For as long as I can remember I have been drawing, painting and sewing. From a very young age I spent hours copying cartoon characters from comics, with my Dad’s praise and his instruction on persective and other techniques keeping me drawing regularly – no newspaper escaped my practising my shadow lettering!
I enjoyed art lessons at school, basic pottery and needlework but did not go into further education to study any in great detail.
My first job however, was in an ironmongers store called L. H. Turtle Ltd in Croydon. I worked in the Arts & Craft department and here I learned about many different crafts, such as lampshade making, tatting, macramé, leatherwork, beading, soft toy making, cross-stitch, tapestry, modelling, lace making, lino cuts etc etc.,
My first attempts at selling my work were in a village hall where the cost of materials and stall hire meant I did not make any profit but merely funded my hobby (that has continued till today), I sold ear-rings, painted thimbles, decorated wooden boxes and painted leather belts. Moving on to painting small pictures of ‘Cosy Cottages’ & vintage cars, before settling on greetings cards which I sold at craft fairs for a few years.
So, I thought I’d share some of my more recent arty crafty adventures here..
The picture above is IKEA’s Lazy Susan – bought last year for only £5.50. It’s invaluable on the dining table, for the Scrabble board, for cake decorating and well, many uses! I decorated this with a simple drawn design. A quick sanding, just enough to allow the pen to fix and with a Sharpie pen I drew the design. The outline was drawn first and then the ‘dots’ were added. This technique is known as Stippling which is the creation of a pattern simulating shading by using small dots. Such a pattern may occur in nature and these effects are frequently emulated by artists. I use it a great deal, it does take a while but is pretty effective?
Well, I’ll be back soon with more examples of my arty crafty efforts, Rosie