Monday, 21 July 2014

We are just not friends...

Evening all,

Happy Monday :)

As I said in my last post I've signed up to a college course called 'Using Textiles'. Today I signed up to a day course called 'Making a friend of your sewing machine'. Me and sewing are not friends. I avoid it at all costs, even my partner does all the repairs in our household. I'm just not very good. The last time I used a sewing machine was in GSCE textiles where I made a chair cover, how? I couldn't tell you, it seems all knowledge has been wiped from my memory!

As I'm now starting to think about using my patterns on products, I thought it would be a good idea to sign up to this course! I have asked for a sewing machine for my birthday, like a proper one, a pink one, but a proper one! After asking, I was reminded that I got bought A 'Mini Stitch' sewing machine a couple of years ago. I'm not going to lie, until tonight it has not made it out of the box, when asked why, I said it's because I didn't know how to thread it, I got it out the box tonight... it was already threaded for me! WOOPS!


So tonight I had my first little play. Unsurprisingly, me and sewing machines are still not friends! How people manage to do it with such finesse and precision is beyond me!

This day course says it will show us all how to make a cushion cover. (I'll believe it when I see it!) 

I'm really doing this post today in the hope that in a few months time I'll look back and say 'Wow look how far I've come..' Or I may look back and think 'Who was I kidding..' either way it'll be fun to look back. Maybe!

 See you soon,
xxx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Never stop learning...

I'm excited.

Today I enrolled on a college course. It's called 'using textiles', it aims to teach a mixture of techniques, including print making, surface pattern design, appliqué and felt making. It lasts for 20 weeks, every Monday night starting in September. Be prepared for lots of blog posts updating you on what I've been up to!

I can't wait to start learning arty things again and working along side other creative people. This has also inspired another project of mine, but you'll have to wait and see about that one...

I found this on Pinterest


See you soon
xxx

Monday, 9 June 2014

Adobe Illustrator

Evening all,

Happy Monday.

I've been taking part in a Skillshare course run by Brad Woodard of Brave the Woods called 'The Ins and Outs of Illustrator'. I can make my way around Adobe Photoshop but Illustrator has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Taking part in this course has really helped me.

It's an online course that you can do in your own time whenever you have a spare fifteen or half hour.  At the beginning you're encouraged to chose a vintage poster, I chose the same as the course tutor so I could really get to grips with all the tools he was teaching us. It's a vintage poster by Tom Eckersley from the 1960's advertising Pakistan International Airlines. 

 The course is made up of about seven short videos each talking you through the different stages of building up your poster. They are all clear, concise and full of detail. Me being me, paused the video after each different instruction and wrote notes along with diagrams (teachers pet, moi?)!

Anwhoo, below is the original followed by my attempt. There are a few things that are not quite spot on, but I'm really chuffed with mine overall!

The original

My attempt!

I'm really looking forward to just having a play on Illustrator and seeing what I can create. If your thinking of enrolling on a Skillshare course I really recommend it, especially this one!
 
See you soon,
 
xx

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Experimenting

Good afternoon,

I hope you're all having a lovely Saturday.

I'm having a fun afternoon channelling my inner toddler, I have been making my own stamps out of foam and blocks of wood!

While I was away in Malta at the start of the year I took this picture a wall there. I love the irregular rickety look of it.

 
I want to recreate a similar look in different media. The first way was by making my own stamp...

 
I used items I already had at home
 
 
I cut the foam into uneven rectangles and attached them to the wooden block. I'm quite chuffed with the outcome.

 
 
I used black acrylic to print. I also applied the paint with different textures such as the mesh fabric above. I'm really liking how the paint isn't printing equally and therefore giving that uneven look, like in the original wall picture.
 
I can feel a very experimental afternoon coming on...!
 
See you soon
xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Happy Friday Eve..

Evening,

Just a quick post tonight to say we're nearly there....



 
 I'll write a longer post at the weekend to say what I've been getting up to.
 
Hope you're having a good week,
xx

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Coral Collection..

Evening all,

Hope you're all have a good week, just one more day to go then we get another bank holiday weekend, wooopppeeee!

As I said in my last post I hoped to use some of the lino Prints I had made and work with them in Adobe Photoshop, well, I have done just that...

 
I really enjoyed working with my motif and experimenting with colour palettes.
 
 
 
I really like these subdued yellows, chocolates and blues, I think they work well with my motif.
 
 

I also wanted to work with a mixture of compositions from a very regimented design to a more abstract 'bursting' design.

 


 
The image above was one of the last designs I did to compliment the others I had done. It's one of my favourites. Isn't it funny that you can spend ages on one design then just do a quick one and sometimes the you prefer the less 'thought through' one?

 
Above is my first collection with my new design work. I think these designs would work well on a range of different surfaces from wallpaper to a stationery range. Watch this space..
 
Have a lovely bank holiday,
 
See you soon
 
xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Lino Printing

Happy weekend and what a gorgeous weekend it is, I hope it's sunny with you.

This week I have finally got round to using the lino printing kit I bought a little while ago. I've never used Lino before and was really excited to try it out.



I found this image on Pinterest and really loved the textures and shapes so thought I would use this for my initial motif.



 
 
In the kit there was already some circular lino pieces (this made it a lot easier!) I then began carving out my design.


 
 
 I really liked the outcome of the print. After stamping the lino into the ink I loved the impression that was left in the ink itself, and took a couple of prints directly from the ink tray.
 



I also experimented with different media such as ink, graphite sticks and using sting to print with. The possibilities are endless! This afternoon I think I will scan some of my work in and work with them digitally and see what happens.
 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, see you soon
xx