Making Posters and Websites for Local Communities

I’ve not blogged for awhile yet I feel that I have because I’ve been doing it elsewhere!

I’ve started a private forum for Rock Paper Scissors – London Members and a website – very early days on the website so only 4 members so far – more to be added soon.

I made a simple website for The Stitch in West Norwood (hosted at L’Arche and these are all through the Lambeth Council ‘The Open Works‘).

We made a banner for the Bzz Garage featuring little dry needle felted Bees and lots of crafty floral items – I made the central Bee which I’m rather pleased with (not the text part) – the first version went horribly wrong though.

Some of the 'Stitchees' putting the banner together
Some of the ‘Stitchees’ putting the banner together

I have also been taking photographs for them as helping out so for someone who is unemployed I’ve been busy!!

I’ve spent today (besides applying to jobs) have been making up some posters that could be used as a fundraiser for The Stitch who will be selling items made by the ‘stitchees’ at The Feast at St Luke’s Church – West Norwood on the 7th June 2015.

The Feast - first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Feast – first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner (it’s huge & I need to take a better photo!)

Fundraiser Poster Ideas…

Using the Stitch logo I’ve made a poster – vector with textures added and a little ‘light painting’ to give the sewing machine some depth.

The Stitch poster design four colour versions


These are some other versions of possible poster designs… think I like the yellowish background on the above to feature on the ones below… !?The Stitch Poster Design

I had a go at using the above image to make some repeat patterns…

The Stitch - repeat pattern making...

Caroline Hands – Painter & Mixed Media Artist

I’m also helping a lifelong traditional painter with all her work and photography – helping her learn Lightroom and to create her own greeting cards and to aid her creation of a book that shows her travels and the artwork she has produced throughout her long international career – you can view her work, and video created by the R&A collaborations at Caroline Hands 

She also creates Batiks and large Copper artworks such as these – love them!

Caroline Hands Copper Plates
Caroline Hands Copper Plates


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MATS Nautical Submission…

I’m trying to decide which one…

This was the first one I did but thought I’d try to organise the waves more… MATS-Octopus-in-Storm-V2 … so ended up with this one… (the octopus needs darkening a little) MATS-Nautical-octopus-in-boat-FINAL-y … but it seems this little feller is preferred by friends and the MATS Bootcamp Facebook members… he is cute and I’ve printed him out and I need to find a frame to put him in 🙂 this version was just a quickie and wasn’t suppose to be the main work… I think for the next project I will try to do more sketching of ideas and think it through more rather than rushing ahead on the computer side of things… hmm… think I said that last time 😉

Rubber Ducky hoorah!

close up…

Close up of Octopus and rubber duck
Close up of Octopus and rubber duck

well I finally decided… the rubber ducky wins!
I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the boat version so I included that too

off to submit it now.

MATS Bootcamp June Submission
MATS Bootcamp June Submission

The Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery is now open so you can see everyone else work on this theme too.

MATS Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery - Nautical Themed Wall Art
MATS Bootcamp June 2014 Gallery – Nautical Themed Wall Art

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Mixed Media Canvas

I’ve been working on several canvases – completed different layers and then leaving them for a few days to progress on to further layers.
I decided to take some macro photographs of the surface as I rather like the texture of all the layers and the different paints, gel mediums and oil sticks have made their own textures against the original texture of the canvas itself.

This is one image – I plan to work on some more (I have several) but as I’ve edited a lot of images today (see my other blog…click here) I now need to get some sleep as it’s 1am!


Mixed Media Canvas & Macro Photography
Mixed Media Canvas & Macro Photography


Mixed Media Canvas with Issues

I’ve always been slightly scared of painting on canvases… actually I’ve spent most of my life fearing the white page like a lot of people do.

When I was a kid my family would rip up or throw away anything I drew, painted or made, so I guess I got the ‘message’ that it is wrong/bad to create, make and draw etc. yet I still keep coming back to it.

I bought some canvases last year and they have been sat doing nothing the whole time like a lot of my art supplies (I’m practically a collector of modelling, drawing, painting, diy tools … comes in handy when you do finally decide to make something though :-D)

I decided to actually try to do something with the canvases that didn’t involve using them as a photo backdrop to my jewellery product photos…


I will scan these properly soon (once the protective layer has fully dried) but here’s some mobile phone pics for now.

Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Close-up of Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Close-up of Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Blue Mixed Media Canvas
Blue Mixed Media Canvas

I really like the close ups so I will do a very detailed scan and create some prints from those.



These was the canvas sat with the others last week (mentioned in an earlier post)

Painted Canvases
Painted Canvases


I forgot to scan the canvas before I applied the oil colours on top… dammit!

it’s hard to see in these mobile phone pics (sorry… it’s an old iPhone) but the background is in layers of white and blue with thick gel medium between … all applied with palette knives then another thick layer of gel medium on top (that stuff is actually quite expensive if you use it like I do!!!) which gives the top layer of oil sticks a ‘lift’ … I would like to try that effect again.

Close up of one of the canvases... like this one the most!
Close up of one of the canvases… like this one the most!


I’ve spent such a long time listening and reading about creative business as I’m technically a small creative business owner… errr… but mostly I just work freelance for my old company scanning/cleaning/data researching photos… (which runs out soon… eek!) I do occasionally sell prints of my photographic work but I want to move into illustration and designs which is proving difficult… apparently people are not aloud to have several interests (I see them all similar though?!) so I have to keep it all separate… urgh… it’s causing me conflict and confusion… most of my ideas blend the two or at least elements cross into each other.

