Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Frame decorating workshop

I am running the second part of a workshop tomorrow, this one will focus on using book, maps, magazines, newspapers and papers to decorate a frame.
I have been prepping for it over the last day or two, and here is the frame I came up with, where I tried out a few different techniques. Mainly ones I had saved on Pinterest and hadn't gotten round to having a go at. I was surprised how easy most of them were. I normally spend most of my time creating artwork digitally, so it is so nice and relaxing to make something by hand.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Holiday photos

I went to Devon about a month ago now, but have been so busy ever since that, apart from the taster photo I put up, this is the first chance I've had to go through and edit some of the photos. 
These should give you a bit of an insight into why I love the place so much!

It was Winston's first ever visit to the seaside, and as you can see, he loved it! 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Frame workshop

I hadn't lead on a workshop for a little while, and it felt really good to back into it. Doing a session on making and decorating frames for Age UK in Derbyshire. We started with some simple origami, though some of them looked lovely. I especially liked the one shown in the 2 photos above. It looks like a really complex design when finished.
Then I went through a few different techniques to decorate frames with recycled paper. Everyone came up with their own take on it, which was lovely. It was a nice relaxing 2 hours. Looking forward to next weeks workshop now!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

My first ever attempt at re-upholstery

We inherited this Ottoman from Joe's family recently. It was handmade by one of his relatives, so it was quite an honour to have it.

However, we weren't overly keen on the original fabric on it! So I popped on Ebay and searched for something that would suit our style a little better, and found this amazing Day of the Dead patterned fabric. We both love sugar skulls (Joe recently got a tattoo of one) and I loved the colours and style of illustration of this one. It didn't take long to agree on this one and I had soon clicked 'Buy it now'

When the fabric arrived it looked just as gorgeous as I had imagined, I was very excited to get to onto the Ottoman! Screwdriver and staple gun in hand I set to work, and within half an hour ta- dah! It was so simple, and now this lovely unique piece of furniture has a new lease of life.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

It's been a while!

Hey guys, it has been a wee while since my last post, partly because I've been on my holidays and also because I am working on a book project at the moment, but am unable to share any images with you for the time being.

So until I have a bit more time here is one of my holiday snaps, taken in North Devon overlooking Combes Gate beach near Woolacombe.