Thursday, 17 April 2014

Granny Square Scarf - Crochet - very easy

For this very easy scarf - I crochet'd a basic Granny Square, then just continued with trebles, on one side, until I'd used up a ball of (multi coloured) yarn  (or 1/2 length required), made another one and seamed the two together.

basic pattern for the scarf continuation is: 3 trebles, 1 chain, 3 trebles.  
At the end of the row - 1 treble, 1 chain, just before the 3rd treble of previous row. Turn.
3 trebles in next space - continue with 3 trebles and 1 chain along the row.

When the scarf is finished, add a border row on top and bottom edges, 
of 1 dbl.crochet and 1 chain in each stitch - or edging of choice.

YARN: Adriafil Knitcol TRENDS - Col. 058 011
10sts and 29rows = 4" (4.5 mm)

Monday, 7 April 2014

digital colouring & doodles

original doodle - - - scanned, then played with in Photoshop
"Abstract with Boats" - - - digitally coloured in Photoshop and cropped

"Abstract Reclining Figure" - - - total doodle picture, digitally coloured
Even a little doodle can be made interesting when you play about with it.  Try it.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Duncan Grant - The Bloomsbury Group .... (plus Beadchart)

Church Mural*


Vanessa Bell at Charleston

textile design
*made the Church Mural into a Bead Chart
Links for further information:
Duncan Grant
Charleston Farmhouse (Nr. Lewes, Sussex)
The Bloomsbury Group

Monday, 24 March 2014

Gelli Plate - home-made recipe

Home-Made Gelli Printing Plate
As this seems to be a new 'fad', and I love monoprinting, I found a recipe and decided to try and make a gelli printing plate.   First effort was awful, (just very sticky and wet), as I didn't use any Isopropyl (alcohol), but the second tryout came out pretty well - I managed to buy some Isopropyl from Amazon as it wasn't easy to get hold of.  It does smell, and is very flammable, so do be careful where you use and store it.

Once I made the plate, I left it outside in the cold to set - covered -  (which didn't take that long.) Then brought it indoors and left it overnight - (you dont have to leave it this long) but the smell seemed to have disappeared.  I patted it with some kitchen paper to remove any excess stickiness. It doesn't need to be stored in the fridge.

I did some research on the You Tube, where there are loads of tutorials, tips and recipes, but this is the recipe I  used:

Recipe for DIY Gelli Plate
6 or 7 tablespoons of gelatin powder
dissolved in 1.1/2 cups of cold water
1.1/2 cups of hot water plus
1 cup of Isopropyl (take care with this - use gloves)
Stir well, pour into a rectangular mould - mine is approx. 1/2" deep, leave to set.  
(It has a rather nice feel about it once it's set! and is pretty robust)

You can also zap a 'dirty' gelatin plate, very quickly in the micro to dissolve it again, and re-set it.  Make sure the mould is flat and doesn't have any bubbles in.  When re-dissolving it - you will probably get a lump of the excess paint in the middle of the gelatin liquid.  Strain this through some kitchen paper and a sieve to clear it.  The amount of gelatin will reduce but it will become clearer/cleaner.

I haven't tried anything too adventurous with it, as yet, but have printed some quick 'backgrounds' using Acrylic Paints rolled directly on to the gelli pad.  You can either use a roller for extra pressure, or your hands to rub the back of the paper into the inks.

If you use several different layers of acrylic colour, place your paper* on top, then pressing down quite firmly,  little pieces of acrylic paint come off on to the printing paper - this makes a very nice textural effect.  You have to work pretty quickly, if not using an extending medium, as the acrylic tends to dry very fast. 

Stencil on gelli plate printed background

I have also tried water colour paints from tubes.  These work very well, and are easy to clean.

* TIP:  dampen your paper first - you get a much better print.  I wipe my paper over with a damp Jcloth -
it may tend to curl if you dont use it straight away though.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Juan Miro

 Miro textile design

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Knitted Bathing Suits! (vintage)

I love this picture!  Let's hope they didn't go in the sea with them!

Thursday, 13 March 2014


Henri Gaudier Brzeska (1915)


A simple linocut print can be made using cardboard and incising/carving your design into it, inking it up and printing from it.  You'll be able to get quite a few prints from this.  You can also block areas out with paper.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


I was making a stencil of a squished paint tube, and kept the cut-out (above), then Photoshopped it with several different surfaces.  Printed them out, and then this can then be used for collage.  I think really simple shapes work well  ................ specially for Matisse! :)

The Snail - Matisse
Matisse created this sometime in his 80th year.  It was one of his last works.  These simple shapes and colours work so beautifully.  It looks deceptively simple.

Monday, 17 February 2014

printing photos on to water colour paper

Original Photo taken of Camelia leaves


You obviously cant properly see (or feel) the texture of the watercolour paper, but it is very nice :)
and the printed colours become very muted.

These were printed on to cartridge paper

Monday, 10 February 2014

iPad art

I've been doodling with my iPad, which I dont usually use for art-work, but after doodling and emailing the doodle to myself ..... I was gobsmacked by the technology!
....... have only just begun - watch this space! ........... :)

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Abstract Doodling with Photoshop

I love Abstract, and 'threw' this together while finishing up some leftover paint :)
I used some pieces of cut card strips - both using the edges and the flat piece.
 - dipping them into the paint
... fun!  
I then Photoshopped it using different Filters and Effects

This was 'Kaleidoscoped' with Paint Shop Pro

Monday, 3 February 2014

Ai WeiWei - Dribble Pots

Ai Wei Wei 
(click for super large view)

 Ceramic Sunflower Seeds