Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Really pleased with this trial piece. I have embroidered a piece of patched tissue onto a plain fabric background which was backed with wadding some weeks ago - when I was feeling inspired! And had played at painting a branch of plums on some tissue, for no particular reason and they have been sitting on my work surface taunting me. So today, I decided to marry the two together and see what happens. I put a few glue spots under the painted areas to secure the picture in place and then machine stitched around the outline. I could then tear the unpainted tissue (the background) away very neatly against the stitched line and hey presto, think I have something that I like..... Have also been surfing Pintrest - so inspirational and found numerous pictures of wonky houses done by AliB, this is my attempt, a copy of one of her many lovely designs

Sunday, 25 September 2016


Tried to take Clive to Hullbridge to show him where we use to keep Mouette, but the path was closed :-(
So we decided to walk down river instead (towards North Fambridge)
Lovely lines and textures

Pauline Verinder

What a lovely day we had with Pauline yesterday, we hadn't seen her for two years so lots to catch up on. Makes you realise how much I miss being part of a group, come away so inspired. She told us about a new product Kraft Tex, so we just had to buy some there and then, and believe it or not it arrived this morning, so it looks like I might be able to do some playing this week :-)
Pauline also spoke a new experiment with Nuno Felting - working with acrylic fabrics, so this also needs to be experimented with this week. Had meant to get a photo with Pauline, but she wisely disappeared before I remembered that I wanted to do this. So all we got was a rather bad 'selfie' of Diane, Sharne and I !!!!!
Liked this planter - nice idea for the winter door-step pot.


Late afternoon walk along the Crouch
Love the texture and colours in this one
Like the bands of colour, the posts of the old river wall sticking up from the river bed

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Toby's 3rd birthday

My plan for my blog was to make me more creative..... not sure what happened, there was a small initial burst and then evaporation......... But today we celebrated young Toby's 3rd birthday. What a lovely young man he is, Dad, his name sake would have loved to have known him, he is full of spirit and good fun.
And of course our Millie, what a delight, always ready with a smile, she is now learning the guitar, she is a real star.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Trying out some ideas

The last couple of days I have been trying out a few ideas, as I do one, another seems to come into my mind. I must start writing them down, as frequently I seem to forget what that great idea was!!!!! But I still have had fun playing. Firstly I wanted to try and make the tissue slight more interesting. I kept some plain, pasted some Tim Holtz tissue on the back of the other and stamped the remaining third with as overall pattern I have done some hand quilting on untreated tissue, tissue painted with Matte Medium and the final sample with Acrylic Wax. Currently the Acrylic Wax is my favourite. I have tried drawing and painting on the above selection, you can't use pencils on Acrylic Wax, but the Golden Fluid acrylics work well. Samples so far:
Then we went for a lovely walk along North Fambridge river bank, sun shone and there was a gentle breeze off the river.
A step back in time, especially the old telegraph pole! Seemed a little ironic as I was taking a picture of it with the iphone!! And of course there is always some inspiring views, just loved the textures of the grasses and the tones given in the river bank.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Started to try and work out how I could make this into a piece of work, firstly I drew a branch. Think I would like it a bit more twisty than this if I ever decide to use this idea for a piece of work. But happier enough with it to use as a practice design.
Then I coloured some treated tissue paper with some very diluted Golden Fluids
Will play with this more tomorrow

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Back to drawing Plums

Now that I have finished Dave's birthday present I can get back to drawing the Plums, in fact this morning I woke up with an idea... a single branch of plum's stitched and painted on to a tissue paper patchwork background, would like to get a bit of hand quilting into the tissue background. Landscape and long and narrow. Will need to draw some branches for myself from plum trees, will google some pictures for me to try and draw. Inspired, I completed my 9 studies that I set out to do :-)
Limited palette seems to work well.
Quick black and white sketch to trying and catch movement.
Limited colour sketch with Caran D'ache, like that the roughness of the paper shows through.
Tonal sketch with my black All pencil.
And finally the finished page :-)

