Sunday, January 21, 2018
At the moment, I am spending my time sorting and clearing out stuff from my studio area. There has already been one trip to the Recycling Centre with loads of papers, cardboard and redundant equipment and I am busy collecting another load! When I do get a chance to do some artwork, I work in sketchbooks and small projects, such as these bookmarks.
They are made from card and are double-sided. Both sides can be seen in the photographs. The snowman one was personalised for my Grandson, Theo, who is an avid book reader. I am hoping to get back to some larger projects once I have established a more clutter-free environment...
Friday, January 12, 2018
Twelfth night is now over and all the Christmas decorations have been taken down, so a snowy scene is our current window dressing at the One Craft Gallery. LET IT SNOW is written in large white letters. White trees and suitable crafted items, such as, fur hats, needle felted polar bears and snowy landscapes complete the picture...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
I confess that I forgot to send a Christmas card to a couple that I have been friends with for a long time, even though I don't see them that often! When I received a card from them, with an update of their lives, I felt very guilty! To make amends I quickly collaged a New Year card instead!
My New Year resolution is to continue with my small products - the cards and bookmarks etc. - but start some major larger scale projects. Last year I was so preoccupied with family problems, larger artworks took a back seat. My other resolution is some major tidying up and decluttering. Watch this space...
Monday, December 25, 2017
Above are some last minute Christmas cards that I made for friends and family. I used painted backgrounds with shapes, cut or punched out of magazine or painted papers, collaged on.
A very Merry Christmas to anybody who reads or follows my blog...
Saturday, December 16, 2017
I needed some handmade cards to send to some special friends, so I produced the pics shown above, and mounted them onto cream card stock. I looked at possible backgrounds in my store of hand painted papers, and came across these black and white ones. To me, they suggested winter branches and foliage - ideal to perch some collaged birds!
I have started to use a different technique for collage. It is one advocated by Laura Lein-Svencner. It takes a bit of preparation, as all the papers have to be coated with Golden polymer gloss medium, and left to dry. The design is then cut out and arranged onto the background and covered with parchment paper. To get the design to fuse together, I used heat in the form of an iron, which I keep solely for doing artwork.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Christmas shopping is in full swing and at the One Craft Gallery we have dressed the window in the hope that people will come in to buy hand crafted gifts! There are tree decorations hanging from wooden branch trees and a 'tree' of white boxes topped with a white star. Twinkly lights and white fir cones and painted twigs complete the scene...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Yes, it is that time of year again! Where has this year gone? Here are some Christmas cards that I have created using painted backgrounds, with papers collaged on top. They also feature splattering done with old toothbrushes, dipped in gold and white acrylic paint, and letters cut from glossy magazines.
I have used shapes cut with scissors and punches. I enjoyed using the snowflake punches, as well as the small angel one, that I have just added to my growing collection. I couldn't resist buying them when I was in Hobbycraft recently!