Friday, 30 August 2013

Daily Drawings: Paint & Pen Experiments

I have the intention of working on some quite large canvas that's lying around in the studio but my painting skills are pretty rusty!
I like to combine a few different materials but usually I go with acrylic paint, paper layers and ink. I tend to be an 'overworker' when it comes to painting so I usually have to leave things for a few days and come back to them so that I don't mess up hours of hard work by adding a little too much of something!
I decided to mess around with some small (10cm x 10cm) canvas and tried to use actual pen on top of paint instead of ink with a brush. The results are quite patchy and, between you and I, I absolutely hate the one with the purple triangles on it (see what I mean with the overworking and not leaving time to think!)

Enjoy x

Monday, 26 August 2013

Paperfolk Loves... Pattern Pattern Pattern!

 Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog will know that I do love a bit of a pattern. Without a doubt I will always love whatever designs appear in Marimekko and Orla Kiely collections. I'm a fan of bold colours and geometric designs that have that 'hand drawn' feel to them. While I was scouring the internet I found these beauties. I absolutely love the Eley Kishimoto top but I am also loving the bold brights that have perked up the traditional Liberty print collection.
Eley Kishimoto
Scion at John Lewis

Liberty London


Donna Wilson at Heals

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Daily Drawings: Envelope Experiments

So I really haven't posted a drawing in a long time! To be honest its actually been a while since I sat down to do a drawing that wasn't for research or a sketch for a future embroidery.

I was lucky to get a bit of time in the studio the other day to just play around. I sometimes get freaked out when I just play around because it can often not lead to any outcome but I always feel better and more creative whenever I do it.

I was messing around with some paint and while I was waiting for something else to dry. I started to paint/draw on top of some brown envelopes I had lying around. I can't help drawing in pattern...

Enjoy x

Friday, 16 August 2013

Crafty Exploits: Embroidered Jewellery

First of all let me say a huge sorry for not posting anything at all over the past couple of weeks. I couldn't believe it when I looked at the date of my last post! I've had a lot of family things on recently and my little girl is on the move so needs a watchful eye over her at every moment!

I've been experimenting with creating embroidered pieces of jewellery although i'm struggling to keep them to my particular style at the moment so I don't know exactly what pieces will be reproduced for sale in the shop yet but i'll hopefully sort out a direction for the collection over the next few weeks.

In the meantime here are a few experimental pieces that would be created into brooches or pendants. Let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you.

Enjoy x

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Embroiderer's Delight... Notebooks

Don't know about you guys but I have a (not so secret) addiction to stationary purchases. I hold my hands up and admit I am an avid list writer and no I don't want all my different lists kept neatly in one old notebook. I would prefer to have several books to keep the shopping list separate from the craft ideas list thank you very much.

I expect if you're a creative person you'll understand where i'm coming from with the stationary madness. With that in mind I've pulled together a list (surprise surprise!) of some of my favourite notebooks available online at the moment. Imagine writing on that first lovely, crisp white page... go on you know you want to.

Buy me here for £8
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Buy me here for £10.20
Buy me here for £10

Buy me here from £5