Monday, 11 December 2017

Moth Pattern Two.

This new pattern doesn't have quite the geometry of the previous one and consequently I don't think that it works as well. In the previous pattern the original 4 moths face outwards with the outer pairs meeting head to head creating a clear space between the moths which gives the whole image a more pleasing shape. Here I've made the first 4 moths face inwards (just for variety) but I'm not sure that it works as well. Perhaps I should construct the pattern exactly as the first one and see if it works better. The image below is the one that I made yesterday for comparison, with the contrast increased.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Moth Pattern.

Here I've had a play with one of my pencil moth sketches in Photoshop, turning it into rather fun pattern.  I've only placed the images by eye, not with any formal measurement, but I wonder how the other sketch would look treated the same way.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Moth Play.

With just a short time for artwork today I started to play around with another idea that has been simmering in my mind for a while. Above are 3 of my moth drawings, each moth is quite asymmetrical.  I took half of each of the 2 larger moths duplicated just one side and merged them into one symmetrical image in Photoshop

 As you can see the first moth is so asymmetrical that the tip of the abdomen is bifurcated! easy enough to fix however in the next stage. The same thing has occurred in the second moth, and the abdomen has become just a little to fat as well.

Above is a scan of some fabric that I came across recently, which is a tessellated pattern of stylised moths. I'm not sure that I like the actual moth image, but I can admire the over all pattern. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Something a Little Different!

 These are large field mushrooms that have sat around for a couple of days and become a little 'elderly'. But the patterns shown by the drying gills are wonderful, just as they are or with a little Photoshop enhancement.

 This above is a portion of one of the mushrooms and below the inverted image in Photoshop. It looks very like a bunch of strange leaves to me.

 This section is even more interesting I think, as it shows lots more texture and could almost be some kind of seaweed. The image below shows just how beautiful the marks are when inverted and the brown is changed to green. I think that this image has application in this space.

Monday, 4 December 2017

New Collograph Plates.

 Having decided that the previous plate that was very similar to this one just wouldn't do, I constructed this one to use instead, making very sure that I didn't have random brush marks in the sky area. Again I used bits of bark and sawdust with a little bit of oak flower debris. I can't print with it until it is well and truly sealed all over, including the edges once I have trimmed the vegetation back.
I was also keen to try some fine bits of tatty bark that I had found.  Most eucalypt leaves are very thick and robust to withstand our very hot dry summers, but these pieces came from a tree that produced very thin leaves with lots of raggy edges and textures.  Again, I have to wait for it all to dry after being sealed before I can see if the leaves print well. If they do, I'll have to see if I can find the same tree again and collect more leaves. The squiggly bits are my favourite oak flower debris, taken from a gutter where they had blown  during a recent spell of hot dry winds.

Sunday, 3 December 2017


 Having added more sawdust to the tree collograph plate, I have been anxious to print from it and see if it looked better than before.  It does, but I will have to start again with a new plate, as the brush strokes in the sky area are too obvious. This above is the inked and rubbed back plate ready for the first print.
 It's certainly better in terms of light and dark, but those brush marks left in the sealant are just not right!
Just for fun I tried another print with a change of colour, from black to burnt umber. For now however, it's back to the raw materials to construct another plate from scratch.

Thursday, 30 November 2017


I was going through some of my old embroidery pictures today, deleting duplicates and generally tidying up, when I noticed how many pieces used imagery of doors or gateways. This below uses an old Art Nouveau window design with machine digitized and embroidered flowers on hand dyed fabric.
    Below is a wall painted with 'Puff paint' and machine embroidered 'slips' of flowers applied.
 Another painted wall and door with free machine embroidery.  This was a photo that I took of an old door behind a church somewhere in France.
 An imaginary wall below and a garden beyond with machine embroidered 'slips' of flowers and foliage.
 A painted cotton wall based on my photo of a church doorway in Sienna, Italy with machine embroidered details.
                  Another 'Puff' painted wall with machine embroidered foliage and details.

 Two more doorways that I photographed somewhere in Italy with machine embroidered vegetation.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Flowers Through the Year.

I'm not sure if the group that instigated the Garden of the Month Challenge expects one for December, but I don't think that I'll have time to do it anyway! This above is the Hippeastrum lily currently in flower in my garden, my reflection on a garden for the month of November As always a click on the image will enlarge it a little for you to be able to see the stitching..
L-R  Here are the flowers from 6 different gardens for the various months this year. A Poinsettia from a park in Brisbane, a type of Iris from a local park, a Lotus from The Blue Lotus Garden just out of Melbourne, a Passion Flower from a Marraweeney country garden, a Blood Lily from the Melbourne Botanic gardens and a Hellebore from the Garden of St Erth in Blackwood, Victoria.
L-R again, a Native Rose flower from the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens which specialises in Australian native plants, a Hibiscus from my own garden, an old fashioned single rose from a neighbour's garden and the Hippeastrum, again from my own garden.