Archive for April, 2012

More Orange And More Birds

April 15, 2012

I liked the birds I’d been making for cards so much that I made a brooch.

I coloured a piece of calico with Dylusions inks and acrylic paints. I added more layers and texture using Stewart Gill fabric paints and stamping with Archival Jet Black Ink and backed it with some vilene using bondaweb.

I used my sewing machine to edge the pieces, made legs with jewellery wire (24 gauge), backed the whole thing with a piece of fabric, added an eye, beak and a brooch back and have been wearing him on my green coat ever since.

And look here are some friends of his that are works in progress….


I am just loving Orange at the moment!!

Orange everywhere!!!

April 14, 2012


See these mild mannered yellow shoes (£9.99 in New Look) – well they became these!!

I wanted a pair of orange Converse but couldn’t find any and was also a little bit reluctant to fork out another £40 for some as I’ve just treated myself to pair of green ones.  (I have a bit of a thing for Converse!!).  So when I found these yellow cheap ones I thought I’d get them and maybe embellish them with sewing or something to make them orange.  Suddenly I had a light bulb moment – ping! and realised that I could paint and stamp them.  So I did.  I used Dylusions lemon yellow and satsuma sprays first. Then I sprayed a bit more through my Crafters Workshop swirl stencil and a dots/stars one.  I then mixed a red and yellow fabric paint by Stewart Gill together to make two shades of orange that I stencilled through the stars and let it dry for a day.  I also used a bottle top to put some mustard Dylusions acrylic paint in places.  I stamped them with a flourish using Archival jet black ink and touched it up with a permanent marker.  Finally I stencilled some Galactica artic Stewart Gill fabric paint through the stars again to give it a bit of twinkle.  They are sprayed with scotchguard but to be honest I wouldn’t wear them in the wet anyway so they didn’t really need it.  So what do you think??  My mum loves them and I now have a blue pair to make for her.

And as I’m stuck in blue/orange world this is my April calendar page for the 365 Calendar Challenge.  The houses were drawn on music paper and painted with water colours and so were the letters for APRIL.  The background is sprayed with Dylusions blue and turquoise ink and I tried to add some orange paint but it looks more like a muddy yellow to me.

Detail of houses – I made the windows reflective by putting Glossy Accents on them.