One thing they all mention in creative business is about connections with others. I’ve always known that most things in life are about who you know which is difficult as I’ve always been the stranger … moved constantly as a child and never know how to get people to do anything as I always think people can choose for themselves and, if they don’t want to do something then it’s fine… this is not a good thing as it means I do everything myself and then others expect me to look after them too … anyway back to what I was discussing… connections, bridges between people and their needs and desires… some can be blood lines other times it’s not but there is some kind of family/familiar bond/place between them or at least an emotional response, like attraction, hierarchy, a need to be more than they actually are … maybe even avoiding seeing themselves as they are.

This canvas started as just a need to get over a fear and I think it’s actually ended up showing another route that I’m suppose to take… make more connections despite the inner scars… (ok, I’ve been following/watching a fair few spiritual tutorials/ meditations as well so it’s all combined!!).

So I declare this canvas to be about connections, building bridges with trepidation & deep scars!

I will have to think about an actual title.

(Anyone else seeing boobs & errr menstral err issues!?!? well, I did want something fairly primitive in emotion)

Stormy Seas

update on the MATS Bootcamp June Nautical project…

still very much ‘work in progress’… I like some of the waves but too messy in sections and the white outline does suit some bits and not others… I still have to change that horrid umbrella… might have to get rid of the shadows as they are far too harsh.


Octopus drowning his sorrows before drowning in stormy weather...
Octopus drowning his sorrows before drowning in stormy weather…



as the brief is for wall art and something was mentioned about mounted on a wood panel? (I need to double check that but too tired right now… it’s 4.40am)

I thought I’d try a version that doesn’t have the character and just the boat and waves… wondering if it should have some text even if it’s just the name on the boat… ‘dream’, ‘escape’, ‘sail away’ …

I need to rest my eyes and sleep on it…

boat on stormy seas illustration.
boat on stormy seas illustration.

version with the octopus drunk… don’t like his expression anymore … maybe the jumper is needed???

Octopus in a boat on stormy seas illustration.
Octopus in a boat on stormy seas illustration.

Octopus Character Illustration … just for fun…

This little chap has got his new swim pants and cap on 🙂

Octopus Character Illustration ... just for fun...


 found it… phew… close call.

I have now corrected that inexcusable error! (also brighten the swimming cap and tweaked some shadows and highlights… still a little murky… the sky bit that is…water tends to be a little murky anyway 😉

Rubber Ducky hoorah!

what do you think?
don’t make him cry now… that’s just cruel… wonder if he would like to sold as prints etc?


I’ve added him to my Etsy shop… 🙂

let me know if you want him tweaked, different colour pants/cap or size… via @Etsy (the watermark/name/text wont appear on the actual purchased print!)

Octopus Swimming Champ with Rubber Ducky Cut and Fun Illustration - Children's Humour Wall Art Decoration
click pic to visit my Etsy shop 🙂
Octopus Swimming Champ with Rubber Ducky Cut and Fun Illustration - Children's Humour Wall Art Decoration
click pic to visit my Etsy shop 🙂

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MATS Bootcamp June 2014

Last Monday we were asked to doodle nautical type icons… think bottle in a ship.

I as always, have to run off and go overboard (‘scuse the pun) and got stuck in one idea.. yes, I did other doodles but Nautical is done so much it’s not easy to be original and I really wanted to see my little drunk Octopus character come to life (before he drowned!!).

This little guy is drowning his sorrows before he drowns!

Octopus sketch
Octopus sketch

initial vector lines started… didn’t like the tentacles or eyes at all…

initial illustrator paths
initial illustrator paths

so I started the illustrator part again…

Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)
Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)


I then transferred the vector forms separately to photoshop for textures and colours.

not sure what happened to the umbrella… looks terrible.

also still have to do the startled starfish who I think will be in the crows-nest rather than the boat front… I’ve change my mind on this impromptu figurehead stance!

I’m also debating as to whether he has a jumper… yellow, knitted and stripy… hmmm…

Octopus in boat illustration
WIP – still have yet to do the actual sea waves… and startled starfish!

Today we received news that our nautical doodles to be laid out as wall art… and distressed wood type base?
I know how to transfer photos to other surfaces so I might actually try adding my final design (not the above illustration though) to a piece of wood – I’ve actually just painted backgrounds on canvases but those are for other ideas.

It’s a shame the bottom left small square canvas got ruined… I needed to change my ink as it wasn’t saturated enough to transfer… I print onto tracing paper which helps keep the ink wet then onto a gel medium base on the canvas… also if you have used gold ink for the base I recommend adding a clear gesso or layer of gel medium to that to stop it peeling off… oh well, all in the name of experimenting (I’m not that experienced at mixed media)

Painted Canvases
Painted Canvases

(mobile phone pic)

Close up of one of the canvases...  like this one the most!
Close up of one of the canvases… like this one the most! (mobile phone pic)

Threadless Tesla Pup T-shirt

I put my little Pup on Threadless… so if you feel like voting then please be my guest 😀

just click on the pic below and click on 4 or 5… if you want to click on 1 or 2 then errrr… don’t!

Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt
Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt