The rain yesterday gave me the perfect excuse to spend the day painting, so I made a little concertina book of butterflies. I used my Koh-I-Noor palette and my Inktense pencils, on watercolour paper that I’d prepared earlier with a mixture of walnut ink and green brusho. A little bit of loose printing on top … More Butterflies
Close up of an Elephant Hawk Moth wing.
This is the ugly patched piece I produced the other day, my intention always being to stamp on it and then draw some images on top with my sewing machine – maybe butterflies and wild flowers. After stencilling on some foliage I still didn’t like it so I covered the whole thing over with a transfer … More Unrecognisable!
After the heavy rain yesterday the droplets on the iris leaves by our pond looked lovely this morning. I am pleased with this photo – current colour scheme – but also because I think it’s got potential for some future design work. I have taken the colours that I used for the drawing of the … More Early Morning
I found a dead butterfly on our windowsill – a Small White, of which there have been so many in our garden this year. I thought it would be nice to draw it from life rather than from a book, so placed it under a magnifying glass so I could see the colours. Seems it’s not … More Small White Butterfly
I haven’t finished my butterfly wing but I have started the stitching. Simple straight stitches, with only one strand of thread – just enough to anchor the pieces in place but also to blend the colours. As I continue I will try to move the colours of the threads through the wing. If I finish the … More Butterfly Wing (continued)
Taking a section of my folded butterfly book as my source I have made a representation in fabric scraps, ready to be hand stitched. Firstly I gathered together all my fabrics, taking care to select them as closely as I could to the colours on my rag book. My base fabric is dyed cotton velvet, … More Scrappy Butterfly Wing
If I am going to start blogging then it needs to be about the ordinary, try-as-you-go methods I use at home when I am working in my studio. The words ‘working’ and ‘studio’ would make my family laugh but in truth there is nothing I like more than an empty house and the opportunity to … More All Of A Flutter