Friday, 31 October 2014

tangles and ATC's

ATC using Nymph tangle.
 I was asked the other day if I had tangled recently and I had to say "no" but I had to inwardly admit that I have been thinking of returning to a bit of tangling.

Tile with Barney and Maisie tangles in honour of  our dogs (past and Present)
Barney and Maisie.
My recent forays into the world of art dabbling has encouraged me to try out all different types of dabbling....mostly the inky painty messy stuff.Needless to say that this means having all the inky painty clobber itself plus stencils,stamps and all that jazz to get inky, painty and messy with.I have had great fun.... with mixed results ...but that's another story.

ATC Pearls and Leaves based on Spupa
I was starting to feel bogged down and overwhelmed by all of the paint,ink etc.etc.

Poppy ATC in ink  based on a Dover publication for artists.
There is something quite appealing about just having a pen,pencil and paper and still managing to end up with something that isn't too bad really.

Pansy ATC in ink
So I had a day of tangling and enjoyed myself.The ones here are just a couple of my days efforts.I was quite pleased with my results considering I had on my wrong glasses for most of the time.

Scabious ATC watercolour and ink
I have also developed a dual obsession with ATC's and drawing flowers,mostly poppies it would seem,so here are some too as a token splash of colour.

Poppy ATC watercolour and ink
These are in no way intended to be botanical ....more whimsical primitive but I quite like them.

tangled tile using Nymph again mostly

I have also been making lots of postcards for mail art swaps but that's another post or too in the pipeline.

Another ATC as before...

...and again...

...and yet another one!
Thanks for looking and I hope you are having fun doing whatever you are up to at the moment!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

more art dabbles...

Helianthus type of flower?
 Picture heavy post of some of the things I have made the last week or so using my watercolour set.

 They are all flowers of some kind...some in pots some not and some with words,

Some were painted on watercolour paper postcards ready to be posted off ,others just on paper to be made into cards and others will get glued into my scrap/sketch book.

Autumn leaves

Blue goose of happiness ATC.
Inktense pencils

Yellow tulips ATC.
Inktense pencils again.
Not high art but I had fun.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

doodles and tangles

a sort of Heath Robinson-ish type of garden.
 Earlier in the year when the days were wet and gloomy and I had had serious words with the sewing machine and overlocker resulting in their banishment and a clear table I started to doodle.

I then got sidetracked into the world of tangles and Zentangle.

atc size
 I did enjoy my tangling and have seemingly left it behind at the moment to mess about with other stuff .I now have several sketchbooks full of little drawings and a load of photos (98 apparently) of the Creme de la Creme which can be seen on my Flickr stream.It did make me want to try my hand at other sorts of art "dabbling" which is something I suppose.

 I like all of the tangles I doodled but my finished product always seemed to veer away from the purely geometric and ended up with lots of floral feathery themes going on with a good scattering of pod-like things about the place.

atc size
 There are lots of blogs out there that are devoted to the art of tangling if you want to have a go and you couldn't do any better than get hold of a copy of the book "One Zentangle A Day" by Beckah Krahula or look on Pinterest or the Flickr group (here) for inspiration.


  I will have to return to tangling at some point because it is very absorbing and you are never quite sure what you will end up with.

another garden

Pearly twig bird.
He was posted off in an ATC swap...hope his new owner likes him as much as I do.
I miss him.

this reminds me of a forest.
another atc.

a  larger tangle based on one of my photos (here)

with colour!!

weird pods!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


I have had a bit of a splurge printing stuff.
I have printed on fabric......

acrylic paint with a gelli plate

 on subject dividers for files....

these are being turned into envelopes...more gelli plate prints.
 on paper of all descriptions....mostly scrap stuff like the reverse of sketch pad covers which work really well...

 and through fabrics like lace ....

acrylic paint with some DIY moulding paste.

 Most of the ideas and techniques are from this book by Traci Bautista "Printmaking Unleashed".If you like getting in a mess and spending the evening removing acrylic mediums from the household pets fur then it is a must buy.

 Some of the papers I used to clean the brayer with I then doodled with flowers and cut them out to stick on envelopes and other things.This in itself is a completely addictive and absorbing activity.

  At the risk of being repetitive here are some of my papers.Only some as by the time I gathered them all up together my pile measured nearly seven inches high.Just have to think what I can do with them all now.

 Most use spray inks with stencils cut from plastic file folders or stencils from hot glue gun.

 As ever there seems to be a floral theme going on.

The last print is actually some paper that I was "protecting" the table with but it turned out really well by accident.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

stitched postcards

some of my rubber stamps
For the most part since packing away the sewing machine I have been dabbling with things more on the arty side.This has been quite enjoyable in a messy inky finger sort of way although not everything has been successful....but then is anything ever really successful.I have decided that the way to continue with the things I produce is to embrace the imperfections as unique design concepts.
an old sheet being sprayed up with inks and a stencil made with a hot glue gun.
 Anyway,I got side tracked in to the world of  Mail Art which is basically an excuse to send and receive's always nice to get something other than a credit card bill or reminder that your teeth are due a drilling...and post that is nicely decorated too.I decided to join in with some of the swaps on Mail Me Some Art  and one of the swaps falls into the category of Postcards with Stitching.

fabric stamping with one of my doodles.
 This also coincided with me discovering the addictive past time of making your own rubber stamps.I won't go into too many details about how this simple activity can start to take over your life but will just say that if you fancy the urge to be a carving addict ( and I do like to be an enabler in these things) then you can do no better than grab yourself a copy of "Carve,Stamp,Play" by Julie Fei Fan Balzer or just look on her blog and read this tutorial here.

 I have never had too many stamps before as the designs of most of them available to buy just never seemed to appeal to me but by making your own you can have something truly unique ....this is where I have learned to embrace the imperfections by the way.I am a complete novice at this....not so much a carver more of a gouger.

flower design courtesy of Dover publications.
 I "gouged" some rather large ones because I like flowers and florals and I like the scratchy background look that is reminiscent of wood block prints.Some of the designs are from my own doodles and others I have adapted from a Dover publication of floral designs available for artists and crafts people (not that I can include myself here!).

 So to cut a long and tedious. yet ink-ily interesting,story into something slightly less long and tedious,I grabbed an old sheet,sprayed it with some home made spray inks adding contrast with some home made stencils ( can you detect the home made theme going on here?),whacked a home made rubber stamp on it,dragged the sewing machine screaming and kicking back onto the table and cajoled it into stitching around the edges adding a bit of dyed lace on some in the process.

 Then I attached them to postcard blanks with some heavy gel medium (not home made) which seemed to do the trick.

I also produced some using old book papers which show off the wood block look.

Well the fabric ones have been sent off to be included in the swap and I hope that they arrive safely.