Saturday, 29 June 2013

These pressed leaves are ideal for trying out rubbings using watercolour pencils.
Even the tiny veins come out quite clearly.
Hand-dyed fabric below provides an interesting background.
I've used some of the batch of rusted fabric above for a background with unusual visual texture, below.
Watercolour pencils on fabric have a delicate transparency once water has been added so the underlying marks of the background fabric remain visible through the motif.

This latest addition to the Thomas Quilt Collection is a cot quilt with matching scatter cushions (2 yet to be completed).

It's a Beatrix Potter print.

Thomas doing a few exercises.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

The start of the Baby Thomas Quilt collection.
Baby blues bunny rabbit fabric with a border and reverse in stripes which I've also used for a couple of baby pillows.

Stars and swirls in a 7" repeat pantograph quilting pattern.

A decorative machine stitch for a pretty edging around the pillows.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Monday, 10 June 2013

Monday, 3 June 2013

I've added another fine layer of spray lacquer to this altered book double page spread.

It's helped to enhance the subtle colour palette of tealy blues and browns with a touch of soft pink.
It's also brought the best out of the stitched, stabbed and colour-highlighted page edges.

Several fine layers of lacquer have created a glass-like shine!

In contrast these leaf pages are mat with just a touch of Treasure gold sheen.  Gesso applied with a brush gives an interesting texture to the background.

I've used ink and stamps on the page above which is awaiting a pale wash to colour the background.

Bookmarks made from painted papers which have been lacquered and then laminated for durability.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Mother's 85th birthday picnic.

Apley overlooking the River Severn was the perfect setting for a delicious lunch on a warm and sunny Sunday.

There was a wealth of wildlife to watch.

Colourful plant life was in abundance and looking glorious in the bright sunshine.