Archive for the 'Things I’ve made' Category

19
Jul
14

Orkney Photography

A couple of months ago I holidayed in Orkney, my first ever visit to Scotland! I stayed in Stromness on Mainland and I have decided it is my new favouritist place in the whole world. The scenery was beautiful and the people really lovely. I had decided to study photography before I left using a little book I’d gotten for Christmas a couple of years ago and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out some new skills! I have collated my top ten photos from this holiday for your perusal.

The view from our garden

Footprints in the sand

To the lighthouse

Sparkling sea

Sunset over the shipwrecks

Tower on the cliff

Reaching out

Ominous

Blocks

08
Jan
13

A Christmas Present

This Christmas I received a request to create a painting or drawing for a present! I had a little think and in the end I decided to base it loosely on this picture of Richmond Park.

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I wanted it to feel really autumnal so I decided to use a lot of reds and yellow which, when I’d added the sky and the ponds, made the painting consist mainly of primary colours! I decided to use my Georgian watercolour set because I’d been reading a book on them which had inspired me. I had no idea about all the ways you could manipulate watercolours using washes, texture, brushes, masking and more. I started by wetting and stretching the paper myself which was interesting considering I had no gum strip to hold it down- masking tape is a poor alternative. For the painting I decided to try experimenting with washes which was very risky considering it was going to be given to someone as a present! For the foreground I painted the details in and then painted over with a red wash, and for the distant hills and trees I used a blue wash. For the sky I experimented with blotting out the paint to create clouds and for the grass I used a scratchy bristle brush. My recent paintings have helped me realise that I have a certain style, which tends to involve bright colours and quite rounded objects. I’ve also realised how much I enjoy painting landscapes. Here’s the finished result…

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I’m starting oil and acrylic lessons on Monday so hopefully I’ll produce a few interesting things from that!

04
Nov
12

A Bigger Project

Hello! This weekend I went a bit crazy and have pretty much been painting all day today and all of the afternoon yesterday. I think this is my most intense painting session ever! It all began when I started browsing one of my Dad’s art books…

The book in question was ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Picture’, which my Dad bought from the Royal Academy exhibition earlier this year. I spent a while browsing the pictures and decided that I wanted to paint a picture of a landscape using my special colour wheel to pick a selection of complimentary colours.

I was particularly inspired by these David Hockney pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this photograph that I took from Corfe Castle in Dorset:

From my colour wheel I picked a tetrad of colours; yellow-green, red-violet, blue and orange. I also roughly applied the Rule of Thirds which I have only just learned about!

First I did a rough painting which I’ve previously been too scared to do in case it went horribly wrong and I couldn’t cover it up. However, it was really useful and the acrylics were fine at covering any mistakes I’d made with my first draft.

Following my rough painting I filled in the details and this is my result:

I was quite pleased with my final picture, it looks better in real life than photographed- it’s very difficult to make out the paint strokes and the different shades in this picture.

Originally there weren’t any leaves on the tree, until I joked with mum that I was going to call it ‘The Last Ash Surveys His Kingdom For the Final Time’ and she begged me to add some buds! (I am genuinely sad about Ash dieback and I was meant to help with the survey this weekend until it was called off, but I do like teasing mum).

I really enjoyed painting this picture, especially because my easel is the best thing ever! (Mini post to follow). I still need to work on my technical ability and my colour mixing, but I had a lot of fun with this 🙂 Even if it did go against my conclusion from this post!

16
Oct
12

Free machine fun

This weekend I decided to try out a new foot for the sewing machine that allows you to be freeeeee with your stitches. To test it out I decided to create a little fabric collage of a lighthouse. Here’s how I did it…

1. First of all I stretched a bit of backing fabric across an embroidery hoop and drew an outline of my design onto it.

Embroidery hoop

2.  I then cut lots of little bits of fabric in my chosen colours, including wool for clouds and netting for sea froth, and then glued them down with tiny amounts of PVA glue.

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Collage fabric

3. I then used my crazy new free machine foot and sewed all over the place to secure the fabric down. I used different cotton colours and stitch texture for each part of the design.

