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September 6, 2012

A Bit of Mixed Media

I’m still doing a bit of flittering between different crafts. Recently I’ve been watching a load of mixed media art journaling and scrap booking videos on You Tube. I have to admit I don’t love it all, some of it seems like just sticking, painting, stamping, stencilling and scribbling a lot of random stuff on a page. But where it helps to explore creativity and generates inspiration I find it quite interesting.

I like altered books and I thought it might be good to have a go at making one that I can use to keep together pictures, ideas and bits and pieces that I find inspiring. So I bought an old hardback book from a charity shop…


First job was to create a cover so I opened it up and primed it all over with a coat of Gesso (this seems to be a staple in mixed media art), this dealt with the shininess of the cover. Then I applied a coat of grey, I’m a fan of grey.


I collected a selection of papers together to go on the cover…


And stuck them down using matte gel medium (another staple that I hadn’t heard of until recently, but it’s great because it sticks well but leaves a matte finish)…


Then I applied some teal paint to the edges and a couple of butterfly stickers from Ikea (butterflies are going to be a bit of a theme in the book)…


To knock back the colours and help all of the background materials to blend together a bit I applies a coat of watered down gesso. I stuck some grey lace along the spine and added some buttons and beads. I also did some stamping in the same teal colour with a swirly stamp I have and some bubble wrap.


I’m fairly happy with is has a first attempt. It’s pretty and not to busy which I my style.


I’ve done a bit of prep on the inside, ripping some pages out and sticking some together. I’ll show you more as it progresses ūüôā


August 28, 2012

Flowers from the garden


A little bit battered from the rain yesterday x

May 13, 2012


At the moment I seem to have ‘crafting attention deficit disorder’!. ¬†I just want to try everything and do everything. ¬†One minute it’s sketching, the next it’s jewellery making, then sewing and now embroidery. ¬†I have so many ideas and new things I want to try, just not the hours in the day. ¬†

I’ve been wanting to do embroidery for ages. ¬†I got Aimee Ray’s book Doodle Stitching a couple of years ago and I love the way she uses embroidery to illustrate in a fresh and modern way. ¬†I didn’t follow her patterns but decided to make up my own. ¬†Inspired by the print on a top I had, my idea was to use swirls, hearts, dots and flowers to form the shape of a flying bird. ¬†I drew it out onto paper then copied it onto the fabric (which I backed with iron on interfacing) using carbon paper. ¬†


Looks vaguely like a bird

I wanted a fairly subtle end result so I decided to use variegated thread in the same colour as the fabric.  Using back stitch, satin stitch, french knots and lazy daisy stitch I worked over the lines I had drawn.  It took me a couple of evenings in front of the telly to finish it off.  


I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do with it but I had this frame which didn’t fit something else I made and I think it looks quite good in there. ¬†I need to remember to think these things through before I start them really but I was just too eager to get going!


I will definitely do more embroidery, I have lots of ideas of what to do, but it might have to wait in the queue behind the other things I’m planning on doing. ¬†Which craft next…?

January 14, 2012

Not a stitch or post in sight

No making lately unfortunately but I was given a couple of making books for Christmas which should provide some inspiration.

I got Lovely Things to Make for Girls of Slender Means by Eithane Farry, which is indeed lovely! ¬†I’ve only flicked through but it is packed full of ideas on making, adapting and refashioning clothes and accessories. ¬†I like her approach to clothes making which has a strong sense of ‘just have a go’ which I need a bit more of, I’m too cautious.

"There's probably a seamstressy way of making this skirt so that the finish is couture, but I made it up as I went along, and it worked out pretty fine.."

There are some things that I probably won’t make…

Chipfork necklace

But also some nice embellishment ideas and alternative ideas that I would like to have a go at.

Fabric corsage

China necklace

Eithane also provides loads of basics and tips and commentary relating each section of the book (the seasons) and the projects. ¬†I’m looking forward to having a proper read.

At the other end of the spectrum (project cost wise) I was also given The Liberty Book of Home Sewing. ¬†This has many very nice sewing projects, made all the more nicer by the use of gorgeous Liberty fabrics. ¬†I love this apron…

Liberty apron

And another flower corsage…

Rose corsage

Plenty of inspiration.  My next project is going to be a notice board.  Post soon hopefully x

October 16, 2011

A sketchy weekend

Each year with work we go away somewhere for the weekend to do some sketching along with a bit of team bonding. ¬†As urban designers/planners, thinking and being creative is part of what we do, but sketching in the field isn’t and, therefore, its is not something the we (I) necessarily¬†excel¬†at. ¬†But it is a good skill to have and it helps you to really look at a place and I have found that I have improved at it over the years (although I don’t tend to do any from one year to the next).

This year we went to the Cotswolds. ¬†Despite it being less than 2 hours from Cardiff, it’s a part of the world that I have never been to before and it is beautiful! ¬†We had amazing weather to explore Winchcombe (where we stayed), Bourton-on-the-water (a lovely little town with a river running through the centre) and Broardway (another gorgeous small town).

The sketching quality was mixed. ¬†Sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind and I know they’re going to turn out rubbish. ¬†I had a couple that ended up ok with a little finishing off still to do. ¬†Here they (the better ones) are…

A view down the river in Bourton-on-the-water

A house in Broadway (a bit of finishing off still to be done)

A couple of views in Winchcombe (a bit quicker and slightly less focused this morning. And I can't draw cars to save my life!)

Also had to take a photo of this…

A shop in Winchcombe that sold shoes and pet things. An odd combination!

And a couple other pics…

Sudeley Castle

Cute row of houses

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