Thursday, 28 June 2012

See you soon!

Tomorrow Henry and I are going to Yorkshire for a week with his family.  I'm excited!  I hope it's not too rainy...

I've been practicing more with my new camera. Before I go, here are a few shots of life lately:

A bunny/dog thing I made the other day. I've changed it's head since.
I didn't make it's cardigan but I DID make the striped trousers!
The shelf above my work space.
I've been having a bit of a fabric buying spree lately!
And a bit of an obsession with strawberry patterned fabric.
Can't resist buying glittery netting!
...or those purple spots either.
Token picture of my dog because I love him.
I hope you all have good weeks!  I am planning to take my camera to Yorkshire and practice more.

See you when I get back xox

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

Today I wanted to showcase two of my favourite illustrators of all time!  My Grandmother used to have one of their books and often I would disappear upstairs whenever I went to her house so that I could go and look at it.  It was a book of nursery rhymes and absolutely beautifully illustrated. That book is now mine! :) (my grandmother gave it to me after graduating)

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone were twin sisters.  I think it is amazing how they both worked on the illustrations together, passing them back and forth until they were both pleased with the outcome.  I could never imagine working with someone else on a picture and being satisfied with it...

I always loved those two little fairies down in the corner here.
Anyhow, I am lucky that I now have a few more of their books. So I have lots more of their illustrations to look at! And I often do get them out and look at them.  I just love the detail and stylization in the pictures.  I find them very inspiring.

This was my favourite picture in the Nursery Rhyme book.
Nursery Rhymes again. Love the colours!
Couldn't get all this picture in the scanner. Hansel and Gretel
The Water Babies
Peter Pan
 Bye! xox

Saturday, 23 June 2012

a jumble of things...

Hi there!

A bit of a jumbled post today because I have been up to lots of different things this week. Let's start with the drawing!

Yesterday I went into London with my friend Sian to go to the V&A museum and draw.  I havn't sat down and done some proper observation drawing for ages so it was really good to get my pen and paper out and practice some.  We wandered around for quite a bit before hand and eventually settled on drawing some bottles and things in the glassware section.  I love drawing bottles. They are so satistying.

I have to mention here that the jewellery section in the V&A was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!  It was by far my favourite section. I was sorry I forgot to bring my camera- though sparkles never seem to transfer that well into photograph anyway.  But ohmygosh the amount of sparkle and dazzlement in the jewellery section was incredible!  There must have been tons and tons of diamonds, emeralds, rubies, opals, sapphires etc in that one room. Also the jewellery was really interesting too, there were some really unusual designs. Oh how I wishI had remembered my camera! Will have to go back there.

I would also like to mention that the food hall in the V&A is also worth going to!  Some of the food is really expensive but I had a hummous wrap with chickpea salad and cucumber salad which was really nice (and one of the cheaper things) Also they give you massive portions! Always good.  As we were eating I kept being reminded about the book 'Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day' that I own.  It's a kids book about a little girl who goes to the V&A museum. Theres a really beautiful double page spread in there of the food hall- big round sparkly chandeliers and all!

So yes, that was my V&A adventure!

What else have I been up to this week? Well, I ordered a book called 'Palm Sized Softies,' which arrived the other day and which I have already made a couple of things from in my spare time. I used to sew a lot when I was younger and have recently been wanting to get back into it. I thought this book had a lot of fun projects in it that wouldn't take too long.  I really want to get comfortable with making different shaped animal heads so that I can create my own patterns.

I made this pink chihuahua with striped ears and goggly eyes.  I'm not sure the beads work so well for eyes- they stick out rather a lot.  I'm thinking I need to get my hands on some of those safety eyes...

... and I made this 'goat.'  I say 'goat' because I think it looks more like a lamb to be honest. I think it's pretty cute anyway even if it does have slightly wonky eyes.  I like it better than the chihuahua.

To make these two little animals I used felt.  I got a load of felt for Christmas which I hadn't used yet. It was the perfect time to get it out!

rainbow colours! My mum bought these in a Japanese shop in Dubai.
I love the caption on these packets of felt!
pattern cutting...
 And finally, a few little snippets of life lately:

a commission I was working on. Finished now.
beginning of the commission.
these books took me hours and hours to make!
as you can see there were a lot of books in this set. All labelled!
flowers from Henry
My little Barney
 I hope you have been having nice weeks!  What have you been up to? xox

Sunday, 3 June 2012


What a rainy day it was today!  Kind of a shame what with all the Jubilee celebrations going on but I don't think it dampened anyone's spirit!  I spent most of the day at my grandparent's house helping out with their Jubilee fundraiser event BBQ and cream tea. yum

Anyway, I just thought I'd post a little commission I did recently.  It was a gothic-themed Victoria Stitch-esque type of commission- a 3d room set.

The final image.
and a few work in progress shots too...

drawing the floor... a long job!
the empty shell.
a piece of furniture!
experimenting with the character's clothing.
the beginning of the typewriter.
the typewriter finished! (I was quite pleased with it)
tiny books...
more tiny books and a picture of Corpse Bride.
items on the desk.
beginning of the bookshelf...
the book shelf finished!
I really enjoyed making this piece and working with the green and black colour scheme.I hope you enjoyed looking at it!

What else have I been up to lately? Well, I dyed the ends of my hair blue (they were pink before.)  I wanted them blue for the summer. I was thinking swimming pools and blue skies etc.  None of this drizzly rain we've been having today!!

Also I've been thinking a lot about my blog lately.  I've got to the point where I'm doing a lot of work that I am not allowed to show so I am finding it hard to have any artwork to put on my blog!  I've been wondering whether to just upload other stuff like inspirations and personal photos/diary entries and book reviews etc but for some reason I feel like they would just be 'filler posts' for the sake of having something to post.  I guess quality is better than quantity.  I feel like this blog was started as an artwork blog and it should continue being an artwork blog even if it means updating less often...

I do love doing occasional book reviews (I am passionate about books and I like to share any great finds) and occasional personal posts (sometimes life gets exciting y'no!) and occasional inspiration posts (but I have pinterest and tumblr  for that) However, I am going to try to keep this blog predominantly arts and crafts based as it was intended to be!

What are your thoughts?

p.s. Happy Diamond Jubilee! What have you been doing to celebrate?