Saturday, May 4, 2013
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I have been indulging in a little painting fun lately...it's been so yummy just to play with mushy colour and pattern...and collage... a few of these are older pieces reworked...but most are from the past week or so...Still working on these so hope to post more pics soon. x
Monday, February 27, 2012
Looking at my illustration style it is probably obvious that I adore childrens book illustrations. With some of my favourite illustrators being Lucy Atwell, May Gibbs, Lauren Child, amongst many others. I have of course dreamed of illustrating my own books one day but I was thrilled when I was asked to illustrate my first childrens book, written by the lovely Stacy Cortez.
I am showing off some of the illustrations from the book; "The Adventures Of Coco and Bee; World Travellers".
I had so much fun illustrating the adventures of this brother and sister duo on their holiday in Paris...
As Stacy says it is the story of "A child's innocence and freedom to be whoever and whatever they want to be."
It is available here
Sunday, January 8, 2012
I finally built the house of my dreams... A little toadstool house.
I had been wanting to make one for months now. I wanted it to be big enough and strong enough for the boys and I to play with.
This is how I made it...
I have used an upturned bucket for the stalk, removed the handle and cut the door out with a pair of old scissors. I then glued the cream coloured felt with pva glue.
For the mushroom roof I have used an upturned bamboo bowl that I found at the thrift store. I layered it with PVA to give it a little more strength, then I stretched the felt gently over the bowl and glued that down.
The inside of the bowl is filled with a form of paper mache...just scrunched paper and glue and then I have cut a circle of cardboard to fit just inside the bowl. This is glued down too.
The mushroom top is glued onto the bucket base.
Then I have added the polka dots and details...
All up it only took about an hour or so....and was lots of fun.
I was considering also cutting holes for the windows and making it a two levelled mushroom house by putting in a floor between the top of the door and bottom of the windows....Maybe I will try this with the next one I make :D
Perhaps the boys (at 18months) are a bit little for it as they delight in trying to pull off the polka dots (I guess that could be remedied by stitching instead of glueing). I know I will have lots of fun with it anyway.
I am just yet to make the little gnomes and pixies to live in the house...
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Crochet Bus by Magda Sayeg I recommend you visit her site as the home page is quite amazing too!
Tree Cosy by Grrl+Dog
My daughter Ruby was curious about Guerilla and street knitting and Yarn Bombing so we googled it...Although I had heard of it and seen a little of it before when I really took a good look I was amazed by some of the beautiful work going on out there ...here are just some of the images we found...
And this, not so street but amazingly yarny...
I highly recommend this video to bring a smile to your face and change your thrift shopping experiences forever...It's quite amazing!!
It is a collaboration with the artist Sarah Applebaum.
For more yarny love...Yarnbombing flickr group here
Yarnbombing blog here