2012

Falling Leaves 2


8. Falling Leaves 2

handmade paper for background, skeleton leaf,craft punched shapes from magazines

Bye for now.

06 February, 2012

Falling Leaves 1


7. Falling Leaves 1
handmade paper for background, skeleton leaf, butterflies, leaves and heart from magazines 

I ordered the fabric for the quilt cover and it should arrive in a couple of days.
So I'll be starting on that soon, I hope.
I also added some images to my Flickr account. 

Bye for now.