Thursday, 6 December 2018

Using Your Art Again and Again


I love reusing my own artwork in different ways. Here I have taken a Gelli® print and a gouache resist painting and scanned them into PhotoShop. Once uploaded to the Spoonflower website they were printed on cotton fat quarters. The vase design uses the built in "Half Brick" repeat feature on the Spoonflower site.

If you don't have a scanner, or you need an A3 size, you can scan your images to USB key for free at your local library using their photocopier.

You can buy both these designs in my Spoonflower shop.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Photos to Fabric


Here are another 2 great cotton fat quarters I've just received from Spoonflower. This time I combined multiple images and filters in PhotoShop to produce the patterned flower image. First I used a botanical photograph (I have no memory of which one) and a kaleidoscope filter to make the pattern in the leaves.


Then I combined the plant picture with a picture of some bamboo. Coloured filters were added on top.


The fat quarter on the right is a mirror image repeat of a photograph of some columns in a wall in Perth. You can see from the original photograph that I've changed up the colours a lot in PhotoShop. The Spoonflower website can take any image and make it into a mirror image repeat for you.


You can buy any of these designs (and others) in my Spoonflower shop.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Gelli® Print to Fabric Design


I just got these fabulous cotton fat quarters through the post from fabric printing company Spoonflower. It's a great service where you can upload your own designs to be printed onto a range of fabrics. These designs started life as a Gelli® print on paper.


Now of course you can mono-print directly onto fabric but paper often gives a more crisp print and what about that amazing print you did on paper and then wished you'd done on fabric? How about the one where the colours were not quite right? Perhaps you want it bigger or smaller? Maybe you want several pieces?

To get around these problems scan your print on paper; use the highest resolution your scanner can do and then it's easier to change the size and scale. You can see I also changed up the colours in PhotoShop. Upload it to the Spoonflower website and order as much fabric as you like!

If you would like to buy these fabric fat quarters you can order at my Spoonflower shop.


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

More Mono-Printed Landscapes.


Here are some more mono-printed landscapes I made using the multiple layers technique. As well a paper I've used cotton fabric and even wadding as my base. I'll work into them with stitch later.






Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Bottles or Bowling Pins? - Felt Pictures.


I've finished two of my needle-felted pictures and mounted them onto canvases. They started off as bottles but have come out rather like bowling pins!


Monday, 19 November 2018

Adding White and Collage


This week on DMTV the lesson was on altering photographs with white paint and collage. Here are my pages in progress.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Experiments with Alcohol Inks


I've just bought some new alcohol inks to play with. These type of inks work well on non-porous surfaces such as metal and plastic. I've been trying them on all sorts of things starting with the recommenced Yupo paper above. They are much more shiny in real life.


Drawing over a previous acrylic pour.



Scrunched kitchen foil


Flat kitchen foil


Foils on Bondaweb


Thin copper


Melted and fused carrier bags


Cling wrap.

I'll sew into some of these pieces and collage them together.