Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Drawings and Paintings

I'm taking it back to the old school for a moment here with some recent drawings and paintings.

 This one is a 30cm x 10cm watercolour that I've worked over with a black fine liner pen to create details in the windows and outline the shapes to make them stand out on the page.

30cm x 10cm watercolour outlined with a blue biro

This is another 30cm x 10cm watercolour made using water colour pencils (they are my new favourite thing). Then I've gone over with a standard black biro and filled in the individual spaces with a pattern of flowers.

I wasn't having a very good day so I made this water colour of a girl sat in the rain in Granada with all the colour in her life being washed away in the rain.  I've finished it again with a black fine liner. It seems I can't face watercolour on it's own unless it's accompanied by some kind of pen!

Watercolour with fine liner again. This is my take on the cave houses here in Granada. I've thrown in a few of the charcteristing pine trees that are everywhere here.

 The vase is watercolour with fine liner on a wood panel. I pressed and dried flowers from our terrace and glued that flat onto the wood, adding my own painted flowers into the mix as well. Then I finished it with a wood varnish. I did a lot of coats so it's ended up with a very wiggly texture across the surface. I quite like it but I think in future it's best to do just one or two layers and not get too carried away!

This is a pen drawing of the window in our old flat, where we stayed when we first moved to Granada

Apologies if this image scares anyone. I like making up crazy faces in my mind and this is my most recent creation done in black pen.

Monday, October 8, 2012

some more glass...

I used a different glaze for this one and it came out out a lot better. The leaves are on an old sea worn piece of tile that I found at SalobreƱa beach.


I collected and pressed some small leaves and applied them to small rocks and glass pendants. Some turned out nicely. I really like the green one. I think I used too much varnish on a few and they have a weird ripply effect. I'm trying again with just one this space!

Decoupage Rocks!

Tissue paper applied with PVA glue. After it dried I used a yellow glaze, but you can leave them be or cover them with a clear varnish. I love them!

Another Necklace

The pendant is 3 marbles fused together in a triangle shape. The beads are green glass with mini green spacers.

Dichroic Glass

I have no idea how to pronounce it, but it's really fun to use in glass fusing and it usually comes out looking great. A lot of the ones you can buy online have a design already printed on and some a just wavy sheets of sparkling glass. I like to layer them on top or underneath bigger peices of glass. Here are a few:



Transform Containers Easily!

This was not my idea. I stole it from another blog which I now can't find, but it is so easy and looks so good that I think everyone should be doing it! I used a mini glass vase but this would look really nice with old glass jars and bottles too. You just stick small strips of sticky tape or stickers in a column down the length of the glass. Paint over it with white or coloured emulsion or something similar. Let it dry. Peel the stickers off. Then you can use coloured celophane to stick to the inside of the glass to create the coloured glass effect. You can even do a different colour for every window if you want to get fiddly! I cheated and use a special glass coloured glaze. It works better.

Jazzy Necklace!

A bit too much jazz much for most tastes, I made this necklace by layering different colours and designs of dichroic glass and firing in the trusty microwave kiln. They are wrapped in copper tape and waiting for me to figure out how to use a soldering iron.

Soldering Disasters!

Here are some glass pendants I made that I wrapped in copper tape and attempted to solder. I used flux which is supposed to help with the lump problem but as you can see I've still not mastered it.... If anyone knows the secret to successful soldering please get in touch!!


I sewed several buttons together onto a piece of spare fabric. I found a metal backing that was shaped like a hoop with another hoop attached to it. I sewed the material onto it and boom. pendant. 
I made the cord from the same material. I twisted it tightly, wrapping and sewing cotton around it repeatedly until it held its form. I spent about an hour just sewing in the clasps until they were tight enough but fingers crossed they are in there for good!


I made this bracelet with mini bells and a small blue glass bead which I attached to to a large turquoise stone.

Little stone animals! There are 3 birds in flight, a polar bear and a star. Then I found 2 little silver wings that give the bracelet an even more flighty theme

Melted Marbles

Melted in the microwave kiln and made into pendants. Here are some of the results:


I can't decide whether to make them pendants or rings


Beaded Necklaces