I seem to like setting myself massive art projects, until I am half way through them and then think ‘what the fuck am I doing?’
This is what happened with this 12 inch embroidery hoop project! I loved the pin up/ pop art women I had been sewing and thought it would be cool to carry on this theme. But this time she would be wearing sunglasses with a reflection, suck a lollipop and have beading in her earrings. Straightforward, right?!
I decided on this cute ice cream fabric as it was quite muted compared to the colours I wanted to use in my piece. I knew I wanted her to gave aqua hair and red lips and I normally do a few sketches in my notebook before I draw on the fabric.
I stitched the general outline before I started the beading in her earring and hair piece. I used an invisible plastic thread, which is kind of tricky but looks really good when finished.
I started this huge project in February, and had quite a few breaks in-between, including going to Berlin. Sometimes, to keep my sanity, I would work on smaller hoops and did a vintage style lipstick for my sister, a little pink alpaca and a super small cartoon bomb.
I’ve also been working on some cute tote bags and purses with my sewing machine as well as preparing my entry into the Hand and Lock Embroidery competition. I have my ideas really, I just need to get stitching and stop procrastinating!
I’ve wanted to do this for a while and since this a5 Dylusions journal is almost full and tearing at the seems, I thought it would be cool to film my flip through! Plus I did a little intro to the video 😀
I really haven’t got the hang of talking to myself yet and look down a lot, but I actually enjoyed doing it. Must practice some more! I’ve also added a few pictures of my favourite pages in my journal. I’m looking forward to starting my nice new journal. I think I should experiment a lot more, my favourite pages are ones that are different from my usual style.
Hope you like!
Old and New
I recently did a poll on the blog asking what tutorials people would like to see and the majority by a long way was art journals. I’ve wanted to do some journaling for ages but with work, life and my other projects going on I never seemed to get the time. So thinking of a tutorial was a good way to get back into it.
I had the idea for a while of doing a page with puzzle pieces and got a 1000 piece puzzle from a charity shop. One thing I love about art journaling is how free form and personal it is and that it is about expression and enjoying using different materials. Here are a list of materials I used but it is entirely up to you:
- Dylusions A4 Art Journal
- Dylusions Sprays
- Modge Podge
- Puzzle Pieces
- Posca Paint Pens
- random card pieces, stamps, paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Stickles
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso
I even forgot I had a brand new Dylusions Journal to play with! First things first:
Once you have all your materials, lay your page out and place paper underneath each page. I used old newspaper. Then I sprayed my page with water from a spray bottle to get the paper damp before randomly spraying my inks. Do whatever comes naturally.
I’ve wanted to try this for ages! And I admit I was frustrated at first because my creations weren’t as good as I wanted. Duh! The two owls were my first try at animals, then the bunny which I think is OK but a bit square!
A first try
Some new materials
Trying to work out stitches!
A new friend
Shameless Love of Starbucks!
My current craft obsession has been embroidery hoops and I’ve been getting frustrated that my ideas in my head don’t yet match my embroidery skills! Duh!
Some interesting textures and patterns in nature as Autumn begins…
Some small art pieces I have been working on to submit to a gallery near me. Fingers crossed they like this style….
I made another little video here and used a black primer for the background and my favourite Posca Pens to draw the flowers. I love the affect 🙂 I want to make more videos although they do take a lot of time.
My Lovely Cute Journal
Stream of Consciousness
Here is a little flick through my A5 Dylusions art journal – which I just love. I want to cover the front but not until I’ve used all the pages – otherwise it will just get covered in blobs of paint and ink and sprays!
Sunshine after rain
I love how the rain seems to illuminate wildlife and I’ve tried to capture the intensity of colour and texture in these photos. I also found some interesting textures in the plants and flowers and see the contrast with the gate and other more urban settings.
Also some interesting graffiti in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a cool part of the city with alternative craft shops, coffee shops and the Buddhist centre.
New Art Books
I bought these two books Stamp It! and Craft-a-Doodle for some inspiration and this is a doodle I started to get back into my art. I’ve also been carving more stamps, which I will be putting up in a new post soon.
Mollie Makes came out yesterday so I am very excited to read this! Lots of flowers in full bloom right now too
My pink Nikon Coolpix arrived last week and I love it! I haven’t got used to holding yet because it is so light and small, compared to the Lumix I was using before.
I had a few days off which I thought would be a good opportunity to start the art journal pages challenge I set myself, and this one was to make a page heavy with texture. Sometimes it is hard to just pick up materials and not really think about where to put them, but I consciously decided that the page would be layers of textures first and the image would come later.
A bird silhouette using acrylic paints as a background and black ink for the bird.