Sunday, 6 April 2014

New Video - A Series of Postcards

Finally, I managed to get a new video filmed and edited. I'm working on a series of small postcard sized pieces here. I find that working on several pieces at the same time is helpful for quieting the inner critic and allows me to work more quickly and intuitively so it's something I like to do regularly if I can. Hope you enjoy the video!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Blankety Goodness

I feel like I've been in hibernation recently with not a whole lot of anything going on other than curling up by the fire and dreaming of spring. Well, the days are lengthening and slowly, slowly the weather is improving so I intend to dig out the video camera and start recording some arty stuff again. 

In the meantime though, here's what's been occupying me over winter. The blanket above was made for my daughter as a Christmas gift; lots of greys and cream with just a pop or three of neon pink. The blanket below is a present to myself, the idea being to make something bright and cheerful for my bedroom. Well it certainly is, and I love seeing it whenever I go in there! If you'd like to make something similar, I got the idea, and the colour selection, from Lucy's Blog. And I love the little edging she dreamed up for it too!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Project Life and Journalling Cards

This is what I've been playing with this week. I made a whole bunch of cards to fit Project Life folders or just to use for journalling on. They were all printed on my 6" gelli plate and I'm just in the process of adding text to some of them.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Organise This

In another of those pieces of synchronicity which sometimes happen I've been encountering all sorts of things to do with personal organisers lately and I finally went, 'ok, I get it'. I need to work on changing some stuff in my life and (the horror!) getting better organised is part of the process. 

So here's my plan: I am old school, in that I'd rather use paper and pen to keep track of things than an electronic gadget, so I found this luvverley Filofax A5 Domino in a sale and snapped it up!

This is it when I unpacked it. Nice, huh? But I wanted to make it less 'officey' and more arty so I set about tricking it out with customised bits and bobs.

The landing page had to be something which would make me want to use the planner, in fact that is the whole ethos behind what I'm doing here. If I make it a happy, fun place to keep everything in then I will be much more likely to work in it. So, the page is a gelli print I cut to fit and then decorated with washi tape, paper flowers and little letter charms.

In the front I have a few business cards, paper clips, shopping lists and a variety of notelets and stickers to decorate my diary pages like so:

This week, being Valentine's, is all about lurve. It was pure fun using stamps, tape and stickers on these pages and just playing.

In my next post I'll share some more of this work in progress, and whether it's bringing any order to the chaos, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Just been playing with my little 6" Gelli plate and a few blank greetings cards. I also added matching borders to the envelopes. The cards were finished off with a bit of stamping and homemade washi tape. Lots of fun!

Friday, 13 September 2013

A Little Bit Of Gesso & Ink

Making background papers is always fun - and useful too - so I put together a little video tutorial to share with you on these. They're very quick and easy to do, require only a few ingredients and will give you some lovely results!

I have been having some time off from creating to nurse my poorly dog who's got pneumonia but he is, thankfully, on the mend now so I thought I'd ease myself back into things with a little play time. Hope you enjoy watching.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Playing With Pattern

Following on from my previous post about texture plates, I decided to make a little video about different (mostly recycled/free) stuff that you can use for creating patterns on your gelli plate. I like commercial stencils and stamps but I have to say it's usually much for satisfying to come up with my own 'tools' for pattern making. Have a look and see what you think.

Have you got a favourite tool for printmaking? Do share, I'd love to know!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Hot Work

It's been incredibly hot here for the last three weeks or so, too hot really for printing before the paint dries on the plate, but I have finally got round to doing a little something. In a previous post I mentioned that I'd won a Gelli Arts giveaway and had some boards to make texture plates with as well as a 6" gelli plate. So here are my first attempts.

The top picture shows a plate made with stencils and modelling paste. The band across the top was done with Golden crackle paste which, as you can see, produces a craquelure finish when it dries. The one in the second picture has stencils and modelling paste again with the addition of glass bead medium across the top.

I have to say I had mixed results with these when I used them on the gelli plate. Joan's post here shows some excellent prints using this idea and I was hoping to have something similar to share. However, for whatever reason, I wasn't totally satisfied with my results. The patterns didn't always show up particularly well on paper and that may be to do with the way I constructed the plates - perhaps the modelling paste isn't even enough, or perhaps it was something to do with the heat or my choice of paper, I don't know. I will try again though and report back, and if you fancy having a go yourself I highly recommend the video I linked to above.

Anyhoo, here's a card I did make successfully with the texture plates - gelli printed and collaged!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Back To Nature

It looks as though we are finally having a bit of proper summer weather here this weekend and I have all the windows open to let the scent of roses into the house. Someone asked me the other day where I get the ideas for some of the more abstract work I do and the answer has to be, more often than not, nature. In my garden, on walks I take with Sam, I can't help but be fascinated by the songs of the birds, the way grasses move in the breeze, the colours and textures of leaves, trees and the landscape in general.

All this feeds into what I make and makes life so much more enjoyable too. When did you last spend time at rest in your garden or the local park? Do it today if you can, even if only for fifteen minutes or so. Just sit in a chair, lie on the grass, or shelter under a tree if it's raining, and pay attention to the sights, sounds and scents around you. I promise you'll feel all the better for it!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Good Luck!

Look what arrived today! This is the prize I won in one of the giveaways over on the Gelli Arts blog. I am really looking forward to having a go at making some texture plates to use in my printing and playing with this cute little 6" gelli plate!

Also, check out the lovely card that Joan sent with my goodies. Yes, it's got metallic gold all over it. Heaven!