Thursday, 30 October 2008

Who Needs Paper ?

I was drooling over some moleskin journals today,
and thinking how it might inspire me to draw more if I owned one,
then I came across this blog
If you've ever tried to draw with an etch a sketch,
then you'll realise how awesome this is.
But it does make me wonder if this
guy has rather too much time on his hands.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Something Old

I've been working on my writing today.
So I've posted something old for you to see.
This was to illustrate "September" for an online kids
magazine. OK, so it's October now.
Yeh....I'll go back to my writing

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Early Snow

I don't remember the last time it snowed this early.
This is what it looks like out the bedroom window.
We are blessed to have a whole birch forest at the
back of the house. The trees haven't even shed
all their leaves yet, but I think
the snow will speed the process.
I think I'm going to work on some writing today.

Monday, 27 October 2008

New butterfly brooch

I've just made this brooch/pin.
I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.
I used a piece of vintage linen and drew
the butterfly with permanent pen.
Then I fused it to white felt using Wonder Under,
then I fused a further two layers of brown felt
and stitched around the whole thing.
I then added some copper wire.
If you are wondering how I did the
ends of the antennae, I'll let you know
my secret. I dipped the ends of the wire
into Diamond Glaze, let it dry and then repeated twice.
( I made sure the antennae were hanging
downward while the glaze dried.)
It's flying to my Etsy store soon.

Shells again

This is an old one from about 2000,
when I was just getting into watercolour.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Think Shrink

I've just made these cute little horse pins
for my twin nieces. We share a love
of Russian artist Ivan Bilibin,
and so these are done in the style of his work.
I made them from shrink plastic, with permanent pen
and Karisma coloured pencils, (I believe the US
equivalent to those are prismacolor.)

Friday, 24 October 2008

New stuff

I've been having some fun with shrink plastic.
I might put a couple of these bird pins for sale.
Their dangly legs look so cute!
It's nice to wear something that makes people smile.
Here are two little elephant pendants
about to go into my Etsy shop.
Ernesto and Eduardo.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Using my images

This is just to show you how I have used
some of my illustrations.

It's always handy to have a stock of cards,
ready for those last minute greetings.

Butterflies and more butterflies

Here is my ink drawing of butterflies,
in a similar obsessive style to the shells.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Shells and more shells

It's been kind of busy this week as my parents
are staying, so I thought I'd post a past work.
This is done with artist permanent pen
and a wash of watercolour.
It was a rather addictive creation.
I love doing this kind of illustration.
It's almost like doing a jigsaw,
but much more fun.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Lighthouse fabric panels

Inspired by Elsita's latest post on drawing on fabric,
I hunted out these lighthouse illustrations I did several years ago
on unbleached cotton canvas.
I had intended to make them into some
smart cushions, but I never got around to it.
I thought I'd let you see them.
Maybe I will get around to it sometime.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

My latest efforts...

This is painted with acrylics on a wooden disc.
I then sealed it with acrylic varnish.
Actual size is only about 1 1/2 inches.
It is a belated (oops) birthday present for a dear friend.
This is a birthday present for my niece who
loves sunflowers. I painted the image
with watercolours before setting it behind glass
and encasing it with polymer clay.
The focal bead is vintage glass.
Actual size of sunflower part is about
3/4 inch by 1 inch.

And this is one for my Etsy shop.
I made the beads using a selection
of herbs and spices and some
Highland lichens, encased in polymer clay.
It was time consuming, but I am really happy
with the way it turned out.
I love the textures and colours.

Thank you to my lovely husband for sprawling on the
driveway and taking the pictures for me.