Friday, 28 June 2013

Drawing Kits at Boobook in Huskisson

Boobook on Owen has my drawing kits for sale! The covers are lovingly handmade from upcycled materials such as op-shop clothes and remnants, leftover quilt scraps, found buttons, shells and handmade timber buttons, and with techniques such as rust-staining, chlorophyll-printing and applique. The kit includes an art journel, good quality 2B drawing pencil, and a metal sharpener. The sharpener and pencil sit in a little pocket inside the cover and the whole thing buttons shut so it can be chucked in the bag as you fly out the door. I hope they find loving homes over the winter holidays.
Boobook on Owen - Drawing kits in store

Details of the drawing kits

Monday, 24 June 2013

Winter Magic

June 21 was a double celebration: the shortest day of the year, and the end of my course, so not only are the daylight hours getting longer now - but I also have time to spend painting and crafting again. 

This rainy week I started a series of botanical and zoological pieces 20 x 25cm. Inspired by rust prints and vintage botanicals, pencil and watercolour on tea-stained paper .

Got the crochet hook out again and made some more covers for stones. I'm itching to make more once I find the right stones for the job. 

A bag of nest-looking material I found at the beach in the summer, at last became nests for little salt-dough eggs. This is my first real attempt at nest building, which I have wanted to try for some time. The trick is to spiral the material around in a circle to form a base the approximate nest size, then all the bits hanging out around the edges get folded to the inside and across the base to form a floor. Then a couple of blobs of hot glue pressed down with a wet finger can hold the whole structure together.
Sometimes at the markets Em & I help kids make pom poms, and a lot of the time we just make heaps ourselves. So I came up with this idea for using delicious combinations of pom pom colours, and joined them to a crocheted chain. The chain gives the whole garland a jolly bounce and they really are very pretty strung around the place. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Recent Projects

Just some recent creations and experiments. 
An antlered girl that willed itself into existence ...for reasons unknown antlers have been on my mind. 

Watercolour 20 x 25 cm
A miniature girl with a bird, mostly pencil, this is part of a series of miniatures for an exhibition. 

Pencil & Watercolour 10 x 14cm
Some sketches from the life drawing class at Huskisson - it's such good practice for seeing light and shadow and perspective, and trying different materials. 

Life drawing... quick sketches

Life drawing - 20 minute poses
A little experiment with printing from plates cut from cardboard and coated with acrylic gel medium. The plates appeal to me more than the prints, but perhaps it's because of the black ink? I will have to experiment with more colours. 

Collagraph experiment
 And lastly rust prints, which are made by leaving metal objects to rust gently on wet watercolour paper.
With full-time study I have missed all the bird action in the garden over the last few months, but I believe there is a lot less bathing going on than there was in the spring and summer. The bright blue male wrens are nowhere to be found. When I commented to a customer at Lady Denman markets, she suggest that the males change gender! But a little bit of internet research revealed that the males only colour up between September and March, and after the breeding season they moult into "eclipse" plumage. Actually both genders of the superb fairywren moult.
Rust prints on watercolour paper