Monday, 5 September 2016

Finished Panel

Finished my present for Dave, hope he likes it :-), next time I wont put so many bottles in the picture and will have them a little more in line - think they look like they are floating a bit, they need to be more seated. Had problems drawing the black outlines/details on the flowers with my fine liners so ended up using my ink brush, the Uni fine liners dont seem to like drawing on top of mixed media and the tips seem to clog up really quickly. Have now bought some Faber Castell Pit Pens to see how these fair.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Feeling so much better

Today I woke up having slept in the same bed all night :-), three and a half weeks since I had my hip op and feeling good. Decided to try and walk Suki this morning, managed it to the bridge and back, met Hazel there so I had the opportunity to share my achievement!!!!!
But must admit by the time I returned I felt pretty wiped out, so a very good excuse to sit down to do some more work on my panel. Decided to use Chalk Paints on the flowers, as I wanted to added further details with colouring pencils later. Used the Blueberry paint to added shadows on bottles and to give the a base for the bottles to sit on
Once the paints were dry I added details with prisma colouring pencils, these are ideal, they are very soft, but they break very easily, the lead can easily shatter even with sharpening..
Am very pleased with the way this is working out, need to use black marker for definition and then I think I will be finished, then maybe I can get back to drawing Plums.... Found this picture on Facebook, today four years ago work started on my home being renovate.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

a quick dabble in the morning...

Time to start adding some colour
Was quite happy with how it was progressing, but felt that the background needed some depth added to it, so got some darker shade of the Chalk paints out and added these with baby wipe, and fingers, then felt I needed to lighten the the centre a little..... Decided to lightly paint over the flowers as I will probably use some colouring pencils for details and the light covering of chalk paint with give the pencils a better surface to work on.

Enjoying Playing with my Paperartsy Stamps

Got a bit side tracked today with the Panel. First of all I painted the background with translucent Paperartsy Chalk Paints as I wanted the background that I had applied still show through, I expect this to be toned down later on in the application of further layers
I then printed my bottles on to the canvas, I decided to do this in black, but in hindsight this was a mistake as it was too stark, the flowers were printed in the grey that I had used for the background, I do like this grey :-) I am a little concerned that the black on the bottles is a little too black, hopefully this will be rectified with some paint!!
I was so enjoying the stamping process that I decided to stamp up some previously washed calico whilst I had the stamps inked up - very happy with this, and on calico the black ink is ok. Will paint this up with fabric paints and hopefully make it into a tote bag :-)
The black of the bottles was bothering me so thought I better see if I could rectify this, decided to use one of my neocolours mixed with white acrylic (the acrylic acts as a permanent fixative)
Pleased with this, really knocks the black back, will look forward to tomorrow when hopefully I will have some more time to play - howerver did I manage to find time to work, starting to enjoy my convalescence :-)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

My Canvas that I had ordered from Amazon arrived today, so thought I would start Dave's birthday present. Planning on doing a mixed media panel for him with bottles and flowers stamped on it, had done a trial in a sketch book and was very please with it, so only hope I can replicate it :-) Started of by adding a coat of white and magnolia chalk acrylic to the surface and have then added some stamping, this was done a a dark grey. This stamping will only in part show at the end product, but hopefully bits will peak through to add interest to the background.
I then added some printed tissue for further interest to the background, this was stuck sow with mat medium, and I continued to paint the entire background with this medium so that the next layer of paint would be absorbed uniformly across the canvas. This was left to dry naturally as i did not want to risk blistering the mat medium with the heat gun.
Will return to work on this further tomorrow. I then moved onto my Plum Studies, number 5. This one was done a smaller scale and this time I used my Russian Watercolours. Think I shall try and limit the number of colours I use for my next one. There are a lot of different colours in the Picture of Jane's work, but gues she mixes the colours using a small palette rather that one pink pencil, one green pencil etc....