Posts Tagged ‘mixed media’



I was so pleased with myself for having started and finished this piece over a single bank holiday weekend… it’s a shame it’s taken me over a month to list it on Etsy!  It’s because pricing and listing items is my least favourite part of the creative process.  Designing stuff?  Great fun.  Making stuff?  Can be frustrating but is generally fabulous.  Actually getting round to selling it?  Nope, that’s where I stumble.

ANYWAY.  This piece is now available in my Etsy shop.  As with the lilacs embroidery, 10% of the sale price will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.


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The long bank holiday gave me a chance to both start and finish a project (novel, eh?).  It’s another mixed media embroidery piece and, like last time, I remembered to take some progress shots to show you how it’s done.  The quote is from Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man, and the image is from Pixabay.

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See at this point I thought I was done, but when you look closely you can still see a fine film of paper residue on the surface of the image.

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That’s better!  Onto the embroidery.

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I’m all out of frames so this piece is currently waiting for me to take a trip to the dreaded IKEA (oh how I hate the place) before I can list it in my Etsy shop.

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I made something new last month, and had totally intended to come and tell all about it rather sooner than this but life got a little busy (nothing new there then!).

I often wonder what I can do with the many book pages that find their way into my studio, and finally decided to combine them with my love of nature.  Painted butterflies, painted to scale, started to emerge.

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They looked great but I was then faced with the question of what to do with them next.  I thought about shadow boxes, and a friend suggested the same, so I looked into buying shadow frames… and was promptly horrified by the price of them.  I put the butterflies away for a few days and had a think.

Then inspiration struck: I’d make my own.  After all, how hard could it be?

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I started with a RIBBA frame from IKEA as these are deep frames and I thought it would work perfectly if only I could alter it a bit.  I removed the metal clips that hold the back in place…

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…this is so that I could move the back further back (does that make sense?) in order to make room for a shadow box within.  Making a box out of mountboard didn’t take too long, and I also cut a fresh mount/frame/aperture thing to better fit the butterfly (original on the left, new one on the right).

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Then it was just a matter of sticking the butterfly into the box, and putting the whole lot back in the frame.

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I’m so pleased with the way this turned out: the frame shows off the delicate butterfly perfectly.  I’m also really glad that I was able to make my own shadow frame as I would otherwise find it very difficult to make any kind of profit on this.  I will be adding this butterfly to my Etsy shop very soon, but in the meantime if you’re interested in this one (or in commissioning another one) then please contact me.



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As promised I’ve made a second, final, version of this piece. I’ve used a proper canvas this time, and added torn strips of paper to the top and bottom (on which the text is scrawled). I’ve also intensified the colour of the eye to try and make it ‘pop’ a bit more.


I seem to have lost the original blog post for this piece. It was inspired by a poem which was sent to me by a lovely woman called Claire:

A curse be upon you

May you find yourself
in a Virgin Pendolino toilet –
the ‘unlock’ and ‘alert driver’ buttons
desecrated by my own hands.

May you shudder your way to
and be assaulted by The South.
We are coming for you, with
southern gags,
correctly punctuated and pronounced.

May your excuses prove obsolete,
and your protests gagged out as
Southern electricity is passed
through your body until you are

May you awaken and love me.
May you awaken and love me again.

The overwhelming feeling from this was obsessive love… and so I created this piece (which could be hung on a wall, or placed on a shelf – who knows!).

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