Thursday, 23 July 2015

This is a recycled mixed Media Journal  with collage and printed using handmade printing blocks, others  on my Etsy shop now click on the link etcetcart

I seem to have managed to make these tranquil meditative style journals, I've machine stitched the pages with recycled brown paper pages! 

Close up of collage and printing detail plus vintage button. let me know what you think leave a comment or follow me on facebook or

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Brave Soul

A Few of my Sketch book pages

I haven't blogged in an age! I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and hope yours has been fairly stress free and that you find time to fit in some creative fun!

I moved house in August, I lived at my old address for 12 and half years so it was quite an eye opener being a natural hoarder mostly bit's and pieces that I claim will be of some artistic benefit coupled with enough dust I could of created a sculpture with.....but we were ruthless and had a massive chuck out! Which is so good for the soul! and has made me reflect and although it was the longest I've ever lived anywhere I really should be more motivated to have a clear out or move more often! I found that my Daughter was far better at throwing things out than me left to my own devices I'm ashamed!  I haven't missed the things we through out or gave to charity it's been an adventure

I'm going to share 3 pages with you today, a song I really like from the film the lake house because I'm a romantic at hart.....a very unplanned page titled 'Brave soul' and one in progress I was feeling a bit sad about the forth coming end to this year! 


Saturday, 8 May 2010


I'm experiencing turbulent emotions and painful times with FM. But out of an incredibly painful day this came; I did how ever feel a deep calm, perhaps the brains way of coping with pain. 

A chance to shine!

Everyone has something to offer in a group and each person adds value.
I like to spotlight someone and this time it's Jo Jo, She has reached deep within her self this term in particular and bursting with creativity. And her sketch book just shows it, I love the "art class rules!" Yae.

The bits & bobs boxes are left over tea boxes they were just asked to decorate it however they felt, just for fun to keep printing stamps and of course bits & bobs in. Harmony covered hers with left over raping paper and cut out a design from and old card, there's a message on the inside of the lid ;-)

A design Harmony made for the inspiration for the bags were making, there are small stitches running through this one.
And a start on the bags has begun; Sophie had to unpick all of her stitching as the side piece's didn't line up, much to her disappointment and she hated me for a good 10 minutes for asking her to do so but all ended well after she and I battled with the sewing machine, Sophie this is shaping up to be stunning. Jo Jo is making a felt purse which is so sweet can't wait to see them finished.

OK lastly we did some weaving around Easter and I 'duh' I didn't photograph them. The brown, gold & green one is a sample I made with a group a few years back and it's good to show a finished one as the task can seem daunting, mine has a button,beads,wire,fabric as well as threads and ribbons. The red one below is my daughter Jodie's (14)  she's up to her eye's with school work so hasn't gotten round to finishing it; anyway as my memory serves me they came out well and the girls enjoyed making them, Harmony turned hers into a bracelet, what an original idea! and we thought they could be included in a bag or make a whole bag with this technique.

Light bulb moment

I thought this was an great idea that Vanessa came up with, a solution to viewing how a design works in theory, on paper. As you can see she has photographed an outside pizza oven and printed it off in black and white.  I just had to share this and I'm wondering how I can use it in the future.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who uses this idea or who already has done something along the same lines and course will post any picture/links.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Garden design & moths

Vanessa's fans will be interested to see the ideas she's working on. Above some more of those lovely moths, this is a photo of her's I just love they way she grouped them and The other design is what she is doing for her garden design course, she redrew the image onto tracing paper and painted it with gouache, Vanessa's taken this into a 3D model and the results are stunning, awaiting her to e-mail me the photo's which I'll add once she has.

Have a great day, be creative!

Friday, 23 April 2010

Hope and Millande

If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Ok if anyone can tell me why this image wont load the right way up I'd love to know. I've just put it on my Millande Art page and it's fine so up side down it stays for now anyway. But what a great link to Millande, It's an art group for woman You have to sign up to be able to view but if your not sure then take a look at which is her web site. An amazing lady doing great things to inspire, teach and share.

I've worked out how I could get this image to be the right way round but I'm going to leave it.