Thursday, 31 December 2015

Some more Dyan style journal pages

I decided to end the blogging year with a few more pages from my Dyan Reaveley style art journal.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Snowflakes

This sounded easy until I started to make it. All I could muster up in quick time was a dark blue painted glittery background with die cuts using glittery paper. I added some hills and a small snowman. The glitter doesn't show up  on the scan.
Have a super and healthy New Year, and thank you for all your comments.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Every Inchie Monday -- Next

For the last inchie of the year, Next is the word. There seemed to be only one way to do these so I chose to embroider EIM and 2016 on the one and I used shrink plastic to shrink four inchies for the stampbord and write the same as for the embroidered one. I have also sewn my inchies together, but haven't put them on a base fabric yet. If I had any walls with space left in our bungalow, I would put it on a canvas.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Peace on Earth

For this tag I have inked with distress inks for the background, and printed off different sizes of earth pictures. The three at the bottom I have covered in a 3D gel to make them more domed. I added a die cut to represent the olive branch and a ceramic dove. The letters are wooden, and some of favourite for using on my tags.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Every Inchie Monday -- Evolution

Not an easy one this week, it was very difficult to get the standard evolution picture on an inch, so I only managed to draw three of them. Mine progressed very quickly from monkey to humans. For the sewn one I attempted to show a fish ( deformed) and Darwin whose evolution theory started with the humble fish.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Baubles & Bling

For this tag I made a fabric tag with scraps of Christmas fabric. I then used some silk paper for the Christmas tree and added some decorations from metal, glittery stars, beads and brads.

Every Inchie Monday -- Locomotive

A bit late this week with a difficult subject to sew and draw on an inch. I used shrink plastic for one, but had to cut some of it off as it was way too big. The other stampbord one is using a rubber stamp. The sewn one I used red felt and some bead spacers for wheels.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Night sky

I painted a tag with dark blue Fresco paint which looks very blotchy when scanned. I then did the mountains with texture paste and added some blue for shadows before it dried. Some orange paint was added for the setting sun and I cut out some sparkly paper for the moon. The stars were added with a white pen and some stickles applied to the mountains and stars. Not visible on the scan. I'm not very happy with this one, but it looks slightly better in real life.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Every Inchie Monday -- Angel

My stampbord one isn't a proper angel, but it was the only stamp I could use on the shrink plastic. The sewn one would have been better on a coloured background, but by the time I had struggled sewing it, on white it remains.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Another finished embroidery

I started this when a friend came to stay, and really enjoyed the process. First of all, I layered several different types of ripped white fabric and using the machine sewed near the edges of the fabric. We used different thicknesses and types of fabric to give texture. Other pieces were then added to it like pieces of lace flowers. All of this is still in white. Some extra stitching on the top for the grass gave some more texture. This was achieved by using a thickish thread in the bobbin and sewing from the back. I then painted it with fabric paint. The daisies were sewn by hand with some very small pieces of organza for the buttercups.  We took our inspiration from Wendy Dolan's book Layer, paint and stitch.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Bows

I have made a fabric tag this week for Tag Tuesday's word is bows. I have backed the tag with a printed fabric and added an image of a child.on a backing of silk. Lace was added, and then the bows.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Every Inchie Monday -- Tea

Well at least we won't need to look up the word this week on Every Inchie Monday, everyone knows what tea is. For the sewn one, I have emptied, dried and folded a tea bag and then with great difficulty sewn the words tea bag on the folded tea bag. The stampbord one has a shrink plastic tea cup and part of a teapot.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Paperarsty Challenge -- Masterboards.

For my masterboard I used my brayer to apply Fresco paint in Mermaid, ice blue and limelight to the card. There might be one other colour, but I've slept since then and tidied away the paints I used. I then stamped some background images with Baltic blue and some shimmery Brilliance inks in blue shades. Some white images were stamped at the end. Here are some of the Christmas cards I made with the masterboard.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Found objects

I seem to have found a real mixture of bits for my tag, including, a spring from a wooden peg, a nail, some crumpled up sweety foil, some rusty wire, a picture hangy thingy, a paper clip and a crisp packet that I shrank. I added one of Tim's lost and found pictures which looks as if it's been lost for some time.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Every Inchie Monday -- Crochet

Crochet is the word this week and I have crocheted a small piece to fit my inch, and drew some with appropriate words on the stampbord one. I hasten to add I had to have several attempts to get one to fit the fabric, and it was very difficult to draw as well, a bit like a difficult tangle.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

More Dyan style art journal pages

Here are three more journal pages in Dyan Reaveley style. I am now going to have to put my thinking cap on and come up with some more ideas. I have lots of pages painted ready for some images and words.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Embroidery -- growth

My kitchen is lime green, one wall of my studio is lime green, here is an embroidery in lime green. I suppose I might go off the colour one day, but not in the foreseeable.

The embroidery is based  vaguely on plant growth -- very vaguely.
The base is felt with various bits of silk, scrim, handmade beads and French knots.
I made holes in the felt with a soldering iron and placed it on a textured canvas that I had made for something else. I really enjoyed doing this and am now aiming to finish off some other embroideries that are lurking in my studio.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Hand Lettered.

For the tags this week I have made two Remembrance Day poppy ones. I did a watercolour poppy on each one and wrote down two of my favourite poems about the poppies that grew in the battlefields after the 1st World War. I added some poppies I made out of organza and added them to one of the tags.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Every Inchie Monday -- Exotic.

There are so many exotic subjects for this word, but not easy to portray on an inch. I went for an orchid on the stampbord one and a bird on the sewn one. The bird is made from beads and some bullion knots for its head plume.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Mixed Media Monthly -- Texture

The challenge is to make something with texture. A friend gave me a large jigsaw book to do so I have made the cover for it for this challenge. I am making it a steampunk/time theme.
The piece measures 24 x19cm I used some texture paste through a time stencil for the first coat and then painted all over with white gesso. I then painted it with two shades of Fresco paint with a small amount of bronze paint to highlight some of the texture.
Various steampunk and time embellishments were then added.
I have also entered this into the

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Mini beasts

For my tag this week I have embossed two large oak leaves and placed them on a stencilled and distress inked background. I then stamped and embossed some ladybirds. There are two friendly plastic butterflies and a bee to keep them company.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Every Inchie Monday -- Nymph

Gosh this challenge is getting harder and harder. For the stampbord one, I have drawn a dragonfly nymph and for the sewn one a Sea nymph (a rather buxom one). Well that's what it's supposed to be. Her hair is seaweed, ( embroidery thread really)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Some more Dyan Reaveley style journal pages

I am plodding along still with my journals and have a few more pages finished.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Tag Tuesday -- Secrets

For my tag this week I have made a small diary in which the lady writes all her secrets in. She then locks it up with the padlock and key. I wonder what she has to keep so secret, and who sent her the flowers?
The background is distress inked and stamped with script stamps. The image and words are stamped, and lace and flowers added.

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