Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Progress of a painting

I'm working on some collage, mixed media paintings to take with me to Berry in August, for the exhibition that will be held while I'm teaching there. I always forget to take photos of the progress, but this time I remembered. Here are some of the stages. The painting isn't finished yet as I leave it for a few days to go back and see it with fresh eyes. I'm adding sheep and cows to the paddocks. It's also my interpretation of the view from our back deck.

I start by gluing a range of papers to the canvas, then add washes of acrylic paint

I sketch in some of the features with paint

It's starting to take shape

Some of the details have been added.
There's still a way to go but I'll post a photo when it's finished.

Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comments.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Still making papers

In August I'm teaching at Art is You in Melbourne and the following week I go to teach a fabric journal at The Art Retreat for Berry Patchwork in NSW. I've been busy decorating papers and doodling on the inside of envelopes to make up some more paper kits to sell at the retreats.

some of the papers cut up ready to go in the kits

a range of 'doodles' on envelopes, I add two to every kit.

This is a short post this time, I'm going to try and post more often so they may end up short and sweet. Thanks for visiting and your lovely comments. 
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

New stamps and fabric cards

I've been busy making more stamps and fabric cards for my Etsy shop. I still have more to add and also some spiral bound journals that I'm working on right now. They should be added by the weekend (famous last words).

These are some of the cards, I still have more to add. They also fit perfectly in an IKEA frame.

I'll be adding more stamps too over the weekend

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Gelli Printing

Now my sample journal's completed I've been able to spend some time Gelli printing. I've also added more paper packs to my Etsy shop. I've been printing on fabric, then outlining the images with black pen and adding some doodles. I'm also experimenting with screen printing effects on the Gelli plate, they are quite interesting.

This is fabric printed on the gelli plate, I created my own stamps with the foam that you heat. I drew around the shapes with black pen and added some doodles.

I quite like the reverse side of the fabric too

This is my screen printing experiment on the gelli plate

These are typical of the papers in the packs.

I created this piece using lots and lots of layers of stencils and stamps. I've now turned it into covers for some spiral bound paper journals I'll be adding to Etsy this week.

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Finished at last

My sample journal is finished at last and should be at Berry Patchwork by now. If you live up that way, you can drop in and see it. I'll be teaching a two day workshop there on August the 30th and 31st. There are still places available, here's the link to find out more. Berry Patchwork

the cover with felted and stitched lollipop trees

the spine with added buttons

hand painted daffodils with sun printed fabric

I make my own masks from plastic or cardboard

hand painted artichokes and wattle

Thanks again for visiting and your kind comments.

I've been doing quite a lot of gelli printing lately, so I'll have photos shortly.

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Monday, 9 June 2014

More pages

I've been so busy creating more journal pages and looking after my grandchildren. Their Mum will finish her course tomorrow and will then be able to say she's a certified Dietician. I sometimes feel that I'm certifiable after looking after them and trying to meet my deadlines, but they add so much joy to my life, and are all showing strong tendencies towards art (not that I'm trying to force them in any way). Just a few more photos of the journal.

a felt embellished tree

I like adding worry dolls, pieces of knitted fabric and jersey shirt buttonhole bands to my pages

watercolour daffodils and collage papers

more watercolour flowers

ribbon that has been stitched then burnt through the layers

fabrics, labels and papers were all stitched to these pages.

Thanks again so much for dropping by and your lovely comments.
I really will try to post more often and show other things than my journal pages.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

This and that

I'm still busy working on my sample journal for the Berry Art Retreat in NSW on the 30th and 31st of August
If you would like to join the workshop there are still a few places available.

You can register by going to
and click on 2014 Retreat in the top menu bar or phone 02 44643387

Here are some photos of the pages and close up details

I'm also teaching at Fibre Arts Australia in Ballarat next year and I've been very happy to join Glenys in a Conversation with the Makers on her web site. There are lots of artists listed and you get to see what they do and gain some insight into how they work.

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