Wherever you lay your hat.

While the outdoors continues to draw me to explore and photograph, I am spending some time being creative at home. In a previous post I wrote about the hats we are creating and this is the one I made as a stand alone piece. I have a few others that are paired with a cuff. These hats and cuffs are handmade using traditional millinery techniques and are in silk and cotton.
These are some of the cuffs, I have hand dyed cotton lace and ribbons to match the silk ribbons. While many of my pieces are shabby chic, there are also cuffs in gothic blacks and reds, there will be bridal ones too. I can see young ladies at their graduations wearing them and elegant ladies at garden parties looking fabulous. Any occasion that calls for wearing a statement piece. Continue reading Wherever you lay your hat.

Mono printing fun

While I am waiting for my delivery of goodies from a new supplier I found in Germany/Austria I decided to post a piece about some monoprints I was working on earlier this year. I love to try new ways with mediums (new to me that is!) When I was small, less than 6 years old, I remember my grandfather showing me his dark room where he was processing black and white photography. Something about it stuck with me, no idea if it was the magic of the process, the strange smells, or just childish curiosity, but I remember. I like the idea of black on white where the imagined greys tell a story in the shadows. I have tried a few times to make lino cuts and not been really enamoured with my efforts so I thought monoprints might be more fun for me…not realising how addictive they might turn out to be. I love them. Continue reading Mono printing fun

Fishing for compliments

So here is the finished first experimental piece combining modelling paste, glass bead gel, crackle paste, home-made air dried paper clay, acrylic inks, iridescent medium, acrylic satin varnish and found objects from the beach on stretched canvas 60 x 20 cms. The piece is more vibrant than the camera shows with a lovely shimmer from the iridescent medium and inks. Continue reading Fishing for compliments

Paper clay tests

Following my research and experiments into the realm of paper clay, I came across an amazing website with recipes. I was invited to write a guest post with my findings which went online yesterday. So here is the link. It talks about the differences of using ready-made joint filler versus dry powdered, with images of some test pieces. I wanted to learn how to make this type of clay for my latest project idea which combines different sculptural and textured mediums. I used the paper clay to make small hand formed shapes and in a silicone mould to make shells. They are lovely and light, so they won’t add too much weight to the pieces. They dried in a day too as they are nice and thin. The clay recipe does state that it should be applied in thin layers as too much may not dry in the middle and eventually rot. Therefore it is ideal for small features and very small moulds. Next stage is trying out the inks. Continue reading Paper clay tests

Adding some texture

New goodies have started arriving and I’ve started testing them out. Gesso can be a bit of a hit and miss affair…the really cheap stuff is mostly cheap white acrylic paint mixed with a binder and dries shiny so I would recommend going for something mid priced to get a decent product. Of course that depends on what you are using it for. I wanted a shine free matt finish that I could work into to get marks, textures etc and then apply inks. For a primer to then apply acrylic paint, the cheap stuff would work fine. I am going to make my own gesso soon with plaster of paris so that will be for another time. These images are on a long canvas with cheap gesso and various mark making which produced a very thin layer and glossy finish. Not really what I wanted but may be useful on a different project, or, I may add some plaster to it. Continue reading Adding some texture