Saturday, 14 January 2017

Bean's Mobile

Mobile ImagesLiam and I began the slow, gentle art of collaboartion with a mobile for Feets before she was born. We wanted to do something similar for Bean - a black and white mobile again (it's all the poor souls can see), but we were running short of black and white animals having used them all up on Feets. 20170103_095427So we decided to look into the indigenous art of Liam's British Columbia.

With immense time pressure, Liam was more adventurous than me, and really got into the symbols and patterns of different groups. I copied my first few directly, and then got weary of the lack of imagination and finally braved having a go at designing my own, with a duck and a squirrel from our local park. The bottom row above are Liam originals, the top row are mine.

By copying the make up of Feets' mobile, I also finally conquered the art of making the mobile structure itself - so watch this space for many more mobiles to come!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Decorated Clothes Pegs

DSC_0464With family in Canada, we needed to get going with Christmas presents early. I think Feets had no idea why we were making Christmas presents for Gran, Gramps and the rest of the family, but she enjoyed it nevertheless! With a bundle of clothes pegs hanging around, I thought they might be the perfect thing to paint as something useful and utterly unique to Feets, that she could be fully involved with. Using acrylic paints so they will stay dry with wet clothes, we first painted them in pastel colours. DSC_0465A day later, we painted one side with dots using cotton ear buds, and the other side with stripes, masked off with masking tape (this side a bit less successful, since I over-watered the paints, ah well).

Of course, I forgot that the highlight of the whole process would be wrapping them afterwards - some lucky people got several layers of wrapping!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hub Caps in my Shop!

DSC_0689Some time ago I mentioned that I'd taken to collecting hub cap patterns ... and obscure but highly addictive fascination, I promise! Well, the next phase has emerged. I created a drawing inspired by mandalas, taken from all the patterns I'd collected, and included it in my calendar. Now, I have added some paper bunting to my shop collection, which I hope adds an air of beauty and sophistication to any room, whether coloured or in black and white.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Painting Bean's Bump

DSC_0634 In case you wondered, I'm expecting another baby and may disappear into 'Mum Bubble' any minute. In the meantime, we revived our tradition of painting the bump - Feets got the world, Bean gets the Universe!  Thanks, or course, to Mr Liam during a glorious, relaxing and inspiring weekend on Houseboat Dodge!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Dorset Buttons

IMG_7892 IMAG0367This summer I finally learnt the mysteries of Dorset Buttons, through a workshop at Larmer Tree festival. I was quickly hooked - it's such a small, satsifying thing to do, and the entire thing fits in my purse to get out at suitable moments on tube, bus or pub. I started out with the green one, followed up with a big one (below) for my sister-in-law's 'sun, sea and sand' wedding, which allowed space to experiment with beads and variations, and finished up teaching my colleagues and, between us, making six of them to go round vases at a colleague's wedding last month. Now the obsession is over, but I'd like to make more ... IMG_7878

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Calendar on Folksy

DSC_0452 A project for some time, I've been working on a Calendar of Days for 2017, that I believe can be enjoyed as a colouring project or with no colouring at all! It celebrates the launch of my new shop on folksy, which I hope to fill gradually with all sorts of illustrated goodies. Watch this space, take a visit, and please spread the word! Thanks very much. July

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Conker Fun

IMAG0314 IMAG0313 Conkers! I've been looking forward to conker collecting season all year! What I forgot was that last time we collected things in the park, we brought them home to paint, so that was the assumption this time too. So we took out our collection of milk bottle tops, glued the conkers into them, added cocktail sticks and leaves for sails, and made a kind of 'boat'. All so simple! Of course, there was the unexpected too - I was introduced to the idea of painting Feets' sleeves (we decided it was the 'river' for the boats), which we had cut off for the occasion, and inevitably, Feets finished up with painting her entire exposed body...