New Cards

I am really pleased that my first greeting cards that I have out sourced for printing have come out so well. If you are a regular follower of my blog you will recognize my collages. New cardsThese cards are available on my Etsy shop.

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 🙂

A Lesson in Getting the Most out of Your Process

Remember this?Block 1 I did this.
Block 2 Printing on old cotton bed sheets is a good use of resources and saves waste and money. It doesn’t even matter what colour they are!

Wanting to get the print to look like my drawings, I dyed my fabric with watered down fabric printing ink in a variety of colours and printed over in black. A good result but I want to get my print more opaque.Block 3 When dyeing my fabric I had paper underneath that got coloured with the ink too, so I printed on that. Wow, I love it!Block 4 Some of that paper I used instead of discarding it, I made cards with.Block 5Always look for possibilities in your art waste or things you think are no good and maybe transform them into something worth keeping and using or giving as a gift 🙂

Eco Dyeing

My second attempt at eco dyeing.

I took some vintage cotton, mordented with soya milk and wrapped frozen crocus petals in one, green honesty pods in one and turmeric shavings in the last one. I put them in my dye pot which still has some onion skin residue in it (I left this on purpose) and then I heated it and let it simmer away for a while.Eco dyeing 1Then left it for a few days before unveiling. Maybe two many days as it was a bit stinky! 🙂Eco dyeing 2 As I expected the fabric picked up the colour from the pan which I wanted. On unwrapping and after hand washing, the honesty hadn’t made and mark (right), the crocus have printed a lovely blue and yellow pattern (centre) and the Turmeric, as I expected has made a lovely speckled print.Eco dyeing 3I don’t know what will happen when they are dry, but I promise I’ll show you! 🙂

Dyeing and Stitching Sample

I love using up odd pieces of fabric that are not big enough to make something in themselves, that are too beautiful to throw away. Here is a sampler that might just turn into something of its own. Using vintage fabric dyed with onion skins, some printed, some lace and exploring stitches on my sewing machine.Textile 1You can never see the detail properly in a photograph, so closeups are necessary.

I love the way the tying marks look alongside the stitchesTextile 2Textile 3 and I always like a frayed edge.Textile 4Still some work to do though, I’ll keep you posted 🙂