Recycled Note Book Covers

I am so pleased with my new product, recycled notebook or sketch book covers.These have been re-cycled from the very fashionable and popular PVC advertising signs. Obviously these awful things are not biodegradable and so will sit in landfill for ever so I have come up with a practical use for them instead of throwing them away.

I hand paint the the lengths of PVC and then sew them into shape. Then this turns into what I think are very desirable book covers with pencil loops on the front 🙂 Keep a look out as these will be soon available on my Etsy shop

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Printed Textile

I’ve just been inspired to work into and improve one of my old print blocks. I’ve cut into the basic shape to make it look more exciting.This image shows me testing the block on paper. I’ve made some extra test blocks in the shape of leaves to use with it.I’ve had this vintage anti-macassar for a while, already dyed with onion skins for me to print on. I’ve been waiting for just the right block to print on it with and decided this was it.Don’t you think it looks great on my Sofa! 🙂

Lampshade Commission 2

First I must wish you all a very happy New Year. The holidays have been quite a restful time for us so that we are fresh and ready for work. So here I am ready to have a wonderfully creative 2017 🙂

I now can show you my lampshade commission as it is safely with it’s new owner. Commissions are always a challenge and this was for a very avid Harry Potter Fan and I had to avoid copyright issues.

Here’s the finished item.lampshade-6Now for the process!

This is the lampshade ready to be up-cycled.lampshade-1 First I stained it with watered down fabric paint to match the paper I was going to use.lampshade-2 lampshade-3 I did think of using fabric for the covering but had the cutting out of letters to contend with so decided paper was best.lampshade-4 lampshade-5 lampshade-6 lampshade-7It took a lot of thinking about but I am pleased with the final out come 🙂

Lampshade Commission

I recently up-cycled this lampshade for our living room and shared with my friends and followers on Facebook.lamp-shade-2It has resulted in me getting a commission for a Lampshade of a specified design which I realised just in time that I’d better not say any more in case they read this post!!! 😛

 

The Green Cockatoo

I’m just loving collage at the moment so here’s another for you to see.

‘The Green Cockatoo’Green Cockatoo
This collage was built on an old water colour that I got with a few others in a job lot at a church sale (I have left the original signature and just added mine). It adds to the surreal nature when magazine cuttings etc are applied. I’m really happy with this 🙂

Legs

I’ve been doing a lot of tidying in the garden and have had to recycle a chair that I was using as a plant stand. The legs I’ve kept, because I spotted something I could do with them.Legs 1 Legs 2I’m going to paint them. What do you think I’m going to turn them into?! 🙂

Having Fun With Surface Pattern

I’ve been having fun today with surface pattern on fabric and paper. I experimented with watering down my fabric printing inks on vintage bed sheets so just see how they reacted, then used the residue on paper. Looking good I think!Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4 Activity 5I’ll heat fix and see how the fabrics do. I have a sneaky feeling it’s going to be OK 🙂