Monday, 31 March 2014

Fabulous Faces on-line workshop

I don't draw faces very often, but have always loved Judy Wise's people. I'm participating in Judy's fabulous on-line workshop at the moment and am so inspired by the way Judy paints faces, she demonstrates so many different techniques and ways to paint. Check it out here it's well worth it.


this was my first face, I loved this process and it only took half an hour
I'm still working through the others.

I'm also conducting a gelli printing workshop from home on Saturday the 26th of April, if you are able to attend drop me an email. I will also be creating an on-line workshop of this class too.
Below are some of the prints that we will make and then turn them into a book, collage them and build up layers of paint. We will also be gelli printing on  fabric too.


this one uses a Chris Cozen stencil


the left page has been printed and collaged, waiting for painted images.
the right page has had the paint added too.


the left page has been printed and collaged
the right page has had the paint added, you can see the layers through the images.


these are gelli printed fabrics, I build up the designs in layers like screen printing.


this is a fabric page from my latest commissioned journal that is now completed.

Thanks so much for dropping by and for your lovely comments.

Happy Creating


Sunday, 16 March 2014

At last it's finished

It seems to have taken forever, but at last my grandson's bedroom wall is finished. It kept getting additional characters as he sat on his bed supervising. He still wants me to add him and his sister and baby brother sitting on the beach, but that's a mere trifle compared to all of the smurfs and minions. Part of him wanted to keep his Nimo wall, so I added much smaller versions of Nimo, Dory and Squirt jumping out of the water.


It was very hard to get a photo of all of the wall as it's quite long, my photo turned out very dark too.
The minion on the boardwalk was painted by his big sister and he did the one down in the right hand corner. There's actually water with boats sailing behind the sand dunes but they are hard to see in this photo.

Nimo, Dory and Squirt

the Minions

the Smurfs

while I painted the wall I kept Xavy busy painting his wooden stool, I love what he's done with it.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate your comments and your continued support.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Teaching in NSW

I'll be teaching a two day workshop at a fabulous retreat in Berry NSW
30th and 31st of August 2014
I would love you to join me. I will be teaching the making of a fabric journal, similar to the ones in the photos below

For details go to BERRY PATCHWORK here's the link

http://berrypatchwork.homestead.com/retreat2014.html
I'd love to see you there




we will be creating a fabric journal similar to the ones above with all fabric pages







these are typical pages that we will be creating.

I would love to meet you there.
We should have a wonderful time.

Get in quick as there are a limited number of places available.

Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments.
I will have photos of the new painted wall next post.


Monday, 17 February 2014

Another Baby another Wall

My daughter gave birth to another son in December last year and with the arrival of a new grandson a new mural was required. The baby will now have the Nimo room and his big brother will move into a new room. His request was for Minions and Smurfs so I started last week, with his help and that of his big sister. It has been so hot it had to be put on hold but I will hopefully work on it and get it finished next week.


the Nimo wall


working on the new bedroom wall with my two little assistants


one of my journal pages


and another



thanks to everyone who purchased my paper kits, I've now added some more to my Etsy
Thank you for visiting and commenting, I really do appreciate your support.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Paper Kits

I've been busy sorting and cutting up so many of my left over pieces of hand decorated papers, to turn into paper kits. Each pack contains at least twenty pieces of decorated paper in varying weights and sizes. No two packs are the same. These are great to use in your collage or mixed media projects as well as for scrap booking, journal making, cards, tags and ATCs, whatever takes your fancy. They can be glued or stitched. They are now available in my Etsy shop.

these are some of the kits





the photos above are typical of what's in the kits, each one is different so you may not get the ones shown, but they are all hand decorated and similar.


this is a typical kit.

Thanks again for visiting and your lovely comments.
Catch up soon.


Monday, 27 January 2014

This and That

I've had a couple of health issues this week but hopefully they will be sorted soon. I've added another necklace and a pair of earrings to my Etsy shop this week. They are made using some of my hand made beads and some lovely beads from Carolyn Saxby and Kimberly Rogers. They are sold separately, but they do match.




we finally had to replace the timber on our back deck and decided to extend it at the same time, it will now be almost twice it's original size, can't wait until it's finished, I have to climb down a ladder to go into the back garden at the moment until the steps are made


I desperately needed more storage space in my studio and noticed this galvanised metal set of shelves just sitting outside. I brought them in, cleaned them up and glued lots of scraps of my decorated papers to them, I still have to do the uprights but they look right at home in my studio


I also decided to tidy up my reels of threads, I didn't realise I had so many.

Thanks again for taking the time to drop by and for your lovely comments, talk soon





Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My Etsy Shop

I'm trying to add more things, on a regular basis, to my Etsy shop this year. I've just added a new necklace and earrings as well as three hand carved stamps.




this necklace is made from an eclectic mix of elements I had in my drawers of jewellery treasures, from my soldered china, a hand made fabric bead, some ethnic charms and beads, beautiful czech glass beads and charms from broken jewellery



this pair of earrings is made from some beautiful faceted czech glass beads. I hand wired the glass flower and brass bead cap. They are lovely and light to wear.




these are the hand carved stamps all original designs

Thanks again for stopping by and for your lovely comments