Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fabric Coasters for Mother's Day

I came across this post yesterday while searching for something easy but cool I could quickly make for the 4 Mothers that would be going to the Mothers Day lunch (today). I knew it would be one of my last minute, "I want to do something crafty that will probably take longer than I thought it would but I really hope it turns out okay" moments..

This turned out to be the score of the century.. it is a great little pattern, really easy.. I had a problem with a funny fabric I had, it works best with plain cotton or non-stretch.

Great for presents, I ended up taking about an hour to make 4.. cutting takes most of the time. Maybe longer if you want to be a bit more finicky. I made 16 in total 4 different designs to suit each Mum.

A good way to spend the afternoon.

Painting: "Going Home"

This is my latest painting I finished it a couple of weeks ago..
It is also my largest painting to date.

This is an acrylic on canvas.. measuring about 800mm wide and 700mm high.

It is based on a photo I took when I visited Western Australia about 2 and a half years ago.
I went back to where I was born in Carnarvon (I was 6 weeks old when my family came back to NZ). We were staying in Monkey Mia, just a little way out of Denham. This photo was taken coming back from Carnarvon on the way to the Monkey Mia resort. I call it "Going Home" because we were nearly at the end of our holiday (most of which we spent in Perth) and although I have some roots in WA, my home is in NZ.

These are some close ups of the painting.

Here I used some pumice and small landscaping pebbles from Bunnings and PVA glued (and coated) them to the cavas before painting over them

This is a close up of the pebbles, I used a couple of shades of grey to bring out the road texture

This is some of the grass along the roadside, I used a mix of colours on a rigger brush (a very thin long bristled brush)

This is close up of some of the bushes at the horizon line, I think these could have been done a bit better, but it looks fine from far away

I actually used Dulux testpots, I like these because I can choose colours and have a good amount, it also means I can order the colour again if I need more. Of course mixing does occur either on the brush or canvas once I get into the swing of things. I just find test pots easier to manage when I might not finish a painting all in one go. I means I dont have to remember my exact recipe.

I have since given it one coat of polyurethane and want to do at least one more before I decide what to do with it.

This is the photo that the painting was done from:


Well, this is my first post on my first blog so we'l see how it all goes..

I thought I would start by loading up some photos of my paintings/sketches, later on I'l add some photographs I'v taken and when I'm really organised I will have a go at including some of the crafty things I get up to.. quilting and sewing mostly.
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