Monday, 22 June 2015

Collage - easy

magazine pictures, doilies, tissue, paint - Photoshoppedto refine picture detail
painted, coloured papers, paint and pen
(collage detail) - magazine pictures - photoshopped
Collage is such a lovely thing to do.  Kids love it - and adults too!  
If you initially choose a picture, you can use it as your inspiration.
It can be done very simply with just one magazine or newspaper, 
some paint (not necessary) and of course PVA.
You can scan it, play with it in Photoshop, then print it off.  If you use very good quality inkjet paper, (with your inkjet printer), this makes the world of difference.  A good quality paper seems to pick up the colours beautifully.  (Hahnemuhle Papers are excellent.)
You could make your own cards too.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sonia Delauney at Tate Modern

knitted swimsuit
 Super and extensive exhibition - well worth seeing. Tate Modern, London.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


Church Door
shop window
just a few photos from a little trip to Nice, (France.)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cerinthe - Garden May 2015

 Cerinthe - grown from seed - will collect some more for next year.
Colour is gorgeous.
 I love the two complimentary colours together
these are just day lily leaves, with dew on them - - -  pretty

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Spring in the Garden - London, UK.

Daffs and Primulas

Bergenia - Apple Blossom
cant remember their name :(

Clematis Armandii - grows fast and smells wonderful
Pansies, Primulas and Hyacinths - Patio Plants

Daffs cut from the garden - my favourite

Tomatoes potted on and waiting for warmer weather :)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Ribbed Fingerless Mitts - free knitting pattern

Ribbed Mitts – small/medium hand size.
4ply sock yarn
4 dp needles (plus 1 extra for thumb stitches**) - size. 10’s (2.75 or 3mm)

Beginning:  Cast on 53 stitches – join up - using last stitch and first stitch K2tog and pull yarn to tighten. (52 sts.)
K2tbl, P2 rib for 4”

Increase for thumb gusset - every alternate round
Continuing in twisted rib, keeping the thumb gusset in Stocking Stitch - (knitting each round)
Using the first two knit stitches of your rib, pick up* 1 st before and 1 st after ..... (one stitch increase on each side of the 2 knit stitches.  
*When picking up the new stitches, pick up loop from previous row, place back on LH needle and knit into the back of stitch.  **I place these stitches on a separate needle, so it’s easy to know where the thumb increases are going to be.

Continue as above, knitting in twisted rib for main part of glove, and stocking stitch for the thumb, with increases on alternate rounds, until you have 18 stitches on the Thumb Needle.  Place these stitches on a longish piece of spare yarn and pull together – I tie a bow so that it’s easy to undo when trying the glove on.
Continue in the twisted rib for the top half of the mitt and knit to desired length – approx.  another 4” (total length 8”).  Cast off in rib.

THUMB RIB: Place the stitches on spare thread on your needles,  adding stitches across the ‘gap’ (approx.4).
You should have 22 sts.
When joining up the thumb stitches, knit 2 tog. on 2 rounds, so as to tighten the gap.
Knit approx. 9 or 10 rows in twisted rib (to thumb height wanted).  Cast off in rib.
Sew in loose ends.

These mitts are very comfortable, and easy to make.

PS: hope there are no awful errors - please let me know if you find any :) Ta.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Ethiopian Religious Art

This is a religious book and is so beautifully illustrated.  It's from the Abune Michael Kebe church (known as The Blue Church) in Northern Ethiopia.

Other Ethopian religious work
storage bags

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