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Sewing machine

4. My finished article! It’s a little bit messy but I’m going to pretend that’s part of the design 😉

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Finished article

06
Oct
12

At the moment I like…fantasy castles

I’ve always liked a good castle and have collected a few photos of my favourites…

1. Princess wallpaper

My earliest fantasy castle came in the form of my bedroom wallpaper. It had a repeating design of a princess in front of a pink castle in the distance. I used to look at it whilst I laid in bed making up stories about the princess. I tried to find an old sample of it to scan in but I think it’s long gone. Instead I’ve just got this picture of me looking silly in front of it.

Princess Wallpaper

2. Le Mont St Michel

I spent a lot of time at my nan’s house when I was younger and it’s her things that form my most vivid early memories. There were two pictures that hung in her spare room that particularly stick in my mind. They’re actually quite weird pictures looking at them now, but at the time they really fed my imagination.

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel L’arrivee

3. The Castle of Adventure

This was my dad’s book when he was little which he then read to me. I love the illustration on the cover- it’s such a simple drawing but has a real sense of foreboding and mystery.

The Castle of Adventure

4. The Far Pavilions

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER! I love the descriptions of the “Palace of the Winds” with its courtyards, turrets, balconies and fretted windows, the exquisite interiors and the views over the mountains. Want.

The Far Pavilions

5. Temple de Sagrat Cor

I spotted this castle on the ceiling of the Temple de Sagrat Cor at the top of Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona. It’s so dreamy and fantastical and is made up of little tiny tiles. I think putting things on the ceiling always makes them look better. There were some other amazing ceiling mosaics there that I photographed but I’ll save them for another time.

Temple de Sagrat Cor

6. My castle painting

I painted this last summer when I was experimenting with my acrylics. I wanted to create my fantasy castle as a haven in the middle of a storm. It came out slightly odd as I layered the sea so much that it lost much of the distinction between the waves, and the castle really is very pink. I still think it is interesting though.

Castle painting

30
May
11

At the moment I like…abandoned buildings

Well, strictly speaking, that’s not true. I’ve actually liked abandoned buildings for quite a long time, but it’s very rare that I get to visit one. Being a skinny young girl I’m too scared to go into them on my own for fear of the inhabitants, so I normally have to feed my abandoned building craving by visiting urban explorer websites, my favourite being Another State of Mind Urban Exploration (ASOMUE). However a few weeks ago when visiting family I had the opportunity to look around an abandoned train station on the sea front. I’ve been there several times before but have always either been turned away by the guard or been unable to get through the fences. This time though, the guard was distracted and the whole station was opened up, so I had a little poke around and took some photos. Here are some of my collection which I also tried editing on paint.net. I’m not good at taking photos or editing, so it was just a bit of fun really 🙂

B & W station

B & W station

Colour station

Colour station

Abstract bridge

Abstract bridge

Oily

Oily

Cage

Cage

Bright station

Bright station

Whale weigh station?

Whale weigh station?

Scales

Scales

22
May
11

Old News

Tonght’s activity has been about turning this…

Bare newspapers

Bare newspapers

…into this…

Scrap book

Scrap book

These are the bazillions of newspapers that I have gradually acquired, each from an important event in my lifetime (except the souvenir booklet shown above from Fergie’s wedding to Prince Andrew, which I found at my nan’s). I had no idea I had so many until this evening, so I decided to put them in my scrap book. My scrap book is mainly filled with my photos and other important things like family trees and old tickets etc (I will post about it properly some other time), but in the back will be my newspaper collection. I felt kind of bad about cutting up these old newspapers to begin with, but I then decided that they take up far too much space in my bedroom and I don’t look at them in their current condition anyway.

I still have a long way to go, having only got through Prince Andrew’s wedding, the death of Princess Diana, September 11th, the death of the Queen Mother and the Golden Jubilee in about two hours. I also didn’t count on the emotional trauma of reading about lots of depressing things in a short space of time. I will hopefully get it done tomorrow though and then move on to something more interesting and less miserable.