May 22nd, 2017 by admin
February 7th, 2017 by admin
My mothers day present this year from my wonderful son and husband was a screen printing workshop at The Lightbox, Woking.
I had a fantastic time. It was like being back at art college again. We got to draw and cut out stencils and play with paint, it was great fun. I’d highly recommend it as the workshops are pretty good value for money and you get to come away with something completely unique.
I choose to print on a baby vest, something for our baby that is due in October. I had time to try three different variations, but the one pictured here was, in my opinion, my most successful.
Keep it simple – the more intricate the design the trickier it is to print. Simple designs can be effective and will give you more time to try out different paint effects.
January 10th, 2017 by admin
For Christmas my very lovely husband Jamie bought me a place on a one day modern calligraphy workshop with the brilliant Judy Broad. It’s something I’ve wanted to learn something of for a while.
It was a two and half hour workshop in the lovely grounds of The Medicine Garden in Cobham with it’s little cafes and boutique shops. We were in the appropriate named ‘Workshop’, sat round the table with beautifully presented packs and hand written place cards in front of us. We were introduced to each other and I am sat next to a couple who bought the experience for each other for Christmas and a lady who is working down a list of forty things to before she turns forty.
Judy herself is a softly spoken, friendly lady who has already made sure she’s taken down our drinks orders for half time which is to be accompanied by cake of course.
We start the workshop by looking at the basic marks that go into calligraphy lettering. The most tricky thing about this is getting the angle of the pen right.
We follow the basic marks by going through the alphabet and copying both uppercase and lowercase letter forms. I found some letters easier than others. I think we all found the letter D particularly difficult, however I was really pleased with my uppercase H.
Throughout the process Judy is really encouraging and helpful. She demonstrates with effortless easy how to use the pen and apply the right pressure on certain strokes. She finishes by demonstrating flourishing and it is fascinating to watch.
Overall I really enjoyed the workshop. It was a fantastic introduction to a skill I look forward to practicing and using.
August 16th, 2016 by admin
Over Christmas I’ve been helping to put the finishing touches to a joint New Years Eve baby shower for four second time mums to be. I took the opportunity to put into practice some of my craft and illustrational skills.
The theme was ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ and the first thing I designed was an invite that would also be something that the mums to be could keep as a momento.
The design for the invite then informed the paper cutting I produced for the cake topper. It was quite a simple but time consuming process. I printed out the typography and used a spray mount to fix it to the gold card. Then using a scalpel I carefully cut out the letters and fixed everything to four cocktail sticks.
My personal gift to the mums and babies to be was some artwork. Artwork that the whole party – mums, dads and toddlers could take part in. I chose to illustrate an animal that was special to each of the mums to be. Each animal was holding a bunch of strings that would be the strings for the balloons that would be made by the fingerprints of all the party guests.
I made this cloud cushion for my nephew’s first birthday. It was to go with his nursery’s theme. I enjoyed making it, so I thought I would make it my first how-to blog post.
Things you will need:
- White felt or similar
- Pink felt
- Patterned cotton fabric
- A pen / pencil / dressmakers chalk
- Embroidery thread in pink and black
- Cotton thread
- Sewing machine
Step 1: Mark out your cloud
Mark out the shape of your cloud onto the back of the felt. Make it slightly bigger than you want the finished cloud to be. Then cut out your shape.
Step 2: Trace onto backing fabric
Use your cut out felt shape to trace your shape onto your chosen backing fabric and cut out (I used pinking shears to stop my fabric fraying).
Step 3: Pin right sides together
Pin the right sides of your two fabrics together and select thread to go with your felt.
Step 4: Sew the two sides together
Thread your sewing machine and set it to a zigzag stitch (my settings are pictured below). Then sew the two sides together (I find it helpful to test my stitch on scrap pieces of fabric first) making sure to leave a small opening at the end and turn the out through the gap.
Step 5: Add details
Cut out two circles from the pink felt and glue into position for cheeks. Use the embroidery thread to backstitch eyes and mouth in black, and border the cheeks in pink.
Step 6: Stuff and finish
Use toy stuffing to fill the cloud, sew up the gap and your done!