Monday, 25 September 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Boa

Now I definitely didn't like doing this one, I even had trouble drawing one. The sewn one is a piece of fine leather rolled up, coloured and curled up. Once the colours had dried on the stampbord I coated the snake in a 3D glossy medium, which has made the markings blurred.  Not very pleased with either of these.
I hadn't realised how many colours they came in. Why on earth do people have these as pets ????

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tag Tuesday -- Steampunk

For this fortnight on Tag Tuesday, Joan has chosen Steampunk for her theme. I do enjoy doing steampunk and started with distress inking the tags. I then stamped the backgrounded the main image. I then stamped another one and put foam pads underneath to lift it.
Finally I added some cogs and some steampunk bits.

Thursday Journal with Neet

Another anything goes page in my now nearly full journal. We are back from St Ives and Ploughing through the washing and unpacking. Where does it all go, and did I really take all those clothes.
We had a great holiday, even though the weather was a bit iffy.
Came home via Devon to see one of my cousins, and then had to get home via Wales as the M5 was shut because of a terrible accident.
I have used an already painted page, and apart from the saying, cat and dog they are all Dylusion images.

I have entered this in Yvonne's Colour my World on Art Journal Journey

Monday, 18 September 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Trout

On Every Inchie Monday this week we are still in the water with the trout. I like eating them but not sewing them, talk about fiddly. I have drawn the stampbord one and used some fabric and stitching for the sewn one.
       I have had a very fishy week in Cornwall, I ate fish all week, including Hake, Haddock, Sea Bass, Sea Bream, Squid, Prawns and Lemon sole. We are now back home and I'm cooking a chicken.
Still on the Cornwall scene, we were in St Ives and one of the beaches for two days the life guards stopped folks going into the sea. Not because of the waves, but because there were hundreds of Man of war jellyfish in the bay. They had picked up 600 from the beach alone.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet.

Another anything goes this week and this is a scheduled post as we are in St Ives in Cornwall. We are having another arty week and I am catching up with a friend who has an exhibition there.

I am also entering this in Art Journal Journey where the theme is Colour in my world.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Tag Tuesday -- Paris

This is my third tag for my Paris theme on Tag Tuesday, I covered a card tag with some of my Tim Holtz paper and stamped the small tag and the dancers. The line drawings came from a book. Added two small circles  and some flowers to finish off.
We are in St Ives at the moment, and so far have been lucky with the weather, I will put some pictures on when we get home.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Starfish

Still at the seaside on Every Inchie Monday, and this time it's the starfish, or as someone told us in Australia, they should be called sea stars, which I think is a much nicer name.
I used my lovely gold leather for the sewn one and shrink plastic for the stampbord one.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Try it on Tuesday -- Stitch it

Another entry for Try It on Tuesday's theme of stitch it.  This one is made from pieces of fabric that have been printed on my gelli plate. The leaf print is from an Indian block and over dyed with Procion dyes. I then quilted it with straight machine stitches.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Tag Tuesday -- Paris

This is my second tag for Tag Tuesday where I haven chosen Paris for the next two weeks.
The base is corrugated card and I have ripped away some of the top layer and embossed it with blue powder. I then added all the images, ribbon, and a brad of the Eiffel tower.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Try it on Tuesday -- Stitch it

Try it on Tuesday has the theme of stitch it. Just up my street as I am making a fabric book at the moment. Here is a page from that book. It is made up of scraps of fabric, sewn down with machine embroidery stitches. I stamped the owl onto fabric and embroidered it, and placed it on some tree branches made from fine corduroy

Thursday Journal with Neet

Another anything goes this week, and mine was a last minute make. I used two of Dyan's Dylusion figures for the images. In fact part from the quote, everything is Dylusions.
I am in a lot of pain with my leg, and the new pain killers are not touching it, just making me light headed.  We are away next week as well so I must get on with the next one.

