Yep, it is my new obsession right now people! I’m actually poorly as well, so I’ve been finishing this bird project. I based it off one of my art journal pages. Really like how he turned out. I love the gold thread I found, BUT it is hard to stitch with. It frays and you have to constantly pull all the threads before tying it off. This puts a lot of tension on the fabric.
I also found this Button Factory box I got a couple of years ago while I was tidying my room. I have some ideas for embroidering fabric buttons 🙂
I prefer this size hoop as it is easier to work with, although the little ones are really cute when finished. Being ill is boring, I am off to sleep some more and hopefully get rid of this cold so then I start a new hoop…
I decided I would need a concrete sketch to work from with my new interest in embroidery, and the best place to start was from my art journal – a doodle piece.
I keep pricking myself but I think that is because I’ve still not mastered the best way to hold the hoop or thread – and I’m left handed so many things seem more awkward! I started with black thread and worked my design from there, adding as I went along. I used stem stitch, back stitch, lazy daisy stitch and a feeble attempt at french knot – think I need to practice these so more.
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!
With my usual sprayed background, I used a few different tapes and two images in this page for interest. Not sure how happy I am with the end result but I love these tapes and want to try new things with them. I guess I am still finding my style as it evolves. I never used to think of myself as a mixed media artist and when I did A-level fine art I was in the graphic design group which I never really liked. I was just never the kind of person to colour in the lines! But I actually think now, that that is part of my personality and creative style – chaotic, wild, expressive. These things lend themselves well to mixed media, and I love different textures and combining different materials to create something new.
This weekend I got a new friend for my room – here is Benson Honeydew! I have so many cacti now I am going to forget their names! Walking round the garden centre was nice, I’d like my own garden one day.
A little page I’ve been doing this week, I sprayed the background then decided to try a collage effect with inches and punched out circles and leaves. I really like the overall affect here with the layers and am going to try developing this in future journal pages.
A new art journal page I did recently in my smaller journal. I wanted to play with some colour schemes and will be experimenting some more with this kind of style. I think this swirling style of mine lends itself really well to nature and the ideas of things flourishing, not just flowers and plants but also creativity and human potential.
I really sprayed a lot with this background, using black, blue, purple, green and slightly shimmery sprays, as well as water. It has come apart a little at the seems as I got carried away! But overall I love how it turned out – I think it may have worked better if the page was portrait though and I could fit in a longer tail. I also used my favourite Poca Paint pens and some Distress glitter to give it some details.
Another doodle type page, using sprays and paint pens. I find this kind of doodling really relaxing but have had some pains in my wrist recently which really sucks! I think it is just some RS from using a computer at work, but I do spend hours at a time doing this kind of page. Hope it goes away REALLY soon!
And a new friend to add to my collection of living things 🙂
Here are two new pages I have been working on. The first one I started yesterday and had no idea what I was going to make. I started some journalling on the left but the camera doesn’t pick up the blue shimmery pen I used. This was very organic and I played with mixed textures of paper, paint and pen.
The next page started off as just experimenting with some watercolours a friend gave me. This paper isn’t great for water and I didn’t intend to put so much colour on the page, but I don’t use watercolours much. I then stamped across it and used a black marker to add some definition. I actually like the way it turned out and the colours. I rarely go for blue and green. I am really loving this art journaling, I am even planning pages in my mind as I type this!