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...

Monday, 3 October 2016

Paper Cutting and Toilet Roll Tubes

I picked up a book of contemporary Paper Cutting at the library, casually displayed to entice me into a quick loan.  It's beautiful, inspiring, unearthly, and huge in the variety of styles of this simple artform represented by different artists.
Perhaps the most resonant for me was Yuken Teruya, as he reminded me of my eternal love of toilet roll tubes (they remain heaped up on various shelves around the house and bathroom, as I can't quite bring myself to throw them away.  A man after my own heart, he creates nature inspired sculptures, trees in particular, from throw away materials, particularly paper.  This is Corner Forest, the toilet roll tube masterpiece that caught my attention.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Charlie's Rocket

20160902_084206 Feets' relentlessly favourite books are Charlie and Lola, a series originally by Lauren Child, corrupted for TV and back into books. On impulse, I bribed Feets home from the playground by suggesting we make Charlie's rocket from 'Whoops but it wasn't me'. As we discussed what to make it with I realised that of course, Feets has no idea what junk modelling is, and is yet to see the potential in a toilet roll tube until she's shown it. So, 'together' we built a rocket, very quickly (I reccommend it - surprisingly lacking in problems!) and with remarkably little mess. Feets decorated it with foil, coloured tape and bubble wrap, while simultaneously making a 'superstructure' from an egg box. DSC_0321 What I hadn't realised was the automatic assumption that the rocket would be used to tell and re-tell the story. No sooner had we finished than I was demanded to make Lola, Charlie and Ellie the elephant, and these cardboard puppets were used by Mr Liam and Feets for play for the rest of the evening. DSC_0330