Benbecula Bus Embroidery

I started working on this piece in January last year but life got in the way and it lay abandoned in a drawer until September this year. I saw an advert for the Fife Art Exhibition which is open to artists without a formal art qualification who live in Fife so I thought that as this piece was close to being finished I’d get my arse into gear and enter it.

I saw this beautiful Bedford bus – which was used by the Caledonia Macbrayne ferry company – on a trip to Benbecula a few years back. I’m a big fan of ‘Quilting Arts’ magazine and seeing the amazing examples of textile art created using photos I had wanted to try a photo based / realist embroidery for some time. Stage 1 involved printing  out the photo,outlining the main parts of the image then tracing it on to thin paper which i then transferred to fabric using a light box. Then the hard part of the painting began…

I found the painting an enjoyable challenge, trying to find the exact shade, especially making more of the same colour I had created (too light,too dark, not ‘red’ enough…) but once it was finished I was really pleased with how it was looking,those patches of white on the bonnet really bring the image to life, I was so excited to get back into my comfort zone to start the stitching!

I attached the painted fabric to fleece and stitched the main lines of the bus in matching thread.Although this did push sections of the image out I wanted a more 3D effect so I cut slits in the back of the work and burrowed in thin lumps of stuffing, I discover later that this is called trapunto embroidery so that’s another new skill learned through this project! 

So here’s the finished piece hanging in the gallery, the artwork above mine was a red setter made from bark! There was certainly an impressive range of work on display and the exhibition was a great show case for the talented people in Fife. All of the work was for sale and I had mixed emotions about mine being unsold (it was a bargain at £80!) but it will be on display in my living room and I’m proud that a piece of my work had been included in an exhibition. I need to start planning for next year now! 

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Summer Journal – Day 15 – 21

I’m well behind on my posts for the Summer Journal Challenge so here are my pages from Week 3 covering the 15th – 21st July. I’ve got a few days off work so I’m hoping to catch up with the missing pages in my book which will be posted at some point! July 15

 July 15th I saw a girl doing this when I was on holiday last week, so jealous!

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July 16th – A work do with too much alcohol and not enough food led to me falling asleep on the last train home and waking up way past my stop. I was v shamed faced the next day as my boyfriend had to pay the taxi driver when I reeled in the door an hour later than intended with only £2 to my name…

July 17

July 17th –  Milk Cartons Aaaarrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!

July 18

July 18th – If All Else Fails…

July 19

July 19th  School Uniform Memories

July 20

July 20th Favourite Colour

July 21

July 21st – I’m sure I’m not alone in neglecting housework over the weekend!

That’s me for now, thanks for reading!

 

 

Summer Journal – Day 7 – 14

Here are my pages from week 2 of the Summer Journal Challenge that I’m really enjoying taking part in. There’s nothing as adventurous as chocolate painting for me this week, I’ve used my phone sketchbook, photographs, pencils, pastels and a quill pen so there’s a bit of variety in the pages. There’s been some interesting prompts so I hope you enjoy how I’ve interpreted them.

Day 7  Here’s a practical use of an egg plus an eggsample of the bad puns you can make with an egg!

July 7th 2014

 

Day 8 – The last time I walked in the rain

 

July 8th 2014

 

Day 9 – A coffee on the train to start the day “Aaahh, that’s better, I feel more awake now!”

July 9th 2014

 

Day 10 – If I’d had time I’d love to have made a pop up page for this prompt, it’s something |I might try in the future – my 6 year old self loved pop up books!

July 10th 2014

 

Day 12 – Nothing very exciting happening outside my window today!

July 12th 2014

 

Day 13 – I went to the Bruce Festival in Dunfermline over the weekend and there was a stall where you could try writing Medieval style using a quill pen and ink. I did the date and wrote my name then wrote up the page the next day. It took me back to learning to write as we were supposed to do the brush strokes in a certain order which I found quite hard to do. The ink was still wet when I put the paper in my bag hence the big splodges of ink on the right of the page!

July 13th 2014

 

Day 14  – I couldn’t go on holiday without my camera and midge repellent!

July 14th 2014

 

So that’s my weeks worth, I missed Day 11 for some reason so I’ll write down the prompt on a page and fill it in at some point in the future. I’m off to have a read of the other journals on the Pinterest page now, I think that’s the part of this challenge that I am enjoying the most – there’s some talented people with interesting stories out there!

Summer Journal – Days 3 – 6

 

I’m behind with the posts but up to date with the journal pages! I’ve taken about 15 – 20 mins on each page and I’ve enjoyed introducing the journal to my daily routine. Details of the challenge are here if you want to join in!

I’ve also joined Pinterest this week so I can see what others are creating but I haven’t had the chance to have a play around on it yet so I’ll try and familiarize myself with its workings over the next few days!

Without further ado here’s my pages from the last four days, I wonder what next week will bring us?

July 3rd – Make a fashion statement! What’s your style? Jeans? Jersey? Jacket? Tell us what makes you comfortable – or SMART!

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July 4th – Let’s be real – no dreaming (well, not much!) What would be your perfect day?

Summer Journal - Day 4

July 5th – Do you love to lose yourself in a good book? Drama? Detective? Maybe you would rather watch a good film or TV programme instead? Or maybe you just prefer to read the paper with your breakfast. Write about which you prefer.Summer Journal - Day 5

July 6 – Think hard about your day. Tell us about one thing that you do every day.

Summer Journal - Day 6

Summer Journal day 2 – a scratch and sniff page

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First off, hello to the folk who are also taking this challenge and are now following my blog, I hope you enjoy reading it ☺
For the prompt:
“If all the world was chocolate – what would you miss?”
It’s a cross between a Heston Blumenthal and a Willie Wonka style page from me today – it’s scratch, sniff and lick!
I love chocolate and ended up buying a massive bar on my lunch time trip to Lidls (while picturing chocolate buses and cars on the chocolate roads on the way and wondering how we would walk with chocolate legs) When I got home tonight and cracked open the bar I looked at the chunks on the packaging and they reminded me of blocks of paint which gave me the idea for today’s page.

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Mmmmm,  I melted some down with boiling water and painted it on to a piece of the cardboard packaging. I then went round the edge using a chunk as a crayon (I should have wrapped it in something first as I had warm hands and it started to get a bit messy!) Looking at my page I think I would miss colour the most, I’ve written across the top “Like living in a sepia photograph that tastes and smells amazing” but I think even I would get tired of my endless diet of chocolate. I would normally have eaten at least half of that bar by now but I only managed a chunk tonight, I think spending the day in a world of chocolate put me off it!

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Summer Journal Day 1

July 1st 2014

I always enjoy reading blog posts where the writer is taking part in a daily challenge so I thought I’d sign up to this challenge as I love looking at art journals but I’ve never attempted to keep one myself, so this seemed like a great opportunity to give it a try.

Prompt 1

Take some time today to be quiet. Maybe you will have a chance to sit in the garden – or at the window – or even on the bus. Wherever you are, just take time to LISTEN.

Write about what you hear.

I used the sketchbook app on my phone to create my first page and it was done on my train journey home from work tonight. As anyone who uses public transport knows it is often far from quiet but I enjoyed sitting and listening to what was going on around me (even if it was crying children!) instead of having my headphones plugged in my ears! It’s not an amazing piece of artwork but it was fun to do and I’m hoping to use plenty of different materials to create future pages. I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow? : )