I am also entering this in Art Journal Journey, where Yvonne theme is Colour in my world

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Tag Tuesday -- Paris

It's my turn to host on Tag Tuesday for the next two weeks, and I have chosen Paris. My first tag has a base of card which I have inked and then proceeded to cover it up with images, and it was really pretty. I love the image of the Eiffel tower with the view through, and have based the rest of the tag on romance, as that what a lot of us associate with the city. I added some lace and flowers to complete the scene.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Crab

This week we are still at the seaside with the crab. My stampbord one is shrink plastic and for the sewn one I used some leather with hand stitching.
When we were on the Isle of Skye last week we found a lovely quiet beach and I found a few lovely crab shells that managed the trip home without breaking. Luckily the crabs were not at home.
I have some hermit crabs in my marine tank, and two of them are covered in long green algae, so they look like hippies with long dyed hair. Perhaps I should have used those for my inchie.

                                                           Crab shells from the beach.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This is my second Anything goes page, and I have four pages left to do after this, unless  I tip in a few extras, as I have fewer left than Neet. We are on the Isle of Skye at the moment and if I have time I will add more to this post as I will have to schedule it for this week.
We have had rain in the mornings, but so far good afternoons. We are on an arty sort of holiday, and going round lots of the numerous art galleries. Some fabulous paintings and pottery, but all English folks so far, mostly women as well.
When I lived in the Highlands I had to go to Inverness for my textile fix. Most of them were Scottish, so maybe it's the Isles that attracts the English artisans.
Had a walk on a fabulous beach yesterday, although I am suffering with a very painful right leg. I do of course have a bag full of shells, driftwood and a scull I can't itentify.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Jellyfish

Still at the seaside with the jellyfish this time. Not one of my favourite creatures. I was stung by a Portuguese man of war when I was 14 and my right arm was paralysed for hours. My family thought I was making a real fuss, until another family told us that a little boy had been stung and rushed to hospital. There was a whole raft of them along the Welsh coast on the Thaine peninsula. Never did like going in the sea much !!
The sewn one is on felt and the stampbord one badly drawn.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Woodland fabric book

Another two pages for my woodland book. The top one is made using scraps of fabric, lace and felt. I have attempted to embroider some bluebells at the base of the tree. The tree is sari silk and felt.

This one is using scarps of gelli prints and two lutradur leaves, and stitched across to quilt it.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Clocks or watches

On Go Tag Thursday the theme is Clocks or watches. A theme I always enjoy doing. My tag has background paper as well as ink and stampings. I added some cogs and a watch with a cracked texture on the face. I made this in a hurry as we are off to Scotland in the morning.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

As we are both nearly out of pages and both of us going away at various times we have settled on Anything goes for the rest of this journal. Sometimes I find the more difficult than a subject, but as we are using Dylusion figures for this it makes it a bit easier. Again I have used my cut pages that were already painted and inked and then replaced in different parts of the journal, hence the double page not matching. Note to self -- I will not be doing this again. I will be away for the next week, so the next one will be scheduled.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Art Journal Journey -- Poetry In motion.

A second one for Jo's challenge on Art Journal Journey, this time I have used canvas as my backing. It is painted with acrylic paints.

Tag Tuesday -- Back to school

This time on Tag Tuesday it is Michele's turn to host and she has chosen 'back to school'
I used Distress oxides on the background and texture paste through a stencil for the letters. The images came from my stash and I made a pseudo chalk board and clipped it on the top.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Balloons

Balloons are the subject on Go Tag Thursday and I only possess one air balloon stamp. I did find a couple of all papers that had some balloons on, so ripped bits off them to help make the background a bit more balloon like. I then stamped the balloon and an inventor type gentleman and added him as well. A few cogs and a compass finished it off.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Art Journal Journey -- Poetry in motion.

I am really late entering this challenge on Art Journal Journey which has been set by Jo from Let's art journal. This one from me is from one of my small Dylusion art journals.

