Thursday, 21 August 2014

May I be forgiven..

 I've been a bit bad with time keeping this week. So the brief was a lil bit of an after thought. May I be forgiven though as it was my birthday and I'm not sure about you but I like to milk my birthday celebrations for as long a possible?!
On Sunday I went to a very old quaint tearoom in Bradford on Avon and had the most delicious afternoon tea..

Then on the Monday we went to Weymouth and took a trip to the beach and to the Sea Life Centre, luckily the weather was dry just a little bit cold.. too cold for sunbathing anyways..
A very cute Punch and Judy theatre on the beach
Starburst the seal being trained at the Sea life centre
 So all in all I had a lovely birthday weekend, and this is why my design this week is slightly lacking! I do plan to re-do it and work on something new. The theme this week was 'Tribal' and in the words of my other half my design doesn't look particularly tribal!
So maybe back to the drawing board, but this was my design...
So we'll (me included) will just have to wait and see what else I can come up with!
See you soon
(I'm off to eat more birthday cake)


Friday, 8 August 2014

First Brief Done..

Well BOOM POW, first brief done.

I decided to concentrate on the beginners track as it was the one that appealed to me most. But I do hope to give the other two a go at a later date!
I really enjoyed this weeks brief researching and pinning all things tropical! Although, I'm going to start the next brief a bit earlier to try and get more ideas and creative juices flowing.
So what have I done? I hear you ask, I really liked the idea of combining tropical motifs like fruit with the idea of parasols and towels from above. Below is my inspiration board.

The photographs are take from pinterest
My final design was a bit different to my usual designs. It was a bit less hand-drawn I think (that might be because I did it in illustrator!).

I still managed to get a bit of faint texture in the background to try and emulate sand. Overall, I'm fairly happy with my design, I worked hard on it. I think it'll be fun to have a play and come up with some co-ordinating patterns.
You can see the full gallery of students work here take a peep there is some really amazing work :)
See you soon

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Summer school..


A few years ago (doesn't time fly?) I signed up for and took part in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, it was a really enjoyable course run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton. Well, I heard they were running a summer school and  couldn't wait to sign up! It runs, I think, for about 6ish weeks and there are three briefs to complete. I couldn't believe when I found it was free.. what a cheeky bonus!  

The course started on Monday, you could choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced. I signed up to all three so I could choose which brief I fancied and maybe even try and complete all three! The first brief sounds exciting. We have a week and a half to complete it and upload it. So I will be beginning to research and doodle asap.

Been a busy old week (isn't it always) but going to set aside a couple of evening to really get my teeth into this project.

 Watch this space....
See you soon

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,

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

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,

Saturday, 31 May 2014


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