Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Hot glue gun

This rough 'shape' was made from a hot glue gun.  I drew the shape with the hot glue on to a plastic sheet, let it 'set' and peeled it off very carefully. I then placed it on a sheet of drawing paper and spray-painted over it.
I thought the effect was quite interesting, and for abstract rather than detailed shapes, this is worth a try.  I wasn't that impressed with the actual gun that I'd bought but maybe a better quality one would be easier to use.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Sculpture - Sliced Bread!

ANTHONY GORMLEY - this work is made from sliced bread, paraffin wax and on aluminium sheets.
Close-Up of above

Can be viewed at Tate Britain

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Leaf Printing

just some simple leaf prints - using acrylics.
Paint leaves on one side, either place paper on top or place leaves downside onto paper
and rub firmly - back of a spoon is good.
Print is always better on dampened paper. 

Use up spare/leftover paint on 'secondhand'/used paper - e.g. can be used for collage

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Tapestry Crochet

Carol Ventura
Irene Lundgaard

This seems to be a lovely technique - Tapestry Crochet - and fairly simple if you can do single crochets. (Though you can use other stitches).  Making it 'flat' is a little trickier as you have to crochet from right to left, and then left to right - in order to stay on the 'right side'.  However, if you crochet in the round - this is much easier as you are always working on the 'right side'.   Click here for a video link, with a very good tutorial
The work can also be felted if made in pure wool.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014


I recently acquired some Sharpies - which I love.  The only downside to them is that they smell not too good :(.  However, they are lovely to doodle with, colours are beautifully sharp and they dont bleed.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Lip Balm - Homemade - Kirstie's

.... have been watching Kirstie's Homemade Christmas - as I love anything crafty.  This 'recipe' was on the first programme - thought it was such a nice idea, and don't think the ingredients will be too difficult to get hold of  ....

8g. beeswax
10g. cocoa butter
25ml. sunflower oil
3 ml. calendula oil
a few drops of grapefruit essential oil (if desired) or chocolate (!)
1/2 tsp. pink 'mineral' powder to add sparkle or one square of dark chocolate.

1. Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and sunflower oil over a very low heat, for about one min. - either in a bain-marie or saucepan.
2. Add 3ml.calendula oil.
3. Add few drops of the flavouring.
4. Pour into a small tin or little plastic pots (as above).  (You can buy these at Boots.)

This will keep for about a year.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Textile art - interesting things .............

felt typewriter 

Fibermania Blog
Godseye - Berroco
African Fabric design
Juan Miro textile design
vintage textile design

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Free Bead Chart - Coffee Cup

Miyuki Delicas size 10
Odd-Count Peyote Stitch
The chart has loads of different colours, 
but you could adapt it and simplify it.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Richard Tuttle

This textile installation is in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern (London, UK).  The colours in the photos are really saturated, but the actual piece is not quite as bright. Specially without the sunshine!  The fabrics were made and dyed in India - where the colours must look wonderful. There is an exhibition of his other varied works at The Whitechapel Gallery.

I'm afraid I wasn't so fond of a lot of the 'assemblages' but loved the more painterly pieces.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Acrylic Circles and Malevich

Using Golden Liquid Acrylics, I dropped 'blobs' on to a plastic sleeve and left them to dry.  They take about 3 - 4 days to dry out, but you can then peel them off and use them as and where you fancy.  They have a lovely smooth feel to them, but try not to touch them until they are dry otherwise they mark very easily.

Malevich - Suprematist

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Free Beadwork Pattern - MODEL LIPS

you could make this credit card sized - as a little pocket - with a backing


Original photographs turned into beadcharts using BeadTool.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Kazimir Malevich - Suprematist - 1879 - 1935

Geometric Abstract - Suprematist Movement 1915


Monday, 15 September 2014

The Bloomsbury Group

just a few images .........

Duncan Grant
Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant's studio
Vanessa Bell

- lovely book