Every Inchie Monday -- Seagull

On Every Inchie Monday we are off to the seaside for the next two weeks and the first one is the seagull. More often seen eating fish and chips at seaside resorts than fishing at sea. The sewn one is the second attempt as thee thin legs kept falling off the first one. The stampbord one is shrink plastic.
We are off to the Isle of Skye on Friday for a week, so have made the next ones in advance. I will schedule them and hope I can get them onto the Inchie site.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

Today we are back in the UK, and have landed in London. Their outfits are a bit over the top, but it did use up a wooden moustache I had had for a while. The two pages are one ones previously cut with a wavy edge and coloured on a course with Dyan. These are proving to be a bit of a nuisance to use up. The two pages are bit disconnected, but I ran out of inspiration on this one.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fabric Woodland Book

Another two pages for my Woodland book. The first one is all hand embroidery and the second one embroidery on a gelli print using a leaf stencil.
My book is nearly complete. just two pages to go.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Frog

In a bit of a hurry this week as I am still catching up on not doing anything last week, while my friend was here.
Frog is the subject on Every Inchie Monday and I have drawn a poison dart frog on the stampbord and sewn a green tree frog on tyvek, with a felted background. Not the easiest thing to draw or sew, and I think I could have done better if I had taken more time on it.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Tag Tuesday -- Use your scraps

On Tag Tuesday the theme is Use your scraps. chosen by Valerie. On and around my desk was the following: piece of sequin waste, clay and friendly plastic embellishments, some odd bits of yarn, and a broken air dry clay edging.
I made the tag from a scrap piece of cardboard and use some texture paste through some stencils. I painted it with acrylic paint.

I am also entering this on Go Tag Thursday where the theme is Anything goes.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This time I am off to Italy again with two people on holiday. This time I have used two of my cut pages that were already painted. I have blanked out the side bits that showed other bits of pages. I shall have to start a new journal soon. This will be short as I have a friend here, and we are sewing.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Crocodile.

Horrible dangerous crocodiles are the subject this week on Every Inchie Monday. If you run fast enough, you can outrun them, but I am not ever going to try to put it to the test.
My stampbord is shrink plastic. The sewn one is made from a very fine leather which looke like a very fine crocodile skin ( how lucky was that) The felted background is a bit too dark I think.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Go tag Thursday -- The letter S

On Go Tag Thursday this week we are doing any theme that starts with the letter S. I have gone for an sea theme and have included Shells, seahorses, seaweed, and the sea of course.

Thursday Journal with Neet -- Greek or Roman

This page started out with a white background with blue and orange spots and circles on. I had no idea what to do with it, and as I am running out of pages, I decided to paint it brown, not a good idea, not only do I not like brown very much but it didn't cover the spots and circles very well. The next not so bright idea was to paint it with white gesso, that came out all streaky and was worse than the brown. I was going to forget the whole thing, and stick the two pages together and find another one. In the end I had some lunch and a brain wave, and used a stencil that looked a bit like mosaics and used Dylusions white paint. That sorted the first layer out, and I could then put my brain in gear and decide what to put on it. I went the Roman way, and finished it by midnight.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Fabric woodland book

Another two pages for my woodland/tree book. The first one is made using bits of scrap fabric, placing organza on top, and top stitching with the machine. The postcard in the middle is on painted pelmet vilene with free machine embroidered.

 This one has three lutrador leaves, which were painted and then zapped with a heat gun to make them look decayed. I used a running stitch around them.

Every Inchie Monday -- Rhinosorus

This week on Every Inchie Monday, the rhinosorus is taking centre stage. Not an animal I would like to encounter, they look like really bad tempered beasts. The stampbord is with shrink plastic and the sewn one with very soft leather.
I am away at the weekend and then next week I have a friend coming for a week of non stop chatting and sewing. I think I have everything ready, just need to do some more meals for the freezer, so I don't have to waste time cooking. We are also going to the Festival of Quilts for even more ideas, as if we don't have enough already.

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