Saturday, January 29, 2011

wearable art

Have just listed the three small, hand-painted brooches in my Etsy shop. Please feel free to click on the sidebar link and have a browse around.

Friday, January 28, 2011

valentines cards

Members of our Enterprise club have been busy making valentines cards.

We're going to print 'Happy Valentines' on them next time.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

more paintings

Found some more time (!) to paint up a few pics. The small canvases are actually brooches!! They have fixings bonded to the back. Thoughts? Wondering if I should put them in my shop??

mixed media on canvas, 8" by 8"

mixed media on canvas, 2" by 2"
Again, light has gone, hence the shine from the flash.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Following on from the spinning tops we made some more rotating toys - thaumatropes ('turning wonders'). These are my 'here's one I did earlier' attempts. The children came up with some really imaginative ones that I tried to capture, but the shutter speed on my old digital just wasn't up to the task!

Monday, January 17, 2011

weekend paintings

Managed to find a bit of time (and the inspiration!) to put some paint onto canvas.
Collage and acrylics on canvas board.

Light not good, had to use flash, hence the shine.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


A collaged 'quickie' pic just to try out a process to see if it would work.
Pocket moleskine, pens & paper.

spinning tops

Continuing our moving toys project, we had a go at making some simple spinning tops. We could have used a pre-drilled MDF 'wheel' and just stuck a short length of dowel through but we went for a 'quilled' process instead. Most seemed to work quite well.

Friday, January 7, 2011

poseable jake

Have been playing around with improvements to the 'jake' figures. Joints made with elastic cord secured by buttons allows for a fantastic range of holdable poses as can be seen from the pics. Please note that this figure was one I put together out of spare pieces just to try out the concept. He stands around 10cm (4") when stood up straight!

I Would really welcome any comments.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

moving toys

Today we designed and made some simple moving toys that rocked.
Paper and card, standing about 10cm tall.

Monday, January 3, 2011

happy new year

Back from hols. Just re-opened the shop and had a customer already! Hopefully a good omen for the year ahead. My daughter didn't like the previous sketch - no arms! So over the hols managed a brief alternative scribble, with arms - daughter 'designed' the dresses.

Back to work tomorrow!! Was hoping to find time to paint up some pics. Shall make time!
Here's to a great year - cheers!