Friday, November 28, 2014


The Jacarandas were still in bloom and the Poincianas just beginning, so I gathered some on my morning walk for another printing session.
It was interesting to experiment and see what came out. Don't know if I love it, but have put it in the stash for later use.
The Poinciana was hard work and I didn't persist for too long.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Progress on number 6

Once I had a few leaves stitched I began placing them on my background. I also was auditioning other elements at this stage.
Time to get out my stencil burner, glass chopping board and go outside with the synthetic organza.
Now that is looking better. Number 6 was a joy to work on and the binding is almost complete.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I have many commercial stencils that I have collected over the years for use in my workshops and I got a few out for the grandkids and I to use with some canvas pieces. Most of the canvasses had been painted before, so we added another layer of paint to get some interesting effects.
Some possibilities here. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Printing fun

I have been using my new printing table at least once a week. My explorations have been with plants from my garden and the occasional vegetable.
Onion weed after flowering forms these lovey seed heads.
Yes, I did say vegetable- coriander and shallots.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Progress on another in the series

When it came to using this strong background, it all seemed to flow easily and my design soon took on a life of its own.
Lots of this, all over the whole cloth background.
Then lots more of this stitching to make it shine.


Friday, November 21, 2014


Thanks for the words of encouragement and ideas Chris, Kate and Barbara. I have decided that I need many more green skeletal leaves to fill in the area of my design. I have also begun the hand stitching in fine, white crochet thread in part of the design.
The massing of the green gives more impact and the stitching adds textural interest. Just need to keep....stitching........
And because I need another challenge, this is the next background I'm working with!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A strong background

I have been grappling with the strong background design on this piece. It looks like dappled light shadows and the idea of putting green skeleton leaves on it seemed OK in my imagined vision of the final outcome. Of course this was after I had evolved through numerous other design decisions.
Here are some of the leaves stitched on wash away.
And once they are washed and dry I pin them to the design wall in readiness.
I have applied some white pearl paint in a few areas to try to lessen the impact of strong background, but it didn't make a very noticeable difference. Time to breathe and reassess.