Thursday, June 4, 2020
While the One Craft Gallery is closed, we have decided to decorate and reorganise, so we have all taken our entire stock out and decorated the window with rainbows and thanks to all key workers and the NHS. This is my rainbow. It is double-sided, made with a variety of papers and materials collaged onto cardboard, and has painted wooden hearts hanging from it. It was great to work in such vibrant colours and really lifted my mood!
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Keeping to the cross theme, I have used a cruciform composition for the above cards. Magazine pictures of flowers were cut out and collaged onto handpainted backgrounds or, in the case of the middle one, onto a sheet of music. I used the middle one as a bereavement card for a friend whose wife sadly died a few weeks ago...
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
For the last few weeks I have been studying and working on crosses as a design symbol. It seemed appropriate during this time. Now the most recognised icon in the world, the cross in pre-Christian times is thought to have originated from the ancient Babylonians, before spreading to other parts of the world. To Christians, it is a religious symbol depicting the crucification, particularly at Easter. Not only is it a symbol of death, but it is one of love, hope and resurrection.
Above are a few of the samples of textured painted crosses that I have been trying out. The texture in this case was sawdust mixed with PVA, which was applied and allowed to dry before I added layers of paint. I photocopied them to use as backgrounds for some cards, but they came out very subdued - probably because I was low on ink! That suited me as I just wanted the crosses in the background with bright flowers as the main focal point. The cards would be suitable for Easter or I sent one to an elderly friend, who has been heavily involved in his local church, for his birthday...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The One Craft Gallery in Shepton Mallet is, of course, closed at this present time as all members are staying at home due to the coronavirus, and it is a non-essential business. The photograph above shows the SPRINGTIME window, which we completed just before the lockdown. We have no idea when we will be allowed to reopen. We just hope that our customers remain safe and will come back in due course...
I have just finished these four cards for family and friends. I photocopied the experimental artwork, seen of the left. It was made by tearing up a 'scribble' drawing - keeping to a few colours and just doing whatever takes you fancy, using a variety of mixed media techniques. The pieces were then stuck to a larger piece of paper in a grid pattern and acrylic paint added. I then cut up the photocopy and collaged on images and text according to who the card was meant for. It is great fun to make bespoke cards...
Monday, April 13, 2020
Recently I have been making birthday cards for family members. I have found that 8 inch square card stock is useful to make large cards. The background of the card above, is a sample of handmade paper. I particularly liked the uneven edges, which would have been lost, if I had to trim it down to fit smaller card stock.
The background of the card below, was a photocopy of part of a hand painted artwork onto which I collaged large cut paper letters. I have noticed, that these cards in their envelopes, do not fit into the standard post bracket so they are more expensive to send!
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Here are two cards I have recently made for friends. I collaged letters and images onto photocopies of my hand painted backgrounds. Using text as the design is very satisfying and great for sending a specific message and personalising the card. It is also good if you have run out of ideas for images!