Friday, 9 November 2012
Well needs must and when I get an idea I'm off. The furniture was going to be white!
Now I'm all for speed and if there's a shortcut to something I'll find it, so out comes the sugar soap and hot water. I washed the furniture with a strong solution of this and apart from sanding the table top a little that was my preparation.
I was off! The dresser was first. It took quite a lot of paint but it was worth it. When the painting was finished I picked out details with gilt patina crayons by Liberon and sanded off a few bits.
After a few days the darkness was gone and this is how it looks now in the late afternoon sun.
Posted by Fran Hillman at Friday, November 09, 2012
Friday, 22 June 2012
Let's go for wander...
into the kitchen garden
Back through the gate under another arch, a living arch of willow.
Posted by Fran Hillman at Friday, June 22, 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Well I have a new toy which is rather smart and very clever and I'm a lucky girl!
This was painted with my finger using ArtRage. I like the fact that is has the palette and tools on the page.
What a lovely day it's been here in Suffolk. It's a shame I've spent most of it unblocking my kitchen sink drains!
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
The Treasure Tree . This is our animated primary resources site. I wanted to get 'The Easter Story' finished, ready for teachers to use this term. Thankfully I did, though it was a challenge to do bearing in mind the crucifixion and all.
This seems ages ago now. It's a cushion I made for a friend for Christmas as she belongs to a wildlife group that focuses on the dormouse and its habitat. It was my first bit of proper free-motioning and can you believe I forgot to put it in a hoop and it all puckered up. It wasn't too bad after I'd washed it and stretched it and ironed it!
|Spring in a Teacup|
I'm planning another one using the willow pattern (public domain) which I printed out today on and old piece of damask treated with Digital Ground (Golden). There's just something about blue and white china and I think a lot of us ladies rather like it.
It's nice to be back. Happy Spring!
Monday, 19 December 2011
Well here I am and I should be shopping of course. I just keep telling myself it'll be all right, everything will be bought and ready by the time Christmas comes!
So I decided to get creative in a festive kind of way.
You will need:-
White, pale blue or silver polyester organza, (it has to melt)White panne velvet, (quite cheap and melts)
sparkly tree/package decoration or angelina fibres
acrylic paint or ink,
bradawl (or something to make a hole),
common sense (safety).
Cut in half 3 cotton buds (will make six centres) and paint the ends in a nice deep yellow or orange (I dipped mine in pearlised acrylic ink) and set them to dry.
Cut up the velvet and organza into very rough 4" squares. You only need one velvet square per flower. If you don't have velvet just use organza. They are just as pretty!
To make a square make a cut and fold it diagonally to see where the other cuts should be. Organza easy to tear.
Now find a little vase or egg cup. Something that won't melt when you blast it with heat!
Arrange the velvet and organza together with right sides facing up. Put a pinch of sparklies on top.
Place the squares face down over the pot and blast all around the edges and a bit in the middle. (Sorry about the blurry pic). TAKE CARE and leave it a few seconds to cool down when it's done.
Make hole through all the layers and stick the cotton bud through the centre. Trim off the excess stem and give it a bit of a blast on the back. As you can see the cotton bud plastic has folded back on itself a bit. Leave to cool.
All that's left to do is wrap some wire round for a hook.
Paint some twigs with white emulsion or acrylic and place in a vase.
You can try different colours too of course. This red velvet was a different type and did burn underneath. Experiment!
Happy Christmas to all you lovely, inspiring, bloggy people! x