Friday, September 29, 2006

Mini Collages

I've jumped on the 1" square collage bandwagon today and these are my first efforts!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


I finished this piece at the weekend but haven't posted pics until now as it was a present and I didn't want the recipient to accidentally see it if she visited my blog! :oD It's a house warming gift and is made from a piece of rusty pipe I found on the beach on holiday, a vintage brooch, copper wire, fibre, rusty bottle cap and some veneer. I absolutely loved doing this, I adore rusty metal and I was really pleased with the end results. ;o) I'd really like to explore assemblage much more. Not a brilliant picture, I've had to lighten it a bit and it doesn't show the depth of the pipe, it's much better in real life, honest! LOL

And another deco!

This deco's theme is "going postal" and each spread has to include a "beautiful" postage stamp! Not sure this stamp comes under that heading but once I found it I just HAD to use it! I've tried to create a faux metallic background with aluminium foil tape, alcohol inks and black gesso then just added some simple metal objects. Text on the tag is "hallmark".


Completed these two decos this morning. First is a faces theme and the second is "childhood, ready for action.." theme. Not sure about either of them but they're done now!

Friday, September 15, 2006


I worked in this angel themed deco this morning. The page opposite mine also used stitching so I thought I'd kind of try and balance it out with some on my work as well. I have a love/hate relationship with sewing machines (I'd love to be able to use one efficiently but they all hate me and break when I'm within a 100 paces of them!) and something is wrong with the tension on mine that no amount of knob twiddling seems to cure, consequently the top thread has pulled the bobbin thread through but I quite like the effect! Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOL Enjoyed doing this, there was no pressure and I just sat down and did it within 10 minutes! That'll be the one and only time no doubt!! :o)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

AB Spreads

And last for today are my last two spreads in a mini AB on the theme "simplify". I used metallic rub ons, which I bought over a year ago but have never used, on the black gessoed page and really liked the effect.

Everyday Book Spread

And here we have my artwork for the latest round of the Everyday Book RR running on ANUK. This theme is sunbleached colours and seaside. I wanted to go for a simple, old fashioned (predictable I suppose!!) seaside kind of thing. The background is supposed to look like weathered beach hut paint but I think I was a bit light with my ink! I like it nevertheless although I think the shells should be more to the right.


Next up is my piece in my friend, Kath's, deco on the theme "where would your wings take you?". Couldn't get a decent scan because of the
chunky earring embellishment! The wording on the centre tag is "beyond my dreams". The rainbow background wasn't me unfortunately, just the scanner picking up CD's shine!


I've been having a planned art day today and have several things to share. ;o) This first one is an ATC for my local art group. We've been taking it in turns to choose ATC themes and my choice was lines from films. This is my effort, they're all very similar so I've only scanned one, with a line from my all time fave film - The Railway Children.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


These are pendants I've been making for my craft stall with Laura this weekend. My aunt decluttered lots of old netball and badminton medals and gave them to me for arty purposes! I prized off the cheap plastic picture bits, cleaned the centres of glue and then added stuff of my own. I wore the butterfly one to work and rehearsal yesterday and got lots of positive comments so I made these other five today. I might keep the sing one though! Still have a few left so may make some more yet if time allows.
Scan isn't very good as the glass nuggets stuck up somewhat on the scanner!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Everyday Book Spread

This is my artwork for the latest round of the Everyday Book RR running on my Yahoo group. This theme is green & gold/grow. I found these rolls of stuff at the scrapstore, a bit like bandage but not sure what they are! I coloured them with paint and zapped them with my heat gun. It's groovy stuff! Added to strips of that are some gold foil (also from the scrapstore) which I also zapped a bit to crinkle it. I sewed strips on to my background and then just whacked "grow" onto it with my metal stamps. Scan doesn't really do it justice but I'm really pleased with this one!