What’s on my drawing board, June 24 2017
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Lots of leaves This weeks drawing board is full of tropical leaves as part of my Palm House series of watercolour paintings, sketches and large acrylic works, inspired by the … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, May 26 2017
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Practice makes perfect This weeks drawing board centres on an A3 size inked drawing of an ironwork spiral staircase surrounded by tropical vegetation in a glasshouse, part of my current … Read More

using Inktense pencils with an airbrush
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I have been experimenting with my Derwent Inktense water-soluble colour pencils again.   I’m obsessed with their luminosity and intensity, but must admit am finding it hard to maintain those … Read More

knitting in the winter
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On my morning walk today I felt the first chill of winter, so I came straight home and dug my bag of knitting out of the cupboard. I only knit … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, March 17 2017
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Hot House Palms Top row: Bird studies for new range of felt craft kits I’m developing to sell on Etsy. All based on birds I see on my morning walks, … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, March 02 2017
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Its all a bit green. Top row: Sketchbook with pen & ink studies of teasel flowers in silhouette and Gum shadows pattern variations. Watercolour green leaves pattern using water brush … Read More

How to sew a felt ornament
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If you have bought one of my Happy Sun Sewing Kits from my Etsy store read on for a detailed and illustrated tutorial on how to sew your ornament. Don’t … Read More

So what is Kumihimo?
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Until a few months ago I had never heard of Kumihimo, and now the disks used to practice this ancient Japanese craft are top sellers on my Etsy shop. Kumihimo … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Feb 07 2017
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I'm mostly experimenting Top row: Sketchbook with studies of houses for large pen and ink study currently under way. Cow parsley & daisy small watercolour experiments using household candles as … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Jan 09 2017
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Sea to sky Top row: Sketchbook with studies of houses (Looe, a coastal village – Cornwall, UK) for planned large pen and ink study. Set of Inktense pencils by Derwent … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Dec 16 2016
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Back to botanics Top row: Sketchbook with leaf patterns, birch tree designs, Flemish flower painting inspiration, Moroccan tile design examples in scrapbook.Middle row:  Pink chrysanthemum watercolour flower study, on cotton … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Dec 5 2016
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Basically…. a lot of holly! Top row: Hand tinted purple coloured holly lino prints, sketch book – flowers in a china jug (from a photo), holly wreath Christmas card initial … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Nov 21 2016
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Top row: watercolour flowers, sketchbook with a study of wattle blossom and postcards of snowy Joseph Farquharson & Peter Graham paintings – images from my favourite Scottish highland painters to … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Nov 14 2016
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Top row: sketchbook with quick study of passion fruit. Botanical line art preliminary sketches, lino print scrapbook.   Middle row: water colour doodles, & small chrysanthemum (prep work for larger design). … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Nov 7 2016
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Top row (left to right) my lino print scrapbook, botanical line art preliminary sketches, lino print inspiration scrapbook. Middle row: large flower doodles in coloured pencil, my watercolour paints (W&N), … Read More

How to assemble my press out laser cut boxes.
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If you have bought one of my press out, self assembly  laser cut boxes, chances are you have followed this link for a detailed and illustrated tutorial on how to … Read More

Creativity through affordable paper
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I love getting new sketchbooks, over the years I have amassed quite a few. Large, small, hard bound, soft bound,  moderately expensive to quite expensive, and mostly with glued or … Read More

Laser Cut Wooden Pencil Box
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I splashed out on some fancy art pencils recently, and designed a bespoke pencil box to keep them in. I made the box out of 3mm birch plywood using our … Read More

Gum Doodle tablet cover
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I used one of my own fabric designs – Gum Doodle Teal, in a lightweight cotton fabric to make a simple tablet cover. I selected cotton wadding for the padding … Read More

Sketch to woodcut in an hour
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I took a recent watercolour sketch and turned it into a wood block ready for printing within an hour. This was an exercise in using technology to retain creative spontaneity … Read More

Half drop pattern repeat design
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I’ve added a new design to my Gum shadows range of fabrics. For this pattern I used a half drop pattern repeat. This is a really useful  pattern repeat technique … Read More

Gum Doodle Fabric Designs
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Continuing with my botanic pattern designs, I have recently been designing some patterns specifically for printing on fabric. Designing for large scale printing: fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper etc. usually involves … Read More

Botanic pattern lino prints
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I’ve  been developing a collection of surface pattern designs with a botanic theme. My process begins with watercolour sketches and observations in the field. From these sketches I create a … Read More

A return to Lino Cut Prints
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I really enjoy the whole process of relief printing with lino tiles, from the initial design phase, through carving and onto the ‘final reveal’ stage when you peel the paper … Read More

Made-to-measure place mat tutorial
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Some of my best project ideas come to me when I’m browsing though fabric stores. When I saw this striped material I wanted to make place mats, with a bright … Read More

Reverse appliqué
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Reverse appliqué, is a method of layering fabrics and attaching them together, usually by sewing,  and then cutting away portions of the fabric to reveal a design. I have been … Read More

Exhibition print work
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I just created a poster and postcard design for a local art exhibition showcasing the work of my local ceramics group, and as the tutors name is Betty Jennings the … Read More

Tube Lining Paintings
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Tube lining is a technique I’ve always enjoyed working with in my ceramics, and I thought I would have a go at transferring the principle to artwork. To tube line … Read More

Flyer for art show
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I designed a printed flyer for an art show. The exhibition was for two artists, one working in ceramics and another a painter working on acrylics & oil canvases. 

Website for an art exhibition
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I just created a website for a Joint art exhibition held by a ceramic artist and a painter. I created a simple site design and layout, (based on a WordPress … Read More

3D printing – bracket for an IKEA lamp
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Once I had completed my drawing board, I needed a lamp for it,  an IKEA TERTIAL work lamp seemed a good option. The clamp base on the IKEA lamp is … Read More

Making a drawing board
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It all started when I watched a film where a character spent most of their time perched at a large wooden drawing board immersed in sketches, and I thought “I’d … Read More

3D printing – stamp
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I wanted to create a small plastic stamp that would leave a signature and date imprint on clay. Another of my interests is ceramics, see my online gallery HandmadeArt . … Read More

3D printing
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As a designer I have always been interested in 3D design, be it interior, furniture or product design; and find the recent developments in 3D plastic printing very exciting. It … Read More

More adventures in weaving
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Once I got the weaving bug with my simple loom, (see previous posting), an eBay purchase of a rigid heddle loom was inevitable. I was lucky to come across one … Read More

Ever wanted to have a go at weaving?
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I have wanted to try weaving for a long time, but was put off by the bewildering array of costly equipment involved, and complicated set up instructions. Then I discovered … Read More