Tip Ins on a Tuesday

I only got a bit of time to play in my sketchbook last night. I tipped in a little A6 card and its envelope; when I was printing and dyeing at the weekend, I made these pages and card to go together:

   
 
I also added some colour with Pablo colouring pencils, and dabbers:

  
This page was made with another tipped in card, featuring a thermofax screen of a feather, done in white screen printing ink and over dyed:

  
I also added some white colouring pencil over the feather on the right, to bring it up a bit:

  
This page was a hand print, because I absentmindedly squeezed the roller to see how much paint was left in it. Turns out there was quite a lot. It had a bit of colour added too:

  

It’s amazing what five minutes can lead to…

This Sunday just gone I went on a dayschool with friends from Birmingham Embroiderers’ Guild, with Cas Holmes.

It was an interesting, and challenging day, which started with some drawing in the garden. We then swapped sketchbooks, and worked on other people’s drawings for a bit.


Our sketchbooks laid out for discussion

We also stained and coloured pages, which I enjoyed as I am confident doing it from my current sketchbooks practice. This time, I used my inktense bars, and was very pleased with the lovely colours I got. I also enjoyed rolling the wet bars over the pages, which led to these lovely broken grids:


I then took an isolated section of the morning’s drawing, and made a collage based on it:


And added back in the drawings from earlier, extending the page and adding both hand and machine stitch.


Overall it was a challenging but enjoyable day, which pushed me out of my comfort zone, but in a positive way. In the future, I want to do more sketching, and incorporate more stitch in sketchbooks. 

What a difference some dye makes!

I added some dyes to more sketchbook pages this morning. I love how dye transforms pages from dull and disparate, into exciting compositions, especially where there is gesso in the background, and different dye colours mix.
From this:


To this:


And this:


To

I also added some dye to these sketchbook pages:


Plenty of colouring fodder for evenings ahead.

Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Nature Reserve

In July, I’m going to be spending three days with the wonderful Hilary Beattie, on a finding sanctuary retreat.

We need to bring photos etc. of a place that represents sanctuary for us. I’ve chosen Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall nature reserves. They are near my home, and my husband and I enjoy a walk there when we need to get out and de-stress.

I took some photos over there at easter, and I’m belatedly posting them now:

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

It’s a lovely part of the world, sited on former mine and quarry workings, and a lovely mix of industry and nature.

Wraptious Competition

I have entered some images of my artwork in a competition run by Wraptious, an excellent UK based company who make lovely art prints and cushions, among other things.

I took a couple of my images of coffee pots, printed onto velvet and overdyed in warm colours, and edited them in iColorama, to make a set of three cushion images:


The competition is open until next Sunday, the 8th of May, and will be decided on ‘Likes’ and also cushion purchases, on a lovely vegan suede, which will go well with the visual texture of the velvet from the scans.

To vote for my entries, go here, and select the like options below the images:

Left cushion
Middle cushion
Right cushion
There are also lots of other lovely entries, do check them out.

Pink Pig Bargain Box

I seem to be going through sketchbooks at a rate of knots, so I decided to order a Pink Pig bargain box – at least 13kg of sketchbooks for £30.20, including postage.

I got 19 books for my money, £1.59 per book, including:

  • 1 X A5 fat portrait pig
  • 6 X A4 portrait pigs
  • 1 X A3 portrait
  • 3 X A3 fat portrait pigs
  • 2 X 12×6 inch portrait pigs
  • 2 X 16×8 landscape pigs
  • 2 X A3 landscape pigs
  • 2 X A3 landscape pigs with black pages

Apparently they are all seconds, but the only issue I noticed was that one book has a dinged corner:

  
This is my pile, I am looking forward to filling them with beautiful art:

  

Lunchtime Colouring

I coloured this sketchbook page at lunch.
From this:

image

(I’d already added shadow to the words and done a bit of the coffee pot before I remembered to take a photo)

To this:

image

I love my Pablo pencils- they really lift the piece and are so easy to use.

Apparently I really like the pink, turquoise and lime green ones:

image