Sunday, 31 August 2008
Anyway to lighter (and brighter) matters!
Today I'm loving my new, albeit temporary, hair colour...over the past years I've had it black with blue, pink and blonde, dark blue with purple extensions and dark red with white bits, but have to say this probably my fave so far....voila! :0)
...would madam like to see the back?
And finally I give you my Jimmy Saville impression: "Jewellery.. Jewellery.. Jewellery!!"
I've had these wooden hearts for a while now and didn't really know what to do with them so after a bit of head scratching, drilling and painting I came up with these...I threaded two onto organza and made them into chokers. (For sale if you're brave enough to wear one...they're quite large!)
I painted the pug with acrylics, the wording is in ink.
I used silver leaf and a line from "Who killed Bambi?" by the Sex Pistols.
Karma Chameleon is same acrylic painting but I used Dutch gold leaf to pick out the "Karma"; threaded onto spotty ribbon and currently being used as a bag charm....
Snapped up by my lizard loving chum...thank you Lucy! :)
I'm on a roll at the moment so some are being turned into Christmas tree decorations too...I'm chanelling Slade and Roy Wood and general 70's glam rock, so watch this space!...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
ooo froggy went a courtin', he did ride ahumm!!
This was a commission for wee Molly and her shiney new pink bedroom.
I've been threatening to do her a picture for a loooong time...better late than never though eh?!
So this is a big old slippery froggy, watercolour on canvas. I applied very watery washes to the background which I then dropped chunky sea salt into to give it a sloshy watery feel, kept the rest of the painitng very free, pencil marks visible etc and then gone for it with the embroidery!
So it's got pond weed, it's got tadpoles and it's got a little glass turtle to keep froggy company...
Monday, 18 August 2008
Firstly I'd like to send a big shout out to all the people who have left me lovely comments on my work; good for the heart and keeps the old motivationals going you know, so thank you everyone for dropping by and taking the time! And a special thank you to the wonderous Hensteeth too...home to Huglies and top notch stitchery, if you haven't visited her store I urge you to grab your paypal account and do so forthwith! X:0)
So anyroad, this was my first go at embroidery (back in 2007), as you can probably tell by the sheer amount of stabby needle holes, although happen to think they add a rather charming touch of texture...I'm sticking to it!
(Apologies for the photography...it's not my strong point!)
This is a abstracty stylee portrait of my Dad...Dada!... much loved and deeply missed. He was a wonderous person and made me laugh like no other and the photo that I copied this pose from is one of my faves; he was taken from us unexpectedly by cancer at the age of 49, followed 4yrs later by Mummsie at the age of 55, and their abscence in our lives is sustained and unequalled...
But enough of the mawk!...as he was a constant source of joy and inspiration (he was my main model for practising my portraiture!). My bestest chum loved him and always called him her 2nd Dad so this was a wee canvas that I did for her as a house warming prez
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Had a bit of a budgie vibe going on at the time...
...so this was my first sale on Etsy..huzzah!
Portrait of Polly a lovely yellow, green and turquoisey budgie...Ciao Polly!
A free loose style painting to keep the colours fresh and bright, pencil marks are also visible. Colours are shades of yellows,blues, turquoise and hints of purple...
...I embroidered the painting with french knots and pretty flowers in contrasting zingy orange, and gorgeous clashing reds and pinks also featuring metallic gold thread and black embroidery silks...
...further embellished for extra glittery kitchyness with tiny blue glass beads
Polly also has a wee friend to keep her company in the shape of a tiny china turquoise glazed bird bead...
...currently available as a postcard via my Etsy shop and Folksy store, ideal for scrapbooking or just spreading the Mimi Love to your chums :)
Polly Wanna Cracker?
Friday, 1 August 2008
Inspiration: so my nan (Nanny Miles) had this budgie (Pippy...no idea) and it used to sit on the end of her knitting needles....she knitted like a demon on stimulants and all I remember is seeing the budgie clinging on for dear life as she clacked away franticly in the corner...as a kid I had a fine line of tank tops caked in budgie poo...
Anyway this is my tribute to the thrill seeking, mirror mating, knitting fiend that was Pippy...
Watercolour pic wot I have embroidered with french knots in contrasting zingy orange, metallic gold thread and black embroidery silks.
Further embellished for extra glittery kitchyness with tiny glass beads and sparkly sequin stars
Pippy also has a wee friend to keep him company in the shape of a tiny china blue glazed bird bead
A sweet little painting which will brighten up your wall, and possibly your day too!
Pippy says "Switswoo!"...and that he's still for sale on Etsy if y' fancy a bit of wall candy!