Colour tool comparison

End to a successful day! I love when I get everything done on my list and have time left over for fun. I even baked Cassava Pie for the first time!

I used a stamp in my bullet journal to colour in and compare my faber castell pitt artist pens, tombow dual brush markers and water colour paints. I think the faber castell artist pens look more vibrant but I loved the water colouring process. With practice I’m sure I’ll get better with them both. I only have a few tombows and really didn’t enjoy using them, so I’ll just use those for lettering practice.

Bermuda Textile Art

I’ve been so busy with college and life in general that I keep forgetting to post my projects on my blog.
My last project was a lot of fun and I’m really, really proud of it.

Our brief was freedom this time, freedom to choose what we wanted to make using our choice of media. I chose to use textiles of course, with a touch of water color painting to create a cushion.

I decided to create something to remind me of back home. I got an aerial image of Bermuda off the Internet, sketched a basic beach scene on the fabric with Bermuda at the center. I painted it all in but wasn’t quite happy with the colours.

So I decided to cover it up with small bits of fabric I’d cut up in various colours to represent the pink sand, blue sea and cliffs on the sides. It was very time consuming to hand stitch each one on individually, but very cathartic as well.

Since the Bermuda flag is mainly red and I needed it to stand out the most, I of course went with red. Then I machine stitched around it using freehand embroidery with my new embroidery foot which helps me to stitch in ways I never thought possible. So awesome! !

I still wanted to have painting included in the project somehow since its one of the things I’ve learned during this course, so I dyed and painted the backing fabric with watercolours. I had a lot of fun making a colourful mess. Lol

I stitched the front and back pieces together, stuffed it with bits of scrap yarn that I have a small mountain of and hand stitched the opening closed

Done!! I learned a few new techniques, created something I never thought I’d ever be able to accomplish and am really proud of myself. I really enjoyed this and am already planning what will come next.

My next and final project, which has just started has a much longer time frame to accomplish it. So I’m going to make something much bigger using the same techniques I used for the cushion. I plan to make a wall hanging, but this time it will be of my current home, Scotland.

It’s not due for a few months, so I’ll make sure I document my progress and any changes to my initial plan. I’m excited! ! ☺

Crafty Day

I felt like trying something new today and decided to work on a couple of painting projects.

First off I bought a 2nd hand picture frame but wasn’t entirely happy with the shiny red colour and the photo of whoever the heck that woman is.

So my youngest and I took it apart and painted the frame green.

I then stuck in my second sons (he’s now 16) photo from when he was in nursery. Awww! 🙂

Right at home next to my jars covered in yarn. First project done!
Then we went on to make a stool/side table from a broken dining room chair. My eldest doesn’t trust me with his saw, thinks I’ll cut my hand off. Sooo he did the cutting the back off the chair part for me. I can’t complain, I am sort of clumsy. hehe You can see those jagged edged pieces, I was so scared my boys would stab themselves. Or even me, since I seem far clumsier than they are. I think of it as my being accident prone. Seems less my fault somehow. lol
So after sanding and so on to get the top smooth, this is what we had to work with. My eldest did this chiseling part for me as well because its too sharp for me. He said if I can frequently cut my fingers when I’m just cooking, what would I do to myself with his tools!? lol

The youngest and I took it outside to spray paint it. We had on our painting gear. 🙂

And this is the almost finished result! I’ve decided spray painting it wasn’t the best move if I want a more professional and uniform finish. So I’m looking at this as the first coat, and will head out to hardware store later this week for paint more suitable for wooden furniture. I’m still happy about it though. Not sure if I’ll keep it as a stool or use it as a side table in my bedroom. I’m planning on having white bedroom furniture. 🙂

With everyone in bed and I’m here thinking of what else I can do in my living room to get my chosen colour theme going, I decided to turn the daisy granny square I crocheted recently into a cushion cover. I crocheted it in the accent colours I want and it’s now 18×18 inches. I’ll crochet a back for it in brown and will decide on a closure for it then. Not sure if I’ll do a plain envelope closure or a buttoned envelope closure.

Now I better get some sleep. I have a rasta tam order I need to fill so may not get any personal crafting done tomorrow. Glad I managed to get something done today though. Had a very productive Sunday!