Sunday, 14 May 2017

Creative Fairy

Have been on an Art Retreat with some friends.
Gartmore sits in beautiful ,  but a little run down , grounds. Great for wandering and foraging.

This piece of bark may become a book. Creative Fairy was working overtime.
I had decided instead of taking loads of supplies I would stick with black pencils, graphic stick, white gesso and sketchbook. ( See last weeks post. )

Out walking spotted this tree. Marking on the trunk matched some of my line marks.
Very freeing to stick to a limited pallet. I certainly had more room on my work space.
2nd day I needed colour.

A used teabag did the job.
Used hand wipes were pulled into the creative zone and I was back with texture and layers.
Great atmosphere, sharing experiences and expertise. Looking forward to next meetup.
Any Old Iron workshop. After I stressed the health and safety aspects everyone worked hard to achieve as many small rust samples as possible using vinegar and a variety of teas.

Wine and rust powder was used on the 2nd day. The mystery samples for everyone to unwrap at home.
Afternoon spent attaching 1st days samples and stitching on more metal to rust.

This was a very hard working group of people and they produced some super samples

One glass of wine left in the bottle from the rusting. ( "you kept that back deliberately" said Creative Fairy) Rounded off a busy workshop. Feet up and a glass of red.
Please look in next week to view what I am up to.
Lines are stewing away and a new body of work is on the horizon

BYE      BYE

Sunday, 7 May 2017


Where did April go? Visitors - Easter - Lots of commitments - An exhibition and a 90th Birthday Party. It passed in a blur. Almost too busy to stop and take note.
Hoops stitched by members from branches of Scottish Embroiderers` Guild. They looked really great at Regional Day. 214 delegates and the sun shone.
My grandchildren decorated these boxes and proudly took them home. I love the way the grandchildren now take ownership of The Studio when they visit. A relief to know they still enjoy creating and can be detached from their phones and tablets.
From this
To this in 2 days

" Played " while the kids painted and decorated their boxes.

I suspect they thought I was mucking about while they did "proper" stuff.
My Golden Fluids arrived. Will stash them away before grandchildren return.
The Fabric Book with Pocket, workshop was a colourful busy day. Never enough time in a one day workshop, everyone took home bits and bobs to finish in their own time.
The theme was circles and finding stitches to attach fabric.
Visited the Knitting and Stitch Show. Plan was to view all the exhibits but not to buy. Came home with a load of goodies, as you do.
A workshop with Bobby Britnell - Back to Basics.
Paper, a graphic stick and lines . A great workshop and super tutor.

2nd exhibition at Verdant Works hung and opened.
I am so pleased the Shadows worked on my piece."(" so am I " said creative fairy)

It took a lot of trials before I managed the correct size and angle to get the shadows. Repeating the cog edges.
That was some of April. Oh and the computer played up.
Look in next week to read about a workshop " Any Old Iron" I am tutoring
This is the 3rd year of Evergreenmo. Please leave a comment if you have enjoyed this post.
Garden is growing.
BYE      BYE 

Sunday, 2 April 2017


I don`t plan these pages, this is my play book. Just fun.I play in it when I have a spare 1/2 hour or I just need to be in The Studio. 

Pieces for Verdant Works exhibition are finished so playing.

 Some of the things I use to stamp and stencil with.

I usually grab whatever my eye alights on.

I like cutting rubbers to make my stamps.
and you can use the reverse.
Fabric Book workshop taking shape.

I have used this pattern as Birthday, Wedding, Travel, Nature, in fact any subject. The pockets can hold bits and bobs. For this upcoming workshop it is Circles.
Workshop in May is Rusting so will be pleased to put aside pretty, pretty as it is not me but it has been interesting.

I will do no more to this except add the black safety pins when they arrive. Thank you Jill. As a good friend continually tells me " use the internet, that is what it is for."
I have decided to revisit some books. I will choose 1 a week to look at. Starting with 

I bought this when it was first published and looking at it again wonder why I haven`t opened it for ages.

  One of my favourite page.I recently acquired a copy of The Flower Fairies. I loved this book when I was a child.
This page has my pet hate. Cones on heads closely followed by crowns on babies heads. I have never understood this. Just a little rant.
Please look in next week to view what I am up to.
BYE       BYE


Monday, 27 March 2017

Better late than never

I still have stitching to add to this.

I am enjoy just stitching without too much thought. 

I have never seen such small pins. I would like to source small black safety pins to add on. Is there such a thing? 
I am working on ideas for a series of workshops, Surface Decoration. 

This is made using the top layer  of a red and gold paper napkin, a chiffon scarf, strips of fabric and machine stitching.
I am tutoring a workshop in April,"  Stitching a Fabric Book."

Starting with a paper pattern to ensure folds are in correct place.

 This book has a pocket as part of the construction.
I found a little time this week to make a few backgrounds in my Play Book.

A peek at some of the many Hoops made by Embroiderers` Guild members. These will be on display at Scottish Regional Day.

It has been exciting opening up the parcels after postman has delivered.
I am missing my greenhouse but pleased these Sweet Peas have germinated on the floor of The Studio.

I hope you will look in again next week. I will try to post on Sunday but some weeks just run away from me.
BYE      BYE